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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Being Brave AND Feelings

Being Brave Storytime (from a while ago... oopsie)

For this storytime, we borrowed the Being Brave kit from IFLS.

We had our good morning song.

Book: When Lions Roar by Robie H Harris

Felt: Rhyming Dust Bunnies (see picture below)

Book: My Lucky Day by Keiko Kasza

Book: Bully by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Song: Squirrel, Squirrel (we sang this song at the Girl Scout Camp I went to and worked at - always a favorite) which we sang about 3 times.

Squirrel, squirrel shake your bushy tail.
Squirrel, squirrel shake your bushy tail.
Wrinkle up your nose and crinkle up your toes.
Squirrel, squirrel shake your bushy tail.

Book: Ol' Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein

Goodbye Songs and Bubbles

For Playgroup, I had a balancing obstacle course set up, set out the dust bunnies, and we also made shoebox paintings with rocks, paint, paper, and a shoebox.

Feelings Storytime

A kit from IFLS was borrowed this week, as well.

Good morning song

Book: Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
Felt: Go Away, Big Green Monster - each child brought up part of the face when it was their turn

Puppet: I told David Ezra Stein's story, Pouch, using the puppets.
Game: Pass the Face 
We sat in a circle semi-circle. I showed a silly face to the child next to me. They copied me and passed the face on to the next person, continuing around the circle down the line. They quite enjoyed this game!

 Song: Old MacDonald Had Some Feelings -
Instead of singing about the animals, we sang about his feelings. I completely stole this idea from Jill Patchin at LE Phillips Memorial Public Library and used their wheel die cut machine. (Thanks, Jill!)

We ran out of time for Drum Dream Girl, which I kinda expected but had it there anyway.

Goodbye Song and Bubbles

For playgroup, I had playdoh, our mini "post office," the kangaroo puppets, and the big green monster puppet set out.

Next week: Woodland Creatures!

April 29 is our final spring 2015 storytime. Storytime will resume in June. Don't stay away, though! Playgroup will continue through the month of May at 10am. I will continue to have on your own and lightly guided activities for your families to explore.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Mice Are Nice Storytime - April 1

No April Fools today... just some cute little mice.

Good Morning Song

Book: I Miss You Mouse by Greg Foley

Felt/Fingerplay: 10 Little Mice

Book: The Gruffalo by Julia Donaldson

Song: The Old Gray Cat (from Very Ready Reading Program manual)
The old gray cat is sleeping, sleeping, sleeping.
The old gray cat is sleeping in the house.
The little mice are creeping, creeping, creeping.
The little mice are creeping through the house.
The old gray cat is waking, waking, waking.
The old gray cat is waking in the house.
The old gray cat is chasing, chasing, chasing.
The old gray cat is chasing through the house.
All the mice are squealing, squealing, squealing.
All the mice are squealing through the house.

Felt story: Adapted from Little Mouse's Big Secret - I handed out the animals (except the mouse) and then I told the story. The children quickly caught on to "It's my secret and I'll never tell."

Book: Mouse Paint

Song: 3 White Mice (also from Very Ready Reading Program Manual)
(tune of 3 Blind Mice)
3 white mice, 3 white mic,
See how they dance, see how they dance.
They danced around for the farmer's wife.
Who played for them on a silver fife,
Did you ever see such a sight in your life
As 3 white mice?

Goodbye Songs and Bubbles.

For storytime, I left Little Mouse's Big Secret out. We also did chalk+water drawing. I also made felt play of Mouse Count - 10 mice, a snake, and a cup as props that they could play with and tell the story with their caregivers.

 Next Week: Feelings!