fun with stories, rhymes & songs

Bad Wolf?…or…Good Wolf?

More storytime fun with the Family Literacy crowd at Golfview Elementary! Today, we played around with the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood, and other wolf stories. And, the wolf wasn’t always the bad guy!

Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands With Me
Read-aloud #1: Red Riding Hood and the Sweet Little Wolf by Rachael Mortimer
Storytelling Activity: The Gunniwolf
Read-aloud #2: Little Roja Riding Hood by Susan Middleton Elya
Dancing Song: “Jump Up, Turn Around” from Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times
Read-aloud #3: The Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza

Craft: Wolf Leaf Craft (I used Ellison die cut leafs rather than real ones)

Halloween Fun

Our last fall storytime ended with a bang! Lots of Halloween fun… including kids previewing their cute costumes We’re now on break until January 2015… I will miss everyone! Happy Holidays! Keep reading! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid ofContinue Reading

Monsters don’t scare me (again)!

Last week at pajama storytime and this week at my Randall Oaks storytime, I repeated my “Monsters don’t scare me!” storytime. I added in dancing with scarves to “Monster Mash” (from Kidz Bop: Halloween Party). It was a fun way to get into the Halloween spirit. Next week is our last week of the fallContinue Reading

Sloths Hang Out in the Rainforest

It’s World Rainforest Week… and October 19 is Sloth International Day… so I found it appropriate to do a Sloth/Rainforest Storytime. Plus I had sloth socks and a sloth puppet that I wanted to show off! As the kids gathered for storytime, I showed them fun pictures of real sloths from A Little Book ofContinue Reading

Bear Season

Bears always win at storytime OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Thank You Bear by Greg Foley Flannel Song: Animals on the Bus Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers Read-aloud #2: The Three Bears by Byron Barton *Flannel: 5 Little Bears **Fingerplay: The Beehive Flannel: Fall Words riddles Read-aloud #3:Continue Reading

October Stories

I’ve started a new school year with Literacy Connection ESL families at Golfview! The families enjoy learning and practicing English by participating in these for-all-ages storytimes. Opening Song: “Hands Are For Clapping” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song Read-aloud #1: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall *Fingerplay: Apples Read-aloud #2: Creepy Carrots! byContinue Reading

Autumn leaves are falling down…

It’s fall! My favorite season OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall *Fingerplay: Apples Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them Read-aloud #2: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri **Flannel: 5 Little Acorns Action Song: Peanut Butter and Jelly Read-aloud #3: We’re Going onContinue Reading

Let’s Clap Our Hands for Ice Cream!

September 22 is National Ice Cream Cone Day! YUM! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Should I Share My Ice Cream? by Mo Willems Flannel: Ice Cream Colors (by Susan M. Paprocki, in 1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays, p. 198) Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today Read-aloud #2:Continue Reading

Wedding Love

Today is my seventh wedding anniversary! To celebrate, we did a wedding-themed storytime, Hokey Pokey and all! OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Jake Baked the Cake by B.G. Hennessy *Fingerplay: Make a Cake Action Song: Tony Chestnut Read-aloud #2: The Ring Bearer by Laura Godwin Flannel: TheContinue Reading

To the Moon!

The fall storytime session has BLASTED OFF! We have seven more weeks of fun ahead of us OPENING: Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story PROGRAM: Read-aloud #1: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes Flannel: It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw (Flannel pieces here.) Action Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little StarContinue Reading