December Stories

More Golfview Family Literacy Fun! Happy Holidays, everyone 🙂

Opening Song: “Put Your Finger in the Air” from Pete Seeger: Children’s Concert at Town Hall (live version)
Read-aloud #1: You Make Me Smile by Layn Marlow
Flannel: Rudolph! Rudolph!
Read-aloud #2 (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
Storytell: The Mitten (You can use beautiful visuals as props from Jan Brett’s website here.) (I also used Heather Forest’s musical refrain from her version on her Tales Around the Hearth cd.)
Read-aloud #3: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Closing Song: “Jingle Bells” from The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (with bells, of course!)
Craft: Make holiday cards

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)

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! by Aaron Reynolds
Song: Little Bunny Foo Foo (with finger puppets)(See a sample of me performing here.)
**Fingerplay: Scary Eyes
Read-aloud #3: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
***Song: “The Ghosts Go Gliding”
Storytelling: “Chickens!” (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe’s cd, Chickens! and Other Stories for Young Children)
Closing Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song

Way up high in the apple tree,
(Stretch arms in the air.)
Two little apples smiled at me.
(Hold up two fists.)
I shook the tree as hard as I could.
(Shake fists in the air.)
Down came the apples.
(Drop fists to lap. Mime biting into “apples”.)
Mmm, were they good!
(Pat tummy.)

**Scary Eyes
See my big and scary eyes? (Form circles around eyes with fingers.)
Get ready for a big surprise. (Cover face with hands.)
Boo! (Uncover face peek-a-boo style.)

***“The Ghosts Go Gliding” (to the tune of “Ants Go Marching, from Jane Cobb’s I’m a Little Teapot book)
The ghosts gliding one by one, Woo! Woo!
The ghosts gliding one by one, Woo! Woo!
The ghosts gliding one by one,
The little one tripped on a skeleton.
And they all go gliding down the street to trick or treat.

The ghosts gliding two by two, Woo! Woo!…
The little one stopped when he heard a boo!…

The ghosts gliding three by three, Woo! Woo!…
The little one stopped when she saw me!…

Hoppy Bunny

Twice a month, I visit ESL families to do an hour long program with them. Sometimes, we do storytimes with a craft, sometimes we do writing workshops, sometimes we do mini-lessons, etc. Here is my Bunnies Outreach Family Literacy Visit from last week. (FYI: I will be doing a slightly different bunny storytime again at Rakow Branch library in Elgin on Wednesday, April 16 at 10:30 a.m.)

I also let them know and am now letting YOU know about our upcoming DĂ­a de los Niños event at the Dundee Library Tuesday, April 29, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. We’ll have stories, music, puppets, crafts, and prizes! A fun bilingual event for the whole family 🙂

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: It’s Not Easy Being a Bunny by Marilyn Sadler
Flannel: The Wind and the Clothes (from Waiting for Spring Stories by Bethany Roberts)
Book: Muncha! Muncha! Muncha! by Candace Fleming
Rhyme: Bunny with Ears So Funny
Book: Hurry Up and Slow Down, L. Marlow
Song: Little Bunny Foo Foo (with finger puppets)(See a sample of me performing here.)
Book: Conejito by Margaret Read MacDonald (A colleague and I will be doing a puppet show of this funny folktale at our Día de los Niños event!)

Bunny Foo Foo Finger Puppets
(I also handed out a lyric sheet to help teach them the song and so they could practice at home.)

Book Care

For a family literacy visit last week, we read stories and talked about book care. And, we made some really fun monster bookmarks to help us take care of our books!

Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (Pete Seeger)

Read-aloud #1: Never Let a Ghost Borrow Your Library Book by Karen Casale
Read-aloud #2: No, David! by David Shannon
Mini Book Care Lesson: see this post for a “No, David!” book care activity
Read-aloud #3: The Incredible Book Eating Boy by Oliver Jeffers
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #4: That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems

Monster Bookmarks!!!

Bodacious Body

Everyone, I am 3 posts behind! I’ve been very busy at the library as well as buried in the IL snow. It’s been a crazy winter. Can’t wait for spring!!!

Here’s the “Body” storytime that I did 2/3 at my Panera and Randall Oaks storytimes. I also did a version for my Family Literacy Connection library visit at Golfview School on 2/6. I’m not posting the order of stories, rhymes and songs since I switched it up for the three different visits. (And since it’s been 2 weeks, I hardly remember exactly what order I did everything in!)

We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! by David Martin
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (Puppet available here.)
Head to Toe by Eric Carle (Flannel patterns can be found here.)
The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss
Henny by Elizabeth Rose Stanton
All of Me! by Molly Bang
Do You Ears Hang Low? by Caroline Jayne Church
It’s Okay to Be Different by Todd Parr

Rhymes and Songs:
If You Wanna Hear a Story
Fun with Hands
Ten Little Fingers
I Wiggle My Fingers
My Name is Joe
Tony Chestnut
My Hands Say Thank You
Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
We Wave Good-bye Like This

Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)