Cat’s Meow

There’s nothing like snuggling up next to a warm cat on a cold day!

Cats Preschool Storytime with Jennifer

OPENING:
Intro: Count and name animals in “Ten in the Bed” prop. Wear purple cat flannel in my hat.
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Gobble, Gobble, Slip, Slop by Meilo So
Fingerplay: Five Little Kittens (TEWS by Cole)
Read-aloud #2: The Three Little Kittens by Paul Galdone (sung)
Song (with finger puppets): Ten in the Bed
Read-aloud #3: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Song: ABCs
Read-aloud #4: Bad Kitty by Nick Bruel
Movement Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” (Raffi)

MOVIE:
Here Comes the Cat!

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Cat and Dog Finger Puppets Coloring Handout

Play Time!

Have a fun weekend, friends!

Let’s Play Open Storytime with Jennifer: January 25, 2006

OPENING:

Hide Asha the fish puppet in red bucket. Have children guess what is inside.
Discuss playtime.
Opening rhyme: “Lap” from Zig-Zag Zoems for Kindergarten by Lois Lesynski
Opening fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me

PROGRAM:

Read-aloud #1: Big Red Tub by Julie Jarman
Flannel song: “Little Old Wagon” on Sticky Bubble Gum
Read-aloud #2: Your Pal Mo Willems Presents Leonardo the Terrible Monster by Mo Willems
Puppet story: Go Away Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley
Read-aloud #3: My Closet Threw a Party by Robyn Parnell

CLOSING:

Song: Hokey Pokey
Closing rhyme: “Goodbye Rap” on Carole Peterson’s H.U.M. All Year Long

Get Happy!

Happy New Year!!! The beginning of a new year is a great time to do a Happy Birthday and/or Celebrations storytime. Below is an oldie but goodie. Also: you may notice that some major changes are happening on this site (finally!). I am hoping to really start adding to this site this year and make it an even more useful resource for parents, teachers and fellow librarians. The look of the site may continue to change for a little while longer, but I hope to get things settled soon!

As an extra bonus, at the end of this post, I’ve included another “Silly Librarian in Action” video: a snippet of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. Shout HOORAY! and get happy, people.

Birthdays and Celebrations Funfare with Jennifer: September 1, 2005

Decorate using streamers, balloons, felt cakes, presents…

OPENING:

Play the “Unbirthday Song” (from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland) as children enter. Have bubbles going.
Discuss birthdays and what you can find at parties.
Opening Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me

PROGRAM:

Read-aloud #1: Little Gorilla by Ruth Bornstein
Fingerplay: Make a Cake
Read-aloud #2: Gotcha! by Gail Jorgensen (group) OR Fairytale Cake by Mark Sperring (family)
Fingerplay: Birthday Cake
Oral storytelling: Poule and Roach (from Margaret Read MacDonald’s Celebrate the World: Twenty Tellable Folktales for Multicultural Festivals) [I definitely needed to shorten the story for this audience. If I were to do this storytime again, I think that I would substitute this story for another book such as The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli or A Birthday for Cow! by Jan Thomas and/or more songs or fingerplays.]

CLOSING:

Song: Hokey Pokey
(Song: Shake My Sillies Out)
Present kids with colorfully wrapped box as a “present for everyone”. But before we can open it, we must sing…
Song: Happy Birthday
Open up the present (be dramatic and throw the paper everywhere while shaking the box). Inside there are stickers for everyone! Hand out stickers individually (a good time to do a count) and wish each boy and girl a “Happy Birthday”. Play “Unbirthday Song” again (and/or Raffi music) while doing this as audience leaves.

Make a Cake
Mix the batter, stir the batter
(make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Shake some flour in
(make a shaking motion with one arm/hand)
Mix the batter, stir the batter
(make a stirring motion with one arm/hand)
Place it in a tin
(pretend to pour)
Sprinkle in some raisins in
(pretend to sprinkle)
Pop it in the oven
(open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)
Open wide the oven door
(pretend to open door)
And out comes the cake!
(open both hands, palms up, and slide them forward)

Birthday Cake
Ten candles on a birthday cake
(hold up hands with palms facing out and fingers extended)
All lit up for me
(wiggle fingers)
I’ll make a wish and blow them out
Watch and you will see.
(blow and bend fingers down)

And, now for the video! Clap your hands!

Snow! Snow! Snow! Snow! Snoooow!

This week, I experienced my first snow fall since moving back to the chilly Midwest from sunny California. I guess it’s time to bundle up! Here’s a fun Snow & Clothing preschool storytime. I like to combine the two themes. It was always interesting to do a snow storytime in California… most of the kids had never even seen the stuff 🙂

Also: you may notice me changing the look of my blog/website a couple of times within the next few weeks… please be patient with me as I try to get everything “just right”. I have actually changed the look back to how I originally had it in the first place for this week… kind of retro:)

Clothing and Snow Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: January 23, 2007

OPENING:
Play “Jenny Jenkins” as audience enters (and wear Amelia Bedelia hat)
Have competition with fish puppet to see if I can swim
Discuss clothes and what you wear
Opening Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Put hat on fish puppet to segue into…
Read-aloud #1: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, Barrett
Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Action Rhyme: Can You Hop Like a Bunny?
Song (with artfelt): Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Read-aloud #2: Froggy Gets Dressed, London
*Fingerplay: Snow Fell Gently
**Song: This is the Way We All Get Dressed
Storytell: The Mitten (You can use beautiful visuals as props from Jan Brett’s website here)

VIDEO:
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (10 minutes)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*The snow fell softly all the night.
It made a blanket soft and white.
It covered houses, flowers, and ground,
But did not make a single sound!

**This is the Way We All Get Dressed (to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we all get dressed, all get dressed, all get dressed…so early in the morning
This is the way we put on our shoes… (pants, socks, shirt, coat, etc.)

Why didn’t Tom Turkey want dessert?

Wow, I can’t believe that I did the following storytime six years ago! Time flies when you’re having fun! I hope that everyone has a very happy Thanksgiving:)

Thanksgiving Funfare with Jennifer: November 18, 2004

OPENING:
Discuss Thanksgiving, turkeys, feasts, etc.
Tell joke: Why didn’t Tom Turkey want dessert? He was stuffed!
*Opening song: If you’re happy and you know it/Hello Mr. Turkey
**Warm up fingers: Ten Little Fingers
Opening fingerplay: Ten Fat Turkeys
Are you ready for storytime?!
Gobble, gobble, gobble

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson
Poem: “Leftovers” from It’s Thanksgiving! by Jack Prelutsky
Felt board: food galore-put on the board food felt pieces and talk about all the different yummy food you can have at a feast
Song: Thanksgiving Dinner (in Jane Cobb’s I’m a Little Teapot…)
Read-aloud #2: This is the Turkey by Abby Levine
***Fingerplay: A Turkey is a Funny Bird
Fingerplay: Mr. Turkey Went Out One Day (see fall rhyme sheets)
Read-aloud #3: Hungry Hen by Richard Waring

CLOSING:
****Song: Turkey Jurky
Song: Shake My Sillies Out, Raffi
Song: Turkey in the Straw (play while handing out stickers)

WORDS & LYRICS:
*“Hello Mr. Turkey” (to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It):
Hello, Mr. Turkey
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?
Hello Mr. Turkey, how are you?
With a gobble, gobble, gobble
and a wobble, wobble, wobble
Hello Mr. Turkey how are you?

**Ten Fat Turkeys
Ten fat turkeys standing in a row
(hold up ten fingers)
They spread their feathers and tails like so
(spread fingers)
They strut to the left
They strut to the right
(move fingers left and right)
They Gobble, gobble, gobble
in the bright sunlight!

***A Turkey is a Funny Bird
The turkey is a funny bird,
His head goes wobble, wobble.
All he know is just one word,
Gobble, Gobble, Gobble.

***“Turkey Jurkey” (to the tune of The Hokey Pokey):
You put your wing in
You put your wing out
You put your wing in
And you flap it all about
You do the Turkey Jurkey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

You put your other wing in
You put your other wing out
You put your other wing in
And you flap it all about
You do the Turkey Jurkey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

You put your beak in
You put your beak out
You put your beak in
And you shake it all about
You do the Turkey Jurkey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

You put your tail feathers in
You put your tail feathers out
You put your tail feathers in
And you shake them all about
You do the Turkey Jurkey and you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!

Soup’s On!

It’s a great time of the year to slurp some delicious homemade soup. A “soup” themed storytime is also appropriate for Thanksgiving-time. It’s all about the food! Yum!

Soup’s On! Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: January 30, 2007

OPENING:
Play “Animal Crackers in my Soup” as audience enters
Have alligator puppet “eat” various ingredients of Stone Soup
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza
Rhyme (with puppet): Alligator Pie
Read-aloud #2 (big book): Mean Soup by Betsy Everitt
Flannel: Stone Soup poem (template found here)
Read-aloud #3: To Market, To Market by Anne Miranda
Flannel/Song: Barnyard Gate [version available on Ed McCurdy: Children’s Songs: the Greatest Hits (I Had a Little Rooster)]
Song: “I Feel Crazy So I Jump in the Soup” from Laurie Berkner’s Victor Vito

VIDEO:
Chicken Soup with Rice (5 minutes)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

Silly Hats

I enjoy wearing my silly hat at storytime. Do you have your silly hats ready for Halloween??? Have a fun and safe Halloween, everyone!

Hats Off To You! Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: March 6, 2007

OPENING:
Intro Song: “Boom Boom Ain’t It Great To Be Crazy” (Raffi)
Puppet Act: Hide monkey puppet underneath hat (with tail sticking out). Have children guess who or what is hiding, and then surprise them.
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: The Magic Hat by Mem Fox
Activity Song: Silly Hat Song
Read-aloud #2: Where’s Mary’s Hat? By Stephane Barroux
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Fingerplay: My Hat (Has Three Corners)
Read-aloud #3: Peedie by Olivier Dunrea
Flannel Song: 5 Little Monkeys
Storytelling/Book Activity: Caps for Sale (Have children “be” the monkeys. Hand out coffee filters as caps.)

MOVIE:
The Hat

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Children can color/decorate their coffee filter caps.

BOO!

It’s been awhile… have you missed me? I’m still settling into my new home and looking for a part-time job. In the meantime, enjoy this preschool Halloween storytime… and enjoy this fun time of the year!

Halloween Open Storytime with Jennifer: October 18, 2006

OPENING:

Put Halloween-related felt pieces on the board and talk about the different characters (costume possibilities).
Opening rhyme: Sometimes my hands are at my side…
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
*Fingerplay: Owl Eyes

PROGRAM:

Read-aloud #1: In a Dark, Dark Wood by David A. Carter (pop-up book)
Song: “The Ghosts Go Gliding” (to the tune of “Ants Go Marching, see Cobb’s I’m a Little Teapot book)
Read-aloud #2: Mouse’s First Halloween by Lauren Thompson
**Monkey Mitt: Pumpkin Pie Rhyme (Witch and 5 Pumpkins)
***Rhyme (with basket and maraca): Stirring our Brew
Read-aloud #3: Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex
Storytell (with Story Props): Go Away Big Green Monster (kit available here)
Read-aloud #4: Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor
Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” from Raffi’s More Singable Songs

CLOSING:

Closing song: “Toe Knee Chestnut”
Closing rhyme: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 fingertips…

*Owl Eyes
There’s a wide-eyed owl
(Circle your eyes with your hands)
With a pointed nose
(Make a beak with your fingers)
Two pointed ears
(Make ears with your fingers)
And claws for toes
(Wiggle your “claws”)
He lives way up
(Point way up)
In the tree
(Way, way up)
And when he looks at you
(Point to children)
He flaps his wings
(Flap your wings)
And says, “Whoo! Whoo!”

**Pumpkin Pie Rhyme
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.
A witch flew by…
“Ahhahahahaha, I’m going to make you into pumpkin pie!”
Four little pumpkins… (and so on)

***Stirring our brew…
Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew…
(Pretend to stir.)
Wooooooo! Woooooo!
Stirring and stirring and stirring our brew…
(Stir.)
Wooooooo! Wooooo!
Tip-toe. Tip-toe.
(Pretend to tip-toe.)
BOO!
(Jump out with hands up high.)

So Messy!

AH! My new house is a mess! It’s going to take a while to get everything together…

Messy, Gooey Fun Open Storytime with Jennifer: October 4, 2006

OPENING:

Greet children with Duck puppet. Have Duck makes comments throughout the storytime.
Opening rhyme: Sometimes my hands are at my side…

PROGRAM:

Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
*Fingerplay: Two Mother Pigs
Read-aloud #1: Ten Dirty Pigs/Ten Clean Pigs By Carol Roth
Monkey Mitt/Song: “Five Little Ducks”
Read-aloud #2: Mucky Duck by Sally Grindley
Rhyme: A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track
Song with Story Prop: “Peanut Butter and Jelly”
Read-aloud #3: Max Cleans Up by Rosemary Wells
Song: “Stick to the Glue” from Jim Gill Makes it Noisy in Boise, Idaho
Song: “Face the Facts” from Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times

CLOSING:

Closing song: “Toe Knee Chestnut”
**Closing rhyme: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Fingertips…

*Two Mother Pigs
Two mother pigs lived in a pen, (two thumbs up)
Each had four babies and that made ten. (Wiggle four fingers on each hand)
These four babies were black and white. (Wiggle four fingers on one hand)
These four babies were black as night. (Wiggle four fingers on the other hand)
All eight babies loved to play. (Wiggle eight fingers)
And the rolled and they rolled in the mud all day. (Roll hands)
At night, with their mother,
They curled up in a heap, (Make fists, palms up)
And squealed and squealed
‘Til they went to sleep. (Tuck thumbs under fingers)

**1, 2, 3, 4, 5 Fingertips
1, 2, 3, 4, 5 fingertips,
I can touch them to my lips.
I can cover up my eyes,
I can clap them on my thighs.
I can make them touch the sky,
I can make them wave bye-bye!

Home Sweet Home

I’ve finally made it back “home” to Illinois!

Home Sweet Home On My Own Storytime with Jennifer: April 4, 2006

OPENING:

Greet children with Turtle puppet. Have children come up with ideas on how we can get him to come out of his shell. Have them laugh to show Mr. Turtle that storytime is super fun.
Opening song: The More We Get Together
Opening fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers

PROGRAM:

Read-aloud #1 (big book): The Napping House by Audrey Wood
Flannel: The Little Red House
Read-aloud #2: If the Shoe Fits by Alison Jackson
Fingerplay: A Very Nice Place
Read-aloud #3: A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek
Video: The House that Jack Built

CLOSING:

Closing Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” (with instruments)
Closing rhyme: See You Later Alligator (with flannel pieces)

*A Very Nice Place
The fish lives in the brook (palms together tightly and wiggle forward)
The bird lives in the tree (bend forearms at elbows and extend them upwards, cup hands and spread them open)
But homes are the very nicest place
For a little girl (boy) like me. (point to self)

**See You Later, Alligator
See you later alligator,
Bye bye butterfly,
Give a hug ladybug,
Be sweet parakeet,
Blow a kiss goldfish,
See you soon racoon,
Take care polar bear,
Out the door dinosaur!