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: Leaves by David Ezra Stein
***Song/Fingerplay: Autumn Leaves
Storytelling Activity: Bear Hunt (based on Michael Rosen’s version)
****Action Rhyme: Thank You
Action Song: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
Dancing Song: “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

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

*5 Little Bears (Source unknown.)
There was a little bear whose name was Sue. Another came along, and then there were two!
Two little bears quickly climbed a tree to find another bear, and then there were three!
Three little bears were fishing from the shore. Then they met another, and now there were four!
Four little bears found a busy beehive. Another came along, and then there were five!
Five little bears eating honey in the sun. Out came the bees… Bzzzzzzzzzzz!… And the there were none!

**The Beehive
Here is a beehive
(Make a fist.)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive—
One, two, three, four, five,
(Extend fingers one at a time.)
They’re alive! Buzzzzzz!
(Wiggle your fingers.)

***Autumn Leaves
(Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Autumn leaves are falling down, (Flutter fingers down)
Falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling on the ground.

Autumn leaves are whirling round, (Twirl in a circle)
Whirling round, whirling round.
Autumn leaves are whirling round,
All over town.

****Thank You
My hands say thank you
With a clap, clap, clap
Clap hands
My feet say thank you with a tap,
Tap feet
Clap, clap, clap.
Tap, tap, tap.
Clap hands, then tap feet
Turn myself around and bow,
Thank you!
Turn around, bow, then smile

Go Bears!

A couple of weeks ago, a bunch of my storytime kids were wearing Chicago Bears shirts… so I felt inspired to do a beary storytime 🙂 I also wanted to include a new book I LOVE: Goldilocks and Just One Bear (a funny twist on the classic tale where a BEAR is lost and crashes a HUMAN home)!

Next Panera storytime is NEXT WEEK. Registration starts tomorrow!

OPENING:
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Thank You Bear by Greg Foley
Flannel: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Templates available here.)
Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers
Read-aloud #2: The Three Bears by Byron Barton
Read-aloud #3: Goldilocks and Just One Bear by Leigh Hodgkinson (Although I LOVE this book as-is, I did end up modifying/shortening it slightly for my group)
Song/Fingerplay: Ten in the Bed
Read-aloud #4 (Big Book): Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovich
*Song/Fingerplay: The Beehive
**Song/Fingerplay: Autumn Leaves
Read-aloud #5: Just Like Bossy Bear by David Horvath

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

*The Beehive
Here is a beehive
(Make a fist.)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive—
One, two, three, four, five,
(Extend fingers one at a time.)
They’re alive! Buzzzzzz!
(Wiggle your fingers.)

**Autumn Leaves
(Tune: “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Autumn leaves are falling down, (Flutter fingers down)
Falling down, falling down.
Autumn leaves are falling down,
Falling on the ground.

Autumn leaves are whirling round, (Twirl in a circle)
Whirling round, whirling round.
Autumn leaves are whirling round,
All over town.

Lions… and Tigers… and Bears!!!

OH MY!

Lions, Tigers and Bears, Oh My! Open Storytime with Jennifer: March 15, 2006

OPENING:

Greet children with Lion puppet
Opening song: The More We Get Together
Opening fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers

PROGRAM:

Read-aloud #1: We’re Going on a Lion Hunt by David Axtel
Read-aloud #2 (open the flap book): Tails by Matthew Van Fleet
Read-aloud #3: Who is the Beast? By Keith Baker
Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Read-aloud #4: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? By Bill Martin & Eric Carle
Storytell with Storyprops (use apron and pieces): Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

CLOSING:

Closing song: “Hands are for Clapping” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Closing rhyme: See You Later Alligator (with flannel pieces)

A Beary Good Storytime

A big teddy bear hug to all of my storytime friends! Be sure to come again next week for our last storytime of the year. We are taking a long holiday break this year, but we will resume again in mid-January.

Stories Shared:
Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears by William B. Winburn
Thank You Bear by Greg Foley
Can You Growl Like a Bear? By John Butler
Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin (Patterns can be found here.)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Fun with Hands
Tommy Thumb
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
My Turkey

Flannel:
Little Mouse, Little Mouse, Are you in the [insert color] house?
(Underneath different colored flannel houses, I place different flannel animals. Using a cat puppet, we go in search of the mouse flannel…)

Music:
Bill Shontz: Teddy Bear’s Greatest Hits
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Deep in the Forest…

Today’s storytime was all about FOREST ANIMALS! Owls! Bears! Wolves! Oh my!

Stories Shared:
Who’s There? by Mary Serforzo
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
The Three Little Pigs

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
I Wiggle My Fingers
Animals on the Bus
Apples
The Quiet Mouse
Fun with Hands

Music:
Raffi: Everything Grows
Me and My Bean Bag (Take that Bean Bag)

Goldilocks and the Three Bears

ROAR! Did I scare you??? Didn’t think so. Every now and then, I go over to the Buena Vista Branch Library to do a special Saturday morning storytime geared towards early elementary kids. Today, I presented a “beary” fun Goldilocks and the Three Bears storytime. We went on a bear hunt, we sang songs, we listen to and acted out some bear stories, and we even watched a silly Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears cartoon. The kids were a blast, and I even had one child comment that I was the best librarian ever! How precious. I love being a li-BEAR-ian:) I’ll post some pictures on my Storytime Flickr Photos soon!

OPENING:
Intro Music: Bill Shontz: Teddy Bear’s Greatest Hits
Opening Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me

PROGRAM:
Storytelling Activity: Bear Hunt (based on Michael Rosen’s version)
Read-aloud #1: Goldilocks and the Three Bears retold by James Marshall
Storytelling Activity: Goldilocks and the Three Bears (Children dressed up and acted out the parts.)
Read-aloud #2: Dustylocks and the Three Bears by Susan Lowell
Storytelling Activity: Sody Sallyrytus (based on Margaret Read MacDonald’s version in Twenty Tellable Tales: Audience Participation Folktales for the Beginning Storyteller; also a similar version retold by Aubrey Davis)
Song: The Bear Went Over the Mountain (Melody and lyrics can be found here.)

MOVIE:
Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears (Looney Tunes Golden Collection)

CRAFT OR HANDOUT:
Bear Ears Headband

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

We love bears at storytime! We also love dancing the “Silly Dance Contest”! We were dancing so silly that a flower from Miss Jennifer’s hat came off! It’s okay, though, because she fixed her hat right away:)

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn around.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Shine your shoes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Read the news.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Go upstairs.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Say your prayers.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn out the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Say Goodnight.

Stories Shared:
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
Jamberry by Bruce Degen
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin and Eric Carle
Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears photos by William Winburn

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Beehive
Round and Round the Garden
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Fun with Hands

Bonus Song:
“The Bear Went Over the Mountain”
One version of song can be found here

Music:
Bill Shontz: Teddy Bear’s Greatest Hits
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

Where has my little dog gone? and Birthdays!

Welcome back to storytime, everyone!!! After a couple of weeks off, Toddler Tales is “back in business”.  It’s so good to see familiar smiling faces again. This week, we did a storytime about birthdays and doggies, too. We also handed out our new Winter Rhyme sheet with new rhymes and songs for this season. I also told everyone about this new website blog where you can find out what happened at storytime every week. This will be a good resource to remember favorite songs and stories. Extra rhyme sheets and coloring sheets can always be picked up at the library. In the future, I would also like to use this website to share some early literacy tips as well as sound recordings of traditional rhymes and stories. Enjoy! I hope to see all my friends soon Friday mornings over at the Burbank Central Library…

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Where has my little dog gone?
Oh where, oh where has my little dog gone
Oh where, oh where can he be
With his ears cut short and his tail cut long
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Stories Shared:
Spot’s Birthday Party by Eric Hill
Happy Birthday, Lulu by Caroline Uff
Ask Mr. Bear by Marjorie Flack
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Open Shut Them
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Old MacDonald

Bonus Rhyme:
10 candles on a birthday cake
All lit up for me.
I’ll make a wish and blow them out
Watch and you will see.
Phhhh.

Music:
Disney Mother Goose Songs and Rhymes
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)