BAM! POW! COOKIES! First/Second Grade Visits

‘Tis the season for baking cookies!

Book: The Ninjabread Man by C.J. Leigh
Nonfiction Book Bites: read/showed snippets from Baking Class by Deanna F. Cook (the cookie section), A World of Cookies for Santa by M.E. Furman, and You Wouldn’t Want to be a Ninja Warrior! by John Malam
Storytell: The Ghost with One Black Eye (I learned this “boo baby” story from storyteller Priscilla Howe)

Festive, Frosty Fun Preschool Visits

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Song: Silly Hat Song
Book: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
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.)
Book (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Dancing Song (with bells): “Jingle Bells” from Raffi’s Christmas Album
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

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

Oh what Fun… Holiday Time

Merry Christmas, Everyone 🙂 See you next year! (Storytimes start back up Monday, January 6.)

Opening Song: If you Want to Hear a Story
Read-aloud #1: Dream Snow by Eric Carle OR If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff
(Song with finger puppets: Old MacDonald)
Action Rhyme: If You’re Wearing Red Today
(Action Song: Cap, Mittens, Shoes and Socks)
Read-aloud #2: Deck the Walls by Erin Dealey OR The Twelve Days of Christmas by Jane Cabrera
(Fingerplay: Sausages)
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read-aloud #3 (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
Flannel: Six Little Snowmen
Fingerplay: Snow Fell Softly
*(Flannel: Five Ringing Bells)
(Read-aloud #4: Santa Duck by David Milgrim)
(Dancing Song: “Jingle Bells” from The Wiggles: Wiggly, Wiggly Christmas (with bells, of course!))

*Five Ringing Bells
5 little bells hanging in a row.
The first one said, “Ring me slow.”
The second one said, “Ring me fast.”
The third one said, “Ring me last.”
The fourth one said, “I’m like a chime.”
The fifth one said, “It’s Holiday Time!”

Happy Christmas

A festive storytime to lift the spirits!

Opening Song: If you Want to Hear a Story
Book (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
*Flannel Rhyme: Cute Little Snowman
Book: What Could Be Keeping Santa? by Marilyn Janovitz
**Flannel: Rudolph! Rudolph!
Song: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Book: The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore (illustrated by Gyo Fujikawa)
Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
(Book: Just Right for Christmas by Birdie Black)
Song: Raffi’s Christmas Album (Jingle Bells) (with bells, of course!)

*Cute Little Snowman
A cute little snowman
Had a carrot nose
Along came a bunny,
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little bunny,
Looking for his lunch,
Ate the snowman’s carrot nose,
Nibble, nibble, crunch!

**Rudolph! Rudolph!
At the last Lincoln Story League meeting, Kim from Crystal Lake Public Library shared this great flannel poem she found on Pinterest from the Library Quine. The Library Quine got the poem/idea from Crafty Chic Mommy’s blog.

Let it Snow! in the Winter

HO HO HO– I hope that everyone is having a great holiday season! I’ve started doing some monthly pajama family storytimes over at Buena Vista. This month, I did some winter stories. It was a delight to see families cuddled up in their pjs enjoying the stories and singing Christmas songs. Tomorrow, Buena Vista is holding a special holiday storytime at 10 am… I will be making a special appearance there (along with SANTA CLAUS!).

PROGRAM
Entrance Music: Hap Palmer: Holiday Magic
Opening Song: If you Want to Hear a Story
Book: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Book: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Book (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
Book: Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner
Song: Raffi’s Christmas Album (Jingle Bells)
Storytelling: The Mitten
Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye

AFTER PROGRAM VIDEO
Disney’s Sing Along Songs: Very Merry Christmas Songs (approx. 30 minutes)