Fall Fun Preschool Visits

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
Rhyme: Apples
Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri or Aw, Nuts! by Rob McClurkan
(Rhyme: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
*Flannel: 5 Little Acorns
(Book: Ol’ Mama Squirrel by David Ezra Stein or Pumpkin Heads! by Wendell Minor or Boo! Haiku by Deanna Caswell)
(**Fingerplay: Scary Eyes)
(***Flannel/Rhyme: Pumpkin Pie)
Dancing Song: Hip Hop Body Rock” (with shakers) from Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael’s Rockin’ Red
Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

*5 Little Acorns (adapted from “5 Little Apples”)
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little acorns hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Bushy Tail “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Bushy Tail as hungry as can be…
and…CRUNCH!
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 acorn flannels and a squirrel flannel or puppet)

**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.)

***Pumpkin Pie
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)

Magical Fall Toddler Storytime

I can’t believe Fall is officially starting on Saturday! My favorite season! This concludes our last Toddler Storytime of the session. A new session (with Ms. Lisa) begins October 25. I had so much fun! Thanks for a fun and memorable 6 weeks!

*Opening: The More We Get Together
*Rhyme: Blackbirds
Book: Hocus Pocus, It’s Fall! by Anne Sibley O’Brien
*Rhyme: Apples
**Flannel: Red, Red Apple, Where Are You?
*Rhyme: Beehive
Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
*Rhyme: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
***Flannel: 5 Little Acorns
*Rhyme: Round and Round the Garden
“Dancing” Song: “Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
*Closing Song: We Wave Good-bye Like This

Craft: Glue small leaf cut-outs onto a paper that has a bare tree illustration. Also: used woodland creature stickers.

*Rhymes can be found on the August/September 2018 Toddler Rhyme Sheet

**Red, Red Apple, Where Are You? (source unknown)
(Tune: “Are you sleeping?”)
Red, red apple,
Red, red apple,
Where are you?
Where are you?
I’m right behind the (yellow/red/orange/green/brown) leaf.
I’m right behind the (yellow/red/orange/green/brown) leaf.
Peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-boo!
(Repeat with Mr. Pumpkin, Mr. Squirrel, Mr. Bluebird, and Mr. Rabbit)
(Used yellow, red, orange, green, and brown big leaf flannels big enough to hide–then reveal– apple, pumpkin, squirrel, bluebird and rabbit flannels. Also had kids do peek-a-boo action with me at that point in the song.)

***5 Little Acorns (adapted from “5 Little Apples”)
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little acorns hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Bushy Tail “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Bushy Tail as hungry as can be…
and…CRUNCH!
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 acorn flannels and a squirrel flannel or puppet)

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 of Anything by Linda Williams
*Flannel: Floppy Scarecrow
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Song/Fingerplay: Blackbirds
Read-aloud #2: Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
**Fingerplay: Once there was a pumpkin
***Flannel: Pumpkin, Pumpkin
****Flannel: Here is a Jack-o-lantern
Read-aloud #3: Shivery Shades of Halloween by Mary McKenna Siddals
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
*****Flannel: Five Little Witches
Read-aloud #4: What’s in the Witch’s Kitchen? (flap book) by Nick Sharratt
Read-aloud #5: Brooms are for Flying by Michael Rex
Dancing Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” from Raffi’s More Singable Songs

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

*Floppy Scarecrow
The floppy, floppy scarecrow guards his field all day.
He waves his floppy ______ to scare the crows away!
(Have children do the action poem and listen for the different body parts.)

**Once there was a pumpkin
Once there was a pumpkin. (Make a circle with hands.)
And it grew, And grew, And grew. (With each “grew”, make imaginary pumpkin bigger.)
Now it’s a jack-o-lantern And smiles at you! (With a smile, point to each other.)

***Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin, round and fat
Turned into a jack-o-lantern just like that!
(Two-sided flannel pieces can be purchased here.)

****Here is a Jack-o-lantern
Here is a jack-o-lantern who’s happy
Here is a jack-o-lantern who sighs
Here is a jack-o-lantern who’s sleepy
Here is a jack-o-lantern who cries
Here is a jack-o-lantern who’s angry
Here is a jack-o-lantern who’s sad
Here is a jack-o-lantern who’s noisy
And, here is a jack-o-lantern who’s glad!!!

*****Five Little Witches
One little witch was fixing her shoe.
Another came along, and then there were two.
Two little witches climbed up high in the tree.
Another started climbing, and then there were three.
Three witched said, “More brooms. We need more!”
Another brought her broom, and then there were four.
Four little witches said, “Through the sky, let’s dive.”
Along came another, and then there were five.
Five little witches flying high in the sky,
“To the moon,” they said. “To the moon, let’s fly!”

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

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

*Apples
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!…

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 on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger
***Flannel: 4 Autumn Leaves
****Fingerplay: Autumn Leaves
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Read-aloud #4 (story cards): Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley
Action Song: Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
Dancing Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

*Apples
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.)

**5 Little Acorns (adapted from “5 Little Apples”)
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little acorns hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Bushy Tail “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Bushy Tail as hungry as can be…
and…CRUNCH!
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 acorn flannels and a squirrel flannel or puppet)

***4 Autumn Leaves (source unknown)
Four Autumn leaves in a big old tree
One blew off, then there were three
Three little leaves with nothing to do
Another blew off, then there were two
Two little leaves in the Autumn sun
One blew off, then there was one
Being all alone wasn’t much fun
The last one blew off, then there was none

****Autumn Leaves
Leaves are floating softly down.
(Flutter fingers in downward motion.)
They make a carpet on the ground.
(Spread hands over ground.)
Then, swish, the wind comes whistling by
(Arms move side to side.)
And sends them dancing to the sky.
(Hands flutter into air.)

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.

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.)

Bats in the Moonlight

Halloween is coming up soon! Today, we read stories about the Moon (and bats, too!), and we did extra rhymes and songs.

Stories Shared:
Moon Glowing by Elizabeth Partridge
Moonlight: the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
Peekaboo Bedtime by Rachel Isadora

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Autumn Leaves
Once there was a Pumpkin
Fun with Hands
Tommy Thumb
Twinle Twinkle Little Star
Ten Little Fingers
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hey Diddle Diddle
Hey diddle diddle,
The cat sat on the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon
The little dog laughed to see such a fun
And the dish ran away with spoon.

Bonus Rhyme:
Two Little Bats
Two little bats hanging in a cave
One named Dan, one named Dave
Fly away Dan
Fly away Dave
Come back Dan, come back Dave!

Bonus Flannel Song:
Aiken Drum
There was a man lived in the moon,
lived in the moon, lived in the moon,
There was a man lived in the moon,
and his name was Aiken Drum.
And he played upon a ladle,
a ladle, a ladle,
He played upon a ladle,
and his name was Aiken Drum.
And his eyes were made of gum drops…
And his nose was a banana…
And his mouth was a watermelon…
And is hair was made of green beans…
(Templates can be found in the book 52 Programs for Preschoolers: The Librarian’s Year-Round Planner by Diane Briggs.)

Music:
Raffi: More Singable Songs (Shake My Sillies Out)

Fall…into Storytime!

Welcome back to storytime, everybody! Today, we had a fun fall-themed storytime over at Buena Vista. I will be doing a “rerun” of my program on Friday over at Central (10 and 11 am). So good to see my friends’ smiling faces again! P.S. I added a new page onto this blog: Favorite Toddler Books!

Stories Shared:
The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Ten Little Fingers
Autumn Leaves
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Apples
Five Little Sausages

Nursery Rhyme:
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.
The clock struck one,
The mouse ran down!
Hickory Dickory Dock.

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

Flannel:
(Chanted to Five Little Monkeys Teasing Mr. Crocodile)
Five little apples hanging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Slinky Worm “you can’t eat me”,
Along comes Mr. Slinky Worm quiet as can be…
and…CRUNCH!
(Chant with 4,3,2,1)
(Used tree flannel, 5 apple flannels and a worm finger puppet)

Music:
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (The Wiggle Song)