Story Sparklers V

I hope that everyone had a fantastic 4th of July! I spent my holiday sharing farm stories at Crystal Lake’s annual Lakeside Festival. This was my FIFTH year bringing storytime to the fest. I had a really fun audience and a great turnout. Miss Illinois Teen, Rachel Hodson, also visited to say hello to the kids and to assist with the event. She’s a big supporter of reading and was great with the kids. So nice to have her there.

For anyone interested, I will be repeating this farm-themed storytime at the Streamwood Farmers Market on Friday, July 27th at 11:30 a.m. The Farmer’s Market will be located in the parking lot of the Poplar Creek Library (where I work!) at 1405 Park Avenue, Streamwood. It’s a drop-in outdoor storytime– no need to register; just show up for fun and stories!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Big Book): Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Song with Puppets: Old MacDonald
Puppet Story: Who Said Meow? from the book by Maria Polushkin (See librarian Steven Englefried’s YouTube demonstration.)
**Fingerplay: The Beehive
Flannel Story: The Goat in the Chile Patch (from Multicultural Folktales: Stories to Tell Young Children edited by Judy Sierra)
***Action Song: Fun with Hands
Storytelling: “The Little Red Hen” (This is a traditional folktale, possibly of Russian-origin. Children dressed up and acted out the parts. I used a singing refrain from storyteller Heather Forest’s sound recording Sing Me a Story.)

CLOSING:
****Closing Rhyme: Thank You

*If You Want to Hear a Story (Tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
If you want to hear a story,
if you want to hear a story,
if you want to hear a story, clap your hands!
Other verses:
“nod your head,”
“rub your tummy,”
“sit real still,” etc.

**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.

***Fun With Hands
Suit actions to words.
Tune: “Row, Row, Row your boat”.

Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As slowly as can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
As fast, as fast can be.
Roll, roll, roll your hands,
Do it now with me.
Clap, clap, clap your hands…
Shake, shake, shake your hands…
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

****Thank You
My hands say thank you
With a clap, clap, clap
Clap hands
My feet say thank you with a tap, tap, 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

Don’t Let the Goat Eat the Books!

Don’t you think that letting a goat into a library would be a baaaaad idea? READING about goats at storytime is a good idea, though! 🙂

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Let’s Count Goats by Mem Fox
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Flannel Story: No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont
Song/Fingerplay: Tommy Thumb
Song (with flannel pieces): Down on Grandpa’s Farm
Read-aloud #2: There’s a Billy Goat in the Garden by Laurel Dee Gugler
*Fingerplay: Beehive
**Flannel: Here is a Spring Flower
Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands with Me (from Pete Seeger: American Folk, Game & Activity Songs for Children)
Read-aloud #3: The Three Billy Goats Gruff, pictures by Stephen Carpenter
Dancing Song: “Shake My Sillies Out” from Raffi’s More Singable Songs

CLOSING:
Closing song: We Wave Goodbye

ADDITIONAL BOOKS not used this time: Grumpy Goat by Brett Helquist, Unicorn Thinks He’s Pretty Great by Bob Shea, Bill Grogan’s Goat by Mary Ann Hoberman

*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)

**Here is a Spring Flower (using flannels of flowers with emotional faces)
Here is a spring flower who’s happy
Here is a spring flower who sighs
Here is a spring flower who’s sleepy
Here is a spring flower who cries
Here is a spring flower who’s angry
Here is a spring flower who’s sad
Here is a spring flower who’s noisy
And here is a spring flower who’s glad!

Farm Animals

It’s “farm animal” time! EIEIO! Also: Just 2 more weeks in our “winter storytime” session. We will be taking a short break the weeks of March 15 and 22. The spring session starts the week of March 29. As always, BV participants MUST register ahead of time. The Central storytimes will remain open with no registration necessary.

Books Shared:
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick
Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Old MacDonald
Not Say a Single Word
Rain is Falling Down
Fun with Hands
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Bonus Song:
Five Little Ducks (Flannel pieces can be purchased here. Melody can be listened to here.)
Five little ducks (Wiggle 5 fingers)
Went out one day
Over the hills (Make “hilly” motion with hand.)
and far away (Shield eyes as if looking out to sea.)
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.” (“Quack” with hand as if a puppet.)
But only four little ducks came back. (Show 4 fingers.)
Four little ducks…
Three little ducks…
Two little ducks…
One little duck…
Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hills and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the five little ducks came back.

Music:
Dr. Jean & Friends (Tooty Ta; Mother Goony Bird)

The Farmer in the Dell

Today’s stories were about farming and gardening (and pesky rabbits!). I hope that everyone has a good Easter weekend!

Stories Shared:
The Farmer in the Dell (pictures by Mary Maki Rae)
This is the Farmer by Nancy Tafuri
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss
Mrs. Wishy-Washy by Joy Cowley

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet–Spring 2009):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
Old MacDonald
Open, Shut Them

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…)

Bonus Song:
“Little Bunny Foo Foo” (Music and lyrics can be found here.)

Music:
Julian Lloyd Webber: Lullaby
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (I Took a Bath in a Washing Machine)

Farm Animals, E-I-E-I-O!

Wowsers! We were all very good listeners today, so we got to read lots of books about farm animals. Miss Jennifer was very silly…she balanced lots of animals on her head: a pig, a chicken, a dog, a cat and a sheep! She also had a BOOK on her head…and it didn’t fall off when she walked across the room! So silly! Storytime is so much fun 🙂

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Baa, Baa Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes, sir, yes, sir,
Three bags full;
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Books Shared:
Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin
Barn Sneeze by Karen B. Winnick
Moo, Baa, La La La! by Sandra Boynton
Clip Clop by Nicola Smee
The Farmer in the Dell (pictures by Mary Maki Rae)
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
Old MacDonald
Mr. Turkey Went Out One Day
I Wiggle My Fingers
Not Say a Single Word
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Music:
Music for Little People: A Child’s Celebration of Folk Music
Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)

One for the Money…and Lots of Ducks!

Who do you think would win the race: Duck or Crocodile?? Well, at today’s storytime, Duck won the race! So, in his honor, we had a storytime all about DUCKS! It was just ducky!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
One for the Money
One for the money
Two for the show
Three to get ready
And Four to go!

Stories Shared:
Duck on a Bike by David Shannon
Mucky Duck by Sally Grindley
Ducks, Ducks, Ducks by Carolyn Otto

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Down on Grandpa’s Farm
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Five Little Ducks
I’m a Little Teapot
Skidamarink

Music:
Bob McGrath: Bob’s Favorite Street Songs (includes a version of Rubber Ducky)
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (Hokey Pokey)

Hickory Dickory Dare…Piggies

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Hickory, Dickory, Dare
Hickory, dickory, dare.
The pig flew up in the air.
The man in brown
Soon brought him down,
Dickory, dickory, dare.

Stories Shared:
Piggies by Don and Audrey Wood
Can You Make a Piggy Giggle? by Linda Ashman
Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton
The Three Little Pigs

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Open Shut Them
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Old MacDonald
I’m a Little Teapot
Rain is Falling Down
Tony Chestnut

Music:
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (I am a Fine Musician)
Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz (Pig on Her Head)