Snowy Days are soon to come

Last Friday, I enjoyed doing a 20-minute toddler storytime for my nephew Jackson’s class at Crystal Lake Montessori School!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1 (Story Cards): Oh! by Kevin Henkes
Flannel: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. (Templates available here.)
Song/Fingerplay: Hands Up High
Read-aloud #2 (Story Cards): Disappearing Snowman
*Flannel: Five Little Snowmen
Song: Silly Hat Song
Read-aloud #3 (Sung): Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson and Jack Rollins, version illustrated by Richard Cowdrey
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Dancing Song: “The Wiggle Song” from Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye

*Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen round and fat.
Each one wearing a funny hat.
In the morning, out came the sun.
It looked down and melted one.

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!”

Snow in California?

Today we brought “snow” to California with a snowy storytime!

FYI: I will be presenting a Pajama Storytime over at Buena Vista next Tuesday night at 7 pm. Wear your pjs and bring your teddy. We’ll be reading stories about love, and we’ll have a movie encore afterwards.

Stories Shared:
Snow by Uri Shulevitz
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin (Templates here)

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.):
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
Fun with Hands
Open, Shut Them

Bonus Flannel Rhymes:
Six Little Snowmen
Six little snowmen
All made of snow,
Six little snowmen
Standing in a row.
Out came the sun
And stayed all day.
One little snowman melted away.
Five little snowmen all made of snow.
Five little snowmen standing in a row.
Out came the sun and stayed all day.
One little snowman melted away. (continue)

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!

Music:
Carole Peterson: Sticky Bubble Gum and Other Tasty Tunes (I am a Fine Musician)
Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes (Silly Dance Contest)

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)

Good Morning to You!

Wake up, everybody! Today’s storytime was about waking up and mornings. We stretched and sang and danced and listened to stories. It was a very good morning. We also started using our new Winter Rhymes Sheet. Next week: Santa’s coming to the library!!! (After Storytimes) Falalalalalalalala!

Books Shared:
Hey! Wake Up! by Sandra Boynton
Hello, Day! by Anita Lobel
Cuddle Time by Libby Gleeson
What the Sun Sees by Nancy Tafuri
Oh! by Kevin Henkes

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet):
Stretching Fun
Cap, Mittens, Shoes and Socks
Old MacDonald
Ten in a Bed
Round and Round the Garden
My Eyes Can See

Bonus Rhyme: Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen all in a row
Each with a hat
And a big red bow.
Out came the sun
And it stayed all day
And one of those snowmen melted away.

Music:
Snoopy’s Christmas: Classiks on Toys
We Sing for Christmas (Jingle Bells)

Polar Animals…BRR!

BRR! Okay, so maybe it doesn’t snow here in Burbank, California…but we still had a great time sharing stories about animals (and snowmen!) that live where it’s really, really cold. We also played jingle bells and made a cute polar bear craft.

Finally, Miss Jennifer announced that SANTA is coming to visit after storytime in a couple of weeks!!! Don’t forget your camera!

Books Shared:
Good Morning, Little Polar Bear by Carol Votaw
Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Eric Carle
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Bob Barner
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet):
Ten Little Fingers
Animals on the Bus
One Elephant
Fun with Hands
Not Say a Single Word
I Wiggle My Fingers

Bonus Rhyme: Cute Little Snowman
A cute little snowman,
Had a carrot nose.
Along came a rabbit,
And what do you suppose?
That hungry little rabbit,
Looking for its lunch.
Ate that snowman’s carrot nose,
Nibble, nibble, crunch!!

Music:
Nutcracker excerpts
We Sing for Christmas (Jingle Bells)

Craft: Polar Bear template can be found here.

Little Jack Horner and Snowmen

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Little Jack Horner
Little Jack Horner sat in the corner,
Eating a Christmas pie:
He put in his thumb, and pulled out a plum,
And said, “What a good boy am I!”

Books Shared:
Frosty the Snowman by Steve Nelson
All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Dream Snow by Eric Carle

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Tales Rhymes sheet. Extra copies available at the Library.):
Apples
Ten Little Fingers
If You’re Wearing Red Today

Flannel Rhymes:
Five little snowmen sitting on a hill

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

Music:
Christmas with the Chipmunks
Hap Palmer’s Holiday Magic (Jingle Bells)