Valentines Kindergarten Visit

Opening: If You Want to Hear a Story
Book: Groggle’s Monster Valentine by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bats Langley
Book (with swallowing old women prop and laminated visuals): I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose by Lucille Colandro, illustrated by Jared D. Lee
Book: Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Claudia Rueda
Dancing Song: “There’s a Little Wheel A-Turnin’ in My Heart” from Laurie Berkner’s Favorite Classic Kids’ Songs
Closing: We Wave Goodbye

I Choo Choo Choose You…

… to be my Valentine! For “Valentine’s Day” this year, I did a Train Storytime. And, I threw in a Valentine’s Day rhyme at the end so it was a festive Choo Choo Celebration 🙂

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: And the Train Goes… by William Bee
Song: A Peanut Sat on a Railroad Track
Action Song: Peanut Butter and Jelly
Read-aloud #2: I Love Trains! by Philemon Sturges
*Fingerplay: Choo Choo Train
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
Read Aloud #3: Down By the Station by Jennifer Riggs Vetter
**Flannel: I Spy
Fingerplay: Open, Shut Them
Read Aloud #4 (Big Book): Freight Train by Donald Crews
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
*Fingerplay: The Train
Prop Rhyme: Valentine Friends
“Dancing” Song: “There’s a Little Wheel A-Turnin’ in My Heart” from Laurie Berkner: Buzz Buzz

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

*I found these rhymes on childfun.com

**I Spy flannel (Source unknown)
I spy with my little eye
And you can hear with your little ear…
A yellow school bus go beep beep beep
And we all go traveling by by by
And we all go traveling by!
—>Other vehicles to add: a shiny red truck go rumble rumble rumble, a shiny black train go choo choo choo, a bright pink bike go ding ding ding, a little blue boat go row row row

Other Great Train Books: Trains by Patricia Hubbell, A Train Goes Clickety-Clack by Jonathan London, The Goodnight Train by June Sobel, Shark Vs. Train by Chris Barton, and Hey Mr. Choo-Choo, Where Are You Going? by Susan Wickberg

Valentine, Be Mine

All about LOVE to get excited about Valentine’s Day!

Panera Storytimes have started back up… and I also started a brand NEW storytime over at our NEW Randall Oaks Branch Library! A very exciting time! (See the library calendar for information about storytime dates and registration.)

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Sarah Weeks
Song (with finger puppets): Old MacDonald
Read-aloud #2: Snog the Frog by Tony Bonning
Song/Fingerplay/Props: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Flannel: The Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
Read-aloud #3: A Kiss Like This by Mary Murphy
Read-aloud #4: Stop Kissing Me! by Ethan Long
(For older kids, I might replace #3 and #4 with A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik)
*Fingerplay: Valentines (from Cobb’s I’m a Little Teapot book)
Read-aloud #5: Valentine Surprise by Corinne Demas
(“Dancing” Song: “Animal Action” from Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion)

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

*Valentines
Valentines, valentines, how many do you see?
Valentines, valentines, count them all with me
One for father, one for mother (count on fingers)
One for grandma, too
One for sister, one for brother
And here is one for you! (make heart with thumbs and index fingers)

Will You Be My Valentine and Love Me Every Day?

Yes, I’ll be your Valentine! Here’s this year’s Valentine Toddler Storytime…

Stories Shared:
Do You Love Me? by Joost Elffers
Peekaboo Kisses by Barney Saltzberg
Stop Kissing Me! By Ethan Long
Kitty’s Cuddles by Jane Cabrera

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.)
Tony Chestnut
If You’re Wearing Red Today
Where is Thumbkin?
My Eyes Can See
Fun With Hands
If You’re Happy and You Know It

Bonus Song:
Will You Be My Valentine?
(Sing this to the tune of “The Muffin Man”)
Oh, will you be my valentine?
My valentine? My valentine?
Oh, will you be my valentine?
And love me every day?
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
Your valentine, your valentine.
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
And love you every day.

Bonus Rhyme (Use with flannel hearts of appropriate colors):
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, share them now with me.
I have red ones.
I have orange ones.
I have yellow ones, too.
I have green ones.
I have purple ones.
I have some that are blue.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them now with me.
1-2-3-4-5-6!

Music:
Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee
Greg and Steve’s Kids in Motion (Animal Action)

All About Love Pajama Time

This week, we had a “love”-ly pajama storytime to prepare ourselves for Valentine’s Day!

PROGRAM
Entrance Music: A Father’s Love: Golden Slumbers
Opening Song: If you Want to Hear a Story
Flannel: The Little Cockroach Martina (from The Flannel Storytelling Book by Judy Sierra)
Song: Tony Chestnut
Book: The Frog Prince by Susanna Davidson
Song: Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Book: Snog the Frog by Tony Bonning
Song (with flannels): Barnyard Gate [version available on Ed McCurdy: Children’s Songs: the Greatest Hits (I Had a Little Rooster)]
Book: No More Kissing! by Emma Chichester Clark
Song: Will You Be My Valentine?

AFTER PROGRAM VIDEO
A Kiss For Little Bear (32 minutes)

Will You Be My Valentine?
(Sing this to the tune of “The Muffin Man”)
Oh, will you be my valentine?
My valentine? My valentine?
Oh, will you be my valentine?
And love me every day?
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
Your valentine, your valentine.
Oh, yes, I’ll be your valentine,
And love you every day.

Hugs & Kisses for Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day, Friends!

Nursery Rhyme of the Week:
Roses are Red
Roses are red,
Violets are blue,
Sugar is sweet;
And so are you!

Stories Shared:
No Matter What by Emma Dodd
Snuggle Wuggle by Jonathan London
Won’t You Be My Kissaroo? by Joanne Ryder
Stop Kissing Me! By Ethan Long

Rhymes (Can be found on Toddler Storytime Rhymes Sheet.)
If You’re Wearing Red Today
My Eyes Can See
Five Little Sausages
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
Tony Chestnut

Bonus Rhyme:
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, share them now with me.
I have red ones.
I have orange ones.
I have yellow ones, too.
I have green ones.
I have purple ones.
I have some that are blue.
Valentines, valentines, how many do I see?
Valentines, valentines, count them now with me.
1-2-3-4-5-6!

Music:
Raffi in Concert with the Rise and Shine Band (Shake My Sillies Out)