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

January 2018 “Snow Clothes” Toddler Visit

It’s been cold and snowy in Illinois. Today, my toddler friends and I stayed warm indoors and shared this fun storytime together. (This month, my preschool and kindergarten friends are enjoying a version of this “It’s Frosty Cold Out!” storytime plus “The Freeze!” song listed below.)

Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
Read-aloud: Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin
Song: Silly Hat Song
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
*Flannel Rhyme: Cute Little Snowman
Action Song: Fun with Hands
Dancing Song (with scarves): “The Freeze!” from Carole Peterson: Dancing Feet
Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye

Schools visited: Little Bear Academy

*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!

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.

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

Penguins and Polar Bears

They may be polar opposites… but both are a lot of fun!

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: The Puzzled Penguin by Keith Faulkner (pop-up book)
Fingerplay: Two Little Penguins
Read-aloud #2: Baby Penguins Everywhere! by Melissa Guion OR Penguins by Liz Pichon
Song/Fingerplay: Tommy Thumb OR Where is Thumbkin?
Read-aloud #3: Arctic Waters by Laura Crawford OR My Little Polar Bear by Claudia Rueda
*Flannel: Five Little Polar Bears
**Fingerplay: Sometimes
Read-aloud #4: Santa Claus and the Three Bears by Maria Modugno OR/AND Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks
(Story Props: Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin (Templates here))
(Dancing Song: “Doing the Penguin” from Sesame Street Hot! Hot! Hot! Dance Songs)

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

OTHER BOOKS TO CONSIDER: Sergio Makes a Splash! by Edel Rodriguez; If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor

*Five Little Polar Bears

**Sometimes
Sometimes my hands are at my side (Hold hands at side)
Then behind my back they hide (Put hands behind back)
Sometimes I wiggle my fingers so (Wiggle your fingers)
Shake them fast, shake them slow (Shake fingers fast and slow)
Sometimes my hands go clap, clap, clap (Clap hands)
Then I rest them in my lap (Rest hands in lap)
Now they’re quiet as can be.
Because it’s listening time, you see.

It’s Frosty Cold Out!

BRR! Come in to the library where it’s nice and warm… and listen to some fun winter stories! So far, I’ve done this storytime (some variation of it) with 3 preschool groups, 2 kindergarten classes, and a family literacy group. I’m also planning on using it for my regular Panera storytime and my new storytime over at the Randall Oaks branch 🙂

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

PROGRAM:
Read-aloud #1: All You Need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle OR Snowmen at Night by Carolyn Buehner
*Flannel Rhyme: Cute Little Snowman
Read-aloud #2: Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London OR Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman
Action Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Read-aloud #3: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett
Song: Silly Hat Song
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 #5: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson OR Ten on the Sled by Kim Norman OR Oh! by Kevin Henkes OR Pip and Squeak by Ian Schoenherr
(Song: “Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song)

CLOSING:
Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye

*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!

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.

Snow! Snow! Snow! Snow! Snoooow!

This week, I experienced my first snow fall since moving back to the chilly Midwest from sunny California. I guess it’s time to bundle up! Here’s a fun Snow & Clothing preschool storytime. I like to combine the two themes. It was always interesting to do a snow storytime in California… most of the kids had never even seen the stuff 🙂

Also: you may notice me changing the look of my blog/website a couple of times within the next few weeks… please be patient with me as I try to get everything “just right”. I have actually changed the look back to how I originally had it in the first place for this week… kind of retro:)

Clothing and Snow Preschool Storytime with Jennifer: January 23, 2007

OPENING:
Play “Jenny Jenkins” as audience enters (and wear Amelia Bedelia hat)
Have competition with fish puppet to see if I can swim
Discuss clothes and what you wear
Opening Fingerplay: 10 Little Fingers
Opening Song: If You Want to Hear a Story

PROGRAM:
Put hat on fish puppet to segue into…
Read-aloud #1: Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing, Barrett
Song: If You’re Wearing Red Today
Action Rhyme: Can You Hop Like a Bunny?
Song (with artfelt): Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Read-aloud #2: Froggy Gets Dressed, London
*Fingerplay: Snow Fell Gently
**Song: This is the Way We All Get Dressed
Storytell: The Mitten (You can use beautiful visuals as props from Jan Brett’s website here)

VIDEO:
Joseph Had a Little Overcoat (10 minutes)

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

*The snow fell softly all the night.
It made a blanket soft and white.
It covered houses, flowers, and ground,
But did not make a single sound!

**This is the Way We All Get Dressed (to the tune of “Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we all get dressed, all get dressed, all get dressed…so early in the morning
This is the way we put on our shoes… (pants, socks, shirt, coat, etc.)

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)