Wednesday, June 14, 2017


Today I did food as my theme.

Here is the plan I did:

Open Shut Them

Chips and Salsa by Reynolds
 - this one seemed a little long but they were pretty attentive. I made it a bit interactive by shouting OLE!

Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
If you're Happy and You know it (ending with If you want to hear a story sit right down)

Pigs Love Potatoes by Anika Denise

Song on Uke - I am hungry (from Jbrary)

5 Little Hotdogs - Jbrary

Draw and sing
Aiken Drum - I forgot the tune at first but I got it eventually

Shaker song
I know a Chicken - by Laurie Berkner
 - they love this one so much I am thinking about making it an every week thing

What a miracle  by Hap Palmer

My early literacy tip today was on play.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Gardens for preschool

I almost forgot to tell you about this one. I went to my favorite preschool for the last outreach visit of the school year.

I did a song I really like called Curious Garden by Ellen Arrow. The kids really liked it and the hand motions are a little tough. Here is a link:

It is based on the book Curious Garden by Peter Brown so I read the book first and then did the song.

Also read:
Carrot Soup by Segal
Who's Garden is It? by Hobberman

Also sang
Can you plant a bean?
May there always be sunshine

It was a great storytime to end the week. (and the school year) :-)

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Bugs for toddlers

A small group, so I was able to do 3 books. The little boy from last week that was very disruptive was there again. I waited until I had the caregiver's attention and then said the rules (they were late last week). I specifically said, stay out of my stuff. (but a little nicer) It didn't help. The caregiver (maybe a grandmother) just watched as he tried to get into my stuff. I didn't let him but she did. If it continues I might have to speak to her.

Here's what I did:


Tiny Little Fly by Rosen

Can you make a scary face? by Thomas
 - not as big a hit as usual most likely due to the small group

In the Tall Tall Grass by Fleming


Itsy Bitsy Spider with puppets
 - I had a bunch of insect puppets so I sent them all up the spout and back down. They liked it.
Ants go marching with instruments

All in all this wasn't bad. I think compared to last week, which was total chaos, it was pretty good.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Beach Day!

In honor of Memorial Day I did Beach as my theme today.

I had a larger crowd that usual and many came in late. I need to figure out how to make sure the latecomers know the rules. I could wait until after the first song to do the rules.

Books I used:
To the Beach by Ashman
Fun dog Sun Dog by Heiligman

Open Shut them
Shake your sillies out
If you're happy and you know it
Bubbles to Beach, Beach Sandy Beach by the Wiggles

3 little jelly fish
Sharks in the sea

I got a little flustered and just had to quit. I tried to read my factual book about the seashore after the bubbles but no one was listening. I just took the coloring sheets to the tables.

The one little boy (late comer) that went into my closet (he opened the door I am pretty sure) was a big pain so I will have to block it off next time. Ugh!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Gardens for early head start

Same as toddler time but with the song Curious Garden by Emily Arrow. Awesome song!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Gardens for toddlers

I have a couple of families that come in late so for one that started out small and ended up pretty big, it went well.

Dig In! by Jenson-Elliot
and Then It's Spring by Fogliano

In the Garden - Raffi with motions
Itsy bitsy spider
Garden Song - with shakers
Can you Plant a Bean - here (I messed this up big time, oh well)
Open shut them
Shake your sillies
If you're happy and you know it
What a miracle

Puppet poem
There's Something in my garden here

Finger play
10 little peas

5 little flowers

It went okay. When I only had 5 to start I was going to do another book but when the ranks swelled to 14 I couldn't get to it. They were pretty tired by the end and I was too. So that equals a success in my book!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Mother's day - Toddler Storytime

Open Shut Them
Shake your Sillies out
If you're happy and you know it
I love my Mommy by Lewin (with shakers)
MOMMY (to bingo)
What a Miracle

5 little monkeys

Puppet Show
Mother Mother I want Another by Robbins

I Love Mommy by Braun
Piglet and Mama by Wild

The kids today were pretty wild. It didn't help that a couple of the parents were having social time and thought it was cute how their kids were running around everywhere. The best attended was my puppet show. My voice is pretty shot and I am exhausted. I am afraid my microfrowns might have been a little more macro today but at least I got through it.