Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Birds - Toddlers

Whew! I had a large group (20 kids) but it went well. Helps to do it 3 times before today. (4 this week!)

Hooray for Birds by Cousins
Birds by Henke

The more we get together
Shake your sillies out
Jumping and Counting
Do the Bird
Three little birds on uke - I put the words on the board so the adults could sing. They did!
Rockin' Robin with instruments
What a miracle

Flip Flap Fly by Root

This is all of birds for a while and I am off the next 3 weeks so see you in 2018!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Birds - Headstart and Early heatstart

A little confusion today but all worked out. I went to headstart at 930 am like I was supposed to but they were in the middle of a snack so they asked me to come back later. So, I went to the store and the post office and wasted a good 15 minutes. Then I came back to see if I could do Early Headstart a little early. (They are in the same building) They were fine with that and I got started right away.

Early headstart is babies and toddlers so I did mostly a baby storytime with a couple of books.

Here's what I did:

Birds by Henkes
Hurray for Birds by Cousins

The More We get together with signs
Three Little Birds on uke
May there always be sunshine on uke
Rocking Robin with shakers
Bird hokey pokey
If you're happy and you know it
Head shoulder's knees and toes

Flip Flap Fly with puppets

So after that I went over to Headstart and they let me do my storytime.

The kids are 3-4 years old so I did the same as yesterday.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Birds - preschool outreach

I will be doing this theme 3 times this week.
This was my first. This group is a private preschool and the kids are very good and advanced. So I figured I would do some experimenting. I tried teaching them Three Little Birds. They learned it fine but I messed up a bunch. I am not sure if I can teach the toddlers so I might just play the song and do scarves.

I haven't done birds for a while so this was fun!

I'm Not Cute by Allen - they liked this one
Oliver's Wood by Hendra
Hello My Name is Ruby by Stead - not a favorite
Pigeon Found a Hotdog by Willems - ok

The more we get together with signs
Three Little Birds with uke
May there always be sunshine with uke
Old MacDonald with uke (their request)
Do the Bird - dancing
Rockin Robin with shakers
Jumping and Counting

Went pretty well. One boy asked for puppets because I brought them last time, maybe next month.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Shoes and Socks - Toddlers

Something was off today but I'm not sure what. Went okay but just odd. I spoke a little more to the parents and they laughed at my jokes. This is highly unusual.

Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Litwin
Shoe Baby by Dunbar
Duck Sock Hop by Kohuth

The more we get together
Jumping and Counting
Everybody knows I love my toes (from Jbrary)
B-O-O-T-S by Berkner with instruments
This What My feet can do
What a Miracle

Busy Little Cobbler

Nursery Rhyme
1-2 Buckle my shoe

They were quiet after the instruments so I did a 3rd book. Had to cut it short but did a little bit (Shoe Baby).

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Toddler storytime - Pigs

I did pigs today.

Piggy Pokey
The tale of the pigs go round and round
The more we get together
Perfect Piggies with shakers
What a Miracle
Shake your Sillies out

If you give a pig a pancake by Numeroff
Zoiink by Most

8 piggies in a row

This little piggy

The pig went moo

Today went pretty well. It was a little short but that's okay. I am getting the hang of this group now. Only 2 books, lots of songs, puppets, flannel, fingerplay, and shakers made them pay attention more than before.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Thanksgiving Storytime

I had a good group today. Mostly toddlers but I aimed a little higher today.

I'm a Turkey by Arnosky
Little Kids Table by Riehel
I know an old lady who swallowed a pie by Johnson
One is a feast for mouse by Cox

If you're a turkey and you know it
All the pretty little horses with scarves
Open shut them
She'll be coming round the mountain with instruments

Craft: Turkey hat

This one has been on the back burner for 2 years because last year the library closed on the Wed. before Thanksgiving-which was when I planned to do it. Did Tuesday this year just in case.

It was good, not great, because I have a cold and singing was not going to happen. I sang If you're a turkey and you know it but it was difficult.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Preschool Outreach - Books

I have a very good repore with the head teacher at the preschool I went to today so I always enjoy it. She always likes starting with Books as a theme. She also is very disappointed when I don't bring by uke. Unfortunately, I had a sore throat so it was a difficult day.

No Pirates Allowed! by Greene
-The kids liked this but it might have been a bit long for them.

Book! Book! Book! by Brauss
Fall is not easy by Kelley
I took my Frog to the Library by Kimmel

Where is the blue bird?
- good one

Books! Books! by Emily Arrow
 - with motions, good hello song
I know a chicken by Berkner
-with shakers
If you're happy and you know it
May there always be sunshine
-with uke
Wheels on the bus
-with uke
Spaghetti legs by Gill
-they loved this one

It was interesting how some of the kids don't quite have sitting still down yet. But the end of the year, they will be sitting and asking for more books. :-)

There was one parent/helper that bought a uke because of me and was disappointed I only did 2 songs. But, I have a sore throat so I don't mind.