Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime – Magic!

Preschool Storytime

This storytime was SO much fun that I did it 5 times! Haha! After it went so well during Preschool Storytime, I decided to do it with 4 of my outreaches. Each time was a huge success!

Talk about Magic

Before each storytime I like to give the kids a chance to talk about what they know about the subject. It helps get all of us excited.

Use Magic wand to “poof” preschoolers into animals!

I actually only did this once. We weren’t deep enough into the storytime or the idea of “magic” for them to care quite yet it seems. Also I heard “Your magic doesn’t work!” (Fair!) But I bet it would have gone better if I told them to use their imagination like I do later in the storytime.

 “Hat Trick”

Magic, magic, in my hat!
I’ll pull out a rabbit – (pull anything other than a rabbit)
Ahhhh! What is that?!
(repeat until ready for the rabbit)
Magic, magic, in my hat!
I’ll pull out a rabbit –
See! Look at that!
Credit: SLC Book Boy

Oh man, they loved this! Whenever I brought out something other than a rabbit they loved to scream out what it was and laugh. I used finger puppets for all of the animals besides the rabbit so they would fit in the hat and while I said the rhyme I held the hat up high so no animals could be spotted inside.

The Magic Hat by Mem Fox

This book was always generally well received. I had to explain what was happening in the beginning because the full, busy illustrations sometimes led to the preschoolers “missing” seeing the people being poofed into animals from the hat.

Chalk in Hand- drawing story

The magician has an empty hat. (draw an upside down magic hat)

Turned upside down, with a brim like that.

Then suddenly a head appears,               (draw round circle)

With two bright eyes.                              (draw eyes in circle)

And two long ears.                                 (draw rabbit ears)

And a small round nose.                         (draw nose)

And whiskers too,                                   (draw whiskers)

And magic stories just for you.                (put the word, ‘magic” in the hat)

Chalk in Hand by Phyllis NoePflomm

I did this on a whiteboard and stopped after each phrase so they could try to guess what was coming out of the hat. I switched up the order the first time so that the ears would be the last clue. Then, the second time I would say the rhyme all the way through in the correct order, erasing each part as I said it so that by the end it would be “disappeared”!

Magic Finger Rhyme

Magic finger in the air

Magic finger in my hair

Magic finger on my hip

Magic finger on my lip

Credit: Youth Literature

Milo’s Hat Trick by Jon Agee

This book is a little long, so I did not do it with my daycare outreach. However, during Preschool Storytime it went great and they were able to pay attention.

Sleeping Bunnies Song after “poof” into bunnies

See the little bunnies sleeping til it’s nearly noon

Come and let us gently wake them with this merry tune

Are they ill?

They’re so still….

Wake up bunnies!

And hop, hop, hop.

Wake up little bunnies and hop, hop, hop (x4)

After the bunnies, I would “poof” them into other sleeping animals such as fishies who would swim after waking and elephants who would stomp after waking. It was a hit!

Magic Box by Katie Cleminson

This one was okay! Short and sweet, not a lot of responses to it.

Scarves

We Wave Our Scarves Together

Popcorn Kernals

This Is The Way We Wash

Magic trick

I filled a plastic bag with water and poked sharpened pencils through it. Beforehand, I asked what they thought would happen if I poked pencils into a bag of water then I said I will do magic and no water will come out.

 Closing Song

Storytime is over clap your hands

Storytime is over clap your hands

Storytime is done, I hope that you had fun

Storytime is over clap your hands

Craft

Magic Wands

Large popsicle sticks with yellow paper stars to glue to the top and glitter and gems to glue to the stick.

           

 

 

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STEAM

Make and Break it STEAM program

Discovery Lab is a series started by the person who had my job before me. Their vision was to make it a STEAM filled program for school age children centered around a large topic with various activities to let them explore and experiment with that topic. Past themes they did were airplanes, magnets, and flotation. When I ‘adopted’ this program, I knew I wanted to make some changes to make it my own. The library system had also, since then, received a large grant that allowed us to buy a lot of technology that I needed to start incorporating. For the fall, I signed up to have one of the pieces of technology each month then proceeded to build a Discovery Lab around it. For the winter it will change even more J. But,  for the first Discovery Lab, we had Cubelets.

Cubelets are square robotic building pieces that magnetically join together to make robots and various creations that can do things like drive, light up, or spin. They can also be built to do more complex things such as drive until they come to the end of the table then stop or light up only when the lights go out.

The theme for this Discovery Lab was Make it & Break it. At one end of the room was the Make It side. The Make It side stations were:

Cubelet construction

Kids can explore Cubelets and build a variety of different robots with different functions. (all ages)

Longest chain

Kids can use one sheet of construction paper to try and make the longest chain. Station will need construction paper, scissors, glue, tape, and measuring tape or yardstick. (all ages)

The Break It side stations were:

Can you fix it?

A flashlight or other simple electronic is taken apart. At this station, children will put the pieces together in a way to make it work again. (Preschool – Early School Age)

Take it apart

A remote control, an old phone, and a Nintendo controller will be set out on a table with screwdrivers, magnifying glasses, and goggles and kids will have the opportunity to take apart these items and learn more about what is inside and what makes it work. (early school age-tween)

Disassembled laptop pieces matching game

Kids can explore various pieces from a laptop and try to identify the piece and its function (early school age-tween)

After

Results:

Well, unfortunately, only 1 kid showed up to this program. He was 6 and while he was very enthusiastic to try things he steered clear of most of the “break it” side. He DID love the Cubelets and experimenting with them though.

Preschool Storytime

Preschool Yoga Storytime – Jungle

My very first preschool yoga storytime was so much fun! To be sure it was wild, wild, wild too. There was one little one who literally screamed the entire time, only maybe 40% of the kids were doing a pose at any one time, and the room was filled! However, all this only made it better in my opinion! I loved the energy and the excitement in the room. My goal is not to turn these kids into little yoga experts or any deep lesson at all. I just want to have fun, move around, and think a little deeper for a second about our bodies or breathing or thoughts.

Before we started, I tried to ‘set the stage’ a little bit. Here were the general announcements:

1.) This storytime is designed to focus on early literacy skills and movement. Yoga poses and stretching greatly benefit young children by helping to increase their focus, increase body awareness, improve coordination, and develop techniques to calm down.

2.) I encourage all adults to participate with their child in at least the partner poses if not entire storytime.

3.) No one is expecting perfection or skill, the focus is on trying! Some poses may make us fall down, tip over, or slip! That is ok! Get back up when you can and rejoin.

4.) If it hurts or feels bad please stop! Listen to what your body is saying.

Then we jumped right in!

  1. Welcome Song: Hello Friends

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

It’s time to say hello!

  1. Breathing Activity (Prayanama): Lion’s Breath

I started this breathing exercise by talking about times we get angry and how this breathing can help us feel calmer and get rid of bad or hurtful feelings inside of us.

Kneeling on the floor, sitting upright, hands should be relaxed on your lap. Inhale through your nose. Open your mouth wide, stick your tongue out and exhale strongly while making a “Haaaa” sound.

  1. Partner Poses: Forward Folds (I wanted to do this but ended up skipping it because I got too nervous to feel like I was “making” the adults do stretches. There were many grandparents in attendance and I didn’t want to make anyone feel bad.. I still love the idea and hope I will try it next time)
  2. Stick to the Glue song

Stomping feet, one and two
Stomping feet, one and two
But if my feet were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling.

Clapping hands, one and two
Clapping hands, one and two
But if my hands were covered in glue
I’d stick to the glue, my darling
(hands in Anjali mudra, or prayer position) (from yogibrarian)

  1. Hello Stretch/Sun Salutations

(Call and Response)
Centered
Butterfly up.
Butterfly down.
Ragdoll.
Jump back..
Plank pose.
Downward dog.
Upward dog.
Downward dog.
Jump forward.
Ragdoll.
Butterfly up.
Centered

Breathe in and out your nose.
Stand tall in mountain pose.
Take a break. Take a rest.
Salutations are the best.
Breathe in and out your nose.
Stand tall in mountain pose.
Take a break. Take a rest.
Salutations are the best
(https://kiddingaroundyoga.com/buy-songs/using-our-music/sergeant-salutation/)

  1. Book: Walking Through the Jungle by Julie Lancome
  2. Yoga re-telling of book
    1. Poses:
      1. Enter Jungle: Tall Grass/Tree Pose
      2. Cobra Pose
      3. Tiger Pose (Cat/Cow with growl)
      4. Elephant Pose (Forward Fold with hands together, swing trunk)
      5. Lion’s pose
      6. Monkey Pose (squat, rock side to side with monkey noises)
      7. Crocodile Pose (crocodile pose)
  1. Book: There was an Old Monkey Who Swallowed a Frog by Jennifer Ward
  2. One New Pose: Frog Pose (Jumping while squatting)
  3. Activity: Monkey Toes/Toe-ga (Skipped this because the room was too wild and too many kids! I want to try with a smaller group another time)
  4. When I Stretch Up rhyme

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.

From Storytime Katie

  1. Relax Poses
    1. Happy Baby
    2. Beanbag belly breaths
  2. Rest/Savasana: Walk through the Jungle, What do we see?
  3. Goodbye Rhyme: Peace begins with Me

Hold both hands overhead. On the word “peace,” touch the thumbs and pinky fingers together. On the word “begins,” touch the thumbs and ring fingers. On the word “with,” touch the thumbs and middle fingers. On the word “me,” touch the thumbs and pointers. Repeat this four times, the first time loudly and hands overhead. The second time, bring the hands down a little and speak a little softer. The third time, bring hands lower and whisper. The last time, bring hands to knees and speak words silently to self.

(Kids Yoga Guide Teacher Training)

  1. Coloring Page/Small Activity
Preschool Storytime

Preschool Storytime – The Moon!

 

I feel such a strong love for the moon that I couldn’t help but to make my first storytime of the fall cycle on the moon! When working in preschools, I would have so many discussions with children about the moon. It was the perfect mix of mysterious and visible for them that resulted in many great insights and joys. This storytime was able to also form so many great conversations, observations, and sharing about the moon. I would much rather have conversations with the kids throughout my storytime even if that means needing to skip or change my original schedule so I found this storytime a success! I did the moon storytime for my first outreach with four year olds at a local daycare and at the library for preschool storytime.

One strength of the storytime was using the kitten puppet before and after the story Kitten’s First Full Moon. The kids LOVED to talk to the kitten after the story to ask it questions about what happened in the story! Did she really get hurt when she fell down the steps?? They also loved giving her advice for next time “Do not jump into a pond, only drink from it!” or “Next time ask for some catfood!” It was truly a delight to watch and also an amazing opportunity for literacy and comprehension.

For next time, I want to incorporate more ‘known songs’. While my songs were fun and very on theme, I want to be able to get more children and parent involvement which I think would be improved by songs they already know or songs I can repeat and teach them over many storytimes!

  • Hello Friends

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

Hello friends,

It’s time to say hello

  • Talk about moon yesterday!
  • Hey Diddle Diddle felt rhyme (skipped for outreach)
  • Kitten Puppet
  • Kittens First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
  •  Kitten Puppet
  • If You’re Going to the Moon
    Sing to: If You’re Happy and You Know It

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots
If you’re going to the moon, this is what you have to do
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots

…wear your suit (ziiiip!)
…wear your gloves (clap clap)
…wear your helmet (pat your head)

 (http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=5971)

  • I’m Going Out in Space

Sing to: Farmer in the Dell

I’m going out in space
I’m going out in space
I think I’ll see a planet there
I’m going out in space

((http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=5971)

  • Way Out There by Oliver Jeffers
  •  Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, zoom, zoom,

We’re going to the moon

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon

If you want to take a trip,

climb aboard the rocketship

Zoom, zoom, zoom

We’re going to the moon.

  •  5 Little astronauts (w/ finger puppets)
    • I got this rhyme and the images from spelloutloud.com. I printed the images on cardstock then hot glued a felt finger thing-y to the back!

1 astronaut when out to play

on the moon so far away

he had such galactic fun

that he called for another astronaut to come

  •  Mooncake by Frank Asch (Higher, Higher for outreach)
  • Parachute (skipped for outreach)

Focus on “slow” and “fast” while moving the parachute to “Moon, Moon, Moon” by Laurie Berkener off of her Victor Vito CD

  • Closing Song

Storytime is over clap your hands

Storytime is over clap your hands

Storytime is done, I hope that you had fun

Storytime is over clap your hands

  • Craft (skipped for outreach)

Straw Rockets

http://buggyandbuddy.com/straw-rockets-with-free-rocket-template/

  • Play (skipped for outreach)
STEAM

Toddler Art – Garden Paintbrushes

Toddler art may seem scary for some, but for me this is what I have been doing everyday for the past two years in my preschool job. When I got assigned the toddler art program I tried to think of the most successful art projects I had done with my classroom that might also be thematically relevant (at least a little). My coworker at the preschool always snagged the beautiful floral displays left over from bar/bat mitzvahs and we would pull out the flowers to use to paint on big pieces of paper.

Taking this same idea, I decided to do a “garden paintbrush” theme where instead of paintbrushes we used common items one might find in the garden. Obviously this project, like how many toddler art projects are, is based more on the experience rather than the result 😉

I gathered potatoes, carrots, flowers, grass, and leaves to use as paintbrushes and for the smaller items I clipped clothespins onto them to make them easier to grasp. The potatoes and carrots were cut into segments and the potatoes got a popsicle stick stuck in the top to make them grasp-able.

Result:

Some of the younger kids did not enjoy the sensory feeling of paint on their hands and abandoned the activity pretty quickly. Overall all the children were finished in around 15 minutes (of an hour long program! eek!). In an ideal world the art would have sustained their interest longer but at this age it is difficult to find anything that can keep interest for longer than 15 minutes. In the future, instead of putting all available materials out right away, I may bring start with one paintbrush option then gradually add more after they tire of the first to help sustain the program to last longer.

 

Toddler Storytime

Wonderful Ones and Terrific Twos Storytime – July

My first set of toddler storytimes at my new library! As is often the case with young storytimes, there is already a typical schedule that they desire the librarians to mostly stick to. People this young thrive on repetition and expectations so I did not want to break their routine, however, I also wanted to put my own ideas and spin on things. Overall I stuck to the rhymes and order that they were used to from previous storytimes, but I cut out a lot of rhymes so that I could have a smaller number to really focus in on and repeat several times.

Overall, it went really well! Things moved quickly and there was enough variation in activities that the kids found something they were able to get excited about. The one year olds LOVED the parachute and shouts of joy were heard the whole time, but the two year olds shockingly were not as excited and preferred to help hold the straps with the caregivers!

Next time, I may switch up the order so that scarves are closer to the beginning. I noticed many of the shyer children really opened up when they were able to focus on an activity that does not require interacting with other children or speaking aloud but gives them their own personal object to focus on. These children, after the scarves, were also much more likely to participate in the songs and rhymes.

  1. Welcome in with bubbles
  2. Hello Everybody and How Are You?
  3. When (cows) Get Up In the Morning Puppet Rhyme
  4. Hickory Dickory Dock felt rhyme w/bells
  5. Book: Look At You! By Kathy Henderson
  6. Clap Our Hands Together (hit floor, sway, nod, clap)
  7. Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  8. ECRR TIP: Singing
  9. Rum Pum Pum, this is my drum. My name is Ms. Darcy
  10. We’re Marching to the Drum (tiptoe, bouncing)
  11. SCARVES: Peek-a-boo
  12. SCARVES: Wind, oh wind
  13. SCARVES: Popcorn Kernel
  14. SCARVES: This is the way
  15. Parachute: It’s a Beautiful Day by Greg and Steve
  16. Twinkle, Twinkle
  17. Our hands say Goodbye

Hello Song

Hello, everybody, and how are you?

How are you?

How are you?

Hello, everybody, and how are you?

How are you today?

 

When Animals Get Up In the Morning (Use different animals and puppets also)

When cows get up in the morning,

They always say good day.

When cows get up in the morning,

They always say good day.

They say mooooo

They always say good day.

 

We Hit the Floor Together

Sung to the tune of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”

We hit the floor together, we hit the floor together,

We hit the floor together, because it’s fun to do.

We wiggle our fingers together…

We nod our head together…

We sway side to side together…

We clap our hands together…

We stretch up high together…

We all sit down together…

 

Rum Pum Pum

Rum pum pum, this is my drum.

Rum pum pum, this is my drum.

My name is Dar-cy, what’s your name?

(with this rhyme, I tap out my names syllables on the drum then go around the room and allow each child to hit the drum as we tap out their name’s syllables) 

 

Drum Song

Sung to the tune of “Farmer in the Dell”

We’re marching to the drum, we’re marching to the drum,

Hi-ho-the-derrio, we’re marching to the drum.

And the drum says “STOP!”

We’re running to the drum…

We’ll tiptoe to the drum…

 

Hickory Dickory Dock (Felt)

Hickory Dickory Dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock stuck one (one bell shake)

The mouse ran down

Hickory Dickory Dock (repeat for 2, 3, 4, 5)

 

 

 

Popcorn Kernels

Popcorn Song (tune of Frere Jacques, so sing each line twice)
Popcorn Kernels (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot (I tell the kids to make their scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them up in their fists)
Shake them shake them shake them (shake)
’til they POP (Toss scarves up into the air)

 

This is the Way We Wash Our Necks

This is the way we wash our necks, wash our necks, wash our necks. This is the way we wash our necks, so early in the morning.

 

Wind, Oh, Wind:

Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say. What are you blowing away today? Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say

 

Goodbye Song:

Our hands say goodbye with a clap, clap, clap.

Our feet say goodbye with a tap, tap, tap.

Clap, clap, clap.

Tap, tap, tap.

We roll our hands together and we say goodbye.

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Part Librarian, Part Graphic Designer ;)

I do not have a full program-load with my position yet as I am still being eased into things since coming in the middle of their regularly scheduled programs. So, I have a bit of extra time as compared to the other children’s librarians here.

We are each assigned sections within the children’s collection that are “ours” to maintain. This is mostly in reference to weeding, making sure we have popular titles, etc. However, this can also mean promoting the materials! I got lucky (in my opinion!) and I get to be in charge of juvenile fiction, graphic novels, and the “I can read” or easy reader section. With my extra time this week, I decided to practice graphic design skillz in order to help promote some of these sections. I have been able to do graphic design in past library jobs in order to make displays and flyers, and while I have always loved doing it, I have never been great at it.

THEN, an adult librarian coworker recommended the site canva.com. And lemme tell you, the skies opened up and heaven sang down. This site is not only SO FUN, it also makes it really easy to make some pretty good looking signs.

We get sooo many requests for Captain Underpants, Elephant and Piggie, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid that we can hardly keep these books on the shelves and I have to deal with many disappointed patrons who claim it is “ALLLLL I WANTED!” So, I decided to make some read-a-like signs to help these patrons. Here they are below!

CaptainUnderpantsReadalikes

DiaryofaWimpyKidReadalikes

Elephant&PiggieReadalikes

HarryPotterReadalike

 

And seriously.. try out Canva!