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
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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!

Preschool Storytime

Picnic Preschool Storytime

Eep! My first preschool storytime at my new position! I am just a tad bit excited!

This late June storytime will be focused on PICNICS! Who doesn’t love a good picnic? Within the realm of picnics we are able to talk about ants, talk about food, and play lots of pretend.

 

Books/Stories:

ants at the picnicmouse's first summerbest picnicever           

Ants at the Picnic: Counting by Tens (Non-fiction)

            By: Michael Dahl, Illustrated by: Zachary Trover

Mouse’s First Summer

By: Lauren Thompson, Illustrated by: Buket Erdogan

The Best Picnic Ever

By: Clare Jarrett

 

Songs/Rhymes:

5 Red Strawberries (Felt Rhyme)

Five red strawberries, sweet to the core.
Bear came and ate one and then there were four.

Four red strawberries, growing near a tree.
Bear came and ate one and then there were three.

Three red strawberries, for you and you and you.
Bear came and ate one and then there were two.

Two red strawberries, sitting in the sun.
Bear came and ate one and then there was one.

One red strawberry, left all alone.
Bear came and ate it and then there were none.

Ants Go Marching! (Action)

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out of the rain.
(two, tie his shoe; three, climb a tree; four, shut the door; five, take a dive) 

The Ant Hill (Fingerplay)

Here is the ant hill (make a fist with one hand)

With no ants about

And I say

(cup hands to mouth)

“Little ants won’t you please come out”

Out they come trooping

In answer to my call

1,2,3,4,5

(raise fingers of hand)

And that’s all!

Credit: http://www.perrypubliclibrary.org/sites/default/files/files/picnic.pdf 

Going On a Picnic (Play)

Going on a picnic,
Gotta pack a lunch.
What should we bring to munch, munch, munch?

(Last Verse)
Ready for a picnic,
Ready with a lunch,
Now we’re ready to munch, munch, munch!

Credit: Harris County Public Library

Manipulatives:

Rhythm Sticks

Craft:

Pretend-Cherry Pie

Craft includes a paper plate that children can glue red tissue paper onto for the cherry pie filling. Then, use brown strips of construction paper, pre-cut, to lie in a grid across the top of the pie to make the lattice crust. Finally top with a cotton ball or two to make whipped cream.

Credit: http://gluedtomycraftsblog.com/2014/11/cherry-pie-kid-craft.html

Order:

Hello Song

The Best Picnic Ever

5 Red Strawberries

Mouse’s First Summer

Going on a Picnic

Ants at the Picnic

The Ant Hill

The Ants Go Marching

Rhythm Sticks to Music

Craft

Free Play

(Books on display/offered for checkout: Good News, Bad News by Jeff Mack; We’re Going on a Picnic by Pat Hutchins; The Bunnies’ Picnic by Lezlie Evans; Picnic by John Burningham)

 

❤ Darcy