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Storytime at the Library – Session 22

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Storytime at the Library – Session 22

Preparation

Equipment: Books, story bag, puppet, flannel board, kit for 5 Little Ducks, puppet

Share: Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late by Mo Willems. We discuss whether or not kids should get to stay up late.

Share: Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop by Todd Tuell and Tad Carpenter. We try some ninja moves as we discuss the book.

Game: We look in the story bag to find a puppet. Silly puppet, Sookie, tries to say nursery rhymes but kids have to help him with the rhyming words.

1. Twinkle Twinkle
2. Baa Baa Black Sheep
3. Mary Had a Little Lamb
4. Jack and Jill

Flannel board: 5 Little Ducks. We say the rhyme and change the board to fit, counting the ducks.

Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only four little ducks came back.

Four little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only three little ducks came back.

Three little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only two little ducks came back.

Two little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But only one little duck came back.

One little duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack, quack.”
But none of the five little ducks came back.

Sad mother duck
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
The sad mother duck said
“Quack, quack, quack.”
And all of the five little ducks came back.

Evaluation: Sookie was a huge hit! The children thought it hilarious when he couldn’t find the right rhyming word but instead sang “sausage” or something equally inappropriate. Observing the lack of subitizing when counting ducklings reminded me all over again how very young these kidlets are! Must follow up with more counting games. The Pigeon is becoming a real favourite.

Storytime at the Library – Session 21

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Storytime at the Library – Session 21

Preparation

Equipment: 2 books, story bag, frog puppet, CD player, flannel board and kit

Share: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. We discuss whether or not pigeons should drive buses.

Share: Next song from Juicy Juicy Green Grass book by Peter Combe, Frog.

Five green and speckled frogs rhyme on the flannel board.

Five little speckled frogs
Sat on a great big log
Eating the most delicious bugs (yum, yum)
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four speckled frogs.
etc

Evaluation: The kids loved the Mo Willems book. They were keen to count the frogs over and over. Only three children today. The consensus was that pigeons should NOT drive buses.

Storytime at the Library – Session 20

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Storytime at the Library – Session 20

Preparation

Equipment: 3 books, story bag, Gorilla toy, CD player

Gorilla is half-hidden in the story bag. He whispers to me that he wants to hear a story about a monkey.

Big Book: Monkey and Me by Emily Gravitt. Read and discuss.

Finish: Counting Aussie Animals in my backyard by Bronwyn Houston. We look at the book and discuss the pictures as we read and count. Today it’s numbers 6-10.

Game: I open the book at random pages, kids call out the number and then have to find that same number by putting their hand on that lily pad.

Share: Next song from Juicy Juicy Green Grass book by Peter Combe, The Silly Postman. We play a memory game and try to remember all the things the postman puts into the letterbox.

Dancing to Juicy Juicy Green Grass.

Evaluation: Another good session.

Storytime at the Library – Session 19

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Storytime at the Library – Session 19

Preparation

Equipment: 3 books, story bag, book in bag, CD player

We guess what’s in the story bag. (the book, Counting Aussie Animals in my backyard)

Share: Counting Aussie Animals in my backyard by Bronwyn Houston. We look at the book and discuss the pictures as we read and count. Kids practise one-to-one correspondence and counting.

Game: I open the book at random pages, kids call out the number and then have to find that same number by putting their hand on the lily pad.

Big Book: Round and Round the Mulberry Bush We go on a picture walk through 2 more pages from Round and Round the Mulberry Bush, discuss the pictures and do the actions.

Share: Juicy Juicy Green Grass song by Peter Combe, with book to accompany.

We listen the first time, then read/sing the song again.

Evaluation: The girls begged to dance to the music and we all joined in. Certain library patrons seemed to be stunned by my moves! Really enjoying that this generation of kids gets to appreciate Peter Combe’s lively songs for kids. Thank you Peter and Scholastic.

Storytime at the Library – Session 18

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Storytime at the Library –  Session 18

Preparation

Equipment: 3 books, story bag, duck puppet

Big Book: Round and Round the Mulberry Bush. We go on a picture walk through some more pages from Round and Round the Mulberry Bush, discuss the pictures and do the actions.

Share: Duck by Janet A. Holmes and Jonathan Bentley. A little boy loses his favourite soft toy, and searches everywhere for it. We talk about our favourite toys and why they’re important.

Game – Simon Says

Re-Share: I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs. Try re-telling/reading the story first by calling for volunteers.

Old MacDonald Song with the animals from I Spy Pets. Music game: we sing the EIEIO part silently in our heads while we clap the words.

Evaluation: Re-sharing books is wonderful. I’m so enjoying their excitement when kids can remember and help me “read”!

Storytime at the Library – Session 17

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Storytime Session 17

Preparation:

There has been a two week break for the school holidays. Ask the kids to share any great books they read in the break. Or other exciting news!

Equipment: story bag, mouse puppet, 3 books

We guess what animal might be in the story bag today. There’s a mouse in the first story too.

Book 1: Who Sank the Boat. We look at front cover and predict what the story might be about. Remind the kids about Mr Gumpy’s Outing, another story about a boat. We read the book which has lots of questions about who sank the boat for kids to answer as we go. We act out the story as we re-read it.

We sing Old MacDonald Had a Farm, using the animals from the story.

Book 2: Bring on the Birds by Susan Stockdale. We read it and talk about birds we know. What do all birds have in common? All have feathers, and are hatched from eggs. Game: is a cow a bird? Is a mouse a bird? Is a penguin a bird? Is an elephant a bird? Is an emu a bird? Flap your wings and fly if I say a bird’s name.

Book 3: We read some pages from the big book,  Round and Round the Mulberry Bush, discuss the pictures and do the actions.

Evaluation: Lots of new children today, including babies and toddlers. It’s tricky adapting things the four-year-olds like for the babies, but I’m hoping just the experience of being there will be good for the bubs. I found a CD player I can use for sharing a newly arrived picture book we can sing along with!

Storytime at the Library – Session 16

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Storytime Session 16

Dinosaur Week

Preparation for Storytime Session 16:

Equipment: Books: The Three Triceratops Tuff, Gigantosaurus and I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. Dinosaur friends were invited to join us last week. Letter from the dinosaurs printed out.

Storybag: dinosaur letter (clues: something that you might find in your letter box or post box, something that comes in an envelope.) I read the children the letter (see image below.)

(Someone wrote to me complaining about story time. It was the dinosaurs. They didn’t think it was fair that the teddy bears had special stories at the library just for them. So, today we have special stories about dinosaurs, and some dinosaur visitors.)

Share: Gigantosaurus This is a very scary story! It’s about a very, very, scary …Gigantosaurus! If you get really frightened, just close your eyes.

The kids join in the action parts. Was anyone scared?

Share: The Three Triceratops Tuff Another story, this time about a very scary dinosaur called a T.Rex. And three triceratops brothers called Tuff. We act out a little of the story with me, then a child, asking, who’s that clip-clomping through my valley?

Re-share: I’m a Dirty Dinosaur A loved favourite, re-visited just for fun. And because memorisation is really important for pre-reading!

Kids browse books with a dinosaur theme and borrow the ones they like.

Letter from the dinosaurs

Evaluation:

One little fellow really came to life in this session. He LOVES learning about dinosaurs and other animals and seems to me to already prefer non-fiction books. Even though the three books were fiction, he focused on the books, and loved joining in a discussion about dinosaurs. Book browsing again resulted in children each choosing several books to borrow. One new mother is going to get a library card and bring her baby to Storytime another day.

Free PDF, Secret Codes for Kids

Secret Codes for KidsIn conjunction with my article at The Book Chook, Secret Codes and Language Games for Kids, I’ve created a four-page activity book: Secret Codes for Kids. Inside you’ll find explanations and invitations for kids to practise writing in code.

If you are a parent, teacher or librarian who would like to use this booklet with primary-aged children, you can download my free PDF by clicking here, my Free PDF’s and Resources page, and scrolling down.

Storytime at the Library – Session 15

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Preparation for Storytime

Equipment: story bag, pig puppet, books.

Pig and puppet both start with P. Can we find P on the mat? What words do we know that start with P?

Share: There’s a pig in our first story, Mr Gumpy’s Outing. When you come to that part of the story about the pig, can you make a pig noise?

After sharing the story, we try to recall the movement words and make a list – hop, chase, bleat, flap, trample, kick, fall. We sing a song and do some of the actions.

(to the tune of: Mary had a little lamb)

Will you be a friend of mine,
Friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine
and (hop/chase/flap etc) around with me?

Share: for Baby H – Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Helen Oxenbury. Counting to 10. Counting all the babies at Storytime.

Share: I Spy Pets – we guess the animals. Discussion about everyone’s pets.

We retell Mr Gumpy’s Outing by acting it out, with the story mat as the boat.

Evaluation: Some new kids at Storytime today, including some babies! Lots of fun and animal noises. Repeat the song another time.

Storytime at the Library – Session 14

Storytime at the Library - Session 14Read about Storytime at the Library Session 1, Session 2, Session 3, Session 4, Session 5,  Session 6,  Session 7,  Session 8, Session 9, Session 10, Session 11, Session 12 and Session 13.

Preparation for Storytime Session 14

More teddy bears!

Equipment: books, story bag, teddy bear.

What’s in the story bag? A bear! Bear starts with B. Can we find B on the story mat? What words do we know that start with that sound?

We discuss good books the kids borrowed last week.

SHARE: The Very Itchy Bear by Nick Bland – Bear and Flea are friends who like to go places together. We think of a friend we like to do things with.

Song: If you’re itchy and you know it, have a scratch! 2nd verse: If you’re itchy and you know it, flick a flea!

SHARE: There, There by Sam McBratney and Ivan Bates – Hansie the bear looks after the people he loves. How do we look after people when something is wrong?

Rhyme from last week:

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn around!
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the ground.
Teddy Bear, Teddy bear, jump up high.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch the sky.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, bend down low.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, touch your toes.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, turn off the light.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, say goodnight.

Game: Hide the bear.

Display library books about bears – especially The Bear in the Cave by Michael Rosen (remember we’re going on a bear hunt ? it’s the same character!)

Evaluation: It was a seriously windy day! Enough said? Scatty we were, and annoyed with each other for sitting in “our spot” on the story mat! But we made it through without bloodshed, despite all the itching.