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Pockets for Poem in your Pocket Day – Free PDF

PDF Pocket ImageIn conjunction with my article at The Book Chook, Tips and Resources for Poem in your Pocket Day, I’ve created a very simple PDF of four pockets. It’s free to download if you’re a parent, teacher or librarian who would like to use it in some kind of activity with elementary/primary aged kids. Simply click here to go to my Free PDFs page, and scroll down.

Children could write out a favourite poem or create one of their own. They could then decorate a pocket, cut it out, and glue it to a backing sheet. Later it’s a simple matter to add their poem to this “pocket”, all prepared for Poem in your Pocket Day on April 30, 2015.

I hope you’ll help the children you know to celebrate the fun of poetry!

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Storytime at the Library Catch Up – Sessions 26 to 32

Storytime at the Library Catch UpBecause I have sadly been too busy at The Book Chook to keep up with publishing my Storytime Sessions here, I am going to make this a catch-up of several sessions! Link through to earlier versions of Storytime via the search box top right, using the tag, “Storytime”. Or check out my Pinterest board devoted to Storytime at the Library.

Storytime Session 26

Equipment: 2 books, storybag and Sookie

Share: Christmas story: Christmas Parade by Sandra Boynton. Reread with kids trying to identify the different animals in the parade. We read the refrain. We try marching around the room and making our own Christmas parade with instruments.

Share: Christmas story: The Chicken Who Saved Christmas, illustrated by Daniel Howarth (No writer mentioned.)

Game: Sookie Says!

NOTE: Next week is the last one for 2014 – remind parents!

Borrowing: Christmas books!

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Storytime Session 27

Equipment: 3 books, storybag and Sookie, iPad, paper for creature drawing, easel, pen

We take time to tell each other what we wish for Christmas. I explain that what I want for Christmas is a hippopotamus!

Share: I want a Hippopotamus for Christmas, by John Roe and Bruce Whatley. We look at the story again while listening to some of the song on the iPad.

Game: Please Sookie-la-la, may we cross the river? (Like Please Mr Crocodile, children can only cross the river if they are wearing certain colours.)

Share: Christmas Is… by Karen Sapp.

Share: Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Safari. We try different combinations of animals and read the resulting creature’s name. I show the kids how they can make a crazy critter at home with a folded and marked paper.

NOTE: Today is the last session for 2014. The first week of story time in 2015 is February 4. Hand out reminder leaflets

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Storytime Session 28

Welcome everyone to our first session the year. Ask if anyone read any great books or has something else exciting to tell.

Equipment: 3 books, storybag and Sookie, sticky labels, marker

Share: Dangerous by Tim Warnes. Activity: we write/read some labels and work out where to put them in the library. Labels: Sue, Leanne, Grandma, Mum, Dad, book, Susan, (kids’ names)

Reshare: Hug Machine – we discuss the people we like to hug. Game: please mr crocodile may we cross the river – only if you like to hug….grandpas, glue, grandmas, crocodiles, jellyfish, mums, pizzas, dads, chocolate

Share: One page from puzzle book, Spot What!

Borrowing – ask if anyone has a book they’d like to tell the others about. Reminder to look after library books, videos etc.

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Storytime Session 29

Equipment: 3 books, storybag and Sookie, sticky labels, marker

Share: The Mouse Who Ate the Moon: We create our own stories about the moon. OR (if kids are younger) we look at objects through a paper hole, and then try to identify some Susan shows behind the hole.

Reshare: Brown Bear Brown Bear. We read it again with children predicting what each animal sees.

Rhyme: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Borrowing

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Storytime Session 30

Equipment: 3 books, storybag and Sookie, papers with holes.

Share: Don’t Call Me Sweet. A little monster doesn’t want to be called a sweetie, until something changes his mind.  

Reshare: I Spy Pets We look at objects through a paper hole, and then try to identify some Susan shows behind the hole.

Share: Next page from puzzle book, Spot What!

Borrowing

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Storytime Session 31

Equipment: Sheep ears to dress as Shaun the Sheep, 3 books

Share: Shaun the Sheep Movie: Timmy in the City. We discuss whether kids have seen Shaun anywhere else, (making connections) and mention the movie coming soon. We talk about Shaun.

Reshare: The Runaway Hug Who do you like to give hugs to?

Game: Please Mr Crocodile, May we cross the river? People may cross who like things – stories, apples, parties, balloons etc. The crocodile tries to catch them but they are safe if they are hugging someone.

Share: Next page from puzzle book, Spot What!

Borrowing

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Storytime Session 32

Share: Construction by Sally Sutton and Brian Lovelock. We practise making all the construction noises with movements to suit and try to make a noisy construction machine.

Share: Hoot Owl, Master of Disguise by Sean Taylor and Jean Jullien. We practise looking like an owl,  making an owl noise, and swooping.

Reshare: Owl Babies

Song:

LITTLE OWL
Tune: “This Old Man”

Little Owl, in the tree,
He is winking down at me.
With a wink, wink, wink, wink,
All through the night,
Little Owl is quite a sight.

Little Owl, in the tree,
He is hooting down at me.
With a hoot, hoot, hoot, hoot,
All through the night,
Little Owl is quite a sight!

Borrowing

Evaluation: No time for Owl Babies so re-share it and song next week.

Storytime at the Library – Session 25

Storytime at the Library 25Link through to earlier versions of Storytime via the search box top right, using the tag, “Storytime”. Or check out my Pinterest board devoted to Storytime at the Library.

Storytime at the Library – Session 25

Preparation

Equipment: 3 books, storybag and Sookie

Share: Hog in the Fog by Julia Copus and Eunyoung Seo. (This might just be too long, depending on how many young ones arrive, so may need to stop halfway and finish next week.)

Game: Sookie repeats one word in a group and we try to identify it.

Share: Christmas story: One Night by Penny Matthews and Stephen Michael King. We discuss whether animals can really talk. If they could, what might they say?

Game: Sookie Says

Picture walk: Mouse Mansion: Sam and Julia at the Circus

Christmas borrowing

Evaluation: The word game was way too difficult. What was I thinking? The picture walk didn’t really interest the kids but parents were intrigued with the lovely craftwork. Christmas is dominating all discussion!

Storytime at the Library – Session 24

Storytime at the Library - Session 24Link through to earlier versions of Storytime via the search box top right, using the tag, “Storytime”. Or check out my Pinterest board devoted to Storytime at the Library.

Storytime at the Library – Session 24

Preparation

Equipment: 3 books, foam blocks, storybag and Sookie

Share: Saving Muddled Up Farm by Mike Dumbleton and Jobi Murphy. Do you remember last time when Sookie the puppet got mixed up with the noises animals make in Old MacDonald? Here’s a farm where the animals are very muddled!

Song: We sing One Two Three Four Five, Once I Caught a Fish Alive.

Game: Clumps. We make groups of certain numbers. I call out the number and we make it with our bodies in a group, then our fingers in a group, then with some foam blocks on the floor. Parents join in.

Share: Hug Machine by Scott Campbell. We share gentle hugs with someone else. What is good about a hug?

Evaluation: The kids adored Hug Machine and so did parents and staff! Must revisit in 2015. Clumps worked well because parents participated too.

Storytime at the Library – Session 23

Storytime at the Library - Session 23Link through to earlier versions of Storytime via the search box top right, using the tag, “Storytime”. Or check out my Pinterest board devoted to Storytime at the Library.

Storytime at the Library – Session 23

Preparation

Equipment: 2 books, story bag, Sookie the puppet

Share: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems. This is our third pigeon story. What do we know about the pigeon so far?

Revisit Old MacDonald, this time with the puppet. Sookie the puppet sings the song but gets mixed up with the animal noises. Can the children set Sookie straight?

Share: Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr.

Evaluation:

The children loved setting Sookie straight. Must remember to revisit Brown Bear next year. Mo Willems rocks! All his books should be re-shared.

Storytime at the Library – Session 22

Storytime at the Library - Session 22Link through to earlier versions of Storytime via the search box top right, using the tag, “Storytime”. Or check out my Pinterest board devoted to Storytime at the Library.

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

Storytime at the Library - Session 21Link through to earlier versions of Storytime via the search box top right, using the tag, “Storytime”. Or check out my Pinterest board devoted to Storytime at the Library.

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

Storytime at the Library - Session 20Link through to earlier versions of Storytime via the search box top right, using the tag, “Storytime”. Or check out my Pinterest board devoted to Storytime at the Library.

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

Storytime at the Library 19Link through to earlier versions of Storytime via the search box top right, using the tag, “Storytime”. Or check out my Pinterest board devoted to Storytime at the Library.

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.