story time

Spring & Books Story Time (Outreach 2018)

My outreach kids visited the new library for the first time today and it was magical. I loved having them in our new space and they were so excited to pick out books to take back to school. I’m already looking forward to their May visit …

Welcome Song: Clap and Sing Hello (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!
We wave and sing hello // We stomp and sing hello
Source: Storytime Katie

Song: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus round and round
All through the town

The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish //
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep //
The doors on the bus go open and shut //
The driver on the bus goes move it on back //
The people on the bus go up and down //
The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah //
The people on the bus go shh, shh, shh

Book: The Dark, Dark Night by M. Christina Butler & Jane Chapman

the dark dark night.jpg

Frog is so excited to be back at his pond after the long, long winter but then he spots a terrible pond monster! Will Frog and his friends ever figure out how to get Frog safely to his pond?

My outreach kids are way too smart and knew right away that Frog and friends were seeing their shadows. But they still enjoyed the book and how silly the animals were.

Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
I do three verses of this classic:
Row row row your boat (the traditional way) //
Rock rock rock your boat, sway from side to side
Merrily merrily merrily merrily what a bumpy ride (bump hands on lap) //
Row row row your boat, gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile (crocodile snap with arms)
Don’t forget to scream (*AH*)

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Itsy Bitsy Spider (sung normally)
Teeny Weeny Spider (sung in falsetto)
Great Big Hairy Spider (sung deeply)

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Sung three times, getting faster each time.

Wiggle Rhyme: Watch Out for the Bugs (to the tune of Jingle Bells)
Clap your hands, stomp your feet
Wiggle all around
Throw your hands up in the air and now let’s touch the ground
Touch your head, touch your hips, give yourself a hug
Now sit down upon the floor
But watch out for the bugs!! (stamp out the bugs)

Book: A Library Book for Bear by Bonnie Becker; illustrated by Kady MacDonald Denton

a library book for bear

I did this again even though my pre-K kids weren’t super enthusiastic about it yesterday. My outreach kids really enjoyed it. Maybe having a test run reading helped me with the telling? Who knows. But all hope is not lost for Bear books at story time …

Song/Scarves: Popcorn Kernels (to the tune of Frere Jacques; sing each line twice)
Popcorn kernels, (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot. (make scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them in their fists)
Shake them, shake them, shake them, (shake)
’til they POP! (throw scarves into the air)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: One Bright Scarf (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow, (hold in hand)
Wiggle it high, (wiggle above head)
Wiggle it low, (wiggle by knees)
Shake it fast, (shake fast)
Shake it slow, (shake slow)
Put it behind your back. (put scarf behind your back)
Where did it go? (bring out empty hands; shrug)
Source: Jbrary

Song/Scarves: We Wave Our Scarves Together (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow)
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We wave them high, (sing/wave high)
We wave them low, (sing/wave low)
We wave them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
We throw our scarves together,
Because it’s fun to do!

We throw them high, (throw/sing high)
We throw them low, (throw/sing low)
We throw them in the middle,
Because it’s fun to do!
Source: Jbrary

Song: Ten Little Flowers (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little flowers, (count on fingers)
Four little, five little, six little flowers,
Seven little, eight little, nine little flowers,
Ten little flowers in spring.

Give them rain and lots of sunshine, (flutter fingers down then circle overhead)
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
Give them rain and lots of sunshine,
So they’ll grow up tall! (raise arms over head)

Ten little, nine little, eight little flowers, (count on fingers)
Seven little, six little, five little flowers,
Four little, three little, two little flowers,
One little flower for me! (point to self)
Adapted from Storytime Katie

Book: Miss Brooks Loves Books! (and I Don’t) by Barbara Bottner; illustrated by Michael Emberley

miss brooks loves books

A little girl’s (school?) librarian loves books but she doesn’t. When Book Week comes, she doesn’t have a favorite book to share. Will she ever find one? This book went over well yesterday with my preschoolers and today with my outreach kids. Definitely a new addition to my books/reading story time!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Flannel: Five Little Flowers
One little flower growing just for you,
Up came another and now there are two.
Two little flowers growing near a tree,
Up came another and now there are three.
Three little flowers growing more and more,
Up came another and now there are four.
Four little flowers growing side by side,
Up came another and now there are five.

Then BOOM went the thunder, (clap)
And ZAP went the lightning! (draw zigzag in the air)
That springtime storm was really frightening! (hide eyes behind hands)
But the flowers weren’t worried – no, no, no! (shake finger back and forth)
The rain helps them grow, grow, grow! (lift arms over head)
Adapted from Miss Meg’s Storytime

Book: Hooray for Books! by Brian Won

hooray for books.jpg

Turtle can’t find his favorite book. Maybe Zebra has it? Or Giraffe? Or Lion? Or Owl?

I gave them a choice between this and Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn (my preference) and they chose this one. It’s a really cute book and the repetition is good for younger readers but I think they were a little too old for it …

Action Rhyme: Make it Rain
We made a rain storm together. First we tapped together one finger, then two, then three, then four, then all five to clap. Then we tapped our knees and stomped our feet to add thunder. Then we stopped stamping, then tapped together four fingers, then three, then two, then one.

I tried this with my preschool kids and it was eh. I tried this with the outreach kids and it was eh. I’m retiring it.

Song: Baby Shark
Baby shark do do do do do do (shark mouth with two fingers)
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark do do do do do do
Baby shark

Other verses:
Mama Shark (shark mouth with hands connected at the wrists)
Daddy Shark (shark mouth with whole arms)
Grandma Shark (shark mouth like mama shark but with fists)
Shark attack (snap arms overhead)
Swim away (swimming motion with arms)
Safe at last (jazz hands)
Source: Adapted from Kindergarten Nation

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