story time

Anna McQuinn Story Time (Saturday 2018)

I love Anna McQuinn’s stories about Lola and her little brother Leo so I decided to feature them in a Saturday story time.

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: Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon
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 my rocket ship
Zoom zoom zoom, we’re going to the moon
In 5-4-3-2-1
BLASTOFF!

Book: Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

lola-at-the-library

Lola goes to the library every Tuesday with her mommy. A great book that explains how libraries work and the fun things you can do there. I also like to use it for our Libraries/Reading-themed story times during National Library Week.

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

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

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

Book: Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

lola loves stories.jpg

Lola goes to the library on Saturdays with her daddy. They take out enough books for the week. Lola reads one book a day and that book influences her play for the day. Really conveys how books can take us places and feed our imaginations.

Flannel/Song: Bubble Bubble Pop
One little red fish swimming in the ocean
Swimming in the ocean, swimming in the ocean
One little red fish swimming in the ocean
Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, POP
(Two little orange fish // Three little blue fish // All of the fishies)
Source: Jbrary

Song: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Egg ShakersShake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn; illustrated by Rosalind Beardshaw

lola reads to leo.jpg

ALWAYS READ THE STORY BEFORE STORY TIME! I assumed this was a book about Lola reading to her little brother and how special it is to share stories. It’s MUCH more a book about welcoming a new baby into the family with a little reading mixed in. So noted. Lola Plants a Garden would have been a better choice (this actually was my first choice but it was checked out when I was planning this story time).

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)
Grandpa Shark (shark mouth like daddy 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

Closing Song: It’s Time to Say Goodbye to All Our Friends (to the tune of She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain When She Comes)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime

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