Dance Story Time

Dance, Rattle & Roll Story Time (Session 6)

I had 43 people at this session! I was right about it being much calmer than other sessions since we’re deep into family vacation time. It went really well. I didn’t have to skip any songs and I planned everything perfectly. Of course, I forgot to update my PowerPoint presentation with our new song selections and the music stopped playing mid-song and I still have no idea why. But who cares, we had a great time!

I was also very happy to announce that we’re going to have another six week session in the fall starting at the end of September and finishing up on October 31st. Yes, a Dance, Rattle & Roll Halloween extravaganza. I’m already excited to sing and dance to some Halloween favorites.

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Book: A Hop is Up by Kristy Dempsey; illustrated by Lori Richmond

Welcome Song: Clap Your Hands by Old Town School of Folk Music

Song: Get Ready to Wiggle by The Wiggles

Song: Lizzie Spins by Joanie Leeds

RAINBOW BELLS

Song: All My Colors by Ralph’s World

Song: Rainbow by Milkshake

We returned the rainbow bells and listened to one more song before moving on to our library band.

Song: Freeze Dance by Kids Dance Party

LIBRARY BAND

I laid out a big container of instruments: cymbals, drums, shakers, etc.

Song: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da by The Beatles

I gathered all the instruments and played a song in between our band and our parachute time.

Song: Jump, Jump by Joanie Leeds

PARACHUTE

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*)

On our last verse where we see a crocodile and scream we lifted the parachute over our heads and screamed underneath of it.

Song: The Grand Old Duke of York

First we did the song with the kids sitting on the ground using the parachute. Then I had everyone stand up and we did it again.

Song: Popcorn by Barenaked Ladies

I had the kids do Popcorn with me again. We practiced going slow and then increasing our speed before I even started the music and I think that helped a lot. Then I had the kids run underneath the parachute for our last song and the adults and I operated the parachute.

Song: All Together Now by The Beatles

I gathered up the parachute and we had one more song before bubbles.

Song: I’m Bringing Home a Baby Bumblebee by evokids

BUBBLES

I’ve taken away the pretense of the bubbles being relaxing. So I used a bubble song, kept the lights on, and let them jump around and pop bubbles.

Song: Floatin’ Bubble Song by Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

Then I turned the lights off and we all relaxed to our next song.

Song: Rainbow Connection by The Muppets

I turned the lights back on and we sang our goodbye song.

Goodbye Song: Goodbye by Old Town School of Folk Music

(I have to, again, give credit to Miss Katie and her Shake, Shimmy & Dance story time as well as the local gym I take my son to for the inspiration.)

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 1

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 2

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 3

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 4

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 5

story time

Sharks & Sea Creatures Story Time (2018)

I had 47 people today. A little bit higher than normal but not crazily so. However, they were LOUD and spirited and rowdy! One of the moms told me she had to walk away because it was so nuts her ADD was acting up. 🙂 But I just kept pushing onward and yelling the books over the crowd noise.

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: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

i'm the biggest thing in the ocean

A bragging giant squid says he’s the biggest thing in the ocean. But is he?

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/Rhythm Sticks: This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks,
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Scrape our sticks // Hammer our sticks // Tap them soft // Tap them loud // Drum the floor
Source: 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children by Abigail Flesch Connors

Song/Rhythm Sticks: The Wheels on the Bus
Source: Jbrary 

Song/Rhythm Sticks: Tick Tock Goes the Clock
Tick tock, tick tock goes the clock, (swish sticks back and forth)
Waiting for someone to knock, (tap sticks together)
My oh my,
It’s a cat! (hold sticks to face like whiskers)

Bunny (hold sticks to head like ears) // Duck (hold sticks at mouth like a duck bill) //
Walrus (hold sticks at mouth like tusks) // Alien (hold sticks to head like antennae)
Source: Jbrary

Book: Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck; illustrated by Valeria Petrone

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A little boy encounters sea creatures on a “deep sea” dive (he’s really in the bath tub!). The kids liked pointing out the sea creatures on each page.

Flannel: Five Little Fishies
Five little fishies swimming in the sea,
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Shark as quiet as can be …
And SNAP!

Four // Three // Two

One little fishie swimming in the sea,
Teasing Mr. Shark, “You can’t catch me!”
Along comes Mr. Shark as quiet as can be …
And SNAP!
Now Mr. Shark says, “I’m full!”

This was a combination of words from Perpetual Preschool and movements from this video. I watched this video multiple times but of course once I got in front of a group, I completely forgot the tune. So I ended up just speaking it in a singsong voice and that worked just fine. Every time the shark snapped I grabbed a fish off the board. One of the kids knocked the board over after fish #3 so we had a few distractions but I pressed on.

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

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

shark in the park

A little boy uses his new telescope to spy sharks in the park. But what is he really seeing? Another successful reading. I love this book!

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

Special Events

Creative Kids Art Club — Session IV

Today we discussed Henri Matisse.

Book: Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter

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This book talks mostly about Matisse late in his life after he lost the ability to paint and found solace cutting painted paper.

Here’s the slide show I created for Matisse:

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For this session our project was making our own paper cutouts.

We used construction paper, scissors, and glue. Super easy and cheap! I purposefully didn’t bring in pencils so the kids would free form their cutting.

Here’s my example:

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Art Club finished for the summer! We’re heading down the summer home stretch …

story time

Shark Story Time (Toddlers)

The librarian who usually covers toddler story time is on vacation this week so I filled in.

Song: Open Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open shut them, open shut them
Put them in your lap, lap, lap.
Creep them, crawl them
Creep them, crawl them
Right up to your chin, chin, chin.
Open up your mouth …
But do not let them in!

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: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

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Rhyming book about a little boy and his telescope at the park. He thinks he’s seeing shark fins everywhere. But is he?

It was my first time using this book at story time and I really liked it. Very well received.

Song: I Like to Dance (to the tune of Skip to My Lou)
I like to dance, how about you?
I like to dance, how about you?
I like to dance, how about you?
Skip to my lou, my darling!

Jump // Clap // Spin // Stomp // Yawn // Sleep

My coworker found this song and I don’t know her source.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

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

Book: I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

i'm the biggest thing in the ocean.jpg

A giant squid brags that he’s the biggest thing in the ocean. But is he?

Song: Slippery Fish
Slippery fish, slippery fish, (scrape hands together back and forth)
Swimming in the ocean.
Slippery fish, slippery fish,
Glub, glub, glub.
Oh no!
The slippery fish was eaten by —

A tuna fish, a tuna fish // (hold hands like a diamond, open and close ‘mouth’)
An octopus, an octopus // (wiggle waggle arms at sides)
A great white shark, a great white shark // (arms snap up and down)

A humongous whale, a humongous whale, (hands on hips, sway back and forth)
Swimming in the ocean.
A humongous whale, a humongous whale,
Glub, glub, glub.
Oh no!
The humongous whale was eaten by a kid. …
Was it you?? (point to kid)
Source: Laptime Songs

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

Goodbye Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together

Tap, tap, tap your feet // Wave, wave, wave goodbye

Dance Story Time

Dance, Rattle & Roll Story Time (Session 5)

I had 62 people at this session. The least amount I’ve ever had but finally a more manageable number! I’m expecting even less at this week’s session. The first three weeks of August are a ghost town in our area. Everyone is on vacation. So this Wednesday might even be calm! (Haha!)

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Book: Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth; illustrated by Jane Porter

duck sock hop

Rhyming book about ducks and socks. This went over much better than Goldi Rocks last week!

Welcome Song: Clap Your Hands by Old Town School of Folk Music

Song: Get Your Move On by Mr. Jon & Friends

Song: Jump Up (It’s A Good Day) by Brady Rymer

EGG SHAKERS

Song: The Shaker Song by Rocknoceros

Song: Shake It! by Sally’s Music Circle

We returned the egg shakers and listened to one more song before moving on to our library band.

Song: Little Red Wagon by Old Town School of Folk Music

LIBRARY BAND

I laid out a big container of instruments: cymbals, drums, shakers, etc.

Song: Happy by Pharrell Williams

I gathered all the instruments. I was going to play a song in between library band and parachute time but for some reason it didn’t play. So we moved right on to the parachute!

PARACHUTE

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*)

On our last verse where we see a crocodile and scream we lifted the parachute over our heads and screamed underneath of it.

Song: The Grand Old Duke of York

First we did the song with the kids sitting on the ground using the parachute. Then I had everyone stand up and we did it again.

Song: Popcorn by Barenaked Ladies

I had the kids do Popcorn with me again. We practiced going slow and then increasing our speed before I even started the music and I think that helped a lot. Then I had the kids run underneath the parachute for our last song and the adults and I operated the parachute.

Song: All Together Now by The Beatles

I gathered up the parachute and we had one more song before bubbles.

Song: Five Little Monkeys by Old Town School of Folk Music

BUBBLE LULLABY

I turned the lights off and it was time for bubbles and a lullaby song.

Song: Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

The kids were of course gathered around the bubble machine jumping and popping bubbles. So I let them be crazy for one song. Then I stopped the bubble machine and we all lay down on the floor or with our grown up to relax for the second lullaby song.

Song: Skidamarink by Old Town School of Folk Music

I turned the lights back on and we sang our goodbye song.

Goodbye Song: Goodbye by Old Town School of Folk Music

Done! I think this session was a lot more controlled than previous sessions. I had less people and more experience running things. We only have one more session this summer!

(I have to, again, give credit to Miss Katie and her Shake, Shimmy & Dance story time as well as the local gym I take my son to for the inspiration.)

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 1

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 2

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 3

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 4

story time

Pirate Story Time (2018)

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: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see, clap them now with me.
Wiggle your feet // Stretch your arms // Zip your lips

Book: Pirasaurs! by Josh Funk; illustrations by Michael Slack

pirasaurs

A new pirasaur learns the ropes on his pirate ship. I love the rhyming verses and the female T-Rex captain.

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/Rhythm Sticks: This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks,
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Scrape our sticks // Hammer our sticks // Tap them soft // Tap them loud // Drum the floor
Source: 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children by Abigail Flesch Connors

Song/Rhythm Sticks: The Wheels on the Bus
Source: Jbrary 

Song/Rhythm Sticks: Tick Tock Goes the Clock
Tick tock, tick tock goes the clock, (swish sticks back and forth)
Waiting for someone to knock, (tap sticks together)
My oh my,
It’s a cat! (hold sticks to face like whiskers)

Bunny (hold sticks to head like ears) // Duck (hold sticks at mouth like a duck bill) //
Walrus (hold sticks at mouth like tusks) // Alien (hold sticks to head like antennae)
Source: Jbrary

Book: Pirates Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

pirates-love-underpants

Another rhyming book. Silly story about a pirate crew searching for the mythical golden underpants.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Flannel: Five Pirates Heading Out to Shore
Five pirates heading out to shore,
One jumped overboard and now there are four.
Four pirates heading out to sea,
One stole all the captain’s gold and now there are three.
Three pirates with nothing to do,
One was made to walk the plank and now there are two.
Two pirates having lots of fun,
One drank all the first mate’s juice and now there is one.
One pirate sitting in the sun,
He decides to abandon ship and now there are none.
Source: King County Library System

Book: Pirate Nap by Danna Smith; illustrated by Valerie Petrone

pirate-nap

Another rhyming story about two little pirates avoiding nap time. My group had started to “abandon ship” by this point … But Baby Shark tends to rein them back in.

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

Dance Story Time

Dance, Rattle & Roll Story Time (Session 4)

I had 95 people at this session. I hate to say this … but it was too many! The kids were a little unruly and hard to control with that many bodies. I also had some older siblings that were leading the pack which wasn’t helpful. But we pressed on!

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Book: Goldi Rocks and the Three Bears by Corey Rosen Schwartz and Beth Coulton; illustrated by Nate Wragg

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The three bears are looking for a lead singer for their band. Does Goldi have the vocal talent they need?

I had a rowdy group today and I’m not even sure people could hear me over all the talking (and it wasn’t just the kids!). I had a small group at the front that was paying attention so I read for them. The other kids were ready to get the show on the road!

Welcome Song: Clap Your Hands by Old Town School of Folk Music

Song: She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain by Old Town School of Folk Music

Song: Run Baby Run by Caspar Babypants

RHYTHM STICKS

Oh lord. We didn’t have enough rhythm sticks for everyone. So that was tough. And then one of the songs I was planning (Rhythm Patterns by Sally’s Music Circle) was way too soft to be heard by this huge crowd. So we had to skip it.

I sang one of the songs myself (This Is the Way We Tap Our Sticks) and that wasn’t a good idea without a microphone. And I had taken out one of my planned songs (Hot Dog! from Mickey Mouse Clubhouse) because I’ve learned from past story times that three songs are sufficient for props but I didn’t know Rhythm Patterns wasn’t going to work so now there weren’t enough. *deep breath* Story times are like live theater. You just never know what’s going to happen.

Song: This is the Way We Tap Our Sticks (to the tune of Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we tap our sticks,
Tap our sticks, tap our sticks,
This is the way we tap our sticks,
So early in the morning.

Scrape our sticks // Hammer our sticks // Tap them soft // Tap them loud // Drum the floor
Source: 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children by Abigail Flesch Connors

Song: Alphabet Song by ABC Alphabet Sounds App

LIBRARY BAND

We tried something a little new this week. In hindsight, if I’d known the number of people that were going to be there, I wouldn’t have tried it. I would have stuck with the tried and true formula. But the PowerPoint presentation gives me away so I had to stick with it …

I laid out a big container of instruments: cymbals, drums, shakers, etc. The kids grab one and jam to a song I put on. Easy peasy. I think they really did enjoy this. It was just a little cut throat getting instruments.

Song: Twist and Shout by The Beatles

If I do this again I think I’ll use a song the kids know like Happy by Pharrell or something like that. I’ve been trying to expose them to some classic rock songs but really, people (kids included) like to hear music that they know!

I gathered all the instruments and now it was time for …

PARACHUTE

This was also madness. I had to do a little threatening to take the parachute away because they weren’t listening and kept running underneath. And adult supervision was minimal. Mostly because I think it was hard to keep track of your child in the crowd. But we finally got it together and were able to do our usual parachute songs.

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*)

On our last verse where we see a crocodile and scream we lifted the parachute over our heads and screamed underneath of it.

Song: The Grand Old Duke of York

First we did the song with the kids sitting on the ground using the parachute. Then I had everyone stand up and we did it again.

Song: Popcorn by Barenaked Ladies

The kids did Popcorn with me again. I had them practice without music first and they did very well! They even started out slow and got faster. Success! (It only took four sessions.)

I had them run under the parachute for our last song and the adults and I operated the parachute. This seems to be working well for us.

Song: All Together Now by The Beatles

I should have had a song or two here to transition to Bubble Lullaby time. Next time …

And yes, I FINALLY got it together enough to have a bubble machine. Of course, it made the kids crazier instead of calming them down. They were dipping their hands in it and covering the wands with their hands. I ended up holding the machine and walking around so everyone could get some bubbles. Of course, I was like the bubble pied piper and had a line of kids following me.

I’m going to lay down some ground rules for next week or no more bubbles.

Song: Blackbird by The Beatles

Song: You Are My Sunshine by Old Town School of Folk Music

I put the bubbles away for You Are My Sunshine in the hopes that the kids would calm down but the song was so short it didn’t work very well. But that’s okay. We were almost done!!

Goodbye Song: Goodbye by Old Town School of Folk Music

Phew!!!

(I have to, again, give credit to Miss Katie and her Shake, Shimmy & Dance story time as well as the local gym I take my son to for the inspiration.)

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 1

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 2

Dance, Rattle & Roll: Session 3