Alphabet Book

Letter Q

Our quirky quail!

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I feel like he’s the equivalent of “we’re almost at the end of summer reading.” He’s a bit drab and his feet, eyes, and crest are drawn on instead of cut out. I didn’t have it in me this week to get any more creative. And, you know, Q is a tough one. I based him on the quail found here.

Here’s our Letter Q Instructions and our table:

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I had my last story time of the summer this morning! Now we just have to get through one more coding program and the party and we’re officially done!

story time

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

Book: Captain Small Pig by Martin Waddell and Susan Varley

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Song: When Cow Wakes Up in the Morning
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
When cow wakes up in the morning,
He always says hello.
And what does the cow say?
Mooooooooooo
That is what he says.
(Sheep // Duck // Chicks // Pig // Dog // Cat)
Adapted from Jbrary

Scarf Song: Have You Ever Seen a Sailboat? (to the tune of Did You Ever See a Lassie?)
Have you ever seen a sailboat, a sailboat, a sailboat, (wave scarves back and forth)
Have you ever seen a sailboat go this way and that?
Go this way and that way and that way and this way,
Have you ever seen a sailboat go this way and that?
Adapted from Jbrary

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

Book: Busy Boats by Tony Mitton and Ant Parker

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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*)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! by Patricia Hubbell; illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy

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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

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

story time

Construction & Kindergarten Story Time (Outreach)

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: Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lichtenheld

mighty mighty construction site

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: The Construction Worker Song (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
This is the way we pound the nails, pound the nails, pound the nails.
This is the way we pound the nails so early in the morning.

Saw the wood // Stack the bricks // Paint the walls
Source: Storytime Katie

Book: “Build, Dogs, Build” by James Horvath

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Action Rhyme: Dump Truck
Dump truck, dump truck, (steer)
Bumpin’ down the road. (bounce up and down)
Spilling gravel as you travel,
With your heavy load.
Bumpety bumpety bump,
Dump truck, dump truck — DUMP! (lean over)
Source: Perry Public Library

Song: The Alphabet Song

Book: The Night Before Kindergarten by Natasha Wing; illustrated by Julie Durrell

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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)

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten? by Audrey Vernick; illustrated by Daniel Jennewein

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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

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

I changed the words to “It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena” (because they’re not really saying goodbye to each other) and they thought that was hilarious! A great farewell song!

Building Story Time

You! Story Time (Building)

For our last Build a Better World story time I told the kids I wanted to talk about them and the great ideas I know they have and how they’re going to make our world a better place.

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: 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*)

Book: Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! by Dr. Seuss

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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)

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

As promised last week, an additional scarf song:

Song/Scarves: The Fish in the Sea (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish, (wave scarf side to side)
Swish, swish, swish,
Swish, swish, swish.
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish,
All day long.

The dolphins in the sea swim round and round (circle scarf in front of you)
The sand in the sea goes down, down, down (raise scarf up and drop it down)
The waves on the sea go up and down (wave scarf up and down)
Source: Jbrary

Book: What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada; illustrated by Mae Besom

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Wiggle: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side,
And dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.
Source: King County Library System

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Because of You by B. G. Hennessy; illustrated by Hiroe Nakata

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I told the group before I even started I was going to try not to tear up. I adore this book, it’s so sweet and was the exact message I was trying to convey to them. They can make the world a better place. (And p.s., I held it together.)

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

After Baby Shark we made balloon marshmallow rockets! I based our craft on the one found here. They were super easy (and cheap!) and the kids loved them. A highly recommended project!

Special Events

Ready, Set, Code — Session II

I didn’t take any pictures of our first coding session but I did this time so I thought I’d post them!

At this session we started by reviewing the definition of commands:

commands definition

Then we practiced our commands by playing The Name Game. We started by spelling out our first names on graph paper then writing down the commands to write each letter:

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You can see the sheet on the left has the key of up, down, left and right. Then they had to pick a starting point for each letter and write the commands from there. This program was designed for ages 6-10 and I had a few 5-year-olds who had some trouble with this one. But the older kids I had who were going into fourth and fifth grades loved it. I had one younger kid named Max and we all had to band together to help him design an X. That was a tough one! I got this idea from the book How to Code: A Step-by-Step Guide to Computer Coding: Book 1 by Max Wainewright. Fantastic book and series for this sort of program.

After The Name Game we talked about algorithms:

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And programs:

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(If you’re wondering, I got the template for the robot signs on postermywall.com.)

Then it was time for graph paper programming. This concept was difficult for the younger ones so beware. The older kids did great.

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We started at the left. The yellow star in the top left corner was our starting point. The text at the bottom were our instructions. We followed our instructions to make a pattern. But we discussed how those instructions in long form were tedious and took up a lot of room.

The next image is the coded instructions. On that blank piece of paper we designed the code for that image together.

On the second to last paper is a code we did together on the blank graph paper which gave them an idea of how to play the game. Then I paired them up. One person wrote the code and gave it to the other person who followed the code and hopefully, made the correct image based on the instructions. I gave them six images to follow but, of course, they could make up their own images if they wished.

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I got this idea here.

Finally, we ended with a craft. I explained what binary code is and the kids spelled out their names in code:

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You can see the ASCII Alphabet in binary above my example craft. The 1’s in binary code are black and the 0’s are white. Of course, they could pick any color they wanted. I got the strips here and based the idea on the necklaces I found here. Logistically, a paper craft is easier for us.

So that was our second coding session. One more to go!

Building Story Time

Science & Scientists Story Time (Building)

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: Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Book: Charlotte the Scientist is Squished by Camille Andros; illustrated by Brianne Farley

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Scientist Charlotte uses the scientific method to determine how to get more space away from her enormous bunny family to conduct her experiments.

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)

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

The kids like scarf songs so much I promised them I’d find an additional one for next week (our last building story time!).

Book: Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts

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I pretty much chose this theme because I wanted to read all of Andrea Beaty’s books during Building Story Time this summer. 😀 I adore them.

Song: Itsy, Bitsy Spider

Wiggle: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side,
And dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed.
Source: King County Library System

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: 11 Experiments That Failed by Jenny Offill & Nancy Carpenter

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I wasn’t sure the kids were going to “get” this book about a girl who conducts experiments throughout the year like living solely on ketchup covered snowballs for the winter and growing mold in her brother’s shoe. The kids were a little restless by the end (we had three fairly long books this session) but I got a lot of laughs from the grown-ups in attendance.

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

After Baby Shark we made popsicle stick catapults! Then we experimented with cotton balls, pennies and pencil erasers to see which went farthest. To our surprise, the cotton balls won!

story time

Construction 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: Six Little Ducks

Book: Mighty, Mighty Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and Tom Lictenheld

mighty mighty construction site.jpg

Action Rhyme: Dump Truck
Dump truck, dump truck, (steer)
Bumpin’ down the road. (bounce up and down)
Spilling gravel as you travel,
With your heavy load.
Bumpety bumpety bump,
Dump truck, dump truck — DUMP! (lean over)
Source: Perry Public Library

Song: The Construction Worker Song (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
This is the way we pound the nails, pound the nails, pound the nails.
This is the way we pound the nails so early in the morning.

Saw the wood // Stack the bricks // Paint the walls
Source: Storytime Katie

Book: Dig, Dogs, Dig: A Construction Tail by James Horvath

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I liked reading these first two books so much I think I’m going to take them to my outreach story time next week!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler; illustrated by Bob Kolar

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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

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!”
It’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye,
Wave your hands and wink your eye,
Now it’s time to say goodbye to all our friends, “Goodbye!”
Source: Sunflower Storytime