story time

Fall Story Time

This was a personal favorite. Fall is my favorite season and I always find such cute books and rhymes!

Welcome Song: Hands Go Up and Hands Go Down
(to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Hands go up and hands go down
I can turn around and round
I can hop upon two shoes
I can listen so can you
I can sit, I’ll show you how
Story time is starting now

Action Rhyme: “Pumpkin Pumpkin” (to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (hold arms wide at sides)
Once you were a seed so small (pinch fingers together)
Now you are a great big ball. (make a big circle overhead)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (touch the ground)
How’d you get so big and round? (hold arms wide at sides)
Source: SurLaLune Storytime

Book: Who Loves the Fall? by Bob Raczka; illustrated by Judy Stead

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This book is simple but lovely in its simplicity. Bright colors and rhyming words (I love, love, love using books with rhymes for story time) and the best part? A diverse set of characters and non-gender stereotypes! So rare in children’s picture books.

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: Alice the Camel
A new song I tried this week. I drew a (truly wretched) camel on the dry erase board so I could erase the humps as we went along. Perhaps I’ll make a flannel of this if I’m feeling inspired …

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Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
Alice the Camel has five humps
So go Alice go
Four // Three // Two // One
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
Alice the Camel has no humps
‘Cause Alice is a horse

Even with the awful drawing the ending of the song got a good laugh and I think I’ll do it again next week. I just need to work (a lot) on my camel illustrations.

Book: Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall; illustrated by Shari Halpern

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Another great fall book with big, colorful illustrations. It teaches kids how to watch the leaves so they can tell when fall is coming.

Flannel: Five Little Leaves
I was told our flannel tree didn’t look like a tree. Everyone’s a critic.

Five little leaves on the tree next door
One fell off and then there were four
Four little leaves all over the tree
One fell off and then there were three
Three little leaves where the wind blew
One fell off and then there were two
Two little leaves sitting in the sun
One fell off and then there was one
One little leaf in the tree all alone
The wind blew and blew and now there are none!
Source: Storytime Katie

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)

Song: The Leaves are Falling Down (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
The leaves are falling down
The leaves are falling down
Red, yellow, green and brown (tap knees)
The leaves are falling down

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Mouse’s First Fall by Lauren Thompson; illustrated by Buket Erdogan

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I love love love Mouse books for every season/occasion. They’re simple and sweet and the illustrations are great. The kids seem to really respond to them. I already have Mouse’s First Halloween on hold for my October 25th Halloween Story Time.

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It
Clap Your Hands // Stomp Your Feet // Shout Hurray // Do All Three

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This (to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)
We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands for all our friends.
We wave goodbye like this.

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