Alphabet Book

Letter Z

We did it!!!!!! Our zany, zealous Z!!

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Can you tell I’ve designed 25 letters and it’s the holiday season and I was looking for simplicity? 😀 I got the idea here. Here are the Letter Z Instructions.

And here’s our table:

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So that’s our alphabet project. It’s been a great success but now I have to think of something equally wonderful to do next year …

Our temporary location is officially closing it’s doors on December 31st and we’ll be moving into the new building in January! A very happy new year to us indeed!

story time

Bears & Christmas 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: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

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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*)

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: The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

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Action Rhyme/Flannel: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

I got my words and movement from this great video from Sophie’s World.

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: Corduroy by Don Freeman

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Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

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I gave the kids a vote between this book and Snowmen at Christmas by Caralyn & Mark Buehner.

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They chose the Grinch. And most of them hadn’t read it before. A few had seen the Jim Carrey movie (one little boy pointed out that the Grinch was supposed to be green) but I’m not sure many of them had seen the classic cartoon! Sacrilege!

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 Miss Elena, “Goodbye!” (tap knees)
It’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
It’s time to say goodbye …
Wave your hands and wink your eye, (wave, wink)
Now it’s time to say goodbye to Miss Elena, “Goodbye!”
Adapted from Sunflower Storytime

story time

Owl Story Time

This was my last story time in our temporary location! We should be moving sometime in January. Very exciting!

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: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: Bear’s New Friend by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman

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Bear hears a strange noise and wonders “who” it is. Yes, this is a summer book but any excuse to use a bear book …

Flannel: Five Little Owls
Five little owls sat underneath the moon.
But five little owls will be leaving soon!
Five little owls, are you keeping score?
One flies away and that leaves four.
Four little owls sitting in a tree,
One flies away and that leaves three.
Three little owls calling, “Whoo, whoo, whoo!”
One flies away and that leaves two.
Two little owls having lots of fun,
One flies away and that leaves one.
One little owl and we’re almost done!
He flies away and that leaves none.
Source: King County Library System

Action Rhyme: Wide-Eyed Owl
There’s a wide-eyed owl (circle your eyes with your hands)
With a pointed nose (point to your nose)
Two pointed ears (make ears with your fingers)
And claws for toes. (wiggle your “claws”)
He lives way up in the tree (point way up)
And when he looks at you (point to the children)
He flaps his wings (flap wings)
And says, “Whoo, whoo!” (say “whoo”)
Source: Storytime Katie

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: I’m Not Cute by Jonathan Allen

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Little Owl is NOT cute! He is a fierce flying machine! So why does everyone want to give him a hug? This is one of favorite books to read at story time. Unfortunately I had a coughing jag in the middle of it and I could barely squeak the words out. *sigh*

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Song: Be Like an Owl (to the tune of London Bridge is Falling Down)
Flap your wings and fly around, fly around, fly around, (flap wings)
Flap your wings and fly around, just like an owl.
Open eyes up big and wide, big and wide, big and wide, (circle eyes with hands)
Open eyes up big and wide, just like an owl.
Land on the ground and hop along, hop along, hop along, (hop)
Land on the ground and hop along, just like an owl.
Turn your head and say, “Whoo, whoo,” say, “Whoo, whoo,” say, “Whoo, whoo,” (whoo)
Turn your head and say, “Whoo, whoo,” just like an owl.
Source: Verona Storytime

Book: Little Owl’s Night by Divya Srinivasan

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Little owl loves the sights he sees at night. I love the illustrations in 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)
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

Bubbles & Bath Time 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: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion; pictures by Margaret Bloy Graham

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Harry hates baths so he hides his scrub brush and runs away from home. Harry has many (dirty) adventures but then he misses his family. But how will they recognize him now? I was going to read Squeaky Clean by Simon Puttock & Mary McQuillan …

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… but my group skewed much younger today so I started with Harry instead.

Flannel: Five Elephants in the Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub going for a swim (paddle arms)
Knock, knock (slap knees)
Splash, splash (clap twice)
Come on in! (motion with both hands to come in)
*elephant trumpet*

Two // Three // Four
Five elephants in the bathtub going for a swim
Knock, knock
Splash, splash
They all fell in!
Modified from Storytime Katie

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: This is the Way …
This is the way we wash our face,
Wash our face, wash our face.
This is the way we wash our face,
So early in the morning.

Wash our toes // Wash our tummies // Wash our hair
Source: Librarian Lisa

Book: The Pigeon Needs a Bath by Mo Willems

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I love the flies buzzing around pigeon telling him he smells.

Song: Bubbles All Around (to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Bubbles floating all around, (flutter hands over head)
Bubbles fat and bubbles round. (hold arms out by sides; hold arms in circle over head)
Bubbles on my toes and nose, (point to toes; point to nose)
Blow a bubble, up it goes! (pretend to blow bubble; throw arms up in the air)
Bubbles floating all around, (flutter hands over head)
Bubbles falling to the ground. (flutter hands down to the ground)
Source: Everything Preschool 

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Bubble Bath Pirates! by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

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Two little pirates and their mama have a raucous bath time full of splashes and pirate talk.

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

Bear Story Time (2017)

I had a great group today which was fortunate because I braved it and attempted We’re Going on a Bear Hunt one last 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: Ten Little Bubbles (to the tune of 10 Little Indians)
One little, two little, three little bubbles,
Four little, five little, six little bubbles,
Seven little, eight little, nine little bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap)

Pop, pop, pop the bubbles, (clap hands rapidly)
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Pop, pop, pop the bubbles,
Ten little bubbles go POP! (clap over head)

Book: The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland

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Zebra, lion, and moose are convinced a cranky bear just needs some new accessories to improve his attitude. But he really wants a quiet place to sleep. Can timid sheep help? I love the humorous illustrations and rhyming stanzas.

Action Rhyme: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

I got my words and movement from this great video from Sophie’s World. One of the boys who came to story time for the first time today was a great participant and had this book at home so he knew just what to do. It went very well and we had fun with it so this experience has saved it from being put into my archives permanently …

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: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson; illustrated by Jane Chapman

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If we’re doing a bear story time, this book is being read. One of my favorites.

Flannel: Five Little Bears
One little bear wondering what to do,
Along came another and then there were two.
Two little bears climbing up a tree,
Along came another and then there were three.
Three little bears ate an apple core,
Along came another and then there were four.
Four little honey bears found honey in a hive,
Along came another and then there were five.
Five little brown bears saw the setting sun,
They scampered home and now there are none.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell & Florence Minor

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Rhyming book that summarizes different kinds of bears.

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