Alphabet Book

Letter O

Aaaand I’ve just realized I never added our O! Summer reading is turning my brain into mush.

Here’s our little fellow:

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Isn’t he fun? I love the curly tentacles. I was trying to think of an easy way to make octopuses (octopi?) without too much tentacle cutting and it turned out we had these paper strips already cut and just looking for the right project. Bingo! I got the idea to curl the tentacles here.

Here are our Letter O Instructions. And out table:

Letter O Table

Happy August everyone! Summer reading is almost over! WE CAN DO THIS!!!!

librarian rosie

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Engineering 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: Alice the Camel
Alice the Camel has three humps
Alice the Camel has three humps
Alice the Camel has three humps
So go Alice go
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

Book: Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty; illustrated by David Roberts

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Of course I had to read this for engineering story time!

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 love, love, love using scarves! I might have to research an additional song or rhyme for next week …

Book: If I Built a Car by Chris Van Dusen

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I hope Chris Van Dusen writes more about this innovative little guy. They’re fantastic for story time and always a big hit.

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

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

Book: Twenty-One Elephants and Still Standing by April Jones Prince; illustrated by François Roca

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This book is a little uneven as a read aloud. Some parts rhyme, some don’t so it almost sounds as if you’re reading it incorrectly. However, the story is so much fun. And one of my families asked to take it home with them so it must have been enjoyed at least a little!

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

Our activity today was building a bridge to hold 21 elephants! I got the idea here. The kids really enjoyed building their own bridges. I used the tops of those baby food squeeze packets to represent elephants. I’d gathered about 50 of them over the past month or so! One little one built her own elephant amusement park and playground instead of a bridge. Brilliant!

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Train & Fish & Beach & Dinosaur 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: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper; illustrated by Loren Long

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I was hesitant to read this one because it’s kind of old fashioned. I shouldn’t have worried. Books are classics for a reason!

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)

Flannel/Song: This Little Train (to the tune of This Old Man)
This little train, painted black,
It comes chugging down the track.
With a choo-choo, toot toot,
Hear the whistle blow.
This little train goes chugging home.

This little car, painted blue,
It has seats for me and you //
This little car, painted yellow,
Shimmies and shakes like a bowl of Jell-O //
This little car, painted gree,
The fanciest car you’ve ever seen //
This caboose, it is red,
It will take you home to bed
Source: Storytime Katie

I found this rhyme and thought it was cute but singing it aloud was odd because it doesn’t rhyme! In my head it sounded fine but sounded clunky out loud. I might try it at our upcoming pre-K train story time and see how it goes before retiring it completely …

Book: Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills

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Action Rhyme: A Day at the Beach
Ocean breeze blowing (sway arms back and forth overhead)
Feet kick and splash (kick feet)
Ocean waves breaking on rocks with a CRASH! (clap hands)
Boy finding seashells, (pretend to pick up shells)
Girls sifting sand, (pour sand between fingers)
Friends building castles as high as they can! (reach up high)
Source: Perry Public Library

Book: The Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen; illustrated by Dan Hanna

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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

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: 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

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: The Really, Really, Really Big Dinosaur by Richard Byrne

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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!”
Modified from Sunflower Storytime

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Beach 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

I tried to make Apples & Bananas happen. It’s not going to happen …

Book: Duck & Goose Go to the Beach by Tad Hills

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Flannel: Five Little Kites
One little kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another and now there are two.
Two little kites flying high above me,
Along came another and now there are three.
Three little kites, just watch them soar,
Along came another and now there are four.
Four little kites, so high and alive,
Along came another and now there are five.
Five little kites dancing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up so high!
Source: Storytime Katie

Book: Beach House by Deanna Caswell; illustrated by Amy June Bates

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Song: The Sea (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
The waves on the sea go up and down,
Up and down, up and down.
The waves on the sea go up and down,
All day long.

Sharks in the sea go snap, snap, snap //
Fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish //
Crabs on the beach go click, click, click //
The boats on the sea go toot, toot, toot
Source: Storytime Katie

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Beach Day by Karen Roosa; illustrated by Maggie Smith

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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

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Art & Artists 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: Alice the Camel
Alice the Camel has three humps
Alice the Camel has three humps
Alice the Camel has three humps
So go Alice go
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

I started with three humps because I had a slightly younger crowd and this song is pretty long.

Book: Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy & Theresa Howell; illustrated by Rafael López

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The most perfect book for Building a Better World through art that you can get.

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

Book: Ellie by Mike Wu

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Flannel/Book: Mouse Paint

This flannel was already made by a coworker when I started this job and it doesn’t have big panels of red and orange and yellow, etc. for the end. So we used the flannel animals and pools of color and such for the first part of the story and then I used the book for the end when the mice paint big panels of color but keep a section of white to hide from the cat. It worked very well!

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light

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Louise draws her masterpiece but her little brother (and his scissors!) gets his hands on it before it can be displayed.

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

Our activity today was making our own masterpiece, like Louise. I set out a ton of art supplies and scissors and glue and the kids created a piece of art for their “gallery du fridge.”

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Fish Story Time (2017)

Fish is one of my favorite themes. There are so many great songs and rhymes out there, I could have filled two story times!

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: Apples & Bananas

Book: The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen; illustrated by Dan Hanna

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Flannel: Five Little Fishies
One little fishy swimming in the ocean blue,
Along comes another and now there are two.
Two little fishies swimming in the sea,
Along comes another and now there are three.
Three little fishies swimming near the shore,
Along comes another and now there are four.
Four little fishies swim around and dive,
Along comes another and now there are five.
Here comes a shark, looking for some fun,
Look out little fishies! And away they run.
Source: Perry Public Library

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: 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

Book: Fidgety Fish by Ruth Galloway

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Action Rhyme: Five Little Fishies
Five little fishies swimming in a pool. (hold up five fingers)
First one said, “This pool is cool.” (hug self and shiver)
Second one said, “This pool is deep.” (point downward)
Third one said, “I think I’ll sleep.” (closed eyes, rest head on hands)
Fourth one said, “Let’s swim and dip.” (do swim and dip motions)
Fifth one said, “I see a ship.” (hold hands over eyes)
The fisherman’s line went splish, splish, splash, (clap, clap, clap)
And away the five little fishies dashed. (quickly put hands behind back)
Modified from SurLaLune Storytime

Egg Shakers: Shake It by Sally’s Music Circle

Book: Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

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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