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Fall Story Time

Luckily, it finally started feeling like fall outside this week, just in time for my fall story time. I started off by talking about what autumn is, what colors the leaves turn, etc. because we don’t often see a lot of it down here. You really have to look to see fall colors outside. Then, we sang our normal opening song–“If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, we danced our hands like falling leaves and sang, “Leaves Are Twirling.” I found this song on the KCLS website. It’s to the tune of “Frerer Jacques.”

Leaves are twirling, Leaves are twirling
All around, All around
They are falling softly
Very, Very softly
To the ground, to the ground.

Then, we read our first book–The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown

This is a very cute little story. It can be a bit long for the younger crowds (I had to cut it down for my 2 year olds, but the threes and up loved it. They liked making the faces back at the scarecrow, and it really draws them in with the way it’s written.

Then, it was time for my favorite flannel that I’ve ever made! It was based on Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley

I love this book! I cannot stress this enough! Every time I did this flannel this week, the kids loved it, the parents loved it, the teachers loved it, and I loved it! It’s absolutely adorable! Apparently it’s popular, but I had never heard of it before this semester, and no one at any of my six story times this week had heard it before either. My system didn’t have the book, so I had to get it through ILL, but it was worth the wait! I also added a verse in there so I could draw out the silliness and add a few more odd leaves. Here’s my verse:

“Oh, what can I do? I can’t get it right! My odd leaves have become quite a sore sight!”

And here is my flannel.
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Then, we stood up and acted out this “Pumpkin, Pumpkin Rhyme.” Again, this was from the KCLS website.

Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (crouch down)
How’d you get so big and round? (stretch arms and then make a circle)
Once you were a seed so small, (pretend to hold a seed)
Now you are a great big ball! (make big circle with hands)
Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground (crouch down)
How’d you get so big and round? (stretch arms and make a great big circle)

Then, we discussed how the leaves make a mess, so we have to rake them into a big pile and sang, “This Is the Way We Rake the Leaves.” I found this song on Positive Providers Online’s website.

This is the way we rake the leaves, rake the leaves, rake the leaves.
This is the way we rake the leaves in the middle of Autumn.

This is the way we jump in the leaves, jump in the leaves, jump in the leaves.
This is the way we jump in the leaves in the middle of Autumn.

Then, we read our next book–When Autumn Falls by Kelly Nidey

This was a pretty cute book that was better for the younger groups. It basically just explains all the things that fall in the autumn and why it’s called “fall.”

Then, we acted out “The Floppy Scarecrow.” I found this little rhyme on St. Aiden’s Homeschool website.

The floppy, floppy scarecrow
Guards his fields all day.
He waves his floppy, floppy hands
To scare the crows away!

(Repeat with arms, head, legs, feet, etc.)

Then, it was time for our last book–Fall Is For Friends by Suzy Spafford

This was a very cute book that I really enjoyed. The kids liked making predictions about whether or not the girls’ plans would work to make the leaves fall off the trees. I’d recommend it.

Then, we sang our “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and it was time to go.

Our craft this week was a tree. We just glued yellow, orange, and red tissue paper to a cardstock tree shape and then attached it to a recycled toilet paper roll. It was easy and free!
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NOTE: I did this storytime again at my second branch and used Fall Mixed Up by Robert Raczka, Pick a Circle, Gather Squares by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky, and We’re Going on a Leaf Hunt by Steve Metzger with great success. Fall Mixed Up was especially successful, and I would highly recommend it for an autumn story time.

We also made a paper bag scarecrow at this story time. Instructions can be found here.

Fall Display

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Here’s my brand new autumn display box. Aren’t I just so punny? I even added a sign at the bottom corner instructing them to “Fall in love with these programs” and a list of young adult programs for the fall semester. I’m pretty proud of how my 3D paper tree turned out.

 

School Story Time

Since school started here last week, I thought it would be fun to do a school themed story time for those kids who just started. So, we started with my usual opening song “If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, we read our first book:  Foxy by Emma Dodd.

The kids really liked the silly magic gone wrong in this story. I’d highly recommend it.

After that, we had to have a round of “The Wheels on the Bus” as well as another song I found on Preschool Education: “I Like to Go To School.”

I Like To Go To School
(To the tune of “The Farmer In the Dell”)
I like to go to school.
I like to go to school.
High-ho-the-derry-oh!
I like to go to school.

I like to sing new songs.
I like to sing new songs.
High-ho-the-derry-oh!
I like to sing new songs.

I like to play with friends.
I like to play with friends.
High-ho-the-derry-oh!
I like to play with friends.

Then, I decided to include an appropriately themed parody of There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly. This one was called There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Books by Lucille Colandro.

We didn’t just read this book, however. We brought out my friend “Miss Edna” who was made by Alma’s Designs.

I bought this doll a few days ago because I’d seen it used by a teacher about a year ago, and I fell in love. I knew that it would pay off with the number of parody books about the Old Lady (i.e. There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Shell, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Rose,  There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves, There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow, etc.). It’s only about $25, and the kids loved her! They kept asking what else was in her tummy!

Instead of trying to find props for each parody book that would fit inside her mouth, I decided it would be easier and cheaper to print off clip art, laminate it, and use it to tell the story. For my smaller story times, the children loved being able to feed her themselves.

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Then, we jumped right into our next book:  Llama Llama Misses Mama by Anna Dewdney.

This book was just okay. This kids weren’t crazy about it like they were for Foxy, but the Llama Llama books read really well with the verse.

Then, we stood up and had time to “Shake Your Sillies Out.” I also sang the “Button Factory” song for some of my story times.

Button Factory
Hello, my name is Joe,
And I work in a button factory.
I have a wife, a dog, and a family.
One day, my boss came up to me and said, “Hey, Joe!
Are you busy?” I said, “No.”
He said, “Push this button with your right hand.”

(Repeat with left hand, left foot, right knee, forehead, tongue, or whatever else you’d like.)

Then, we sat back down for our last book:  How Does a Dinosaur Go to School? by Jane Yolen.

I didn’t know if they kids would like this book, but I didn’t find a ton of options for this particular theme. So, I gave it a try, and they loved it! After every page, I got a resounding, “Noooo!” from the kids when asking about the dinosaur’s behavior. They thought it was so crazy for a dinosaur to go to school with kids! Overall, they were pretty tickled by this book.

Then, we sang the “Skinnamarink” song and my “Goodbye, Goodbye” song and called it a day. There wasn’t a craft this week because I couldn’t find one that I thought would be easy enough to do, so I just printed off some school-themed coloring sheets.

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