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Christmas Story Time

My last story time of the fall 2014 semester was our holiday story time. We started off with “If You Want to Hear a Story,” and I introduced the theme, even though it needed no introduction by this point in December. The kids were already really excited about it and, considering I came in wearing a Santa hat, they knew what the theme would be.

Our first book was Merry Un-Christmas by Mike Reiss
I love this book! I think it’s adorable and can appeal to the kids and the parents. Some of the classes I read to this week didn’t really understand why it might not be awesome to have Christmas 24/7, but they did like the book. It’s funny, smart, and it teaches a good lesson. It is a bit on the long side, so I’d either cut it down (which is fairly easy to do) or use it for older groups.

Then, since Santa didn’t make an appearance in our first book, I sang a riddle simply titled “Whose” from Preschool Education.
(To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”)
Guess whose beard is long and white.
Long and white, long and white.
Guess whose beard is long and white.
It’s Dear old Santa.
Guess whose suit is red and white.
Red and white, red and white.
Guess whose suit is red and white.
It’s Dear old Santa.
Guess who comes on Christmas Eve.
Christmas Eve, Christmas Eve.
Guess who comes on Christmas Eve.
It’s Dear old Santa.

Since Santa brings his reindeer, we followed that with a “Rudolph, Rudolph Flannel” that a former youth facilitator made and left. I found the words in OCPS.
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Rudolph, Rudolph, what will you do?
You can’t guide Santa’s sleigh if your nose is BLUE!

Rudolph, Rudolph, you’re such a silly fellow.
Who will know it’s you if your nose is YELLOW?

Rudolph, Rudolph, your way cannot be seen
Through the wintry weather if your nose is GREEN.

Rudolph, Rudolph, Santa gave a wink,
But what will he say if your nose is PINK?

Rudolph, Rudolph, it’s time to fly at night,
But you can’t see through the snow if your nose is WHITE.

Rudolph, Rudolph, it’s time to go to town,
But you can’t help Santa if your nose is BROWN.

Rudolph, Rudolph, Santa has his sack,
But you’re not ready if your nose is BLACK.

Rudolph, Rudolph, the children are in bed,
And now we can get on our way because your nose is RED.

Then, we just had to sing “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” of course!

After that, Miss Edna made an appearance again this time with Christmas-themed goodies to swallow in There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell by Lucille Colandro

The kids always love Miss Edna, and this particular story was a big hit too!

Then, we sang “Jingle Bells” before reading our second book: The Three Bears Christmas by Kathy Duval

This is a very cute twist on Goldilocks and the Three Bears. Surprisingly, I only had about two classes who guessed that it was Santa who was wreaking havoc on the three bears’ home. That made the ending more fun, though.

Then, we sang “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and read our third, and final, book: Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa Mccourt

It should be well-known by now that I love Stinky Face. I’ve used almost all the books in my story times and one point or another, and the Christmas version is no exception. I love the idea of leaving out paint, boots, gloves, a saw, and all sorts of other emergency items Santa might need, and the innocence of these books is beyond adorable and cute! The kids love them for being silly too.

Then, we got to be reindeer with “The Reindeer Pokey” from The Perpetual Preschool.
(To the tune of “The Hokey Pokey.”)
You put your antlers in. You put your antlers out.
You put your antlers in, and you shake them all about.
You do the Reindeer Pokey, and you turn yourself around.
That’s what it’s all about.
You put your hooves in…
You put your red nose in…
You put your fluffy tail in…
You put your reindeer body in…

Then, we sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and our “Goodbye, Goodbye Song,” and that was the end. I gave out candy canes and other Christmas treats to everyone at my outreach story times and my walk-in story times.

Our craft this week was very simple. All I did to prep it was to cut a circle out of the middle of some paper plates, hole punch them, and cut up some green and red paper for leaves and berries, and they could make their own paper wreaths to hang at home.
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Winter Animals Story Time

We only have two more story times from last semester to go before I’m all caught up!

This is my winter animals story time from December. We started with our “If You Want to Hear a Story” song and then talked about all the animals we think of in the winter like penguins, polar bears, etc. Then, we talked about all that animals do in the winter to introduce our first book: Sleep, Big Bear, Sleep by Maureen Wright

I loved this book! The kids thought it was pretty silly too that the bear couldn’t understand what Old Man Winter wanted him to do. It’s kind of long, but my kids sat through it with no problem. It is possible to cut it down a bit, though, if that’s a concern.

“Where Is Bear?” which was, as usual, from Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “Where Is Thumbkin?”)
Where is bear, where is bear?
Here I am.
Here I am.
How are you today, sir?
Very tired, thank you.
Go to sleep.
Go to sleep.
(Repeat with snake, bumblebee, badger, hedgehog, frog, raccoon, skunk, etc.)

“Hibernation Song.” I also found this one at Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Bear is sleeping, bear is sleeping
In a cave, in a cave.
I wonder when he’ll come out, I wonder when he’ll come out.
In the spring, in the spring.

Birds are flying, birds are flying
In the sky, in the sky.
I wonder when they’ll come back, I wonder when they’ll come back.
In the spring, in the spring.

Then, we read our second book: Footprints in the Snow by Mei Matsuoka

This is a cute book about a big but  not so bad wolf. I’d recommend it for older classes since the younger groups (2 and 3 year olds) didn’t seem to understand what happened at the end and that it was all a dream.

I wanted to kick off our penguin portion of the story time with “The Penguin Poem” which is a little riddle I found on CanTeach.
I am a bird you know quite well,
All dressed in black and white.
And even though I do have wings,
They’re not designed for flight.

I waddle, waddle, waddle
On my funny little feet.
Across the icy snow I go
To find a fishy treat.

The kids loved trying to guess the answer, but only a few of my classes got it right.

Then, we sang “I’m a Little Penguin” from CanTeach.
(To the tune of ‘I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little penguin
Black and white
Stout and fluffy
What a sight.

I can’t fly,
But I love to swim
So I’ll waddle to the water,
And dive right in!

And, of course, we did the “Penguin Shuffle” (also from CanTeach).
Penguins shuffle, shuffle, shuffle to the
Left, left, left.
Penguins shuffle, shuffle, shuffle to the
Right, right, right.
Give a little wiggle.
Give a little hop.
Waddle round the iceberg.
Never want to stop!

Our last book was The Not So Perfect Penguin by Steve Smallman.

This was pa pretty cute book, and it’s well-known that I love penguins. So, it was obviously one of my top picks for this story time. The kids thought it was cute too, especially the inclusion of certain gaseous bodily functions.

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

This was one of my favorite crafts from last semester! I saw a picture on Google, but there wasn’t a template or instructions, so I just kind of made it up as I went along. It was easy and fast for the kids. I just made separate templates for the back legs to attach a little cotton ball tail to, the front legs, the scarf, and the head. Then, we drew a mouth, folded the feet, glued the tail and nose balls on, glued the googly eyes,and chose our scarves from the variety of scrapbook paper patterns. Once we did all that, we glued the ends to the center “body” toilet paper tube, and we were done!
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Thanksgiving Story Time

I’m still a bit behind on the end of last semester. It got so crazy that I didn’t get a chance to update this blog. So, here’s my Thanksgiving story time posted incredibly late.

As usual, we started with our opening song  — “If You Want to Hear a Story.” Then, we talked about our favorite foods that we eat at Thanksgiving.

Then, I sang a song I found at Preschool Education called, “I Am Thankful.”
(To the tune of “She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain”)
I am thankful for my doggy and my cat
And my teddy bear so furry and so fat.
I am thankful for soft kittens
And for nice warm woolen mittens
And my swing set and my baseball and my bat.

I am thankful for my crayons and my books
And the way our brand new baby smiles and looks.
I am thankful for potatoes
And for juicy ripe tomatoes
And for all the tasty food that mommy cooks.

I am thankful for my mommy and my dad.
They both love me when I am good or when I’m bad.
I am thankful for the flowers
And refreshing summer showers.
All the pretty things around me make me glad.

Then, we used a pre-made flannel that was left fat my branch and sang “We Eat Turkey” (which can also be found at Preschool Education).
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(To the tune of “Where Is Thumbkin?”)
We eat turkey, we eat turkey
Yum, yum, yum.
Yum, yum, yum.
Only on Thanksgiving, only on Thanksgiving.
I want some.
I want some.
(Repeat with corn, ham, pie, etc.)

One Is a Feast For Mouse by Judy Cox

This book is honestly a little long, but it’s so cute that the kids stayed with it throughout the story. I really liked it, and the kids couldn’t believe that a mouse could carry all that food!

Then, we sang “The First Thanksgiving Song” also from Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle”)
Pick the corn and pick the beans
Pick the squash and other greens
It is harvest time you see
Come and share a feast with me
Bring your family out to play
We’ll call this Thanksgiving Day.

Then, we sang the “Where Is the Family?” song that we sang the week before during our Family story time.

Thanksgiving for Emily Ann by Teresa Johnston

This is another cute book. I’d originally planned to read The Great Thanksgiving Escape by Mark Fearing, but because my classes are so young, I didn’t think they would get all the jokes. I love that book, though. This book was pretty cute, and the kids loved the illustrations.

Then, we sang the “Turkey Song” from Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a  little turkey
Short and fat
Thanksgiving Day is coming
Now what do you think of that?
I had better run as fast as I can”
Or your mommy will roast me in a pan!

Then, it was time to stand up and “Shake Your Sillies Out
before reading our last book: The Best Thanksgiving Ever by Teddy Slater

This was a cute twist on the Thanksgiving feast and had a few cute jokes in there that some of the parents got too. The kids seemed to like it and thought it was super silly that turkeys would celebrate Thanksgiving.

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

For our craft this week, we made turkey hats! They were the cutest things ever, and they weren’t that hard for the kids. I found the idea here.
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Halloween Story Time

This week was our Halloween story time. All my regulars came dressed up! We had a Thor, a Cinderella, a Spider Man, and a Tinkerbell. So, naturally, given my theatre background, I dressed up as well. I was a scarecrow.

We started, as usual, with our opening song: If You Want to Hear a Story.
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.
If you want to hear a story, if you want to hear a story, if you want to hear a story, clap your hands.
(Nod your head, zip your lips, sit so still, etc.)

Then, we sang “The Halloween-y Spider” (found at KCLS).
(To the tune of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”)
The Halloweeny spider
Crawled in the witches house.
In came the witch,
and swept the spider out!
Out came the moon,
And she rode off on her broom,
And the Halloweeny spider
Crawled in her house again!

Our first book was Just Say Boo by Susan Hood

I really liked this book because it discussed the scary side of Halloween that some younger kids might be apprehensive about, and it encouraged participation by getting the kids to just say “Boo” to anything that scared them.

Our next song was “I’m a Little Pumpkin” (which was also found at KCLS).
(To the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
I’m a little pumpkin, round and fat,
(make a circle with arms)
Here is a point on a witches hat.
(make a triangle with hands on head)
Here is the mouth of a ghost who
says, “BOO!”
(circle hands around mouth)
And here are owl’s eyes looking at you!
(make circles around eyes with hands)

After that, we sang another song, this time from Perpetual Preschool: “Here We Come to Trick or Treat”
(To the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
Here we come to trick or treat, trick or treat, trick or treat.
Here we come to trick or treat, knocking on your door.

Please give us some candy sweet, candy sweet, candy sweet.
Please give us some candy sweet, and we will say Thank You!”

Our second book was Happy Halloween, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

This was a pretty cute story that, like all the other Stinky Face stories, captured all the hilarious mishaps that one might encounter on Halloween. It went over well with all my groups.

Then, we sang “1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Witches” from CanTeach:
(To the tune of “Three Little Indians”)
One little, two little, three little witches,
Fly over haystacks, fly over ditches,
Slide down moon beams without any hitches,
Hey ho Hallowe’en’s here!

Horned owl’s hooting, it’s time to go riding,
Deep in the shadows are black cats hiding,
With gay little goblins, sliding, gliding,
Hey ho Hallowe’en’s here!

After that, we used the puppet I bought from Alma’s Designs to act out There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat by Lucille Colandro. I simply found, printed, laminated, and cut out clipart for each of the things she swallows.

The kids always love when I bring “Miss Edna” as we’ve named her, and I think she was the best use of programming money this semester!

Then, we did a Five Little Ghosts Flannel from Preschool Education.

“Five little ghosts dressed all in white
Were scaring each other on Halloween night.
“Boo!” said the first one, “I’ll catch you.'” (Hold up pointer)
“Wooo said the second, “I don’t care if you do! (Hold up middle finger)
The third ghost said, “You can’t run away from me.” (Hold up ring finger)
And the fourth one said, “I’ll scare everyone I see! (Hold up little finger)
Then the last one said, “It’s time to disappear.” (Hold up thumb)
‘See you at Halloween time next year!'”
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This was another flannel that was left behind by the former youth facilitator, and it went over well when I did it.

Then, we read our last book At the Old Haunted House by Helen Ketteman

This is a great counting book with a surprise ending that the kids really got into. I will warn that it’s bit long. and there were some younger groups who got a bit antsy near the end.

Then, we sang our “Goodbye, Goodbye Song” and it was time to leave.

We didn’t do a craft this week because I gave out goodie bags and we had a mini Halloween party instead.

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