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Bugs Story Time

We began, as usual, with my opening song “If You Want to Hear a Story.” I introduced our theme for the week (which got quite a few “Ewwws” from the girls in attendance), but I promised that we’d have some fun while reading about creepy crawlies. I even started off with a rhyme they all knew–“The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”

Then, we read Some Bugs by Angela DiTerilizzi
This is a cute little story about finding bugs. It’s a quick read, and the kids liked the rhymes. It’s a nice introduction to the varied world of bugs.

Then, I brought out Miss Edna (as the kids at my first branch named her) my Old Lady puppet. I bought her on Amazon, and I’ve used her many times as an interactive addition to story time. With all the Old Lady books out there, she’s been my best investment because I can use her year-round. This was actually the first time I used her with the original There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly story. It went over very well, as Edna always does. The kids love feeding her and getting involved in the story.

After that, it was time for a fingerplay, so we did “Bumblebee, Bumblebee” from Preschool Education:

Bumblebee, bumblebee, landing on my nose.
Bumblebee, bumblebee, now he’s on my toes.
On my arms, on my legs, on my elbows.
Bumblebee, bumblebee he lands and then he goes.

Our next book was Miss Spider’s Tea Party by David Kirk.
This is a very cute book about not judging someone prematurely. It’s a great rhyming and counting book with some very nice illustrations that kept the kids engaged. They eventually felt sorry for Miss Spider, despite her “ickyness” that one child observed.

After two books, we needed to get up and move. So, we added some actions to the “Insects Song” from Mrs. Jones’ Room:

(Sung to the tune of “The Wheels on the Bus”)
The firefly at night goes blink blink blink
Blink blink blink blink blink blink
The firefly at night goes blink blink blink
All around the town

The bees in the flowers go buzz buzz buzz….
The ants in the grass go march march march…
The crickets in the leaves go chirp chirp chirp…
The caterpillar in the field goes creep creep creep….

Then, while we were moving and engaged, we read Can You Make a Scary Face by Jan Thomas

This is a very cute book that you can get active with. The kids loved making the faces and doing all the other instructions in the book. I love it when I find books that get them moving and engaged.

An action song was next, so I went with one of my favorites–“Can You Move With Me.” I used this in my dance story time, and it was very popular. Since it mentions how various bugs and other creepy crawlies move, it fit well with the theme. It’s from Music Therapy Tunes.

(To the tune of “Do Your Ears Hang Low”)
Can you wiggle like a worm?
Can you squiggle? Can you squirm? (wiggle)
Can you flutter? Can you fly like a gentle butterfly? (flap arms like wings)
Can you crawl upon the ground (crawl hands on ground)
Like a beetle that is round?
Can you move with me? (clap)

Can you flip? Can you flop?
Can you give a little hop?
Can you slither like a snake?
Can you give a little shake?
Can you dance like a bee
Who is buzzing round a tree?
Can you move with me?

Since we were standing and having fun, I added “The Ants Go Marching” as a fun action song to keep things moving.

The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one,
The little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out of the rain.
(two, tie his shoe; three, climb a tree; four, shut the door; five, take a dive)

Our last book was The Very Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

This is a great book about bullying and catching more flies with honey than with vinegar. The kids thought it was entertaining and funny when the little ladybug challenged all the larger animals.

This week we ended with our flannel rhyme. We did “Butterflies” from Miss Meg’s Storytime:

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The first to come to the garden bed
Is a lovely butterfly of brilliant RED
Then in comes another and that makes two
Fly right in my friend of BLUE
“The garden is fine, the best I’ve seen”
Says the butterfly of softest GREEN
Our garden needs a sunny fellow
Fly in butterfly with wings of YELLOW
Little friend of PURPLE, fly in too
The garden is waiting for a color like you
ORANGE, orange you’ve waited so long
Fly right in where you belong
Butterflies, butterflies, you’re such a sight
Flying together – what a delight!

For our craft this week, we made bug “fossils” out of toy plastic bugs and air dry clay. I also had a Grouchy Ladybug craft out for that week that I’d found on Buggy and Buddy.

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Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

A local school asked me to do a special program for Dr. Seuss’s birthday last week for their third and fourth graders because the librarian didn’t have enough hours in the day to get around to every grade level with a special activity. So, I put together an age appropriate program.

First, we talked about who Dr. Seuss was, which books he wrote, etc. Then, we read The Lorax.

After some follow-up questions to The Lorax, we talked about pollution, and why it’s a big deal. I did the common experiment to explain this of putting one drop of food coloring in a mason jar of water to show them how it spreads.

After that, we played the “Build a Lorax” flannel game from Smashed Peas and Carrots.

They loved this game! It went over really well for this age group because it got them all involved and moving around in addition to the competitive aspect!

Then, we read Sneetches on Beaches.

After some follow-up questions for comprehension of this story, we talked a bit about being different, bullying, cliques, etc.

Then, we played a guessing game with my big board of stars!
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The closest guess was 70 stars, and that lucky guesser got…the thrill of victory!

Instead of a craft, I decided this age group would like to make Seuss cootie catchers! So, that’s what we did. I found the download at The Country Chic Cottage.
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Then, we did some Seuss word searches that I found on Google while we listened to some songs from Seussical: The Musical. No, even though I did perform in Seussical about two years ago, I did not sing for the kids. However, last year one of my friends who works in our library system (who played The Cat in the Hat in our production) did gather some of the cast to perform at his Seuss story time. But, if you’re curious, here is my in all my feathered glory as one of the Bird Girls in that production.

And that was it. It was a pretty simple 45-minute program for each grade.

St. Patrick’s Day Story Time

Unfortunately, this is my last week for story time at my current library. I am moving and hoping to find a new position within the library system in my new hometown, but that might be a while. So, I’ll post my plans from this week and slowly put up the plans I’m leaving for my temporary replacement to do for the rest of the semester as things slow down and I get settled into my new home.

This week, I introduced our theme by talking about what St. Patrick’s Day celebrated, wearing green, and a few other things. Then, we sang “If You Want to Hear a Story.”

After that, we did the “Wearing Green” fingerplay from A Storytime Year: A Month-to-Month Kit for Preschool Programming by Susan Dailey

“I wore a green shirt (Point to shirt)
I wore a green tie (pretend to tie)
I wore green pants (point to pants)
Can you guess why (hold out hands in questioning manner)
I wore a green hat (point to head)
So you can see (nod head)
On this St. Patrick’s Day You can’t pinch me! (shake head no and pinch fingers in air)”

Our first book was The Story of the Leprechaun by Katherine Tegen

This was a pretty cute book that explained what leprechauns are and had a cute twist at the end. It also introduced our rainbow theme. which led us to do the “Rainbow Dancers” action rhyme from last week.

We also did the “Five Little Leprechauns Digging For Some Gold” action rhyme from The Holiday Zone.
“Five little leprechauns digging for some gold. (Digging motion)
One slipped and fell into a hole. (Falling)
The others called a fairy who them told, (Calling)
‘No more leprechauns digging for gold!’ (Shaking finger)

Four little leprechauns digging for some gold…
(And so on)

No little leprechauns to dig for gold! (Shrug shoulders)
All the five are down in the hole. (Hold up five fingers, then point down.)
Above them stands a fairy who loudly scolds. (Hands on hips)
‘I told you to stop digging for that gold!’ (Shaking finger)”

Our second book was The Littlest Leprechaun by Justine Fontes

This is a very short board book that talks about a leprechaun who is a bit…different. I included it, mainly, for my younger class of 2 year olds. Most of the St. Patrick’s Day books I found were on the longer side, so I broke that up with this book. I also did That’s What Leprechauns Do by Eve Bunting for my older kids.

Then, we sang “I’m a Little Leprechaun” also from Holiday Zone.
(To the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot”)
“I’m a little leprechaun
Dressed in green,
The tiniest man
You’ve ever seen.
If you ever catch me, so it’s told
I will give you my pot of gold!”

“Dance, Dance, Leprechaun, Dance” song from Jen In the Library.
(To tune of “Skip to My Lou”)
“Dance, dance, leprechaun dance.
Dance, dance, leprechaun dance.
Dance, dance, leprechaun dance,
Do a dance for me.

Bow…
Clap…
Jump…
Skip…

Sit, sit, leprechaun sit.
Sit, sit, leprechaun sit.
Sit, sit, leprechaun sit.
Sit for our next story.”

“Leprechaun, Where’s Your Gold” flannel rhyme from Jen In the Library.
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(Before you start this flannelboard, hide the gold behind one of the colored pots)
Leprechaun knows he has some gold, but he has so many different pots, he doesn’t know where it is!
Let’s see if we can help him find it!

Leprechaun, leprechaun, tiny and bold.
Where, oh where is your gold?
What does the _(color)_ pot hold?”

Our last book was Good Luck Bear by Greg Foley

This was a cute introduction to the four-leaf clover (which we’d return to for our walk-in activity.

Our last story was “The Good/Bad St. Patrick’s Day” from A Storytime Year. This was an interactive story that you can act out with the kids. At the end of each section, you ask them if what just happened was good or bad, and each question is misleading. It’s really a cute story and ends with handing out a pot of gold to the kids. You could get chocolate coins or just butterscotch candy.
“One beautiful St. Patrick’s Day, I decided to take a walk. But after I’d walked for a little while, it started raining, and I didn’t have my umbrella. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because the flowers needed the rain and there was a cave where I could get out of the rain. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because when I stepped into the cave, I fell down, down, down, down, down, down a dark tunnel. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because I landed on a soft, fluffy, bed. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because a little man stood at the food of the bed. He stared and glared and scowled and growled at me. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because the little man was a leprechaun. Perhaps you know that leprechauns have pots of gold that they have to share with the person who catches them. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because I caught the leprechaun, but he wouldn’t tell me where his pot of gold was. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because I decided to go on a treasure hunt to find his gold. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because I climbed up, up, up out of the tunnel. I looked high and low. I looked here and there, but I couldn’t find the gold anywhere. Is that bad?
No, that’s good because while I was looking, the rain stopped and the sun came out and there was a beautiful rainbow. now perhaps you know that leprechauns often hide their gold at the end of a rainbow. Is that good?
No, that’s bad because the leprechaun and I had to walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk and walk until we came to the end of the rainbow where I finally found this pot of gold (bring out pot) which I’m going to share with you. Is that good?
No, that’s great!”

Then, for my older classes, we did the”Five Little Instruments” flannel from Travel the Globe: Story Times, Activities, and Crafts for Children by Desiree Webber.

I just printed out pictures of the five instruments, laminated them, and put Velcro on the back to secure them to the board.

Then, for walk-in, we did a shamrock hunt which was inspired by A Storytime Year. I copied the provided pictures of three and four-leaf shamrocks onto green paper, cut them out, and hid them around the children’s room for the kids to find after story time. Then, we did the shamrock passing game, also from A Storytime Year. I gave them one child a four-leaf clover and the rest three-leaf clovers. Then, I started playing some Irish music. They passed the clovers until the music stopped, and whoever had the four-leaf clover got a sticker. I did this until each of them got a sticker (since we only had about seven kids this week, it didn’t take long).

While we had been doing this, my coworker had been prepping sponges with face paint. She just did a line of each of the colors of the rainbow on a sponge for each child. So, all I had to do when we were ready was swipe a sponge across each child’s cheek or hand so that they each got a beautiful rainbow!

And that wraps up my last story time at this branch. I hope to see you all in the future!

Weather Story Time

To begin, we talked a bit about how the weather changes every day. I asked them what the weather was like today because, luckily, it was rainy every day this week, which gave an easy answer. Then, we sang “If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, I said I knew a song they all would know about the rain, and we did “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” fingerplay.

Our first book was Hello, Sun by Dayle Ann Dodds

This is a short book that just introduces some of the kinds of weather and how fast they can change. It discusses how to dress for the weather and what fun you can have outside. It’s sweet, and it rhymes, so it went over well.

Then, we sang “Rain is Falling Down” action rhyme from Fingerplays and Action Rhymes.
“Rain is falling down, splash! (clap hands)
Rain is falling down, splash! (clap hands)
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter. (pat hands on thighs)
Rain is falling down, splash! (clap hands)

Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo! (peek)
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo! (peek)
Peeking here, peeking there, (peek around both sides of hands)
Sun is peeking out, peek-a-boo! (peek)”

After that, we read our second book:  Boom, Boom, Boom by Jamie A. Swenson

This is a cute, rhyming, book that talks about how thunderstorms can be scary. All of the boy’s pets eventually get scared and want to sleep in his bed to be safe. Things get a little crazy as you continue to count the animals!

Then, we sang “If All the Raindrops” from Barney like we sang for our Food theme.

Then, we did the “Magical Rainbow Stew” flannel that the youth facilitator before me made and left.
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“Take an apple, put it in a pot.
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
Take it out, and what will it be?
The prettiest red you ever did see!
(Repeat with Orange/orange, Banana/yellow, Pear/green, Blueberries/blue, and Grapes/purple)”
The kids loved this flannel! They kept trying to peek into the bowl to see how I did it. A few of my classes managed to figure it out after I finished because they looked into the bowl while I was giving out stickers, and they kept saying, “Oh, it’s just *pretend* magic!” It was so adorable!

“It’s Raining, It’s Pouring” rhyme from childhood:
“It’s raining, it’s pouring.
The old man is snoring.
He went to bed and bumped his head
And couldn’t get up in the morning.”

Our third book was The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

This is a silly book about an elephant who doesn’t know what an umbrella is. When he finds one, he asks all his friends and tries out a few things in an attempt to figure out what it is. Eventually, he figures it out when it starts raining. The kids loved it and kept calling out what the “thingamabob” was.

Then, we did the “Rainbow Dancers” Scarf Rhyme that I found at Storytime ABC’s. (Instead of buying scarves, I went to the dollar store and bought cheap spools of ribbon, cut them into equal sections, and passed those out.)
“Rainbow dancers let’s get ready
Hold your scarves nice and steady.
You’ll hear the colors of the rainbow.
Listen for your time to go.

Shake red…
Shake orange…
Shake yellow…
Shake green…
Shake blue…
Shake purple…

Red scarves turn around,
Orange scarves up and down.
Yellow scarves reach up high,
Green scarves fly, fly, fly.
Blue scarves tickle your nose,
Purple scarves touch your toes.

Everybody dance around,
Swirl your scarves up and down.

Shake purple…
Shake blue…
Shake green…
Shake yellow…
Shake orange…
Shake red…

Rainbow dancers dance around,
Scarves swirl up and down.
Our colorful dance is at an end.
Thank you, thank you, all my friends.”
The kids went crazy for this! I’m glad I planned to do it two weeks in a row. (We’ll be doing it again for my last story time next week for our St. Patrick’s Day theme.)

Our last book was Little Cloud by Eric Carle

This was a great last book to wrap up weather and to get the kids involved by calling out the shapes that Little Cloud turns into.

Then, we sang our “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and that was the end.

This was actually a STEM week for us. For walk-in, we talked about the science behind rain, and we did an experiment to see how it works. We just took some mason jars, filled them with water, squirted a glob of shaving cream on top to be our cloud and put some drops of food coloring on the “cloud” until it got heavy enough to rain in the jar. Then, we talked about the science behind other weather, rainbows, etc. Because of all this, we didn’t do a craft. We didn’t end up having time, but I had prepped a wind detector craft with a hanger, some string, a different kinds of paper (tissue paper for light breezes, printer paper for something a bit stronger, cardstock, and cardboard).

Divergent Party

I wanted to do a program for the upcoming release of the Insurgent movie, so I decided to throw a Divergent party! This was actually my last young adult program at this branch. I’m leaving this position next week, so, though this was a very fun program, it was also bittersweet.

I wanted to design a party similar to the Harry Potter program from last month so that the teens could have a few options for activities and float around to whatever struck their fancy.

I started with a sorting station with a laptop on which I’d pulled up the official faction sorting quiz on the Divergent website. Next to it, I placed some Hershey’s miniatures that were marked for each faction. I got the idea from Inksplasher, but sadly their printable doesn’t work, so I had to format the wrappers myself which involved a bit of trial and error.

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After they were sorted, we had a table for each faction with decorations and an activity inspired by the manifesto of each group as well as their element (i.e. blue water for Erudite, soil for Amity, glass for Candor, fire/charcoal for Dauntless, and stone for Abnegation). First, we had our Dauntless. I decided that since Dauntless values bravery with a bit of recklessness, we would sum that up with truth or dare.

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We also would have done temporary tattoos here, but I had the brilliant idea to buy tattoo transfer paper on Amazon to print out our own instead of buying pre-made tattoos, and ($19 later) I discovered that the inkjet transfer paper doesn’t work even when you follow all the instructions.

Then, we had Abnegation. Since Abnegation is all about selflessly serving others, I decided we’d have a card making station for soldiers serving overseas.

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Next was the Amity station. I decided we’d sum up friendship with a friendship bracelet making station.

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Then came Erudite with a bit of trivia as well as some free bookmarks for our friends who value knowledge above all else.

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Finally, we had Candor with a game of would you rather which forced the players to be honest about their choices and summed up the emphasis on honesty perfectly.

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For our Divergent table (for those who fit into more than one faction), we had Cranium since it basically combined all the different factions. If you’re not familiar with Cranium, it is like Trivial Pursuit, Pictionary, charades, and a few other games all rolled into one.

Overall, this was a pretty cheap program. I think the total (minus the tattoo transfer paper that didn’t work) was about $20, and we had a nice turnout since I timed it so close to the movie release.

 

Food Story Time

To start off this story time, I introduced the theme, and we sang, “If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, for my small story times, we did the “Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar” rhyme and substituted each child’s name.
“Who stole the cookies from the cookie jar?
____ stole the cookies from the cookie jar.
Who me?
Yes, you.
Couldn’t be.
Then, who?”

Then, we sang the “If All the Raindrops” song from Barney.
“If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,
Oh, what a rain that would be!
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah!
If all the raindrops were lemon drops and gumdrops,
Oh, what a rain that would be!

If all the sunbeams were bubblegum and ice cream,
Oh, what a sun that would be!
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah!
If all the sunbeams were bubblegum and ice crea,
Oh, what a sun that would be!

If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes,
Oh, what a snow that would be!
Standing outside with my mouth open wide.
Ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah, ah!
If all the snowflakes were candy bars and milkshakes,
Oh, what a snow that would be!”

Then, we read our first book: Burger Boy by Alan Durant.

This is an adorable book about the phrase “You are what you eat.” The kids loved it when he turned into a walking burger and was chased around by dogs, angry cows, and other hungry kids.

After that, we sang the “Peanut Butter and Jelly” song.
“Chorus:
Peanut, peanut butter, jelly!
Peanut, peanut butter, jelly!

First you take the peanuts, and you pick ’em, you pick ’em,
You pick ’em, pick ’em, pick ’em.
Then, you crush ’em, you crush ’em,
You crush ’em, crush ’em, crush ’em.
Then, you spread ’em, spread ’em,
You spread ’em, spread ’em, spread ’em.
(Chorus)

Then, you take the berries and you pick ’em, you pick ’em,
You pick ’em, pick ’em, pick ’em.
Then, you crush ’em, you crush ’em,
You crush ’em, crush ’em, crush ’em.
Then, you spread ’em, spread ’em,
You spread ’em, spread ’em, spread ’em.
(Chorus)

Actions:
Pick” pretend to pick berries
Crush: squish something between your hands
Spread: use one hand to spread jelly over the other hand”

 

Our second book was Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds.

This is a cute book about barnyard animals who get tired of eating their feed and want to have a fiesta instead. It’s silly, and it teaches about foods from different cultures.

Then, it was time to sing “Apples and Bananas” by Raffi.
“I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.
(Substitute other vowel sounds, for example a long “A”:
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-pples ay-nd bay-nay-nays.”

Then, we did the “Popcorn” action rhyme.
“Popcorn, popcorn,
Sitting in a pot.
Shake it, shake it, (wiggle body)
Pop! Pop! Pop! (jump or clap hands)”

After that, we sang “Oats, Beans, and Barley Grow.”
“Oats and Beans and Barley Grow (pound fist over fist)
Oats and beans and barley grow, Oats and beans and barley grow.
Do you or I or anyone know (point at children, point at self, hands out/shrug shoulders)
How oats and beans and barley grow?  (pound fist over fist)

First the farmer sows his seed,
Then he stands and takes his ease.
Stamps his feet and claps his hands, (stamp feet, clap hands)
And turns around to view the lands. (turn around)”

Next, we did The Hungry Little Caterpillar flannel that the youth facilitator before me made and left.
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Then, we sang “C is for Cookie” from “Sesame Street.”
“‘C’ is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.
‘C’ is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.
‘C’ is for cookie, that’s good enough for me.
Oh, cookie, cookie, cookie starts with ‘C’.”

Our last book was If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer.

This is an adorable book that teaches what each animal eats. The kids liked how silly it was when it talked about them ordering odd things that we eat and when it flipped that idea around and had the reader ordering bugs instead of pancakes at the end.

Then, we sang the “Vegetable Song” from Preschool Education.
(To the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle.”)
Carrots, peas, and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me
For my snack and in my lunch
Veggie sticks are great to munch
Carrots, peas, and broccoli
Vegetables are good for me

Then, we sang our “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and that was it.

We didn’t make a craft this week. I just gave out goodie bags with pretzels and other little snacks.

Me Story Time

This was my second STEM week this semester. I wanted to focus on the body as well as being glad that you’re you. So, I introduced the theme, and we sang “If You Want to Hear a Story.”

Then, I recited the “Who I Want to Be” poem from Timeless Teacher Stuff.
“Everybody
Has a name.
Some are different,
Some the same
Some are short.
Some are long.
All are right.
None are wrong.
My name is _______.
It’s special to me.
It’s exactly who
I want to be!”

Since it was along the same lines as the first poem and got the kids involved with some actions, I then recited “In My Mirror” from Preschool Pioneer.
In my mirror, I can see
Two little eyes that look at me.
Two little ears, one little nose,
Ten little fingers, ten little toes.
One little mouth I open wide.
Two little rows of teeth inside.
A tongue that pops both in and out,
Lots of joints that bend about.
When I look in the mirror, what do I see?
A beautiful person looking back at me!”

Then, we read our first book: I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont

This is a cute little book about liking yourself no matter how you look or how your appearance might change, that it doesn’t change what’s inside of you. The kids liked it because it was silly with purple polka-dotted lips, crazy hair, pig snouts, and all sorts of other things that happen the little girl, but the adults liked it because of the message.

Then, we sang “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.”

After that, we did the “Dance Your Fingers Up” fingerplay from KCLS.
“Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down.
Dance them to the side, 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.”

The Skin You Live In by Michael Tyler

This is a cute rhyming book, but you might want to cut it down like I did for my story times.

Then, we had to stand up and sing “Shake Your Sillies Out.”

We sang “Special Me” from Preschool Education as we settled back down.
(To the tune of “Twinkle, Twinkle”)
“Special, special, special me
How I wonder what I’ll be.
In this big world I can be
Anything I want to be.
Special, special, special me
How I wonder what I’ll be.”

Parts by Tedd Arnold

This is a very cute book, if you’re not familiar with it. It’s quite popular, but none of my kids had read it before. It works well with the STEM activities because you can read it once for the silliness in the story, then you can go through again and explain the science behind each thing that happens (i.e. what earwax is, why our skin flakes off, why our teeth fall out, etc.)

Then, we did the Me and My Body flannel that I made. The idea was originally from a site with a bunch of STEM ideas–the ALSC Blog.
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First, we did the regular body flannel and used flannel flashcards to learn about the parts of the body (i.e. hair, eyes, nose, etc.). Then, we did the bones on the black flannel body and discussed what bones are and why we have them. Finally, we did the organs flannel and discussed briefly what each organ does.

My walk-in kids got to do body stations for some of the organs we’d just learned about then. I have a stomach station (like ALSC recommends) with reinforced Ziploc bags to mush food in to demonstrate digestion. Then, we had paper bags to inflate to demonstrate the respiratory system. We also had paper towel tubes so they could listen to each others’ hearts for the circulatory system.

Then, we sang “Skidamarink” and our “Goodbye, Goodbye” song, and that was the end.

We didn’t do a craft this week because our body stations took up all our time.

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