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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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Winter Story Time

As I said last week, I’m still trying to catch up, so here’s my winter story time from December.

We started with our usual opening song: “If You Want to Hear a Story.” Then, I introduced the theme since a lot of the kids might not remember or even know what snow is. We talked a bit about what winter looks like here to get them interested. Then, we read our first book: Winter Is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer

This is a really cute book about all the things that are warmer in winter (blankets, clothing, drinks, food, hugs, etc.), and it has some great illustrations that the kids enjoyed.

Then, we sang “Dance Like Snowflakes” from Preschool Education.
(To the tune of “Frere Jacques”)
Dance like snowflakes,
Dance like snowflakes
In the air
In the air.
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Whirling, twirling snowflakes.
Here and there.
Here and there.

Then, we used a “Mitten Match Flannel” that a former youth facilitator made and left. She originally got the idea from Miss Mary Liberry.
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After that, we sang “Who Is Made of Snow?” which is also from Preschool Education.
(To the tune of Do Your Ears Hang Low?”)
Who is made of snow
When the temperature is low?
Who stands outside
When the ground is cold and white?
Who starts to melt
When the warm sunshine is felt?
Who is made of snow?

Of course, the kids loved shouting out the answer to the riddle!

Then, we read our next book: Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner

This is a cute book, but, surprisingly, some of my classes found it a bit scary. So, I ended up cutting it from my younger classes and only using it for my 4 and 5 year olds.

Then, we stood up for our next action rhyme: “Five Little Snowmen Fat.” This is also from Preschool Education.

Five little snowmen fat (cheeks puffed out, arms open wide)
Each with a great big hat (place imaginary hat on head)
Out came the sun (point to the sky)
And m…e…l…t…e…d one! (melt whole body to the floor)
Oh, how sad was that? (wipe away tears)

I cannot stress enough how much the kids loved this action rhyme! They wanted everything to melt after this.

Then, we sang “Dance Around Our Snowman” from Preschool Education.
(Sung to the tune of “Mulberry Bush”)
This is the way we dance around,
Dance around,
Dance around.
This is the way we dance around
Our snowman in the morning.

Other verses:
skip around
twirl around
crawl around
hop around
gallop around
spin around
sneak around
etc.

Our last book was Hello, Snow by Hope Vestergaard

This was a pretty cute book, and the kids thought the crash was so silly!

Then, we just had to sing “Frosty the Snowman” before our “Goodbye, Goodbye Song.”

Our craft this week was a snowflake ornament made from popsicle sticks, cotton balls, and, yes, some glitter. You know it’s a special week when the glitter comes out! The kids and parents loved them!
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