Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Wigglers: Dance Party

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20
Playlist no. 1
  • Hand out shakers
    • Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner
    • Shakin' Everywhere by Jim Gill
  • Sit Down
    • The Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell (Blue Clouds)
  • Put away shakers and stand up
    • Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • Train beat song by the Sugar Free Allstars
    • Loud/Quiet by Caspar Babypants
  • Sit down and hand out strummies
    • Samantha the Butterfly by Fox and Branch
  • Put away strummies and stand up
    • List of Dances by Jim Gill
    • Sneezing song by Jim Gill
  • Hand out shakers again
    • Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner
    • Rattle my rattle by Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Put away shakers
    • Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill
    • Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell
Playlist no. 2
  • As kids come in
    • Good Morning by Stacy Buehler "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Dance around edge of rug
    • Merry-go-round by Elizabeth Mitchell "Little Seed"
  • Dance
    • Fast and Slow by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Sit down
    • Beethoven's Five Finger Play by Jim Gill "Music Play for folks of all stripes"
  • Curl up small to start, follow actions
    • Baby's getting up by Caspar Babypants "This is fun"
  • Balance around edge of rug
    • Balance Beam by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Make a train and move around room, depending on age of kids
    • Little red caboose by Elizabeth Mitchell "Catch the Moon"
  • Stand up and dance, following the instructions (sit down at end)
    • I changed my mind by Jim Gill "Music play for folks of all stripes"
  • Hand out shakers, stay sitting
    • Milkshake song by Anne-Marie Akin "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Shake to the rhythm, pick and eat apples (flannelboard), put away shakers
    • Ten Green Apples by Alan Mills
  • Stand up, do actions and basically jump up and down
    • Drive the firetruck by Rob Newhouse "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Follow actions
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly by Rob Newhouse "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Sit down, hold up fingers
    • Five days old by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Stand up and do animal actions (tell kids to do their favorite animals)
    • Animal inside you by Frances England "Family Tree"
  • Dance and follow actions
    • I really love to dance by Laurie Berkner "Buzz Buzz"
  • Hand out shakers, follow actions
    • Stop and Go by Elizabeth Mitchell "Catch the Moon"
  • Follow actions, sizzle and pop
    • Popcorn calling me by Laurie Berkner "Buzz Buzz"
  • Follow actions
    • Walking, Walking by Anne-Marie Akin "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Dance elegantly
    • Ella the elegant elephant by Caspar Babypants "Hot Dog"

Monday, January 2, 2017

Take Home Storytime: Animals in the Snow

  • Program goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes
    • Last used January 2017
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Animals in the snow

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about the books. What animals do you see in the books? How do they behave in the snow? Are they real animals or pretend animals?

Get ready to WRITE by using fine motor skills to make a rainbow snowflake.
  • You will need scratch paper (newspaper or paper bags), paintbrush, and water
  • Instructions - put your snowflakes on the scratch paper. Lay your bleeding art tissue on the snowflakes. "Paint" them with water and watch the colors bleed onto the snowflake!
SING a song or do a fingerplay rhyme. Rhyming and clapping rhythms helps children hear the sounds in words, part of phonological awareness. The following rhymes are great for recognizing rhythms and there are several versions online.

Five little penguins
Five little snowmen standing in a row
Search online for "learning with snow by Jean Warren" for more activities and songs

PLAY in the snow! What kind of things do animals do in the snow? Can you copy them? Can you look for animals in the snow?

READ together! The following books talk about real animals in the snow and fun stories about playing in the snow.

The fox in the dark by Alison Green
Animals in Winter by Martha Rustad
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan
Kitten's winter by Eugenie Fernandes
Duck skates by Lynne Berry

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Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-9143