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Toddler Storytime- Seeds!

September 12, 2019

Books: 
Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer
Seeds Move by Robin Page

Music:
Baby Grows” by Toddlers on Parade
I’m a Little Seed” by Carole Peterson (we danced with scarves)

Feeling of the Week
Each week we will learn a new feeling in American Sign Language and sing about that feeling to the tune of “If You’re Happy and you Know It”. Every week we will repeat the verses we previously learned and add the new verse to it for more repetition, practice, and fun!

Week One: Happy
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.
If you’re happy and you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it clap your hands.

1. Feelings ASL

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:
Opening Song: Hello Friends
(Using American Sign Language)
Hello friends, hello friends
Hello friends, it’s time to say hello!

Song Cube:
• I’m a Little Teapot
• ABC’s
• Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
• The Itsy Bitsy Spider
• If You’re Happy and You Know It
• Row, Row, Row Your Boat

Everyone Can March
Using the ASL sign for stop
Everyone can march, march, march
March, march, march
March, march, march
Everyone can march, march, march
And now it’s time to stop
(clap, sway)

0. Stop ASL

Action Rhyme: Bananas Unite
Form bananas, form, form bananas
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
Go bananas, go, go bananas

Form oranges, form, form oranges
Peel oranges, peel, peel oranges
Squeeze oranges, squeeze, squeeze oranges

Form apples, form, form apples
Slice apples, slice, slice apples
Eat apples, eat, eat apples

Form corn, form, form corn
Shuck corn, shuck, shuck corn
Pop corn, pop, pop corn

Closing Song: Goodbye Friends
(Using American Sign Language)
Goodbye friends, goodbye friends,
Goodbye friends, it’s time to say goodbye!

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Stories & Crafts

September 10, 2019

Books: 
Take Your Pet to School Day by Linda Ashman
Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi

Music:
Wheels on the Bus” by Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael
I Know a Chicken” by Laurie Berkner (we danced with shaker eggs)

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:
Opening Song: Hello Song
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at Storytime,
We clap and sing hello.

What else can we do to say hello?

We sit and sing hello,
We sit and sing hello,
With our friends at Storytime,
We wave and sing hello

Act it Out!
We reenacted the story, Take Your Pet to School Day, by signing the following song. (tune: Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush)

This is the way we go to school, go to school, go to school,
This is the way we go to school when we act it out.

This is the way we sing a song, sing a song, sing a song.
This is the way we sing a song when we act it out.

This is the way we read a story…
This is the way we paint today…
This is the way we eat a snack…
This is the way we clean our mess…
This is the way we go back home…

Oral Story: Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle
found in the book “What’ll I Do With Baby-O” by Jane Cobb

One day there were two friends.
Mr. Wiggle (shake right fisted thumb) and Mr. Waggle (shake left fisted thumb) and they lived in identical houses!

So Mr. Wiggle went into his house like this:
He opened the door (rotate wrist into flat palm)
He went inside (tuck thumb into palm)
And he closed the door after himself (close fist)

And wouldn’t you know it?
Mr. Waggle went into his house the exact same way!
He opened the door (rotate wrist into flat palm)
He went inside (tuck thumb into palm)
And he closed the door after himself (close fist)

One day, Mr. Wiggle wanted to visit Mr. Waggle so…
He opened the door (rotate closed fist into flat palm)
He went outside (untuck thumb from palm)
And he closed the door after himself (close fist but leave thumb out)

And then he went up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill
until he reached Mr. Waggle’s door. (move fisted thumb up and down)

He knocked on the door. (pretend to knock on other fist)
There was no answer, so he said, “Ohhhh Mr. Waaaaggle! Are you home?” (pretend to talk with thumb)
But there was still no answer. (shake head)

Sigh, so he went up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill
until he got to his home where he (move fisted thumb up and down)
He opened the door (rotate wrist into flat palm)
He went inside (tuck thumb into palm)
And he closed the door after himself (close fist)

Well the very next day Mr. Waggle (shake left fist) decided he wanted to visit Mr. Wiggle (shake right fist)
So he opened the door (rotate closed fist into flat palm)
He went outside (untuck thumb from palm)
And he closed the door after himself (close fist but leave thumb out)

And then he went up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill
until he reached Mr. Wiggle’s door. (move fisted thumb up and down)

He knocked on the door. (pretend to knock on other fist)
There was no answer, so he said, “Ohhhh Mr. Wiiiiiggle! Are you home?” (pretend to talk with thumb)
But there was still no answer. (shake head)

Sigh, so he went up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill
until he got to his home where he (move fisted thumb up and down)
He opened the door (rotate wrist into flat palm)
He went inside (tuck thumb into palm)
And he closed the door (close fist)

Well the very next day Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle decided to visit each other at the same time
So at the same time they
Opened the door (rotate closed fist into flat palm)
Went outside (untuck thumb from palm)
And closed the doors after them (close fist but leave thumb out)

And then they both went up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill until they met in the middle and they were so excited that they
rolled down the hill
and then ran back up and then
rolled down the hill
and then ran back up.

And then they were tired so they shared all the stories they could think to tell each other.
And when they were tired of that, they waved goodbye

And went up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill, up the hill and down the hill until they got back to their very own homes
Where they opened the door (rotate wrist into flat palm)
Went inside (tuck thumb into palm)
And closed the door after them (close fist)

And wouldn’t you know it, the next time that Mr. Wiggle and Mr. Waggle wanted to visit each other… do you know what they did?
They used the telephone.

I found this story and video on Jbrary. Watch and follow along from home!

Shaker Song: happy and you Know it Give a Shake
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake,
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake,
If you’re happy and you really want to show it,
If you’re happy and you know it give a shake!

… shake it fast
… shake it slow

Craft: Pet Paintings
Paint a picture of your pet, dream pet, favorite animal, or anything else you can imagine! Just try to not to make the room as messy as the Art Room in Take Your Pet to School Day by Linda Ashman.

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Sensory Storytime- Math!

August 17, 2019

Books

Balance the Birds by Susie Ghahremani
How to Two by David Soman

Recorded Music
“Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill

Felt Story
Shape Story: Various shapes “Plop!” right out of the sky and start to form a picture. What the picture will be is part of the mystery.

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Welcome Song 
(We sing this song using ASL sign language)
Hello friends, hello friends, hello friends,
It’s time, to say, hello.

Shirt Song
Every child is invited to come up and choose a felt shirt to put on our felt board. While they do this, we will sing this song:

[Name] has a [color] shirt, a [color] shirt, a [color] shirt,
[name] has a [color] shirt, and she’s/he’s/they’re here today!

Scarf Song
We repeat the song a couple of times. First using the ASL sign for butterfly, then pretending the scarves are our butterflies

Flutter, flutter butterfly, flying in the morning sky
Watch it fly from high to low
Watch it come and watch it go
Flutter, flutter butterfly, flying in the morning sky

Role the Ball Game
(Sing to tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat)

Roll, roll, roll the ball
Roll it to my friend
Merrily, merrily, merrily,
Roll the ball again

Playtime
This week we played with play dough, kinetic sand, building blocks, a balance beam, a tunnel, and a parachute. 

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STEAM Storytime- Engineering!

July 30, 2019

Books: 
Dreaming Up by Christy Hale
If You’re a Robot and you Know It by David A. Carter

Music:
Driving in my Car” by Ralph World
The World Goes Round and Round” by Dragon Tales
Twirl, Twirl, Twirl” by Mr. Leebot (we danced with ribbons)

Question of the Week: What do you know about robots?
Each week we ask a different question to get a discussion started about our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) theme of the week.

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: The More That we Learn Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bold words)
The more that we learn science, learn science, learn science,
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be.
We’ll know things and do things,
And explore many new things.
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be!

Building a Better World Lyrics by: Peter and Ellen Allard
We signed the bold words using ASL while singing

We’re building a better world
We’re building a better world
We’re building a better world
One person at a time.

And the world goes round and round,
the world goes round and round and round.
And the world goes round and round,
the world goes round and round and round.

We’re building a worldwith friends
We’re building a worldwith friends
We’re building a worldwith friends
One person at a time.

And the world goes round and round,
the world goes round and round and round.
And the world goes round and round,
the world goes round and round and round.

Sing new verses to this song by replacing the word friend with a different word. Make it as silly as you wish! This is a fun way for the little ones in your life to learn new vocabulary.

Exploration Time
During the last 30 minutes of storytime, we have fun with guided play, sensory elements, and experiments! For today’s session, we had the following activities:

Sphero
We explored robotics with Sphero. Sphero is an app-controlled, robotic ball. We had fun driving Sphero and changing the colors of Sphero’s LED light panel.

Cubelets
We had more robotic fun with Cubelets. Cubelets are magnetic, robotic blocks. Each block has a different function. When multiple blocks are connected together, they form an output.

Free Play

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STEAM Storytime- Water!

July 23, 2019

Books: 
Hey, Water! by Antoinette Portis
Whoosh! A water world of wonderful creatures by Marilyn Ballie

Music:
Muddy Water Puddle” by Hap Palmer
Have You Ever Been Fishin’” by Dr. Jean
Three Little Fishies” by Joanie Bartles (we danced with fish puppets and bubbles)

Question of the Week: Where do you find water?
Each week we ask a different question to get a discussion started about our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) theme of the week.

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: The More That we Learn Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bold words)
The more that we learn science, learn science, learn science,
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be.
We’ll know things and do things,
And explore many new things.
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be!

Slippery Fish Lyrics by: Charlotte Diamond
We signed the bold words using ASL while singing
Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, slippery fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an …

Octopus, octopus, squiggling in the water
Octopus, octopus, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Tuna fish, tuna fish, flashing in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Great white shark, great white shark, lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark, Gulp, Gulp, Gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

Humongous whale, humongous whale, spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, humongous whale,
Gulp! … Gulp! … Gulp! … BURP!

Excuse me!

Exploration Time
During the last 30 minutes of storytime, have fun with guided play, sensory elements, and experiments! For today’s theme, we had the following activities:

Water Play
Question: What do you think will happen when water is added to the various surfaces?

We experimented with adding water to coffee filters, cotton balls, plastic toys, foam, and crepe paper

Free Play

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STEAM Storytime- Art!

July 16, 2019

Books: 
What If… by Samantha Berger
Viva Frida! by Yuyi Morales

Music:
My World (Paint Me, Paint You!)” by Zinghoppers
Ribbons in the Air” by Pam Schiller (We danced with ribbons)

Question of the Week: What is art?
Each week we ask a different question to get a discussion started about our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) theme of the week.

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: The More That we Learn Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bold words)
The more that we learn science, learn science, learn science,
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be.
We’ll know things and do things,
And explore many new things.
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be!

You Are My Sunshine
We signed the bold words using ASL while singing
You are my sunshine my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear how much I love you
So please don’t take my sunshine away

This is the Way
(Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. We used ribbons to act out the motions)
This is the way we stir the paint, stir the paint, stir the paint.
This is the way we stir the paint,
So early in the morning.

//Dip our brush
//Paint the picture
//Blow it dry

Scat the Rat
I introduced my friend, Scat the rat, and explained that every time we snap or clap, he changes colors. I use a folder for this activity that has a rat silhouette cut out of the front of the folder and several colors of paper inside of the folder. To make Scat change colors, I just pull a sheet of paper out of the folder revealing the new color behind it that sheet. We say:

“Hey everyone, I’m Scat the rat.
I can change colors just like that! (snap or clap)”

Exploration Time
During the last 30 minutes of storytime, have fun with guided play, sensory elements, and experiments! For today’s theme, we had the following activities:

Paper Collages

Free Play

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STEAM Storytime- Math!

July 9, 2019

Books: 
Balance the Birds by Susie Ghahremani
How to Two by David Soman

Music:
Mother Gooney Bird” by Eric Litwin
The Number Dance (Disco)” by Eric Litwin
Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill (We danced with shakers)

Question of the Week: What is the highest number you can thing of?
Each week we ask a different question to get a discussion started about our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) theme of the week.

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: The More That we Learn Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bold words)
The more that we learn science, learn science, learn science,
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be.
We’ll know things and do things,
And explore many new things.
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be!

Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, using ASL for the word “butterfly”
Flutter, flutter butterfly, flying in the summer sky
Watch it fly from high to low
Watch it come and watch it go
Fluttery, flutter butterfly flying in the summer sky

We also counted the butterflies on the screen using ASL.

Exploration Time
During the last 30 minutes of storytime, have fun with guided play, sensory elements, and experiments! For today’s theme, we had the following activities:

Play Dough Shapes

Questions:
What shapes, letters, and numbers can you make?
How does the play dough feel?
What color is the play dough?

How to Two Comprehension Activity

Comprehension: the understanding and interpretation of what is read. To be able to accurately understand written material, children need to be able to (1) decode what they read; (2) make connections between what they read and what they already know; and (3) think deeply about what they have read.

Questions:
What was your favorite animal from the story?
There were ten different animals shown in the story. Can you draw the ones you remember?
What games did you see the kids playing? Have you ever played those games?
What was the weather like in the story?
How high did we count to?
Where were the kids playing? Where was it located?
Did you learn any new words?

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