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Toddler Storytime- Wild About Us!

November 14, 2019

Books: 
Wild About Us by Karen Beaumont
Breathe by Scott Magoon

Music:
“Goldfish” by Laurie Berkner
“Fish Danceby Johnette Downing (we danced with fish puppets and bubbles)

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

Week Two: Sad
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.

Week Three: Angry
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.

Week Four: Thirsty
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.

Week Five: Dirty
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.

Week Six: Hungry
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food

Week Seven: Hurt
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.
If you’re hurt and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.

Week Eight: Hot
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.
If you’re hot and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.

Week Nine: Cold
If you’re cold and you know it bundle up.
If you’re cold and you know it bundle up.
If you’re cold and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re cold and you know it bundle up.

Week Ten: Love
If you love and you know it flutter your eyes.
If you love and you know flutter your eyes.
If you love and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you love and you know it flutter.

The verses and signs we focused on this week were:

10. 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

Starting to Wiggle
Tune: “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”, using the ASL sign for stop
My thumbs are starting to wiggle
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
and now it’s time to stop.
(arms, legs, hips, whole body)

0. Stop ASL

Action Rhyme: Put Your Hands Up High
Put your hands up high,
Put your hands down low.
Put your hands in the middle,
And wiggle just so.
Put your elbows to the front,
Put your elbows in the back.
Put your elbows to the side,
And quack, quack, quack!
Repeat faster)

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

November 14, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement – November 8, 2019

Books

The Nuts Keep Rolling by Eric Litwin
This Book Just Ate My Dog by Richard Byrne

Music

“My Bonnie” by Jim Gill
“Roll With the Waves” by Eric Litwin
“Four Funky Fish” by Baby Loves Jazz (with Rhythm Sticks)

Yoga Pose of the Week: Bee (pose and breath)

Let’s pretend to be bees! Flutter your wings. Put up your antennae (raise arms up). Find a comfortable place to sit (wiggle arms up). Once you find your spot, land on the the ground. Lower your antennae to your ears. We’re going to take a deep breath in and when we exhale, let out a humming noise like a bee buzzing.

Yoga POse

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Rhythm Stick Rhyme
Bread and butter,
Marmalade and jam,
Let’s tap our sticks as nice as we can!

Other verses:
(quick, slow, quiet, loud, nice)

Put Your Hands Up High
Put your hands up high.
Put your hands down low.
Put your hands in the middle and wiggle just so.

Put your elbows in the front.
Put your elbows to the back.
Put your elbows to the side and quack, quack, quack!

Flip the Lid: Hand Brain Model

When we feel upset, angry, or overwhelmed, it’s important to take a moment to “put our lids back on”. Some ways you can help calm down are practicing yoga poses or other stretches, slowly counting to 10, and focusing on one thing at a time like the way your stomach moves in and out when you breath.

Movement Rhyme: Wave Goodbye
(Tune: Frère Jacques)
Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Sing this tune, sing this tune,
It’s time to wave goodbye,
it’s time to wave goodbye
See you soon, see you soon.

Goodbye friends, goodbye friends
Close your eyes, close your eyes
Take a deep breathe in… (breathe in instead of repeating this line)
Now breathe out goodbye… (breathe out instead of repeating this line)

November 8, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Toddler Storytime- Around the World!

November 7, 2019

Books: 
Up by Susan Hughs
They All Saw A Cat by

Music:
“Bounce Your Baby” by Caspar Babypants (we danced with puppets)
“Spin Againby Jim Gill (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.

Week Two: Sad
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you really want to show it,
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.

Week Three: Angry
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you really want to show it,
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.

Week Four: Thirsty
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you really want to show it,
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.

Week Five: Dirty
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you really want to show it,
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.

Week Six: Hungry
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you really want to show it,
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food

Week Seven: Hurt
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.
If you’re hurt and you really want to show it,
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.

Week Eight: Hot
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.
If you’re hot and you really want to show it,
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.

Week Nine: Cold
If you’re cold and you know it bundle up.
If you’re cold and you know it bundle up.
If you’re cold and you really want to show it,
If you’re cold and you know it bundle up.

The verses and signs we focused on this week were:

9. 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

Starting to Wiggle
Tune: “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow”, using the ASL sign for stop
My thumbs are starting to wiggle
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
My thumbs are starting to wiggle,
and now it’s time to stop.
(arms, legs, hips, whole body)

0. Stop ASL

Action Rhyme: Put Your Hands Up High
Put your hands up high,
Put your hands down low.
Put your hands in the middle,
And wiggle just so.
Put your elbows to the front,
Put your elbows in the back.
Put your elbows to the side,
And quack, quack, quack!
Repeat faster)

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

November 7, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Toddler Storytime- In the Dark!

October 31, 2019

Books: 
Night Lights by Susan Gal
If You’re a Monster and you Know It by Rebecca & Ed Emberley

Music:
“Wimoweh” by Laurie Berkner
“We Are Monstersby Mr. Eric and Mr. Michael (we danced with instruments)

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.

Week Two: Sad
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you really want to show it,
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.

Week Three: Angry
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you really want to show it,
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.

Week Four: Thirsty
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you really want to show it,
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.

Week Five: Dirty
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you really want to show it,
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.

Week Six: Hungry
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you really want to show it,
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food

Week Seven: Hurt
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.
If you’re hurt and you really want to show it,
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.

Week Eight: Hot
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.
If you’re hot and you really want to show it,
If you’re hot and you know it fan off.

The verses and signs we focused on this week were:

8. 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

Tip Toe, Tip Toe
Tune: Frère Jacques, using the ASL sign for stop
Tip toe, tip toe, tip toe, tip toe,
Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop,
Running, running, running, running, running, running, running, running,
Time to stop time to stop,
Time to stop time to stop,
(walking, marching)

0. Stop ASL

Action Rhyme: Slippery Fish
Using ASL for the bolded words and Baby Sign Language specifically for the word shark
Slippery fish, slippery fish swimming in the water
Slippery fish, slippery fish
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by an…

Octopus, octopus swimming in the water
Octopus, octopus
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Tuna fish, tuna fish swimming in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Great white shark, great white shark swimming in the water
Great white shark, great white shark
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Humongous whale, humongous whale swimming in the water
Humongous whale, humongous whale
gulp, gulp, gulp… buuuuuurp
Excuse me!

Slippery Fish ASL.png

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

October 31, 2019 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

Toddler Storytime- Puppies!

October 24, 2019

Books: 
Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney
Fetch by Jorey Hurley

Music:
” by …
“…by … (we danced with …)

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.

Week Two: Sad
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you really want to show it,
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.

Week Three: Angry
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you really want to show it,
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.

Week Four: Thirsty
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you really want to show it,
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.

Week Five: Dirty
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you really want to show it,
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.

Week Six: Hungry
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you really want to show it,
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food

Week Six: Hurt
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.
If you’re hurt and you really want to show it,
If you’re hurt and you know it ask for help.

7. 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

Tip Toe, Tip Toe
Tune: Frère Jacques, using the ASL sign for stop
Tip toe, tip toe, tip toe, tip toe,
Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop,
Running, running, running, running, running, running, running, running,
Time to stop time to stop,
Time to stop time to stop,
(walking, marching)

0. Stop ASL

Action Rhyme: Slippery Fish
Using ASL for the bolded words and Baby Sign Language specifically for the word shark
Slippery fish, slippery fish swimming in the water
Slippery fish, slippery fish
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by an…

Octopus, octopus swimming in the water
Octopus, octopus
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Tuna fish, tuna fish swimming in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Great white shark, great white shark swimming in the water
Great white shark, great white shark
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Humongous whale, humongous whale swimming in the water
Humongous whale, humongous whale
gulp, gulp, gulp… buuuuuurp
Excuse me!

Slippery Fish ASL.png

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

October 24, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Toddler Storytime- Same & Different!

October 17, 2019

Books: 
Same, Same by Marthe Jocelyn
Which is Round? Which is Bigger by Mineko Mamada

Music:
Apples and Bananas” by Raffi
High and Low” by Hap Palmer (we danced with ribbons)

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.

Week Two: Sad
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you really want to show it,
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.

Week Three: Angry
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you really want to show it,
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.

Week Four: Thirsty
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you really want to show it,
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.

Week Five: Dirty
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you really want to show it,
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.

Week Six: Hungry
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food.
If you’re hungry and you really want to show it,
If you’re hungry and you know it eat some food

6. Feelings ASL.png

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

Tip Toe, Tip Toe
Tune: Frère Jacques, using the ASL sign for stop
Tip toe, tip toe, tip toe, tip toe,
Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop,
Running, running, running, running, running, running, running, running,
Time to stop time to stop,
Time to stop time to stop,
(walking, marching)

0. Stop ASL

Action Rhyme: Slippery Fish
Using ASL for the bolded words and Baby Sign Language specifically for the word shark
Slippery fish, slippery fish swimming in the water
Slippery fish, slippery fish
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by an…

Octopus, octopus swimming in the water
Octopus, octopus
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Tuna fish, tuna fish swimming in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Great white shark, great white shark swimming in the water
Great white shark, great white shark
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Humongous whale, humongous whale swimming in the water
Humongous whale, humongous whale
gulp, gulp, gulp… buuuuuurp
Excuse me!

Slippery Fish ASL.png

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

October 17, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Toddler Storytime- Body Identification!

October 10, 2019

Books: 
I Love You Nose, I Love You Toes by Linda Davick
Hello Baby by Mem Fox

Music:
Head Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” by Eric Litwin
Bean Bag Rock” by Various Artists (we danced with bean bags)

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.

Week Two: Sad
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.
If you’re sad and you really want to show it,
If you’re sad and you know it cry boo hoo.

Week Three: Angry
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.
If you’re angry and you really want to show it,
If you’re angry and you know it jump around.

Week Four: Thirsty
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.
If you’re thirsty and you really want to show it,
If you’re thirsty and you know it take a drink.

Week Five: Dirty
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.
If you’re dirty and you really want to show it,
If you’re dirty and you know it take a bath.

5. Feelings ASL.png

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

Tip Toe, Tip Toe
Tune: Frère Jacques, using the ASL sign for stop
Tip toe, tip toe, tip toe, tip toe,
Hop, hop, hop, hop, hop, hop,
Running, running, running, running, running, running, running, running,
Time to stop time to stop,
Time to stop time to stop,
(walking, marching)

0. Stop ASL

Action Rhyme: Slippery Fish
Using ASL for the bolded words and Baby Sign Language specifically for the word shark
Slippery fish, slippery fish swimming in the water
Slippery fish, slippery fish
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by an…

Octopus, octopusswimming in the water
Octopus, octopus
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Tuna fish, tuna fishswimming in the water,
Tuna fish, tuna fish
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Great white shark, great white sharkswimming in the water
Great white shark, great white shark
gulp, gulp, gulp… oh no!
It’s been eaten by a…

Humongous whale, humongous whaleswimming in the water
Humongous whale, humongous whale
gulp, gulp, gulp… buuuuuurp
Excuse me!

Slippery Fish ASL.png

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

October 10, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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