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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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July 16, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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?

July 9, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

STEAM Storytime- Gravity!

July 2, 2019

Books: 
I Fall Down by Vicki Cobb
Gravity by Jason Chen

Music:
Spin Again” by Jim Gill
Gravity” by Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine (We danced with bubbles)
The Bean Bag” by Hap Palmer (We danced with bean bags)

Question of the Week: What is gravity?
Each week we will 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 We Learn with 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!

Gravity
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb, using ASL for the word earth
Gravity pulls us to Earth, us to Earth, us to Earth
Gravity pulls us to Earth so we don’t float away!

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:

Gravity painting
Directions:
Carefully squirt paint onto your paper using the pipette.
Watch as the colors drip and blend together.

Questions:
What new colors do you see as the colors mix?
Why is the paint dripping down?
What do you like or dislike about the painting?

Drop, Drop, Drop
Activity from the book, I Fall Down by Vicki Cobb

Directions:
Choose some objects to drop.
Compare the objects you’re dropping. What makes them the same or different?
Which object do you think will land first, why?
Drop the objects at the same time.

Questions:
What did you observe when they both fell?
Did one fall faster than the other?

Rubber Band Weight Test
Did you know pull of gravity on an object is called weight?

Directions:
Tie two different-sized objects (like a kids show and adult shoe) to separate rubber bands.

Questions:
Which object weighs more?
How can you tell?

July 2, 2019 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

STEAM Storytime- Colors!

June 25, 2019

Books: 
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
Spicy Hot Colors = Colores Pincantes by Sherry Shahan

Music:
Mr. Owl” by Kimmy Schwimmy
Color Wheel Dance” by Georgiana Stewart
I Like Blue Lemurs” by Baby Loves Jazz (We sang and tapped with rhythm sticks)

Question of the Week: What happens when colors mix together?
Each week we will 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 We Learn with Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bolded 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!

If You’re Wearing…
Using ASL for the colors
If you’re wearing red today, red today, red today
If you’re wearing red today,
Please clap your hands!

// Orange/stomp your feet
// Yellow/jump around
// Green/spin in a circle
// Blue/do the chicken dance
// Purple/wiggle around
// Pink/shout hurray!

Little Moon Felt Game
Hide a felt moon behind one of six different colored clouds then say,

“Little moon, little moon
Are you behind the [color] cloud?”

Repeat until moon is found!

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:

Rainbow Milk Experiment
What do you think will happen when you mix milk, dish soap, and food coloring?

Directions:
Drip a few drops of food coloring into a bowl or tray of milk.
Dip one of a Q-tip into dish soap.
Dip that end of the Q-tip in the milk and see what happens!

Questions:
What happens when the food coloring mixes together?
What surprised you about this experiment?

Colors in Light
Have you ever noticed a rainbow in the sky after a rainstorm? Where does the rainbow come from?

The white light from the Sun shines through the water in the air and creates a color spectrum. When any white light shines through water and other prisms, like the tiny tracks on the CD, you can see the array of colors getting bent from the light.

Directions:
Shine the flashlight on the CD
Reflect the CD onto the white paper to see the different colors.

Questions:
What colors do you see?
Can you draw the reflection?

Wow! Said the Owl Coloring and Comprehension Activity
Do you remember what colors the owl saw on her daytime adventure?

Directions:
Recreate some of the pictures from the story. Try filling in the blanks below with what you can remember. Use the quotes as inspiration for your drawings.

Quotes from the story:
“Wow!” said the owl…

    • The sky was a warm and wonderful ____.
    • as the ____ sun shone through the morning mist.
    • when she saw that the leaves on her tree were ____.
    • as the pretty ____ butterflies flew by.
    • as the rainbow of ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, and ____ filled the sky.

June 25, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

STEAM Storytime- Space!

June 17, 2019

Books: 
A Moon of My Own by Jennifer Rustgi | Read by: Serena Aunon-Chancellor thanks to the Story Time from Space project.
Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: I know exactly what you are by Julia Kregenow

Music:
Rocketship Run” by Laurie Berkner
Mr. Sun” by Raffi

Question of the Week: What do you know about outer space?
Each week we will 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 We Learn with Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bolded 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!

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Using ASL
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.

Astronaut Guessing Game
Who is the astronaut with ears so long and funny?
It hops around the spaceship… (wait for guesses)
It’s a little bunny! (reveal bunny puppet)

Who is the astronaut leaping on the log?
Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit… (wait for guesses)
It’s a frog! (reveal frog puppet)

Who is the astronaut with a long tail of course?
Neigh, neigh, neigh… (wait for guesses)
It’s a horse! (reveal horse puppet)

Who is the astronaut that likes to ROAR?
We rarely get to see one… (wait for guesses)
It’s a dinosaur! (reveal dinosaur puppet)

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:

Cloud Dough
Make your own or play with the mixture that’s already made.
Recipe: Mix 2 Cups flour with 1/4 Cup vegetable oil, stir until well mixed.

Sorting the Solar System
How many ways can you sort the solar system? Try arranging the planets by size, colors, planet order, and however else you can think to sort them.

Star Shapes
Make shapes with the paper star cut-outs. What shapes, letters, constellations, etc. can you make?

June 18, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Toddler Storytime- Pets!

April 25, 2019

Books: 
Pet This Book by Jessica Young
I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs

Music:
Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill (we danced with puppets)
I Know a Chicken” by Laurie Berkner (we danced with shaker eggs)

Letter of the Week: Nn
Each week we will learn a new letter and ASL/Baby Sign Language word. We sing the following song signing the words in bold.

(Tune: The Farmer and the Dell)
O is for octopus/outside
is for octopus/outside
There are many words with the letter O
is for octopus/outside

Letter O.png

Signs from left to right: Letter O, Octopus, Outside

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

Nursery Rhyme
Little Miss MuffetSat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Action Rhyme
Pitter patter pitter patter,
Listen to the rain!
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
On the window pane.

Drop, drop, drop, drop,
Dropping on the ground.
Drip, drip, drip, drip,
Listen to the sound!

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

April 25, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Toddler Storytime- Bugs!

April 18, 2019

Books: 
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horáček
I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd

Music:
Flitter Flutter” by Johnette Downing (we danced with scarves)
Zzzz! Zzzz! Snort! Snort!” by Pam Schiller (we danced with rhythm sticks)

Letter of the Week: Nn
Each week we will learn a new letter and ASL/Baby Sign Language word. We sing the following song signing the words in bold.

(Tune: The Farmer and the Dell)
N is for napkin/noise
is for napkin/noise
There are many words with the letter N
is for napkin/noise

Letter N

Signs from left to right: Letter N, Napkin, Noise

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

Nursery Rhyme
Little Miss MuffetSat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.

Action Rhyme
Pitter patter pitter patter,
Listen to the rain!
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
On the window pane.

Drop, drop, drop, drop,
Dropping on the ground.
Drip, drip, drip, drip,
Listen to the sound!

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

April 18, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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