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Books Oh My!

April 16, 2013

Books
Lola At The Library by Anna McQuinn
The Wonderful Book by Leonid Gore
Maybe A Bear Ate It! By Robie H. Harris

Music
“Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs by Raffi

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Opening Song: Come Along and Sing With Me
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Come along and sing with me, sing with me, sing with me.
Come along and sing with me, on a sunny Tuesday.

Come along and clap with me . . .
Come along and jump with me…
Come along and stretch with me . . .
Come along and sit with me…

Movement Song: Twinkle Twinkle
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.

Movement Rhyme: Open Shut Them
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.
Creep them, creep them up to your chin.
Open your mouth, but do not let them in!
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.

Flannel Board: Little Mouse, Little Mouse
Little mouse, little mouse, are you in the red house?

Movement Rhyme: If Your Are Wearing Red Today
If you are wearing red today, red today, red today.
If you are wearing red today,
Stand up and shout hooray!

Movement Rhyme: Get Very Big, Get Very Small
Get very big, get very small,
Spin in a circle but try not to fall.
Do a dance across the floor.
Close your eyes and count to four.
Spread your feet, look upside down.
Make a silly face and act like a clown.
Hop like a bunny, flap like a bird,
Quiet as a mouse now…Don’t say a word.
Lean to the front, lean to the back,
Stand up, sit down, clap, clap, clap.
Lean to the left, lean to the right,
Stand up, sit down, say “Good night!”
Lean toward the window, lean toward the door,
Stand up, sit down, give a big clap once more!

Movement Song: If You Want to Hear a Story
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands!
If you’re ready for a story, clap your hands!
If you’re ready for a story and you really want to show it.
If you’re ready to hear a story, clap your hands!

April 16, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Bears Oh My!

April 9, 2013

Books
Where’s My Teddy? by Jez Alborough
Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau
Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett

Music
“Mr. Eric’s Jumping Song” from The Big Silly with Mr. Eric by Eric Litwin

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Opening Song: Come Along and Sing With Me
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Come along and sing with me, sing with me, sing with me.
Come along and sing with me, on a sunny Tuesday.

Come along and clap with me . . .
Come along and jump with me…
Come along and stretch with me . . .
Come along and sit with me…

Movement Song: Clap Your Paws
Clap, clap, clap your paws.
Clap your paws with me.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily.
Clap your paws with me.

Show, show, show your teeth…
Growl, growl, growl real loud…
Jump, jump, jump up and down…

Movement Rhyme: Polar Bear Polar Bear
Polar bear, polar bear, turn around.
Polar bear, polar bear, touch the ground.
Polar bear, polar bear, bend your knees.
Polar bear, polar bear, climb these trees.
Polar bear, polar bear, stand on your toes.
Polar bear, polar bear, touch your nose
Polar bear, polar bear, reach up high.
Polar bear, polar bear, wink one eye.
Polar bear, polar bear, make a frown.
Polar bear, polar bear, sit right down.

Movement Song: Goin’ On a Bear Hunt
Goin’ on a bear hunt.
Goin to catch a big one.
I’m not afraid.
Look, what’s up ahead?
Mud!
Can’t go over it.
Can’t go under it.
Can’t go around it.
Gotta go through it.
[Make sloshing sounds and move hands as if slogging.]

Following verses:
Sticks. [Snap fingers.]
Tree. [Make gestures climbing up and down.]
River. [Make swimming gestures.]
Cave. [Go in it and find lion.]
AHHH! Run!
Back to the river. Swim, swim, swim!
Back up the tree. Climb, climb, climb!…

Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We Wave Goodbye Like This
We Wave Goodbye Like This
We clap our hands for all our friends
We Wave Goodbye Like This

April 9, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Silly Storytime

April 2, 2013

Books
Open Very Carefully by Nicola O’Byrne
Silly Sally by Audrey Wood
Is Everyone Ready for Fun? by Jan Thomas

Music
“Silly Dance Contest” from Jim Gill’s Sings the Sneezing Songs by Jim Gill

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Opening Song: Come Along and Sing With Me
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Come along and sing with me, sing with me, sing with me.
Come along and sing with me, on a sunny Tuesday.

Come along and clap with me . . .
Come along and jump with me…
Come along and stretch with me . . .
Come along and sit with me…

Movement Song: Row Your Silly Boat
Row, row row your boat
Gently down the stream
If you see a crocodile
Don’t forget to scream!

Don’t forget to jump and scream!
Don’t for get to clap your hands, jump, and scream!
Don’t forget to spin around, clap your hands, jump, and scream!
Don’t forget to pat your head, spin around, clap your hands, and scream!

Movement Rhyme: Crocodile Crocodile
Crocodile Crocodile
Long and Green
Crocodile Crocodile
Teeth so mean
Snapping at a fly
Snapping at a bee
Snapping at a frog
And snapping at me! (crouch down & cover head)

Movement Rhyme: Get Very Big, Get Very Small
Get very big, get very small,
Spin in a circle but try not to fall.
Do a dance across the floor.
Close your eyes and count to four.
Spread your feet, look upside down.
Make a silly face and act like a clown.
Hop like a bunny, flap like a bird,
Quiet as a mouse now…Don’t say a word.
Lean to the front, lean to the back,
Stand up, sit down, clap, clap, clap.
Lean to the left, lean to the right,
Stand up, sit down, say “Good night!”
Lean toward the window, lean toward the door,
Stand up, sit down, clap once more!

Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this
We wave goodbye like this
We clap our hands for all our friends
We wave goodbye like this

April 2, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Commotion in the Ocean

March 29, 2013

Books
Rub-a-Dub Sub by Linda Ashman
I Spy Under the Sea by Edward Gibbs

Music
“The Goldfish” from Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner
“Under the Sea” from The Little Mermaid Soundtrack

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Fingerplay: Ten Little Fish
Ten little fish floating in a row
They bowed their heads just so
Then they swam to the left
And swam to the right
A shark snapped its jaws!
And gave the fish a fright!

Fingerplay: I’m a Little Octopus
Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish.
Arm #2 helps me catch fish.
Arm #3 pats my head.
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed.
Arm #5 swims me to shore.
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor.
Arm #7 can grab and tug.
But all eight arms give me a hug!

Movement Song: I Wish I Was a Fish
(tune: Happy & You Know It)
Oh, I wish I was a fishy in the sea. (clap, clap)
Oh, I wish I was a fishy in the sea.
I’d swim around so cute, without my bathing suit.
Oh, I wish I was a fishy in the sea.

Oh, I wish I was a shark in the sea. (“snap” your hands together)
Oh, I wish I was an octopus in the sea. (wiggle arms)

Movement Rhyme: Open Shut Them
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.
Creep them, creep them up to your chin.
Open your mouth, but do not let them in!
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.

Circle Time: The Waves on the Sea
(tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The waves on the sea go up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The waves on the sea go up and down
All day long.

Additional Verses:
The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap..
The fish in the sea go swish swish swish..
The boats in the sea go toot toot toot…

Closing Song: Wave Goodbye

Wave high, wave low,
I think it’s time, we gotta go.
Wave your elbows, wave your toes,
Wave your tongue and wave your nose.
Wave your knees, wave your lips,
Blow a kiss with fingertips.
Wave your chin, wave your eye,
Wave your hand and say “Goodbye!”

March 29, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Spring Into Reading!

March 19, 2013

Books
Spring Is Here By Will Hillenbrand
What Does Bunny See? by Linda Sue Park
Spring Things by Bob Raczka

Music
“Shake My Sillies Out” from The Singable Songs Collection by Raffi

Fingerplays, Songs & Rhymes
Opening Song: Come Along and Sing With Me
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Come along and sing with me, sing with me, sing with me.
Come along and sing with me, on a sunny Tuesday.

Come along and clap with me . . .
Come along and jump with me…
Come along and stretch with me . . .
Come along and sit with me…

Song: Apples and Bananas
I like to eat, eat, eat apples and bananas.
I like to ate, ate, ate ay-ples and ba-nay-nays.
I like to eat, eat, eat ee-ples and bee-nee-nees.
I like to ite, ite, ite i-ples and bi-ni-nis.
I like to ote, ote, ote oh-ples and bo-no-nos.
I like to ute, ute, ute, u-ples and bu-nu-nus.
Mmmmm good.

Fingerplay: Ten Little Fingers
I have ten little fingers
And they all belong to me.
I can make them do things,
Would you like to see?
I can shut them up tight.
Or open them wide.
I can put them together,
Or make them all hide.
I can make them jump up high,
Or make them go low.
I can fold them up quietly,
And sit just so!

Movement Rhyme: 10 Little Bunnies
1 little, 2 little, 3 little bunnies,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bunnies,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little bunnies,
10 little bunnies hopping up and down.

Hop, hop, hop little bunnies.
Hop, hop, hop little bunnies.
Hop, hop, hop little bunnies.
Bunnies hopping up and down.

10 little, 8 little, 9 little bunnies,
7 little, 6 little, 5 little bunnies,
4 little, 3 little, 2 little bunnies,
1 little bunny hopping up and down.

Hop, hop, hop little bunny.
Hop, hop, hop little bunny.
Hop, hop, hop little bunny.
Do a spin and sit right down.

Flannel Board & Puppet: Who Hatched?
I found a nest while walking one day.
“Look at all the eggs!” I had to say.
I waited and waited and what did I see?
Craaack! Who hatched? A baby _______ was looking at me.
(Chick, Duck, Turtle, Alligator, Owl, Dinosaur!)

March 19, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

123 Read with Me!

March 12, 2013

Books
Two at the Zoo by Danna Smith
Click, Clack, Splish, Splash by Doreen Cronin
The Noisy Counting Book by Susan Schade

Music
“Jumping and Counting” from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense by Jim Gill

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Opening Song: Come Along and Sing With Me
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Come along and sing with me, sing with me, sing with me.
Come along and sing with me, on a sunny Tuesday.

Come along and clap with me . . .
Come along and jump with me…
Come along and stretch with me . . .
Come along and spin with me…
Come along and sit with me…

Fingerplay: Ten Little Zebras
Ten little zebras stood in a row
They bowed their heads just so
They ran to the left
And ran to the right
A lion growled real loud!
And gave the zebras a fright

Movement Song: Animals at the Zoo
The crocodiles at the zoo snap their jaws,
snap their jaws, snap their jaws, snap their jaws.
The crocodiles at the zoo snap their jaws,
All day long.

The parrots at the zoo flap their wings…
The penguins at the zoo waddle around…
The monkeys at the zoo jump around…
The people at the zoo sit and stare…

Movement Rhyme: 10 Little Fingers
I have ten little fingers, and they all belong to me.
I can make them do things, would you like to see?
I can shut them tight.
I can open them wide.
I can put them together.
I can make them hide.
I can make them fly high.
I can make them fly low.
I can fold them like this and hold them just so.

Movement Rhyme: 10 Little Fishies
1 little, 2 little, 3 little fishies,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little fishies,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little fishies ,
10 little fishies hopping up and down.

Swim, swim, swim, swim, swim little fishies.
Swim, swim, swim, swim, swim little fishies.
Swim, swim, swim, swim, swim little fishies.
Fishies swimming all around.

10 little, 8 little, 9 little fishies,
7 little, 6 little, 5 little fishies,
4 little, 3 little, 2 little fishies ,
1 little fishy swimming all around.

Swim, swim, swim, swim, swim little fishies
Swim, swim, swim, swim, swim little fishies
Swim, swim, swim, swim, swim little fishies
Do a spin and sit right down.

Movement Rhyme: Froggy Froggy
Froggy froggy hop , hop, hop.
Froggy froggy stop, stop, stop.
Froggy froggy swim around.
Froggy froggy touch the ground.
Froggy froggy eat some flies.
Froggy froggy reach for the skies.
Froggy froggy climb a tree.
Froggy froggy bend your knees..
Froggy froggy turn around.
Froggy froggy sit back down.

Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this
We wave goodbye like this
We clap our hands for all our friends
We wave goodbye like this

March 12, 2013 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Under the Sea

March 5, 2013

Books
The Pout Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen
The Three Little Fish & the Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins

Music
“The Goldfish” from Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
Opening Song: Come Along and Sing With Me
(tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Come along and sing with me, sing with me, sing with me.
Come along and sing with me, on a sunny Tuesday.

Come along and clap with me . . .
Come along and jump with me…
Come along and stretch with me . . .
Come along and sit with me…

Movement Song: The Waves on the Sea
(tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The waves on the sea go up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The waves on the sea go up and down
All day long.

Additional Verses:
The shark in the sea goes snap snap snap..
The fish in the sea go swish swish swish..
The boats in the sea go toot toot toot…

Movement Rhyme: 10 Little Fingers
I have ten little fingers,
and they all belong to me.
I can make them do things,
would you like to see?
I can shut them tight.
I can open them wide.
I can put them together.
I can make them hide.
I can make them fly high.
I can make them fly low.
I can fold them like this and hold them just so.

Movement Rhyme: I’m a Little Octopus
Arm #1 goes swish, swish, swish.
Arm #2 helps me catch fish.
Arm #3 pats my head.
Arm #4 makes sure I’m fed.
Arm #5 swims me to shore.
Arm #6 touches the ocean floor.
Arm #7 can grab and tug.
But all eight arms give me a hug!

Movement Rhyme: Open Shut Them
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.
Creep them, creep them up to your chin.
Open your mouth, but do not let them in!
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.

Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this
We wave goodbye like this
We clap our hands for all our friends
We wave goodbye like this

March 5, 2013 at 11:47 am Leave a comment

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