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Evening Music & Movement Storytime – June 20, 2019

Space!

Books
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson
Fly Blanky Fly by Margaret Lewis
Higher! Higher! by Leslie Patricelli

Music
Reaching for the Stars by Kathy Reid-Newman
Take the Sun by Caspar Babypants
Rocketship Run by Laurie Berkner

Yoga Pose of the Week: Moon
Reach your arms up high over your head, bringing your palms together. Tilt your upper body to one side. Come back to center. Tilt your body to the other side.

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: We Wave Our Hands and Say Hola (Spanish)
We wave our hands and say hello,
We wave our hands and say hello,
We wave our hands and say hello,
We say hello together.

We wave our hands and say hola,
We wave our hands and say hola,
We wave our hands and sayhola,
We say hola together.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
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.

Breathplay: Wake Up Your Face
Sit up tall, open your eyes wide and blink three times. Wiggle your eyebrows, wiggle your nose like a bunny, wiggle your cheeks, open your mouth, wiggle your jaw, stick your tongue out and wiggle. Can you make a fish face? Wiggle your head around and roll it around. Hold still. Sit up tall and one long breath, let it go.

Prop Song: Zoom Zoom Zoom!
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
If you want to take a trip
climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom
We’re going to the moon.
In 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!
Fun/Sun, Far/Stars

Circle Time: Turbulence In Space (with Parachute)
We’re blasting off to space in our rocket ship. Hold on! Things may get a little bumpy!

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)

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June 20, 2019 at 7:00 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – April 12, 2019

Boxes and Treasure!

Books
Russell and the Lost Treasure by Rob Scotton
Box by Min Flyte

Music
“Treasure” by Rockabye Baby
“Stretch!” from Dragon Tales
“Row, Row, Row Your Boat” by Rob Newhouse
“Cardboard Box” by Justin Roberts
“Imagination Nation” by Milkshake

Yoga Pose of the Week: Treasure Chest
Sit on your bottom, bring your feet together, then fold forward over your treasure chest. After three, let’s open it up… 1, 2, 3…come up!

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.

We’re Going on a Treasure Hunt
We’re going on a treasure hunt, (walk in place)
We’re going to find a treasure! (peer with hand shading eyes)
In a great big chest (hold hands apart)
buried deep in the ground (mime shoveling).
Look on the map!
It’s the ocean.
Can’t go under it, can’t go around it, can’t go above it,
better paddle across it! (mime paddling with an oar.)
..it’s tall island grass! (brush the grass aside with your arms.)
…it’s coconut trees! (dodge the coconuts by jumping side to side.)
…it’s quicksand! (lift knees high as you walk through it.)
…it’s the X! Let’s dig up the treasure. (mime shoveling.)
Wait, do you hear something? Aaarrr
It’s scary pirates!!
Quick, run back through the quicksand, dodge the coconuts,
swish through the grass, paddle to the boat…
now point the cannon at the pirates, and light the fuse Ffffhhhhshh. Ka-boom!
…uh oh. I think we blew up the treasure too!

Jack in the Box
Jack in the box sits so still (scrunch up scarf in your hands, with just a little sticking out)
Will he come out? (pause to build suspense)
Yes! He will! (throw scarf in the air)

Open Them, Shut Them
Open and shut them, open and shut them (open and shut both hands)
Give a little clap, clap, clap (clap hands three times)
Open and shut them, open and shut them
Put them in your lap (lay hands flat on your legs)
Creep them, creep them (creep them up legs and body)
Creep them, creep them
Right up to your chin
Open up your little mouth (open mouth and hold fingers outside of mouth)
But do not let them in! (shake finger ‘no’)
Open and shut them, open and shut them
Give a little clap, clap, clap
And put them in your lap

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)

April 12, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement – March 29, 2019

Books
Is Everyone Ready for Fun?  by Jan Thomas
Do Cows Meow? by Salina Yoon

Music
Uptown Funk by Rockabye Baby
The Crazy Dance by Go Fish
The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner
Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid

Yoga Pose of the Week: Train
Stand with your hands at your waist, with one hand up to pull the horn. “Choo choo!” Now move the train by moving your feet like you’re marching in place. Go slow…and faster!

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.

Rhyme: Bananas Unite!
Bananas unite!
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas
Chop bananas, chop chop bananas
Mash bananas, mash mash bananas
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas
Go Bananas!
From Jbrary

Breathplay: Bumblebee Breath
Breathe in nice and deep, and when you breathe out, buzz like a bee! Bzzzzzzzzzz

Song: Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Old MACDONALD had a farm
E-I-E-I-O
And on his farm he had a cow
E-I-E-I-O
With a moo moo here
And a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo
Everywhere a moo moo
Old MacDonald had a farm
E-I-E-I-O
Pig, Chicken, Dog

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)

March 29, 2019 at 3:04 pm Leave a comment

PJ Storytime – Ocean – March 14, 2019

March 14, 2019

Books:
Hooray For Fish! by Lucy Cousins
Poor Little Guy by Elanna Allen
The Blobfish Book by Jessica Olien

Music:
Baby Shark by Pinkfong
The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner
Under the Sea from The Little Mermaid

Yoga Pose of the Month:
Seahorse (From Yoga Whale by Sarah Jane Hinder)

Come onto your knees and lower your bottom. Breathe in and raise your arms out in front of you. Now, lift up your bottom and bob up and down in the sea like a seahorse!

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

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

Song: The Sharks In the Sea
The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp!
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
Chomp, chomp, chomp!
The sharks in the sea go chomp, chomp, chomp
All day long!

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim…
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch…
The clam in the sea goes open and shut…
The sea horse in the sea rocks back and forth…
The octopus in the sea goes wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…

Fish Puppet Prop Song:
One red fish was swimming in the water
Swimming in the water, swimming in the water
One red fish was swimming in the water
Bubble, bubble, bubble, pop!
Two blue fish
Three yellow fish
Four green fish
Five purple fish

Breathplay: Catch a Bubble With Your Mouth
When you breathe in, count to 1,2,3 and catch a bubble in your mouth. Now breathe the bubble out in 1,2,3,4,5.

Craft
3D Fish Ornaments

3d paper fish ornaments

March 14, 2019 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – March 8, 2019

Books
Splat by Jon Burgerman
Llama Llama Misses Mama by Ann Dewdney

Music
Shake It Off by Rockabye Baby
Pass The Bean Bag by Georgiana Stewart
Bean Bag Rock by Georgiana Stewart
Walk The Llama Llama from The Emperor’s New Groove

Yoga Pose of the Week: Llama
Turn around and put one foot forward and one back. Lift up your arms like a very long llama’s neck. Munch munch munch some grass all the way down to the floor.

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.

Song: A Fly Is On My Toes
To the Tune of: The Farmer and the Dell
A fly is on my toes, a fly is on my toes
High ho, just watch me blow
A fly is on my knee.
But now that fly is on my……..
(Knee, Elbow, Nose)
From Jbrary

Breathplay: Candle Breath
Bring your hands together in front of you, with your index fingers pointing up. Take a deep breath in, and as you blow out, gently blow out the flame in front of you without blowing it out. At the end you can pretend they’re birthday candles, blowing them all out.

Rhyme: Llama Llama
Llama, llama reach up high.
Llama, llama blink your eyes.
Llama, llama touch your toes.
Llama, llama wiggle your nose.
Llama, llama stomp and pout.
Llama, llama jump about.
Llama, llama clap your feet.
Llama, llama take a seat.

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)

March 8, 2019 at 11:27 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement – February 22, 2019

Books
Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel
Can You Growl Like A Bear? by John Butler

Music
Stretch by Dragon Tales
Milkshake Song by Anne-Marie Aiken
Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi
Twirl, Twirl, Twirl by Mr. Leebot

Yoga Pose of the Week: Shark
Come to lie on your tummy, extend legs out long. Lace your fingers behind you, lifting up your shark fin with your feet! Chomp, chomp!

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.

Song: If You’re A Lion And You Know It
If you’re a lion and you know it roar like this – Roar!
If you’re a lion and you know it roar like this – Roar!
If you’re a lion and you know it and you really want to show it
If you’re a lion and you know it roar like this – Roar!
Bear, Growl/Owl, Hoot Hoot/Snake, Hiss

Prop Rhyme: 1,2, Shake It On Your Shoe
1, 2, shake it on your shoe
3, 4, shake it on the floor
5, 6, stir and mix
7, 8, stand up straight
9, 10 wave to your friends

Prop Rhyme: Everyone Can Shake, Shake, Shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
And now let’s make a stop.
Tap, Clap, Wave

Breathplay: Tumble Dryer
Bring your fingers in front of your mouthing, pointing each way. Blow on it and move your fingers in a circle.

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)

February 22, 2019 at 2:14 pm Leave a comment

PJ Storytime – Love! – February 14, 2019

February 14, 2019

Books:
Love by Matt de la Pena
Hands Say Love by George Shannon
Love the World by Todd Parr

Music:
I Really Love to Dance by Laurie Berkner
Shake A Friend’s Hand by Carole Peterson

Yoga Pose of the Week:
Flower

Come to sit on your bottom with a tall spine, lift up your legs, balance on your sitting bones, touch the soles of your feet together, and weave your arms under your legs.

S
ongs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

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

Fingerplay: I Have A Little Heart
I have a little heart, (sign language for heart)
And it goes thump, thump, thump (pat chest three times)
It keeps right on beating,
When I jump, jump, jump (jump three times)
I get a special feeling, when I look at you. (point to child)
It makes me want to give you a hug or two. (hug yourself)

Felt Story: Who Am I? Heart-Shaped Riddles
Clues:
1. I live in the water. I can swim. I have a tail. I also have fins and big eyes. (Fish)
2. I am a soft and furry pet. I have four legs and a long tail. I have sharp teeth and claws. I like to chase mice. (Cat)
3. I am small and colorful. I have big wings. I live in gardens and forests. I used to be a caterpillar. (Butterfly)

Shaker Prop Song: If You Love To Read Books, Give A Shake
To the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
If you love to read books, give a shake
If you love to read books, give a shake
If you love to read books, then let your shakers show it
If you love to read books, give a shake
Ask “What are other things you love?” and incorporate answers in the song
Other things: to sing songs, to dance all crazy, play together

Action Rhyme: I Can Hug
I can hug, hug, hug,
I can hop, hop, hop,
I can kiss, kiss kiss,
I can stop, stop, stop.
I can nod my head yes,
And I can shake my head no,
And I can sit down very slow.

Craft
Love Bug Puppets

February 14, 2019 at 6:40 pm Leave a comment

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