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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

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

Music & Movement – February 8, 2019

Books
Builders and Breakers by Steve Light
I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs

Music
Let’s Go Fly A Kite by Georgiana Stewart
I Feel Crazy So I Jump In My Soup by Laurie Berkner

Yoga Pose of the Week: Airplane
Coming to stand on one leg, try and get your balance and spot something in front of you. Tilt yourself forward and start to fly. Lift your leg higher and soar thru the sky! Flying!

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.

Fingerplay: Five Little Nails
Five little nails, standing straight and steady
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
Now there’s just four nails to pound.
(count down)

Prop Rhyme: Jack In The Box
Jack in the box
Sits so still
Will he come out?
Yes, he will!

Prop Song: Popcorn Song
Popcorn kernels, Popcorn kernels (wave scarves overhead)
In the pot, in the pot (make their scarves ‘disappear’ by bunching them up in their fists)
Shake them shake them shake them (shake)
Shake them shake them shake them (shake)
’til they POP, ’til they POP (Toss scarves up into the air)

Breathplay: Dragon Breath
Put your hands under your chin, breathe in, now breathe out like a fire-breathing dragon! Roar!

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 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – January 18, 2019

Books
Chomp Goes the Alligator by Matthew Van Fleet
The Cow Who Clucked by Denise Fleming

Music
Here Comes the Sun by Rockabye Baby
Can’t Stop the Feeling by Rockabye Baby
Moving Like the Animals from Action Songs for Preschoolers 1
I Know A Chicken by The Laurie Berkner Band

Yoga Pose of the Week: Crocodile
Lying down on our side we take our arms and legs out long. With the other arm up we snap our crocodile jaws

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.

Prop Song: Where Is Shaker?
To the tune of Where Is Thumbkin?
Where is shaker? Where is shaker?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today, friend?
Very well, I thank you.
Run away, run away.

Breath Play: Count To Five
Count to five as you breathe in.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5…
And count to five as you breath out.
…1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

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)

January 18, 2019 at 12:17 pm Leave a comment

PJ Storytime – Pizza! – January 10, 2019

January 10, 2019

Books: 
Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter
Pizza! by Lotta Nieminen
Pete’s A Pizza by William Stieg

Music:
Pepperoni Pizzaby by Dr. Jean

Yoga Pose of the Week:
Pizza Slice

Sit on your bottoms, with your legs straight out in front of you.
Bend your torso forward while keeping your spine straight.
Dangle your arms in front of you to fold our perfect pizza slice!

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

Pizza Man, Pizza Man
Pizza man, pizza man, spin around
Pizza man, pizza man, touch the ground
Pizza man, pizza man, reach up high
Pizza man, pizza man, touch the sky
Pizza man, pizza man, find your nose
Pizza man, pizza man, touch your toes
Pizza man, pizza man, find your knees
Pizza man, pizza man, sit down, please!

If You Want to Eat Some Pizza
To the tune of “If You’re Happy and You Know It”
If you want to eat some pizza,
clap your hands!
If you want to eat some pizza,
clap your hands!
If you like bubbly cheese then just say,
“Pizza please!”
If you want to eat some pizza,
clap your hands!

Prop Rhyme: Baking Pizza (with Scarves)
I can make a pizza! You can, too!
Listen and you’ll know just what to do.
Every little baker loves mixing, mixing
Every little baker loves mixing dough!
Every little baker loves kneading, kneading
Every little baked loves kneading dough!
Every little baker loves tossing, tossing
Every little baker loves tossing dough!

Prop Rhyme: Pat-A-Cake Pizza Man (with Scarves)
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, pizza man
Make me a pizza as fast as you can
Roll it
Toss it
Sprinkle it with cheese
Put it in the oven
And bake it fast, please!

Craft
Paper Plate Pizzas

January 11, 2019 at 12:46 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – October 26, 2018

Books

Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig
Fly Blanky Fly by Anne Margaret Lewis

Music

Bendable Stretchable from Action Songs for Preschoolers
Rocketship Run by The Laurie Berkner Band
Scarves on Your Laps by Johnette Downing

Yoga Pose of the Week: Tree

Bring one foot on top of the other on top of your heel, and your hands together at your heart, then grow your tree nice and tall. Can I blow you down? Let’s see! Try it with your breath.

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.

Sometimes
Sometimes my hands are at my side,
Then behind my back they hide.
Sometimes I wiggle my fingers so,
Shake them fast, shake them slow.
Sometimes my hands go clap, clap, clap,
Then I rest them in my lap.
Now they’re quiet as can be
Because it’s listening time, you see.

Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly
up the garden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly
runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly very quickly
into his little house.

Prop Rhyme: Dancing Snowflakes
Tune: Frere Jacques
Dance like snowflakes,
dance like snowflakes
In the air, in the air
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Whirling, twirling snowflakes
Everywhere, everywhere

Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side, dance them all around.
Dance them on our shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed.

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 9, 2018 at 1:26 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement – October 26, 2018

Books

Say What? by Angela Diterlizzi
Move! by Steve Jenkins & Robin Page

Music

Run Baby Run by Caspar Babypants
Baby Shark
by Pinkfong

Yoga Pose of the Week: Bowl

Lying down on your tummy, bend your knees. See if you can reach around to grab your ankle, and do the same with the other foot. Lift yourself up, and rock like a bowl!

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.

I Wiggle
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes.
I wiggle my arms,
I wiggle my nose.
Now there are no more wiggles left in me,
Because it is time for the next story.

Prop Rhyme: If You’re Happy and You Know It, Play Your Instrument
If you’re happy and you know it . . . Play your instrument
Play up high
Rub your tummy
Play them softly
Play them loudly
Tap your hand

Prop Rhyme: Play Your Instrument
Tune: Frere Jacques
Play your instrument, play your instrument
One, two, three, one two three
Can you play a song, can you play a song?
Just like me, just like me
Play your instrument, way up high, play down low, quietly, loud as can be

Let Your Hands Go Clap

Let your hands go clap,
Let your fingers go snap,
Let your lips go up and down,
But do not make a sound.
Fold your hands and close your eyes,
Take a breath and softly sigh.

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)

October 26, 2018 at 5:51 pm Leave a comment

Evening Music & Movement Storytime – July 19, 2018

Books

Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig

Music

“Hot Diggity (Warm Up)” by Georgiana Stewart
“Dance, Freeze, Melt” by Eric Litwin
“Twirl, Twirl, Twirl” by Mr. Leebot

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.

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: 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!

See movements here.

Instruments Prop Rhyme: Play Your Instruments

Tune: Frere Jacques

Play your instrument, play your instrument
One, two, three, one, two, three
Can you play a song, can you play a song?
Just like me, just like me

Play your instrument way up high, to the side, play down low

Instruments Prop Rhyme: If You’re Happy And You Know It: Instrument Edition

If you’re happy and you know it . . .
Play your instrument
Play up high
Play down low
Play them quietly
Play them loudly

Tap your hand

Fingerplay: Let Your Hands Go Clap

Let your hands go clap,
Let your fingers go snap,
Let your lips go up and down,
But do not make a sound.
Fold your hands and close your eyes,
Take a breath and softly sigh.

Parachute Play: Popcorn!

Pop! Pop! Pop!
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Put the corn into the the pot.
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Shake and shake it ’til it’s hot.
Pop! Pop! Pop!
Lift the lid and what have you got?
Pop! Pop! Pop! POPCORN!

This can be done with a parachute or a blanket. We used cotton balls and pompoms as popcorn.

July 21, 2018 at 10:53 am Leave a comment

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