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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?

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

Toddler Storytime- Apples!

October 4, 2018

Books: 
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins

Music:
Five Green Apples” by Peter Allard
Apple Pickin'” by Various Artists, Pre-K Hurray (we danced with beanbags)

Sign of the Week:
Apple

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

Silly Pizza Song
(We use American Sign Language for the words in all caps.)
When I’m feeling HUNGRY and I don’t feel like STOPPING,
I think of silly pizza with all my favorite toppings!

I like APPLE on my pizza, I like APPLE pizza PLEASE.
Put the APPLE on my pizza, don’t forget the extra CHEESE!

Action Rhyme
Green says, “Go!” (march quickly)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly)
Slow…slow…slow
And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze)
Go! Go! Go! (march fast)
Slow…slow…slow (march slowly)
and STOP! (stop)

Movement Song
Way up high in an apple tree (raise arms in air like branches of a tree)
Two red apples smiled at me (make hands into fists like apples)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake your fists and body)
and Down came the apples (drop your arms like apples falling)
Mm-mm, they were Good (rub tummy)

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

October 4, 2018 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Music & Movement – September 14, 2018

Books

All Are Welcome Here by Alexandra Penfold
Moose Tracks! by Karma Wilson
Yoga Frog by Nora Carpenter

Music

“Mr. Sun” by Raffi
“D-I-S-C-O” by Various Artists, Little One: 50th Birthday Disc 2
“Toe Leg Knee” by Jim Gill
“My Energy” by Laurie Berkner

Yoga Pose of the Week: Sandwich Twist

Let’s pretend our legs are our bottom slice of bread. Sit down and extend your legs out long. Now we need to put things on our sandwich. Extend your arms to the side, and twist to the side.

“What should we get from the fridge for our sandwich? Lettuce, cheese, turkey, etc.”

Twist to the other side.

“Let’s put our top piece of bread on our sandwich!”

Reach up high and fold to your toes.

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.

Beanbag Song
Put your beanbag on your toes, on your toes
Put your beanbag on your toes, on your toes
Put your beanbag on your toes, then move it to your nose
Put your beanbag on your toes, on your toes

Put your beanbag on your knee, on your knee
Put your beanbag on your knee, on your knee
Put your beanbag on your knee, now shake it just like me
Put your beanbag on your knee, on your knee

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 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)

September 14, 2018 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Music and Movement – April 25th, 2014

April 25, 2014

Books
Boogie Monsterby Josie Bissett
Giant Dance Partyby Betsy Bird
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin

Music

Wiggy Wiggles Freeze Dance – Hap Palmer – Too Little Sounds
Maria Loves To Dance – Frank Leto – Time for Music
Silly Dance Contest –Jim Gill – Jim Gill Sings the Sneezing Song
Beanie Bag Dance – Greg & Steve – Kids in Action

Activities

We played Beanie Bag games together –

* Draw and cut out some large shapes – a triangle, square, circle – out of colorful paper and call out instructions to children:

Stand on a square…
Throw your beanbag onto a circle…
Sit on a triangle…
Throw your beanbag on a blue square…

* Put a pile of beanbags at one side of the yard and a bucket at the other, and have your child hop, run, jump, crawl or skip to take the bean bag to the bucket – your child can either hold the beanbag, balance it on the head, or balance it on an outstretched arm.

April 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Music and Movement – March 28th, 2014

March 28, 2014

Books
We Are in a Book by Mo Willems
Dog Loves Counting by Louise Yates

Music

“Stretch” from Dragon Tales
“Jumping and Counting” – Jim Gill
“What Could A Beanbag Be?” by Hap Palmer

Songs & Rhymes

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

Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down,
Dance your fingers to the side,
Dance them all around.
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head,
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them all to bed. (Rest head on hands together at side of face.)

March 28, 2014 at 12:47 pm Leave a comment

Music and Movement – March 7th, 2014

March 7, 2014

Books
Splat the Cat with a Bang and a Clang by Amy Hsu Lin
Punk Farm by Jarrett Kroscoczka

Music

“First I’m Stretching” from Movin’ and Shakin’ for Youngsters
“Crazy Hands” – Merry Music Maker – Kids on the Move
“Beanie Bag Dance” by Greg & Steve – Kids in Action
“Rhythm Band” by Johnette Downing – Music Time
“Scat Song” –The Baby Loves Jazz
“Wiggly, Wiggles Freeze Dance by Hap Palmer – Two Little Sounds

 
Activities

We danced with our bean bags and then…
we made a band and danced with Splat the Cat who came to play with us!

March 7, 2014 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement November 9, 2012

Books
Balancing Act by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina

Music
“Knuckles Knees” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on His Toe Leg Knee
“Can’t Sit Still” by Greg Sceisa
“Bean Bag Rock” from Action Songs for Preschoolers
“The Bean Bag” by Hap Palmer from Can a Jumbo Jet Sing the Aplhabet
“Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill sings moving rhymes for modern times

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays
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.

Open Shut Them
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Give a little clap.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Lay 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.
Lay them in your lap.

Five little monkeys
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree.
(five=Show 5 fingers,)
(monkey=Hands scratching underarms,
(sitting=first 2 fingers “sit” on first 2 fingers of other hand,)
(tree=Hand under elbow and wave arm for tree)
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
(crocodile=Arms out straight in front & clap hands horizontally)
Can’t catch me, can’t catch me.
(can’t=1 pointer finger “spanks” the other pointer finger,)
(catch=grabbing motion with 1 hand,)
(me=tap chest with pointer finger)
Along comes Mr. Crocodile and snap!
(crocodile=Arms straight out in front and clap hands together)
***Repeat until all the monkeys are gone!!***

Silly Hat Song  (Tune: This Old Man)
On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
My head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
On my foot, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
My foot will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?     [Repeat using elbow and knee.]

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!”

November 9, 2012 at 9:00 am Leave a comment

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