Little Me: Baby Animals

Monthly Theme for April: Spring

Weekly Theme for 12 April: Baby Animals

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundwee little buny

-Book

  • Wee Little Bunny / Lauren Thompson

-Finger Plays

  • It is Springtime
  • Nine Little Flowers
  • Here is a Beehivea book of babies

-Book

  • A Book of Babies / Il Sung Na

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Little Bo Peep

-Finger Plays

  • Bumblebee, Bumblebee
  • Five Little Flowers

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-Finger Plays

  • I’m a Little Planted Seed
  • Dig a Little Hole
  • The Gardener Plants a Seed

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  • Barnyard Banter / Denise Fleming

-Musical Movement: Bells

  • Let’s Make a Rainbow
  • Wave Your Ribbons

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

 

I was feeling a little under the weather, so I cut this story time short. I learned a valuable lesson…always, always, always bring your water bottle into story time!

Little Me: Spring

Monthly Theme for April: Spring

Weekly Theme for 5 April: Spring

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundmouse's first spring

-Book

  • Mouse’s First Spring / Lauren Thompson

-Finger Plays

  • It is Springtime
  • Nine Little Flowers
  • Here is a Beehivewhen spring comes

-Book

  • When Spring Comes / Robert Maass

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Little Bo Peep

-Finger Plays

  • Bumblebee, Bumblebee
  • Five Little Flowerssomething in my garden

-Felt Board

-Finger Plays

  • I’m a Little Planted Seed
  • Dig a Little Hole
  • The Gardener Plants a Seed

-Big Bookin the tall tall grass

  • In the Tall, Tall Grass / Denise Fleming

-Musical Movement: Bells

  • Shake Your Bells
  • 1, 2 Shake it on Your Shoe

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

I used the ASL sign for “bee” in the Bumblebee, Bumblebee song, and everyone picked it up quickly! I was also able to use it in some of the later songs and In the Tall, Tall Grass, and people remembered it then, too.

A note about the books, I skipped a lot of pages and words in When Spring Comes. I used it mainly for the pictures and talked about spring arrivals.

Little Me: Boats

Monthly Theme for March: Things That GO! / Transportation

Weekly Theme for 22 March: Boats

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Around9461137

-Book

  • Busy Boats / Susan Steggall

-Finger Plays

  • I’m Sitting in a Boat
  • Zoom Down the Highway
  • Little Red Train61EXN2YcJ8L._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

-Book

  • Boats: Speeding! Sailing! Cruising! / Patricia Hubbell

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat

-Finger Plays

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  • A Little Tire

-Felt Board

-Finger Plays

  • Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
  • Pete the Pilot
  • My Bike61znPJM-TQL._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_

-Book

  • Boats Afloat / Shelly Rotner

-Musical Movement: Animal Shaker

  • Animal Shakers Up
  • 1, 2 Shake it on Your Shoe

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

For all three books, I skipped some sections to shorten them down to a reasonable length for this story time.
Also, I was gone on vacation last week, and it was so sweet to have all the caregivers tell me that their child missed me and noticed I was missing. One girl even came up to give me a hug! It made my heart quite happy.

Little Me: Trains

Monthly Theme for March: Things That GO! / Transportation

Weekly Theme for 8 March: Trains

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundchugga chugga

-Book

  • Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo / Kevin Lewis

-Finger Plays

  • I’m Sitting in a Boat
  • Zoom Down the Highway
  • Little Red Traini love trains

-Book

  • I Love Trains! / Philemon Sturges

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Row, Row, Row Your Boat

-Finger Plays

  • Stop Light Colors
  • A Little Tire20170320_134950.jpg

-Felt Board

-Finger Plays

  • Have You Ever Seen A Sailboat
  • Pete the Pilot
  • My Bike

-Big Bookfreight trains

  • Freight Train / Donald Crews

-Musical Movement: Shaker Eggs

  • We Shake Our Eggs Together
  • Can You Shake Along with Me?

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Dr. Seuss’s birthday falls on 2 March; and because he is a huge contributor to children’s literature, his birthday is often celebrated in libraries.

This year, I worked with a colleague to plan and facilitate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday Party. It was so much fun! I had a blast planning it, but it was even better to see the children and their families enjoying the activities and games we had.

Program Plan

  • Welcome
  • Guest Reader: The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
  • Sing Happy Birthday
  • Cake
  • Activities
    • Games
      • Cat’s Hat Toss
      • Pin the Mustache on the Lorax
    • Crafts
      • Cat in the Hat Headband
      • Wocket in My Pocket
    • Passive Activities
      • One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
      • Apples Up on Top
      • ABCs
      • Postcard
  • 5 Minute Ending Soon
    • Give instructions for scavenger hunt
  • Handouts
    • Scavenger Hunt
    • Coloring Pages
    • Word Search
    • Maze
    • Bibliography

 

Pictures

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Stack the Cat’s Hats

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Pin the Mustache on the Lorax

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Cat in the Hat Headband

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There’s a Wocket in My Pocket

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One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

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Apples Up On Top

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ABCs

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Postcards