Folder Story: The Lovely Ladybug

Another folder story. I found this one through Stories with Ms. Jenna. She links to the original at this website.

Folder Story, Lovely Ladybug

The Lovely Ladybug

Let’s play a ladybug color game, I’ll give you rhyming clues.
If you know it, say the name of each color that I use!

The first color for our buggy friend;
Is the color of sunshine…it’s the color yellow!

Frogs in the pond and a fresh snap bean;
Did you guess the color green?

The sky above and the ocean, too;
Such a beautiful color…it’s the color blue!

Strawberry ice cream, come on now, think!
You are right…it’s the color pink!

Grapes for jelly on a PB&J;
Purple is the color that we say!

Pumpkins or basketballs rolling by;
Orange is the color that we now spy.

Fluffy clouds and the moon at night;
Did you say the color white?

Roses that grow in the garden bed;
Are this beautiful color, the color red.

Ladybug, ladybug up in the sky.
Thanks for the fun and now we say, goodbye!

 

How I Made the Folder Story:

  • Cut a large circle out. Add construction paper head and eyes. Draw on antenna.
  • Cut out small black circles for dots.
  • Place a layer of contact paper down, and put the black dots down. Place a second layer of contact paper to seal the black dots in.
  • Use book tape to tape the sides closed.
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Folder Story: The Paint Can

This is my first time trying a folder story!! I was searching for a felt or flannel about art when I came across this post from Miss Mary Liberry. She got the idea from Storytime Magic by Kathy Macmillan and the outline of the paint can from this ALA site.

Folder Story, Paint Can

The Paint Can

Miss Smith is going to paint a picture.
She wants to start with a blank sheet, so she paints it white.

When Miss Smith looks out her window, she sees a cardinal on one of the trees outside.
She decides that red is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture red.

As she paints, she takes a bite of her orange.
She decides that orange is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture orange.

She sees some plants in her garden, and one is a yellow tulip.
She decides that yellow is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture yellow.

She likes the way that the leaves of the trees sway in the breeze.
She decides that green is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture green.

While she is looking at the trees, she sees the beautiful blue sky.
She decides that blue is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture blue.

Miss Smith looks down at her painting, and when she does, she sees the crazy purple socks she is wearing!
She decides that purple is her favorite color;
So she paints her picture purple.

Miss Smith has finally completed her painting.
Her painting, which has all of her favorite colors:
Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, and Purple, is a……
RAINBOW!

 

How I Made the Folder Story:

  • Cut the dripping paint portion of the paint can out of a file folder. Also, draw in the rest of the paint can. You can choose to draw in the paint can if you want to.
  • Place contact paper on each side of the paint can to avoid having any of the edges get caught and tear.
  • Cut small sections of construction paper and glue them to a piece of paper so you can see the different colors through the dripping paint portion.

Little Me: Bugs and Insects

Monthly Theme for April: Spring

Weekly Theme for 26 April: Bugs and Insects

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Aroundten little caterpillars

-Book

  • Ten Little Caterpillars / Bill Martin, Jr.

-Finger Plays

  • It is Springtime
  • Nine Little Flowers
  • Here is a Beehive

-Bookbutterfly butterfly

  • Butterfly, Butterfly / Petr Horacek

-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

-Big Bookhungry caterpillar

  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar / Eric Carle

-Musical Movement: Scarves

  • Wave Your Scarves
  • We Wave Our Scarves Together

-Closing

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

-Activities

 

Thoughts

It was an antsy crowd today, so I skipped a book and some songs to shorten the story time session down.

Little Me: Flowers and Gardens

Monthly Theme for April: Spring

Weekly Theme for 19 April: Flowers and Gardens

Story Time Plan

-Opening

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

-Book

  • My Garden / Kevin Henkes

-Finger Plays

  • It is Springtime
  • Nine Little Flowers
  • Here is a Beehiveflower garden

-Book

  • Flower Garden / Eve Bunting

-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

-Big Bookvegetable soup

  • Growing Vegetable Soup / Lois Ehlert

-Musical Movement: Shaker Eggs

  • Shake Your Shaker
  • We Shake Our Eggs Together

-Closing

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

-Activities

 

Thoughts

 

I think everyone was having a rough day today…lots of tears! Because of that, I cut some of the songs out to shorten it.

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

  • Stop Light Colors20170322_134838
  • 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.

Story Time: Little Me

One of my favorite parts about working in a library is story time! I have a story time once a week for children who can walk to 2 years and their grown-ups. This isn’t a program that patrons have to register for, so it’s always a surprise how many people show up; so I have to be ready for anything. I have had as few as 2 children to as many as 31!

I follow the same routine every story time. I think the consistency is really important to children of this age. Every month has a general theme; so I use the same songs for each story time during that month; however each week, I will focus on a specific topic that relates to the theme. I will change the books and flannels to reflect the topic.

Here is the general format that I use for my story time session:

  • Hello
    • I introduce myself and tell the children about the theme
  • Welcome Songs
    • We sing two-three welcome songs (depending on how restless they are!)
  • Story
  • Finger Plays / Songs
    • We sing two-three songs
  • Story
  • Nursery Rhyme
  • Finger Plays
    • Two-three finger plays. I try to include ASL in one of these
  • Felt Board
  • Finger Plays / Songs
    • Two-three songs
  • Story (Big Book or Pass Out Books)
  • Musical Movement Songs
    • Two songs that use a prop (scarf, ribbon, egg, bells, etc.)
  • Goodbye Songs
    • Two goodbye songs
  • Play Time

Check back for specific story time plans!