Let it Snow!

December 15th, 2015


The Books We Read:

Making a Friend by Alison McGhee

Snow Party by Harriet Ziefert

Songs and Fingerplays:
Snowflake Dance
Snowflakes, snowflakes all around; in the air and on the ground.
Some are big and some are small. Roll them into a snowball.

When the sun comes out to play, all the snowflakes melt away.

Credit: IntellidanceTM

Little Snowman
I built a little snowman. He had a carrot nose.
Along came a bunny, and what do you suppose?
That hungry little rabbit, looking for some lunch,
Ate my snowman's nose...nibble, nibble, CRUNCH!
Credit: Unknown

Project—Wintry Snowman:

 

I made hand stampers ahead of time using 2" sections of paper towel rolls and bubble wrap. The kids dipped their stampers into white paint to create the snow effect, added glitter, and then glued on the rest. Many sequins and buttons went into this activity!

Be Creative!

December 8th, 2015


The Books We Read:
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
King Jack and the Dragon by Peter Bently

Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett

Songs and Fingerplays:
Tiny Tim
I had a little turtle. His name was Tiny Tim.
I put him in the bathtub to see if he could swim.
He drank up all the water. He ate up all the soap.
Now he's at home sick in bed with bubbles in his throat.
Bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble POP!
Bubble bubble bubble, bubble bubble POP!

There are fun hand movements to accompany the words, starting with the ASL sign for turtle. Beforehand, the kids had fun guessing what animal the sign represented.

Credit: Jbrary

Project—Shaving Cream and Watercolors:

 

We used liquid watercolors for this project. Each child had his/her own dropper and a pan of shaving cream. Most chose to make an impression of their creation, but everyone had fun experimenting with the colors and shaving cream!

Hibernation

November 17th, 2015


The Books We Read:

Bear Has a Story to Tell by Philip Stead
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin, Jr.

Sleepover with Beatrice and Bear by Mônica Carnesi

Songs and Fingerplays:
Hibernation Song
Sung to the tune of Allouette

Chorus:
Hibernation. Time for Hibernation.
Hibernation. Time to go to sleep.

In the winter where's the bear?
Sleeping in its log or lair.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus

In the winter where's the frog?
Sleeping in a rotten log.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus
In the winter where's the snake?

In the mud beneath the lake.
Where's the snake? Beneath the lake.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!

Chorus

In the winter where's the bat?
In a cave is where it's at.
Where's the bat? Where it's at.
Where's the snake? Beneath the lake.
Where's the frog? Rotten log.
Where's the bear? Log or lair. OH!
Credit: Charles County Public Library

Little Green Frog
Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
Mmm ah! went the little green frog
Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
and they all went mmm mmm ah!!
But we know frogs go shanananana! shanananana! shanananana!
We know frogs go shanananana!, they don't go mmm mmm ah!

Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish
Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
and they all went bloop bloop bloop!
But we know fish go kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss!
We know fish go kissy kissy kiss!, they don't go bloop bloop bloop!

Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear
Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
and they all went grrr grrr grrr!
But we know bears go huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug
We know bears go huggy huggy hug!, they don't go grrr grrr grrr!

Credit: Jbrary

Project—Hibernating Bears:

 

 

Color Crazy

November 10th, 2015


The Books We Read:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle

Songs and Fingerplays:
What Color Are You Wearing?
If you're wearing red today, red today, red today;
If you're wearing red today, please stand up!

Repeat with different colors and actions (touch your elbow, turn around, stand on one foot...)

Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck one [clap], the mouse ran down;
Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck two [clap 2x!], the mouse said "Boo!"
Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck three [clap 3x!], the mouse cried "Wheee!"
Hickory dickory dock.

Hickory dickory dock, the mouse ran up the clock;
The clock struck four [clap 4x!], the mouse said "No more!"
Hickory dickory dock.

Credit:
Jbrary

Project—Watercolor Salt Painting:

 

Salt + Liquid Watercolors = Beautiful art!!

Going to the Zoo

October 27th, 2015


The Books We Read:
A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Philip Stead

The Way to the Zoo by John Burningham

Songs and Fingerplays:

You Can Hear
(Tune: She’ll Be Coming ‘Round the Mountain)
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR ROAR!
You can hear the lions roaring, you can hear the lions roaring,
You can hear the lions roaring at the zoo, ROAR ROAR!
(Snakes hissing, bears growling, wolves howling, frogs croaking, zebras braying)
Credit: Storytime Katie

Project—Lion Masks:

 

Nighttime Animals

October 13th, 2015


The Books We Read:
Owl Babies by Martin Waddell
Whoo Goes There? by Jennifer Ericsson


Songs and Activities:
Storytime Stretch
Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor.
Stand up again, let's do some more!
Touch your shoulders, then your knees, now your elbows, like this, you see.
Reach for the ceilng, touch the floor.
Stand up! Sit down! There is no more.
Credit: Adapted from Jbrary

Fingerplay: “Two Little Hoot Owls”
Two little hoot owls, sitting on a hill;
One named Jack and the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack! Fly away Jill!
Come back, Jack! Come back, Jill!

Two little hoot owls, sitting down below;
One named Fast and the other named Slow.
Fly away Fast! Fly away Slow!
Come back, Fast! Come back, Slow!

Two little hoot owls, feeling very proud;
One named Quiet [whisper] and the other named Loud [shout]...
Fly away Quiet! Fly away Loud!
Come back, Quiet! Come back, Loud!

Credit: Jbrary


Project—Nocturnal Scene:

 

Our project was similar to this, but we used construction paper for the trees (twigs were tricky to glue!) and real shredded leaf litter to make it more of an autumn scene.  The after-school crowd enjoyed the left-overs--a great craft for all ages!

Pumpkins

October 20th, 2015


The Books We Read:
The Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

Ten Orange Pumpkins by Stephen Savage

Songs and Fingerplays:
Pumpkin Vine Song
I looked in the garden and what did I find?
Green leaves a-growin' on my pumpkin vine (repeat).
I looked in the garden and what did I find?
... Yellow flowers blooming on my pumpkin vine (repeat).
... Busy bees a-buzzing on my pumpkin vine (repeat).
... Little pumpkins growing on my pumpkin vine (repeat).
... Big fat pumpkins growing on my pumpkin vine (repeat).
Credit: Life Lab

Five Little Pumpkins
Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate. The first one said "Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said "There are witches in the air!"
The third one said "Oh, we don't care."
The fourth one said "It's time to go home!"
The fifth one said "Don't leave me alone!!"
"Oooooh," went the wind and OUT went the light;
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!
Credit: Childhood

Project—Mason Jar Jack-o-Lanterns:


 

Apples

September 29th, 2015


The Books We Read:
Big Red Apple by Tony Johnston

Tap the Magic Tree  by Christie Matheson

Songs and Fingerplays:
Found an Apple by Harriet Ziefert--we sang this book for fun!

I Reached Way Up
I reached way up in the apple tree, and picked an apple just for me;
I took a bite, and what did I see? Five little worms a-lookin' at me--yuck!
[Repeat, counting down.]

Credit: Childhood

Project—Tissue Paper Apple Trees:

 

 

 

Butterflies

September 22nd, 2015

The Books We Read:
Ten LIttle Caterpillars by Bill Martin, Jr. and Lois Ehlert

Traveling Butterlies  by Susumu Shingu
Arabella Miller's Tiny Caterpillar by Clare Jarrett

Songs and Fingerplays:
One Little Caterpillar (fingerplay)
One little caterpillar (crawl fingers up arm)
Made a cocoon one day (fold hands together)
Turned into a butterfly (hook thumbs, spread fingers)
And flew away!

Credit: Storytime Katie

The Caterpillar Song
Let's be caterpillars, wiggle with me (repeat 3x)
What will we be next, darlings?
Now we're a chyrsalis, sleep with me (repeat 3x)
What will we be next, darlings?
We're butterflies now, come fly with me (repeat 3x)
That's what we are now, darlings!

Credit: Storytime Katie

Project—Coffee Filter Butterlies:



Down on the Farm

September 15th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Bob by Tracey Campbell Pearson (a Vermont author!)
Piglet and Papa  by Margaret Wild
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson

Song:
Rhyming Stretch
Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor;
Stand up again, let's do some more!
Touch your head, then your knees;
Now touch your shoulders, like this you see!
Reach for the ceiling, touch the floor;
Time to sit down, there is no more.
Credit: Jbrary

Five Pigs
Five pigs so squeaky clean, cleanest you've ever seen,
Wanted to go outside and play. Oink! Oink!
One jumped into the mud and landed with a great big THUD!
Then there were four clean squeaky pigs. Oink! Oink!
Repeat, counting down...

Project—Clothespin Sheep:


Going Camping!

July 28th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Curious George Goes Camping by Margaret Rey
Maisy Goes Camping  by Lucy Cousins

Song:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt


We acted out the entire adventure, with inspiration from Michael Rosen's own wonderful performance of his picture book with Helen Oxenbury!

Project—Glow-in-the-dark Lanterns:

The kids painted the inside of mason jars with glow-in-the-dark paint and attached colorful coated wire to the lids to create a handle.

Summer Animals

July 14th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Bear and Duck by Katy Hudson
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This?  by Steve Jenkins
Hugs from Pearl  by Paul Schmid

Song:
Grrr Grrr! Went the Big Brown Bear

Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear
Grrr grrr! went the big brown bear one day
and they all went grrr grrr grrr!
But we know bears go huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug!, huggy huggy hug
We know bears go huggy huggy hug!, they don't go grrr grrr grrr!

Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
Mmm ah! went the little green frog
Mmm ah! went the little green frog one day
and they all went mmm mmm ah!!
But we know frogs go shanananana! shanananana! shanananana!
We know frogs go shanananana!, they don't go mmm mmm ah!

Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish
Bloop bloop! went the little blue fish one day
and they all went bloop bloop bloop!
But we know fish go kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss! kissy kissy kiss!
We know fish go kissy kissy kiss!, they don't go bloop bloop bloop!
Credit: Jbrary

Project—Spiral Snakes!

  


At the Beach!

July 7th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Duck's Vacation
by Gilad Soffer
Pig Kahuna Pirates!  by Jennifer Sattler
Chu's Day at the Beach  by Neil Gaiman

Song:
The Animals at the Beach

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 through the day!

The fish in the sea go swim, swim, swim...
The lobsters in the sea go pinch, pinch, pinch...
The octopus in the sea go wiggle wiggle wiggle...
The sea horse in the sea rocks back and forth...
The whale in the sea goes quirt squirt squirt...
The clam in the sea goes open and shut...
The crabs in the sea go click click click...
The jellyfish in the sea go "bloop bloop bloop"!

Project—Bubblewrap Print Starfish and Fish:

  

We added sparkly "sand" at the Glitter Station--super fun!


Superheroes!

June 23rd, 2015

The Books We Read:
Awesome Man by Michael Chabon
Timothy and the Strong Pajamas  by Viviane Schwarz

Song:
Did You Ever See A Hero?

Did you ever see a hero, a hero, a hero,
Did you ever see a hero, flying through the sky?
Fly this way and that way, and that way and this way.
Did you ever see a hero flying through the sky?

Verses: Putting on their cape, hopping on one foot, saving the day, twirling around.
Credit: Jbrary

Superhero, Superhero...
Superhero, superhero turn around;
Superhero, superhero touch the ground;
Superhero, superhero put on your suit;
Superhero, Superhero put on your boots.
Credit: Jbrary

Project—Superhero Masks:

  

We had lots of fun decorating our masks with lightning bolts, feathers, and jewels.  No superhero was alike!

Gardening Stories

May 5th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Little Sweet Potato by Amy Bloom
In the Garden: Who's Been Here?  by Lindsay George
If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson

Song:
The Farmer Plants the Seeds
(To the tune of "Farmer in the Dell")
The farmer plants the seeds, the farmer plants the seeds,
Hi, Ho a Derry O, the farmer plants the seeds.

The rain begins to fall...
The sun begins to shine...
The plants begin to grow...

Project—Planting Seeds:

  

We had lots of fun decorating our containers and planting sunflowers, nasturtiums, and beans for our summer gardens.


Rainy Day Stories

April 28th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Tadpole's Promise by Jeanne Willis

The Umbrella  by Ingrid and Dieter Schubert
Mushroom in the Rain by Mirra Ginsburg

Songs & Activities:
Five Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs,
Sat on a speck of log,
Eating some most delicious bugs...Yum! Yum!

One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool,
Then were four (three, two, one, no...) green speckled frogs.
Glub! Glub!
Credit: Raffi


Craft—Rainy Day Collages:

  

 


Jungle Animals

April 14th, 2015

The Books We Read:
Monkey, a Trickster Tale from India by Gerald McDermott

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild  by Peter Brown
Tiny Little Fly by Michael Rosen

Songs & Activities:
Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys swinging from a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile: 'You can't catch me!'
Along came Mr. Crocodile as quiet as can be...
And he SNATCHED that monkey right out of the tree!

Four little...Three little...Two little...One little.. No little monkeys!

Craft—Paper Plate Tigers:

  

 


Fairy Tales

April 7th, 2015


The Books We Read:
Rumpelstiltskin by Paul Zelinsky
Three Billy Goats Gruff  by Paul Galdone
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak


Songs & Activities:

Noble Duke of York
The noble Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men,
He marched them up the hill and then
He marched them down again.

For when you're up, you're up,
And when you're down, you're down,
But when you're only halfway up,
You're neither up nor down!

Craft—Paper Bag Crowns: