Wednesday, October 8, 2014

All-Ages: Monsters

Not all of our families braved the Arizona rain, but I certainly had fun with those who attended today! (28 kids in the first session, 43 in the second).

Letter of the Day:  Mm for monster

Animal Song with Puppets: "When Ghosts Wake Up in the Evening".  I found this awesome song just yesterday, downloaded it, sought out a ghost and witch,  and we grooved to it this morning. Listen here
Mr. Bear did his usual song and dance routine, but dressed like a pumpkin:
Monster, Monster by Melanie Walsh.  This is a super fun lift-the-flap book where the kids have to figure out who is in costumes and who is the real monster.

A Ghost in the House by Ammi-Joan Pacquette.  My 2 1/2 year old (now 3) loved and still loves this book. A ghost bumps into a mummy, momster, skeleton, witch, and finally the creepest createure of all - a little boy! 

As the creatures run away one by one, I tossed them over the flannel board for dramatics!  The monster is the tallest at about 14"


Star Monster

A hunting we will go (pat rhythm on legs)
A hunting we will go
We'll catch a monster
And give her ___ start
And then we'll let her go

Repeat with all colors

 Music: "We Are Monsters" Listen here
We stomped, clapped, shook, sneaked, and roared like monsters while holding these small plush monsters.


"I Saw a Ghost"
I saw a ghost (use this ASL sign for "ghost")
He saw me to (point to self)
I waved hello (wave)
But he said, "Boo!"

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Baby Time: Monsters

Reminder:  I will be in NY for the next two Baby Time Sessions so there will not be storytimes until right before Halloween.  I had to get my monsters in today!

Here are some of the theme-specific activities we did today:

"Mr. Bear" sang his welcome song (dressed like a Jack o' Lantern)

 "The Star Monster"
A hunting we will go
A hunting we will go
We'll catch a monster
and give her a pink star
And then we'll let her go...
 "Five Green Goblins"
The Halloween version of "Five Little Monkeys" Listen here.  There is a 20 second interval at one point where there is just music and we take that opportunity to toss our babies in the air.

 Book:  Monster, Monster This is a really fun lift-the-flap book
 Uh oh!  We found the monster and he  likes to munch on books.
"Pumpkin, Pumpkin"

Make pumpkin in front of your with arms
Tip over
Roll your hands
Hug baby (or through your arms up and say, "Trick or Treat!"
"I Saw a Ghost"

I saw a ghost (use this fun ASL sign for "ghost" )
He saw me too (point to self)
I waved at him (wave)
But he said, "Boo!" (gesture with hands)

Shakers:  We shook to Eric Litwin's "We are Monsters" Listen here

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Rainbow Magic Book Club: Autumn the Falling Leaves Fairy

Yesterday was the first Rainbow Magic club meeting for 6-9 year olds and it was a huge success!  I could not believe how wonderful the group was (all girls, but boys are invited too).  There were 18 girls who came; almost 100% attendance based on registration.

Held on the fourth Monday of every month at 4:00 p.m.
Registration is required
Book should be read before the meeting (I will hold 15 copies at Perry, first come, first serve)
Next month's book is Trixie the Halloween Fairy and we are meeting on October 27th

Sign In
As Gabby, a teen volunteer, checked the children in and got them name tags, I gave them their fairy names using this Fairy Name Generating website  I had the screen projected on the wall so the kids could read about their fairy names.

 The sign-in tables were decorated like this and I brought my Scentsy lamp in to fill the room with pumpkin spice (like the magical pumpkin smells in the book):
The Discussion
I arranged the chairs in a circle and each chair had a "fairy wand" on it for the kids to raise when they wanted to answer one of the discussion questions.  Some examples of questions I asked are: What did the farm look like when Kirsty and Rachel arrived? (easy) What are the names of the Fairy King and Queen? (hard)  Have you ever experienced fall in cool weather?  What's your favorite part about fall?
I had the map of the Farm projected on the board so we could talk about what happened at the different locations.  I also had some black and white copies and colored pencils available to color in case we ended early.  We didn't end up needing the back-up activity, but the girls took them home to color.

The Craft
We filled these tiny little bottles with "fairy dust".  I had tables set up with six different colors of art sand and sixteen colors of fine, shimmery, glitter.  They turned out so cute!  We put yarn through the loops so they could be worn as necklaces.

The answer is "NO" - kids are never too old to play with the parachute, especially when you dump a large bucket of leaves in the middle and they go EVERYWHERE!  We did this while I played "It's Fall Again".  Listen here

Friday, September 19, 2014

Owls: All-Ages

September seems like the perfect month to read about owls.  This is one of my favorite themes!  I am now doing All-Ages Storytimes (as opposed to doing separate Toddler and Preschool Storytimes) so I try to keep the content age-appropriate for both the bigger kids and the little guys. 

We looked at a few different kinds of owls.  I pointed out the Snowy Owl, the Great Horned Owl, and the Burrowing Owl (we see these in AZ)

 Can you guess what kind of owl my friend is?
He's Ollie; a Great Horned Owl


I'm Not Cute by Johnathan Allen:  Baby Owl meets Rabbit, Fox, and Squirrel in the woods and is upset when they tell him how cute he is but when Mama tells him that he's not cute, his attitude changes.
I read this book with the little owl finger puppet and my lovely co-worker helped the other puppets interact with him.

Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood:  A curious little owl explores her colorful surroundings during the day.

"Mr. Owl" by Kimmy Schwimmy.  You can't help but to dance while singing this song!  For the owl, we flapped our wings (elbows bent).  For the bird, we flapped our arms (extended).  For the cat we danced with little paws.

Thank you so much, Lisa Shaia for sharing this song!  Listen to the full song here


"One Little Owl"
One little owl said, "Whoo, whoo."
Two little owls said, "Whoo, whoo."
Three little owls said, "Whoo, whoo."
As they sat in the old oak tree.

...crow said, "Caw, caw."
....squirrel said, "Crunch, crunch."

 Watch and listen here

Sign for tree:

Fingerplays / Body Movement:

"Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" (The last page in Wow! Said the Owl shows the nighttime sky glittered with stars)

"I'm a Little Kitty" (because of Mr. Kitty in the song "Mr. Owl")
I'm a little kitty nice and sweet
Here are my whiskers
and here are my feet
When I go out hunting, mice beware
Or you just might get a scare!
Watch and listen here - these girls are AWESOME

 Owl Yoga Pose: Turn your head from side to side
The Weekly Stuff:
"Good Morning Song" / "Shake Your Sillies Out"
"Roly Poly"
"Mr. Bear"
"We Wave Goodbye Like This"

I'll see you next week for an autumn theme!!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Flannel Friday Roundup 8-22-14

I'm happy to be hosting the weeks roundup!  There were some really fun submissions!

A Librarian Less Ordinary shared how she made a portable, lightweight, magnetic felt board.

Literary Commentary shared her very versatile and and goregous flannel pieces for Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins.

Jane from Piper Loves the Library (one of my favorite FF contributors!) serves a very diverse community.  Her newest flannel friend is going to represent this amazing community.  Read her post about diverse flannels.

One Little Librarian created some adorable pop-up puppets and shared a rhyme to use with them.

Fun With Friends At Storytime shared her sparkly set of tea pots and matching cups - one for every day of the week!  Read about her tea pots and the rhyme she uses with them here

Storytime With The Library Lady makes playing the ukulele look easy!  If you don't play an instrument, you can always sing this song a cappella.  You can watch a video of her playing and singing "There's a Dog in School".  It's such a fun song!

Find out more about Flannel Friday:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Storytime Schedule Changes @ the Perry Branch!

Hello Friends!

I know that when I last saw you in July I said something like, "Everything will resume in September!"

I was wrong!  There have been some significant changes to the programming schedule.  It will take some getting used to but until / if the staffing situation changes at Perry, this will be the new schedule.

The most notable change is that I will not being doing specific programs for toddlers (Wiggle Worms) and preschoolers anymore.  Instead I'll be doing programs for "All-Ages" (2-5 year olds).  The All-Ages programs held on Wednesday mornings will require registration.  The days have also changed and I am offering one less storytime session a week.

I am happy to answer any questions on a individual basis in the comments or at

PLEASE share these changes with anyone you know who attends storytimes at Perry.

See you soon!

Starting in September:

Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m.: Babytime (0-24 months)
*Wednesdays at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.: All-Ages Storytime (2-5 years)
Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.:  Evening All-Ages Storytime (all family member welcomed to attend!)

* Registration required

You can visit our online calendar by going to the MCLD home page.  Events -> Perry
Please read the program descriptions for more details.

 I hope to see you soon!