Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Summer Reading

You can start registering for Summer Reading tomorrow!  We will start awarding prizes on June 1st.  The program is for all ages (birth-5, 6-11, 12-18) and even includes adults!!  As you read with your child throughout the summer, your child can receive incentives including a free book as the final prize.

You can register at

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Happy Birthday! Pre-K May 10, 2012

Our 2012 Summer Reading theme celebrates Arizona's Centennial so I chose to do some birthday-ish stuff in storytime today.  Registration starts May 24 at and you can begin redeeming prizes on June 1st.

56 kids
4 siblings
36 adults


Little Mouse and the Big Cupcake by Thomas Taylor.  A very small mouse finds a large chocolate chip and raspberry cream cupcake and must ask for help from his friends to get it home.

It kind of hurt my heart a little bit to make this big beautiful flannel cupcake and then cut it up, but that's the way the cookie crumbles (or cupcake gets eaten).  As each animal takes a bite, we remove a little piece of the cupcake until it's all gone.  Finally the mouse looks inside (under) the cupcake wrapper to find a perfect little mouse piece.

A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas.  Despite the objections of Pig and Mouse, Duck insists on including a turnip in the birthday celebration.

(I went to the store last night to buy a real turnip to show the kids, but the tops and bottoms were cut off so they didn't look very turnip-y.  Instead, I showed them some pictures of turnips before reading the story.)

I'm very lucky that the Adult Services Librarian is so fond of me (gush) because she volunteers to help make storytime awesome.  It would be so much less fun without interactive props and banter.  She read this book while I brought Duck to life with a stiff felt turnip. 


We used shakers to dance to "The Crazy Shakedown" (sorry, not in collection).  We got some practice in touching our toes to noses.

Our birthday storytime ended with a very sticky song, "Sticky Bubble Gum" (sorry, not in our collection).  I fast forward 35 seconds in right as we start to blow our very very big bubbles (which of course POP).

Letter of the Day:  We each had our own Letter of the Day because we chanted "Pat-a-Cake" twice using our own initials to draw onto our palms

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Pat it and prick it and mark it with a ____
Put it in the oven for baby and me

Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Roll it and roll it
And toss it in a pan!
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man
Flannel:  Balloons, Balloons

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pre-K May 3, 2012 Worms!


We don't limit attendance at Pre-K and it's quickly becoming a very full group.  We had 42 children, 6 siblings, and 27 adults.  I've never done a worm theme today, so today was super fun!

We have a bookworm friend that joins us for stories each week, but he was especially excited to come out this week when we said his rhyme.

Memory Box:  Lemon (from Ned's New Home)

Books: Ned's New Home by Kevin Tseng.  A worm tries out a variety of new homes when the apple he has been living in starts to rot.  This accompanied our flannel awesomely!

Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore.  Die-cut illustrations allow various creatures to describe what they like to each.  Whew, the worm gets away.

Music:  We pretended scarves were worms and they waltzed all over as we listened to "Walter the Waltzing Worm"

Finger Play:
Pretend you have five worms on one hand.  They are in a box (your other hand) because they lost all their wiggles.

Here are some worms who are, oh, so sad.
They've lost all the wiggles that they once had.
They wonder if you, just for today
would lend them your wiggles so they can play.

Wiggle them up and wiggle them down
Wiggle the worms around and around
Wiggle them high and wiggle them low
Wiggle them fast and wiggle them slow
Wiggle them over your shoes and your socks
Then wiggle them back into their box.

Flannel: From the marvelous!/2012/01/flannelfriday-little-worm-hide-and-seek.html

Little worm playing hide and seek
Are you under the _______?
Let's take a peek

Craft:  This would be fun too if you used a paper cup instead and your child's finger as the "worm", but I used the craft supplies we had on hand.  These dancing worms were a pretty big hit.

Select your worm

You will also need:
      Green and brown crayon
      Glue stick
      A FEW squares of tissue paper

1.Color the outside of the cup with crayons to make dirt and grass

2.Apply glue to the tissue paper and glue to the inside of cup

3.Put pipe cleaner through the hole in the cup

4.Move your worm up and down!

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Pre-K April 26, 2012 Underpants!

Can you think of anything funnier than underpants!?? 

We had over 40 kids in attendance today and got our giggles on!

Memory Box:  Horse (From What Color is Your Underwear?)


Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedmon. Because there are no underpants in space, aliens come to earth to enjoy underpants festivities. 

What Color is Your Underwear? by Sam Lloyd.  This funny lift-the-flap book features animals and the underwear they wear.

Chicken Cheeks by Michael Black.  Illustrations and simple text describe the back ends of various animals.

What color underwear were they wearing?  I can't believe the memories these kids have!  Underneath the flannel animals were the color underpants they wore in What Color is Your Underwear?

Fred by Jack Prelutsky
As soon as Fred gets out of bed
his underwear goes on his head.
His mother laughs, "Don't put it there,
a head's no place for underwear!"
But near his ears, above his brains
is where Fred's underwear remains.

At night when Fred goes back to bed,
he deftly plucks it from his head.
His mother switches off th elight
and softly croons, "Good night!"
And then, for reasons no one knows
Fred's underwear goes on his toes.

Music:  We danced to the "Sock Puppet" song

Craft:  Because it was a wonderfully odd, windy, drizzling day in Arizona I pulled out some craft supplies to decorate alien underpants.