Tuesday, March 17, 2015

preschool fun: going with green

Today’s theme was the COLOR GREEN! Since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, that worked out perfectly!

This is the fifth program in my Preschool Colors Series.

Books We Read:

Green- Seeger (my opening book and the best one of the day! Kids came right up to see the illustrations, they LOVED it!)
Little Green- Baker
Go Away Big Green Monster- Emberley
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Clover- Colondro (I loved how it tied to today’s themes but kids were just ok for it)
Where Is the Green Sheep- Fox (Really kept their attention!)
Nibble’s Garden- Middleton (cute but just ok for storytime)

Flannel Story: Leprechaun, Leprechaun, What Do You See?

I found this cute idea on Storytime ABC's.
It was very fun and easy to make with clipart. For the words/more info, click the link above!

Love this puppet!

Puppet: Folkmanis Caterpillar/Butterfly

Since there were caterpillars in the Middleton story, I brought this puppet out & asked what color he was and what caterpillars turn into. Of course, then everyone wanted to make him turn into a butterfly! We only had about 10 kids so after we finished stories & songs, I gave each one a chance.

Craft: Shamrock Puppets

I found these cute boy & girl puppets online so I printed them on green card stock for the kids to color & cut. I also brought out the green glitter to jazz them up a bit more & they turned out great!

We had our usual preschool crowd of about 10 kids today. My favorite things from the program were the Seeger book, the flannel board & also the Emberley story. A nice morning!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

toddler time: what's the weather?

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a little umbrella! Why do you need an umbrella? In case it rains!

The rain is falling down SPLASH (clap)
The rain is falling down SPLASH (clap)
Pitter Patter Pitter Patter (lightly slap hand on lap)
The rain is falling down SPLASH (clap)
(tune: The Farmer in the Dell)

What’s the Weather? What’s the weather?
Whats the weather like today?
Is it sunny, is it rainy, is it windy
Out today?
(Found this one on Youtube by Jbrary) 
So fun!!!

The plan was to pass out colorful paper umbrellas to everyone & sing:

Put your umbrella UP, put your umbrella DOWN
Hold your umbrella and turn around!
Put your umbrella UP, put your umbrella DOWN
Put your umbrella down on the ground.

But there was just too many people there so we had to skip it!

Books We Read: 
Boom Boom - Naberhaus (kids loved the repetitive text & many were making the sounds with me!)
Maisy’s Wonderful Weather Day- Cousins (AMAZING!)
What's the Weather- Scholastic

Flannel Story: Raindrop, Raindrop, What Do You See?

Similar to Brown Bear, Brown Bear but for weather! I adapted this from a blog post by Abby the Librarian.

I See a Fluffy Cloud, a Snowflake, a Hot Sun and a Rainbow looking at me!

I used laminated clip art but you could easily make this in felt too!

Craft: Umbrella

We decorated the umbrellas I planned to pass out at the beginning of the program. We used crayons and stickers. 

ORIGINAL Craft: Weather Wheel from Storytime Katie

I had planned to do these cute weather charts but with the huge crowd of people, it seemed like an impossible task and I was sure that I didn’t have enough supplies for this large of a group. I will have to save it for another day. 

I had to call upstairs for additional staff and take one of the mothers up on her offer to assist me with passing out supplies. A CRAZY morning!!!!!

This was the biggest group I’ve ever had with about 36 toddlers plus adults. It could have been a hot mess but everyone was so well behaved. Thank goodness I had stellar picks for felt stories, picture books and songs or this could have tunred into a complete disaster. The craft was a disappointment for me but no one else noticed at all.

It was nice to see so many toddlers and familiar faces today; everyone so happy to see me.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

baby & me: it's color time!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a tomato, an orange, a banana and some broccoli. What do you do with these colorful things? You eat them!! 

Do you know what color this is, what color this is, what color this is?
Do you know what color this is? 
This is __________(red, orange, yellow, green)!
(tune: Do You Know the Muffin Man)

Books We Read: 
Maisy’s First Colors- Cousins (just ok)
I Say, You Say: Colors- Carpenter (WONDERFUL!!)
First Colors (no time)

Flannel Story: Blue is the Sky

This is adapted from Mel’s Desk

Blue is the sky
Yellow is the sun
Silver are the stars when the day is done.
Green is the leaf
Brown is the tree
Red is the apple for you and me.

Puppet Song: Roley Poley the Hedgehog

We had a fun visit with my hedge hog puppet for a game of Peekaboo and three verses of his favorite song, Roley Poley! I love this little puppet!! 

Where is hedgehog? PEEKABOO!
Where is hedgehog? PEEKABOO!
Where is hedgehog? PEEKABOO!
PEEKABOO to Hedgehog!

Roley Poley, Roley, Poley
Up Up Up, Up Up Up!
Roley Roley Poley
Roley Roley Poley
Down Down Down! Down Down Down!
(tune: Frere Jacques)

(repeat with In & Out AND Fast & Slow!)
I learned this one on Jbrary!

What a difference a week makes! Last week, not a single person showed up for Baby & Me (first time EVER!!!) and I left work early due to the snowstorm. Today, the sun is out and the wind is cold, but there were almost 30 moms here today. We ran out of chairs, it was CRAZY!!!! 

When that happens, I just go with the flow! The crowd was very good tho and I got thru most all of the program, only skipping the scarves section because it seemed a little overwhelming to do another handout with that many people in the room. I could barely walk on the carpet without stepping on someone while passing out the shakey eggs.

This theme was fantastic, especially the flannel board and the I Say You Say book. I also LOVE the color song we sang with the fruit. I've used it with shapes a while back and it's just awesome!

I am off for the next two Thursdays due to a house move. Next week will be Baby Playtime only, though I told the moms that they probably could do the program without me since most of them know my songs & routines so well. I figured the play/chat time was the highlight of the morning for most of them anyways so no big deal, but I heard many of them saying they would skip next week! The following Thursday, a staff member should fill in for me with a regular class and then week after that, I'll be back!

Friday, March 6, 2015

toddler time: what a hoot!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a little OWL puppet! What does an owl say?

And in my prop box, we found another owl, this one is much bigger!

I put both owl puppets behind my back for this song (tune: Frere Jacques)

Where is Little Owl? Where Is Little Owl?
Here I am! Here I am!
How are you today Owl? 
Very well, I thank you.
Fly away! Fly away!

Repeat with Big or Mama Owl

We passed out colorful paper owls to everyone & sang:

Put your owl UP, put your owl DOWN
Hold your owl and turn around!
Put your owl UP, put your owl DOWN

Put your owl down on the ground.

Books We Read: 
Who’s Hiding- Scholastic
Night Owl- Yuli

Flannel Story: I See Five Little Owls

We counted the owls in the felt tree and sang this song (tune: Happy Birthday):

I see 5 little owls,
I see 5 little owls,
I see 5 little owls,
But one flew away!
Hoot Hoot! Bye Owl!

Repeat until all the owls have flown away.

Craft: Owl Puppets

We decorated the owls passed out at the beginning of the program. We used crayons and brightly colored feathers, then we taped them to a jumbo popsicle stick. The feathers were a big hit with the toddlers!!!

We had great group today with 18 kids. I wasn't sure how many to expect after a pretty bad snowstorm yesterday and roads that were still pretty slippery this morning, but so many people came out. The puppets and flannel boards worked great today and I loved the simple craft. The books were fine too. A really nice morning.