Saturday, December 19, 2015

class visits: Dewey -- a game of numbers!

This month, a local school set up library visits for all of their fourth grade classes to learn about the Dewey Decimal System. 

Sounds like a real snooze fest, right? So, I really needed a fun, simple game that would keep their attention.

After a lot of web surfing, I created my own display with printouts about the ten classification groups. 



  




I also filled a big milk crate with TONS of non-fiction books. 






At the beginning of the class, as an ice breaker, I asked for one volunteer to take a guess how many books are in my crate. 

Then, I announced that I was looking for one book (maybe one on penguins? fairies? anything works really) & how long did they think it would take to look thru the 82 books in the crate to find it for me? The answer: a loooooong time. Correct!! 

Now, what if you had to look thru not one crate, but TEN? how about FIFTY crates? what about a whole room full of book crates? would you want to look for books in the library like that? No way! 

So, we talk a little about non-fiction/fiction, Dewey and spine labels, then go over my display board. Finally, it's game time!





I found these assignment cards that I edited a little bit and printed out. The kids volunteered to pick one out of my hat and answer what Dewey Number (by hundred, so - 100's, 500's, 900's, etc.)  we would go to to complete the "assignment". 


The other classmates vote whether our volunteer is correct with a "thumbs up" or a "thumbs down", then we open a card to reveal the actual dewey number for the assignment. A couple of times, a student was really struggling so I let them bring up a friend to help.





As a bonus, we put each call number in correct shelving order as we go along.

Every volunteer gets a cool color-changing pencil just for participating!

I have to say, this was a super fun game. All the kids wanted to volunteer and the voting part keeps them engaged even when it's not their turn. I received a lot of compliments and positive feedback from the teachers. Many of the parents even commented on how much fun the kids were having -- in the library of all places! SHOCKING!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

toddler time: MORE gingerbread fun

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a gingerbread house! But where is the gingerbread man who lives here?





I sang:

Where is My Gingerbread Man?
(to the tune of "Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?")
Oh where, oh where is my Gingerbread Man?
Oh where, oh where can he be?
He popped out of the oven and ran out the door.
Oh where, oh where can he be?

Maybe he’s behind this little door? 
We check but he’s not there!

Do you think he’s INSIDE the house? Should we check? 
Let’s count 1,2,3 – there he is!



I passed out gingerbread boys and girls to all the kids & we did our weekly rhyme.

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






Books We Read: 
Maisy Makes Gingerbread- Cousins







Flannel Board Story: 5 Little Gingerbread Men In a Row

I thought up a twist on this well known rhyme yesterday. For more on this flannel story, click HERE






Puppet Song: The Gingerbread Man 


Do you know what this gingerbread boy likes to do? Run!!!!

The Gingerbread Man(tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")
The Gingerbread Man runs through the town,
Through the town, through the town.
The Gingerbread Man goes through the town,
Singing, "Catch me if you can!"

He ran away from a cow,
From a cow, from a cow.
He ran away from a cow,
Singing, "Catch me if you can!"

Repeat with Pig and Dog puppets. Then, the final verse:

The Gingerbread Man ran back home,
Ran back home, ran back home.
The Gingerbread Man ran back home
where he was safe and warm.

I tucked my Gingerbread Man puppet into his house & we said goodbye to him. Then, I invited the kids to put their gingerbread boys and girls in the gingerbread house that I made by attaching clipart to a box. 



The green door opens to let the ginger people in!




Holiday Song: Jingle Bells and Stop

I brought out my new tambourines from Lakeshore Learning. We sang this adorable song that people were posting about on the Storytime Underground FB page this week.

"Jingle Bells and Stop " is by Miss Carole and you can hear the tune here.

We jingled high, low, fast and slow to this tune and it was so fun! Then, everyone joined in for "Jingle Bells."








Craft: Rocking Gingerbread Men

I printed a gingerbread man for the kids to color onto white cardstock. They folded a paper plate in half and glued him on so he could rock back and forth. We decorated the plates with gingerbread foamie stickers from Oriental Trading Co. 

You could also hang a ribbon on this gingerbread man and hang him up somewhere if you like.




A fun class and I actually loved everything about it!! A great way to end 2015. See you next year!


flannel friday: 5 Little Gingerbread Men



I found this cute fingerplay HERE.

I decided to switch it up just a little bit, so I told the kids that I had a friend who LOVED to eat gingerbread men and pulled out my dog puppet.

Five little gingerbread men in a row (Hold up five fingers, waving back & forth)
Dog wants to eat one! 
No, no, no! (shake finger at Dog puppet))
But they look so sweet from head to toe (touch head then toes)
Crunch, munch...uh oh! (slap thighs on crunch, clap hands on munch, then Dog eats a gingerbread man right off the flannel board!!)

We repeated this until all the gingerbread men were gone and each time, I pretended to get mad at Dog. 

Then, I told the kids, "Dog's tummy is so full now, he has to go take a nap. Bye, Dog!"

For more on my gingerbread themed toddler program, click here.
Happy Holidays and thanks for reading!

Friday, December 11, 2015

flannel friday: do you want to feed a reindeer?

At my toddler program today, our theme was reindeer! I thought it might be fun for the kids to feed one!




I found this idea and even some adorable printable food here

My reindeer is just a small brown shipping box with a face, antlers and nose cut from foam sheets. The eyes are felt. You could make a red nosed reindeer too if you prefer! I did have to back the antlers with cardboard so they wouldn't be floppy.

The face is only glued down on the top so we can lift the bottom part and feed the reindeer.




When I passed out the reindeer food, I mentioned there were numbers and letters on it, what do you have? I figured it wouldn't hurt to sneak in a tiny bit of letter/number recognition! It was cool to hear the parents and kids discuss this as I moved around the room to each child.


All the kids fed their reindeer food to my reindeer friend who was super hungry today! For more on my reindeer themed program, check out my post HERE.

thanks for reading and happy holidays to all!

toddler time: running with reindeer

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a reindeer! 




Reindeer have two antlers. (I brought my antler headband to wear so that was pretty fun!)

What do reindeer like to eat?

I brought out a basket of laminated reindeer food: cabbage and carrots.




(I passed out reindeer food to all the kids & we did our weekly rhyme.)

There are numbers and letters on our reindeer food, what do you have? 

(I figured it wouldn't hurt to sneak in a tiny bit of letter/number recognition! It was cool to hear the parents and kids discuss this!)

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

All the kids fed their reindeer food to my reindeer friend who was super hungry today!




I found this idea and the printable food here
For more on how I made my reindeer, see my Flannel Friday post.


Books We Read: 
Reindeer Are Better Than People- cute!
Bob- Boynton (fun to read aloud and not too Christmas-y)







Flannel Board Story: 5 Little Reindeer

5 little reindeer playing in the snow.
The first one said "Let's go, go, go!"
The second one said, "I see snowflakes in the air!"
The third one said, "But we don't care!"
The fourth one said, "Isn't winter time fun?"
The fifth one said, "Let's run and run and run!"
and oooooooh went the wind!
and OUT (CLAP) went the light
And the 5 little reindeer ran out of sight!


Craft: Reindeer finger puppets

A simple craft this week, just a printable on white cardstock to be colored and cut.

Both sessions today were super easy!! Great groups! In order to be inclusive, I usually try to stay away from really Christmas-y themes at the holidays and stick with more neutral stuff. None of my books, songs or stories today mentioned a specific holiday or a certain reindeer named Rudolph. Some illustrations included a candy cane or two, and a little bit of red and green, but that felt pretty non-religious to me. Who doesn't love Sven? A fun day!


Thursday, December 10, 2015

baby & me: party time

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a balloon!  What color is our balloon?



After I blew up the balloon, i explained that sometimes we see balloons at PARTIES so I brought my party hat!!




Books We Read: 
Hi Blueberry- Saltzberg
Baby Party- O'Connell (Another winner from the author of Baby Parade. LOVED this! Lots of clapping! Good for shape theme too!)
Where Is Baby's Birthday Present- Katz





Flannel Story: Party Mouse, Party Mouse, Are You In the Yellow House?

Can we find a cute mouse wearing a party hat in one of these four houses?





Puppet Rhyme: Jingle Mouse

I wrapped my white mouse puppet up in a green scarf so she could play peekaboo with us.

Where is Mouse? Peeka BOO!
Where is Mouse? Peeka BOO!
Where is Mouse? Peeka BOO!
Peekaboo to Mouse!

Mouse is wearing some bells on her neck for our other song (which I found on Facebook this week!):

I heard a little jingle
Right inside my house
It sounded like the jingle of a little jingle mouse!!
She jingled to the ceiling
She jingled to the floor
She jingled til she fell asleep and she began to snore.

(credit: 101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children)

ZZZZZZZZZZZZ….
Good night Jingle Mouse!



A great morning with about 15 babies. My Easy Grip Tambourines arrived from Lakeshore Learning last week, just in time for some festive bell songs so we had a break from the shaker eggs today. With our adorable tambourines, we sang “We shake our bells together, we shake our bells together, we shake our bells together because its fun to do!” LOVED it!!!

Friday, December 4, 2015

flannel friday: the itsy bitsy monkey



The itsy bitsy monkey climbed up the coconut tree.
Down came a coconut and hit him on the knee -- OWWW!
Out came a lion shaking his mighty mane
& the itsy bitsy monkey went up the tree again.


this flannel board was inspired by a cute video that I fell in love with on youtube. Check it out HERE

Can't wait to use this one at my Baby & Me program, maybe with Monkey and Me by Emily Gravett & Karen Katz's Roar, Roar, Baby.

toddler time: get on your feet!

Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box, we found a shoe! What color is our shoe? 



Oh no, there's something in my shoe! It's a mouse!!! 

Do you wear shoes on your FEET? Do you wear socks on your feet?
  
I passed out little felt socks to all the kids & we did our weekly rhyme.



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







Books We Read:
Whose Feet- Rowe (love it!)


Fantastic Feet Song: Everyone Knows I Love My Toes 

by Jbrary (cute video here)

Everybody knows I love my toes.
Everybody knows I love my toes.
I love my shoulders, my knees, my elbows, and my nose.
But everybody knows I love my toes.

We also did foot/tush AND shoe/you -- 2nd and 3rd verses courtesy of Miss Meg!






Flannel Board Story: Matching Socks Game

No special rhyme today, I just pulled the socks out of my mini washing machine and we made matches. Then we counted how many pairs we had on the felt board. Really kept their attention. Parents LOVED the tiny washing machine too! Many of the kids brought their felt socks to the board and we put them all up.







Puppet Story: I Went Walking

I did a "live" version of this book & pulled toys out of my basket one at a time.

I went walking.
what did you see?
I saw a pink pig following me!

Repeat with whatever puppets or stuffed animals you have on hand. 
We did: yellow duck, black cat, red dog and green frog. 
To finish, we counted the animals together.



Craft: Little Feet on paper plates



We traced the kids’ feet on half sheets of construction paper, then cut them out and glued them to a plate with this sweet poem. Parents seemed skeptical at first but loved the poem part. 




No one wanted to take off shoes so the feet were much bigger than I expected & had to bring out bigger plates LOL!

Nice groups today, good sizes but not too much! Everyone loved the new toys from Lakeshore. Great theme! 



Thursday, December 3, 2015

baby & me: be there or be SQUARE






Mystery Box: Inside our yellow box today, we found a waffle, a little present and a green square!  All of these things are SQUARE. Let's put them in my purple box - 1,2,3.




Books We Read: 
Squares- Yonezu
Birthday Box- Patricelli
Meow and the Big Brown Box- Braun





Flannel Story: Baby Fox, Baby Fox, Are You In the Purple Box?

Mama Fox is missing her baby! Is he in this big box?

Baby Fox, Baby Fox, Are You In the Purple Box?
No, just a blue box.

Baby Fox, Baby Fox, Are You In the Blue Box?
No, just a black box.



Repeat until you find him in the yellow box.






Puppet Rhyme: Three Pink Pigs

My friend Rebecca told me about this cute puppet made by Folkmanis and I tracked one down on ebay.

Who is hiding in this little brown box? it looks kind of like a house. 
Oh no, there are three pigs in here!

Where are the piggies? Peeka BOO!
Where are the piggies? Peeka BOO!
Where are the piggies? Peeka BOO!
Peeka BOO to the piggies!

Then I sang this one:

3 small pigs, 3 small pigs
see how they wiggle, see  how they wiggle!
they eat and they eat and they all day
they oink and they oink and it's all they say
they play in the mud but it's all ok
for three small pigs!
(I made this up to sing to the tune of 3 Blind Mice)


We had an amazing delivery of brand new toys from Lakeshore Learning this week and I was so excited about this program. Some of the little ones were on the wild side and it was really difficult to get thru the class. I never have this happen with the babies, usually, it's the parents at Baby & Me, LOL! Hoping next week is better. Gave everyone a pass this week, but will have to address this next session if it continues and the parents do not.