Stories With Ms. Jenna

Storytimes, Programs, Booklists, and More!

Storytime: November 5, 2014

First week in a new 6 week session of evening family storytime. I’m loving doing theme-less storytimes so I’m sticking with it!

Book: Puffin Peter by Petr Horáček

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Rhyme: Streching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
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Book: Nana in the City by Lauren Castillo

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Song: Johnny’s Hammers

Johnny taps with 1 hammer, 1 hammer, 1 hammer; (right arm)
Johnny taps with 1 hammer, then he taps with 2.
Johnny taps with 2 hammers, 2 hammers, 2 hammers, (add left arm)
Johnny taps with 2 hammers, then he taps with 3.
Johnny taps with 3 hammers, 3 hammers, 3 hammers, (add right leg)
Johnny taps with 3 hammers, then he taps with 4.
Johnny taps with 4 hammers, 4 hammers, 4 hammers, (add left leg)
Johnny taps with 4 hammers, then he taps with 5.
Johnny taps with 5 hammers, 5 hammers, 5 hammers, (add head)
Johnny taps with 5 hammers, and then he stops!

Flannel: Five Little Kites

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One little kite in the sky so blue,
Along came another, then there were two.
Two little kites flying high above me;
Along came another, then there were three.
Three little kites, just watch them soar,
Along came another, then there were four.
Four little kites, so high and alive
Along came another, then there were five.
Five little kites dancing across the sky,
What a sight to see, way up so high!
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Song: “List of Dances” by Jim Gill

Book: I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger

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Storytime: October 22, 2014

Another week of theme-less storytime!

Book: The Mouse Who Ate the Moon by Petr Horáček

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Rhyme: Animals

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog!
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile!
Let’s hear you howl like a dog!
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, looooong, truck.
Pretend you’re a monkey. Let’s see you jump, jump, jump!
And now you’re a mouse. Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be.
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Book: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

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Song: “Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill

Flannel: The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything

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Rhyme: “Monster, Monster”

Monster, monster, turn around.
Monster, monster, touch the ground.
Monster, monster, reach up high.
Monster, monster, squint your eyes.
Monster, monster, show your teeth.
Monster, monster, stamp your feet.
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Book: Who Is Driving? by Leo Timmers

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Storytime: October 15, 2014

Week 5 of a 6 week session of theme-less evening family storytime!

Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

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Song: If You’re a Kitty and You Know It

If you’re a kitty and you know it, lick your paws.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, lick your paws.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you’re a kitty and you know it, lick your paws.

show your claws
swish your tail
say “Meow!”
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Book: Turtle Island by Kevin Sherry

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Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
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Flannel Story: The Singing Pumpkin

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Song: Mr. Eric & Mr. Michael- “Dance, Freeze, Melt” from Rockin’ Red

Book: Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas

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Storytime: October 8, 2014

Week 4 of theme-less storytime!

Book: Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato

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Rhyme: “Animals”

Let’s hear you roar like a lion!
Let’s see you jump like a frog!
Let’s see you snap your jaws like a crocodile!
Let’s hear you howl like a dog!
Pretend you’re an elephant with a big, looooong, truck.
Pretend you’re a monkey. Let’s see you jump, jump, jump!
And now you’re a mouse. Just let me see
How very, very quiet you can be.
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Book: Duck On a Bike by David Shannon

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Song: Five Little Ducks

Five little ducks went out one day
Over the hills and far away
Mother duck said “Quack, quack, quack”
But only four little ducks came back.

(continue with 4, 3, 2, 1, 0)

Then mother duck said
“QUACK! QUACK! QUACK!
And five little ducks came waddling back.

Folder Story: Lovely Ladybug

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Song: “Silly Dance Contest” by Jim Gill

Dance any way you want to
Dance any way you please
Dance any way you want to
Bur stop when I say freeze.
Jump as high as you want to…
Dance as fast as you want to…
Dance as slow as you want to…

Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

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Storytime: October 1, 2014

Week 3 of theme-less storytime!

Book: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

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Rhyme: “Little dog, little dog”

Little dog, little dog, turn around
Little dog, little dog, touch the ground
Little dog, little dog, reach up high
Little dog, little dog, touch the sky
Little dog, little dog, find your nose
Little dog, little dog, touch your toes
Little dog, little dog, touch your knees
Little dog, little dog, sit down please

Book: Is Everyone Ready For Fun? by Jan Thomas

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Song: All Around the Kitchen by Dan Zanes

Flannel: The Three Little Pigs

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Song: Piggy Wiggly
(to the tune of “Hokey pokey”)

Put your right hooves in
Put your right hooves out
Put your right hooves in
And you shake them all about
You do the piggy wiggly
And you turn yourself around
That’s what it’s all about!
left hooves, snout, tail, whole pig

Book: Hooray For Hat by Brian Won

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Storytime: September 17, 2014

As I noted in my last storytime post, I’ve gone THEME-LESS this session. Instead, I’m doing any books and rhymes of my choosing. Here was week 2 of the 6 week session:

Book: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

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Song: “Octopus (Slippery Fish)” by Charlotte Diamond

Slippery fish, Slippery fish
Sliding through the water
Slippery fish, Slippery fish
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an…
Octopus, Octopus
Squiggling in the water
Octopus, Octopus
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…
Tuna fish, Tuna fish
Flashing through the water
Tuna fish, Tuna fish
Gulp, Gulp, Gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …
Great white shark, Great white shark
Lurking in the water
Great white shark, Great white shark
Gulp, gulp, gulp

Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a…
Humungous Whale, Humungous Whale
Spouting in the water
Humungous Whale, Humungous Whale
GULP, GULP, GULP!
PARDON ME!

Finger Puppets: Too Much Noise!

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Book: You Are (Not) Small by Anna Kang

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Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
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Book: The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort

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Storytime: September 10, 2014

It’s taken me a while to get around to posting my storytimes so I’m going to play catch-up over the next few days! This fall, I’m back to doing my weekly evening family storytime. Participants sign up for a 6 week session. For the first time ever, I’ve decided to go theme-less (I’ll write a post about this eventually). Instead, I’m just doing any books or rhymes that suit my fancy. I’m using the same Hello and Goodbye songs that I’ve always used. This was my first storytime of the new session:

Rhyme: Hickety-Pickety Bumble Bee

Hickety-Pickety Bumble Bee
Won’t you say your name for me?
Miss Jenna
Let’s clap and say it.
Miss-Jen-na (clap with syllables)
Let’s say it loud!
Miss-Jen-na!
Let’s say it quiet.
Miss-Jen-na.

-Go around and do this will all the kid’s names

Book: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

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Rhyme: Stretching

When I stretch up, I feel so tall.
When I bend down, I feel so small.
Taller, taller, taller, taller.
Smaller, smaller, smaller, smaller.
Into a tiny ball.
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Flannel: The Enormous Turnip

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Song: “The Freeze” from Kids in Motion by Greg & Steve

Book: Hug Machine by Scott Campell

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Song: Five green and speckled frogs

Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating the most delicious bugs – Yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs.
(continue countdown)

Book: Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton

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Storytime: Socks and Shoes

I recently lead a drop-in, all-ages storytime. I only had a few kids, most of whom were going to a juggler performance we were hosting right after. Therefore, this was a short and sweet storytime! We still had a lot of fun. 🙂

Books:

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Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots by Ellen Olson-Brown
Whose Shoes? by Stephen R. Swinburne
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting
Who Has These Feet? by Laura Hulbert

Songs:

This is What My Feet Can Do!

This is what my feet can do, feet can do, feet can do.
This is what my feet can do
Can you do it too?

Let your feet go hop, hop, hop; hop, hop, hop; hop, hop, hop
Let your feet go hop, hop, hop
All around the room.

Make your feet go jump, jump, jump…
Can your feet go tiptoeing, tiptoeing, tiptoeing…

Now your feet can sit right down, sit right down, sit right down,
Now your feet can sit right down,
Quietly, please.
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Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

And eyes, and ears,
and mouth, and nose.

Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

repeat faster and faster until it’s too hard to do

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Storytime: Books

During the summer, we have a weekly “picnic storytime” for all ages. The kids bring a picnic lunch to have during the storytime. The staff rotates who leads the storytime, and when it was my turn, I chose the theme “Books!” This storytime is different than my normal ones because I used a lot less movement since the kids would be sitting and eating.

Books:

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The Snatchabook by Helen Docherty
Books Always Everywhere by Jane Blatt
The Midnight Library by Kazuno Kohara
I’m Not Reading! by Jonathan Allen

Folder Story:

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Lovely Ladybug. (This didn’t fit into my theme at all, but it was a great way to get participation from the kids without making them move)

Songs & Rhymes:

Both from the wonderful Jbrary!

Let’s Take a Look

Let’s take a look
at this book
Here is the cover
We open it wide
Here are the pages hidden inside
There are words and pictures
We look and we look
And when we are finished
We close up the book

The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be
For your friends are my friends
and my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we’ll be

The more we read together, together, together
the more we read together
the happier we’ll be.
Read big books and small books
Read short books and tall books
The more we read together
the happier we’ll be.

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Yoga Storytime

A while ago, I did a Yoga Storytime alongside a co-worker. (I thought I posted about it already, but just realized I only had a draft of it!)

We had never done a Yoga Storytime before, so this was an expirement. Overall, it went really well! We had 12 kids in grades 1-3, and the program lasted 45 min. My co-worker and I both practice yoga, but neither of us are instructors. Therefore, the actual yoga in this program was pretty light. It was more of a movement storytime with some yogic principals infused.

We wanted to set a mood when the kids entered the program so we had instrumental music, dim lighting, and mood lamps. After everyone was settled on their yoga mat or towel, we gave a brief introduction and talked about breathing techniques. Throughout the program, we mentioned being mindful of nature and creatures around us and the importance of compassion.

Books:

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Stretch by Doreen Cronin
Each Living Thing by Joanne Ryder
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle
Breathe by Scott Magoon
Hi, Harry! by Martin Waddell

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Music/ Movement:

In between the books, we used three songs from the CD “Dance for the Sun” by Kira Willey:

Dance for the Sun (Yoga Track)
The Shimmy
Namaste Song (for this song, the kids laid on their backs and placed beanie babies on their stomachs to watch the rise and fall of their breath)

Activity:

This idea came from my co-worker’s daughter! We called it “Yoga Combo.” Each kid was given two slips of paper, one with an adjective and one with an animal. They had to put the two together and create a new pose to go along with it. If they were willing, they could share the pose with the group and we would all do the new pose together! We all had so much fun with this.

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