Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Every Hair in Place!

A few weeks ago I was asked to take my 2 yr. old grandson to get his hair cut.  He was a brave little boy and climbed right up in the chair and sat still and we cheered and admired the big boy haircut!  That trip inspired this rhyme and then I had a brainstorm and composed a second rhyme/activity that I'll share next week. You'll recognize the rhyme style of both as techniques I've used before. Thank goodness preschoolers love repetition! Here's the link to 'Barber Shop' and here are my five little boys 'before and after'.
There are many cute books to use with this theme. One of my favorites is Crazy Hair Day by Barney Saltzburg. Another cute book is Bippity Bop Barbershop by Natasha Anastasia Tarpley. *update(6-12-2014) I found another really cute book for this theme: No Haircut Today! by Elivia Savadier. This could be a really fun and versatile theme for lots of Fun with Friends at Storytime!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

That 'Bugs' Me!


Springtime is upon us! at last!! This year I'm even glad to see the bugs that come with it. LOL!  As part of our emphasis on ECRR, I made a set of letters to introduce our buggy theme. There are so many great picture books to use with a bug theme; I Love Bugs! by Emma Dodd; and another good one is Philemon Sturges' I Love Bugs!; or In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming. For the toddler/2 yr. old set we are using a popup book, Big Bug, Little Bug by Paul Stickland. 
I have a file folder rhyming riddle to use that I posted last year, The Lovely Ladybug. I have another set that was inspired by Mrs. Andre's Library blog. It's a cute little rhyme by Jean Warren @ Preschool Express; 'Four Little Bugs'. I tweaked the ending a little. Instead of the last 2 lines "They got stuck, all in a bunch. And along came spider, in time for lunch!"  I changed it to "then came a spider with berries to munch, So they all sat down and had some lunch!"   I used Google images for all the pieces, laminated them and added a small piece of velcro to the back and the center front of the web for the fruit. I put the velcro at the tail end of the bugs so that it would look as if they were on the web.  Bugs are a lot of Fun with Friends at Storytime!    





























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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Filling My Easter Basket

Here's a fun interactive activity/rhyme I made up for Easter a couple of years ago. I put the big basket on the flannelboard and hand out the colored eggs. As I say the rhyme, the children holding the appropriate color eggs bring them up and put them on the basket.  My basket is fairly heavy pellon with ribbon glued on for decoration. To make it easier to store, the handle is a separate piece with velcro on the back to help stabilize it on the board. I've posted  another Easter Egg rhyme I made up many years ago here

Filling My Easter Basket
by Kathryn Roach

Here's my Easter basket. Let's fill it up today.

Come put in my basket the color eggs I say!

Red, orange, and yellow, there's room for every one!

These beautiful, happy colors are so much fun.

Next I need green, then light and dark blue.

We're making good progress now, we're almost through.

There are two more colors; pretty purple or pink!

Hooray! We filled up my basket as quick as a wink.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

A Gift for Mommy ...take 2

Last year I posted a rhyme that I had made about buying a gift for Mommy for Mother's Day.  I had used Google images (the color words are links on the other post) and laminated them to use with the rhyme. This year I decided to make a felt set to go with the rhyme. The pink lips are for the ending when we make a kissing sound as I put it on the board by the 'mommy' piece. I used a lot of glitter and glitter glue! I specially love the ring! I used some Google clipart and just eyeballed a couple of pieces for patterns. The dots on the scarf are white acrylic paint painted with the bottom of a marker and highlighted by glitter glue.
                             
A Gift For Mommmy
by Kathryn Roach

I want to get a gift for Mommy                 
for this Mother's Day.

Let me think! What could I find?
I don't have money to pay.

I know she likes some fancy shoes
I bet she'd like them blue.

Maybe a fancy party ring?
A lovely purple one could be the thing!

A mug for the coffee she likes to drink?
I know she likes the color pink.

Or a purse to carry all her stuff,
A red one might be big enough

An orange scarf fresh and light,
With white polka dots, could be right!

I know what I can give to Mommy
I know that this won't miss!
I'll tell her, "Mommy, I love you!"
With a great big hug and kiss!

Happy Mother's Day!
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Mommy Loves Her Little Monkey Face

I'm thinking of Mother's Day. I know, I'm just a sentimental grandma! Anyway, I was inspired by Bridget @ What Is Bridget Reading? and Cate @ Storytiming to make my own set of pieces for the picture book, Monkey Face by Frank Asch for Mother's Day. Cate has a script for the story at the link above. But, I didn't really have a pattern for the pieces.  I sort of eyeballed the pieces from Bridget and Cate and some Google images and made my own pattern.  Anyway, here's my take on this fun book for Mother's day!
 
Happy Mother's Day!! Monkeys and Mommies are so much Fun with Friends at Storytime!
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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Home Sweet Library Home

Our library branch is closed for renovations...boo-hooray! Sad to be closed and working somewhere else for the duration. Glad to be getting our branch spiffed up! So to talk about it we did a House/Home theme our last week and featured the book Library Mouse; Home Sweet Home by Daniel Kirk. We had to tell/talk through this book with the toddlers but everyone still seemed to like it! We played a version of the Little Mouse game using Google images of Sam and Sarah from the book. This was a BIG hit!  We also used, Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley and Building A House by Byron Barton. We used the finger play, 'Here is a House' (check out Storytime Katie's house blogpost for the words) and a cute little rhyme with the house felt set below. We had a great Home Extension to hand out too! This was a fun and easy theme! We were able to explain to our little kiddos about what would be happening and teach them a big word; 'renovation'.   
Here is the roof for the house so good (put up roof)
Here are the walls, made of wood. (put up brown square)
Here are the windows to let in the light. (add windows)
Here is the door shut so tight. (add door)
Here is the chimney, straight and tall (add chimney)
Here is our house for one and all!      
 (I can't find an original source.)  



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