Thursday, November 29, 2018

Storytime: Bedtime




I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

Books:
      

Hush by Mingfo Ho
Night Light by Nicholas Blechman
Goodnight Already! by Jory John
The Going to Bed Book by Sandra Boynton
Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney
Everyone Is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch

Songs/Fingerplays:

'Goodnight Sweetheart'
'All Around the Barnyard'
'Big Yellow Moon'

Flannelboard:

Ten (bears) In A Bed

similar to this one at Making Learning Fun


2s Activity:
If you have enough, I love to use small stuffed animals and little baby blankets. Even if they end up running around with them, they are so cute trying to wrap the babies in the blankets! Have them practice putting the bears to bed, then waking them up!


3-5s Craft:
There are so many options for bedtime crafts! Unfortunately, I can't find the one I did for this but it's pretty standard and I'm sure you can find on Pinterest.

Similar to this one at Sunflower Storytime but I just use a piece of construction paper folded in half, and then one side cut down so it looks like a blanket over the bear. The kids can color the bear and/or add stickers to the 'blanket'.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Storytime: Shapes


I'm currently doing a 2s Storytime at one library, and a 3-5 Storytime at another. So in order to maintain some sanity, I'm trying to pick one theme for both each week and adapt it for the different ages. Some of my 2s are REALLY little and some of my 5s are already in school.

I decided to do SHAPES because some of my 2s parents are constantly teaching their children their shapes during playtime with our blocks and puzzles, etc. I wasn't sure if it would work with my older storytime, but since they are mostly 3 and 4 it was fine - we could talk about some 'advanced' shapes and they liked sharing their shape knowledge!

Books:



Bear in a Square by Stella Blackstone
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Shaw
My Very First Book of Shapes by Eric Carle
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Shape By Shape by Suse MacDonald
Shapes That Roll by Karen Nagel

Songs/Fingerplays:

'I Can See Shapes'
'Where Is Thumbkin (shapes)'
'Circle Song'

'I Can See Shapes'

I can see a circle shape, circle shape, circle shape
I can see a circle shape, how about you?
(repeat with little square, triangle, rectangle, diamond)
Flannelboard:
I found two sets of games in the files that I used - one went with 'I Can See Shapes' and the other we used with 'Where Is Thumbkin' but changed the words to 'Where Is Circle'...etc.


This might be where a previous librarian found the shape people from:
Library Village

2s Activity:
At the last minute I was looking for something physical that the 2s could do, so I decided to set up a sort of obstacle course! They LOVED it! I dragged out hula hoops and balls and anything they could jump over or roll in. Definitely going to do this again!




3-5s Craft:
I found a cute Shapeasaurus craft for these guys on Pinterest. Everyone loves a dinosaur! Thanks to the North Sioux City Community Library for the Pin!