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Tip Tip Bus Bed

Another wacky, un-themed storytime, this time we explore construction sites, bus trips and naughty monkeys at bedtime: in other words, the stuff toddlers are made of!

Welcome Song: I wake up my hands with a shake shake shake

Book: Tip Tip, Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

Body Rhymes: Roly Poly; Tick Tock; One Button

Book: The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera

Action Songs: Bend and Stretch: Autumn Leaves are Falling Down; Zoom Zoom Zoom We’re Going to the Moon

Settle: Two Little Hands Go Clap Clap Clap

Feltboard: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed based on the book by Eileen Christelow

Goodbye Song: The Goodbye Train

Hand stamp, handouts

Early Literacy “Sprinkle”

The Wheels on the Bus by Jane Cabrera is a fun variation on the popular song about the parts of the bus. Make up your own silly versions, using the names of people you know, pets, favourite animals, or characters from other books, movies or television shows. Helping your child use her imagination to create new versions of this song is a wonderful way to build her phonological knowledge (sounds of words) which will help her understand how to read the different sounds in words when the time comes. 

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Owls, Etc.

Welcome Song: I wake up my hands with a shake shake shake

Book: Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood

Body/Hand Rhymes: Roly Poly; Five Little Owls on a Moonlit Night; Criss Cross Applesauce

Book: It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall, illustrated by Shari Halpern

Action Songs: Bend and Stretch; Autumn Leaves are Falling Down; Zoom Zoom Zoom we’re going to the moon

Settle: Two little hands go clap clap clap

Felt Board: Go Away Big Green Monster, based on the book by Ed Emberley

Goodbye Song: The Goodbye Train is Coming!

Hand stamp, handouts

Early Literacy “Sprinkles”

Sing Autumn Leaves while you are raking up the leaves in your yard! Singing about what you are doing is a great way to get children interested and involved. 

Go Away Big Green Monster is a great book about empowerment and helping children conquer their fears. You and your child can make your own version of this silly monster story with simple materials like construction paper, wool, fabric and a few googly eyes. Add magnets to your creations and you can tell the story on your fridge or a cookie sheet at home! 

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Toot Toot Brown Bear

This un-themed storytime works wonders with the two-year old set.

Welcome song: I wake up my hands with a shake shake shake

Book: Toot Toot Beep Beep 

Body/Hand Rhymes: Roly Poly; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; Tick Tock

Book: The Wheels on the Bus by Britta Teckentrup

Action Songs: Bend and Stretch; First a Little Drop of Rain Hit the Ground; Zoom Zoom Zoom we’re going to the moon

Settle: Two Little Hands Go Clap Clap Clap

Felt Board Story: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See based on the book by Bill Martin Jr.

Goodbye Song: The Goodbye Train is Coming!

Hand Stamp, handouts.

Early Literacy “Sprinkle”

Toot Toot Beep Beep and Brown Bear Brown Bear are both great ways to introduce the names of different colours to very young children. Have conversations about colours, pointing out things in your child’s real life (colour of clothing, pets, walls, toys etc.) Go ahead and have some fun with more elaborate colours like “magenta” and “turquoise” too and don’t worry about “skill and drill” with colour names. It is more important that kids have fun with all the wonderful shapes, colours and objects that they see in the books you share with them.

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Box Press Bus

Another example of an un-themed storytime, but trust me, these jumbled storytimes do work!

Welcome Song: I wake up my hands with a shake shake shake Book: Meeow and the Big Box  Body/Hand Rhymes: Roly Poly; One Button; Tick Tock Book: Press Here by Herve Tullet Action Songs: Bend and Stretch; Hokey Pokey; Zoom Zoom Zoom We’re Going to the Moon Felt Board: The Bus for Us felt story based on book by Suzanne Bloom Goodbye Song: The Goodbye Train is Coming Hand stamp, handouts Early Literacy “Sprinkle” Press Here is a great opportunity to play with your child with a book. Language interactions with books and other media (Press Here is also available as a cool iPad app) between adults and children form the critical foundation upon which early literacy and later, traditional reading is actually built. Have fun with this whimsical book. Sharing it in a group is wonderful, sharing it one-on-one is magical! 

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Grumpy Cookie Pizza

That heading is an example of an “un-themed” storytime! Most of my storytimes do not follow any specific theme.

Welcome Song: I wake up my hands

Book: Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard (Canadian content!)

Body/Hand Rhymes: Roly Poly; One Button; Criss Cross Applesauce

Book: Who Ate all the Cookie Dough? by Karen Beaumont, illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

Action Songs: Bend and Stretch; Head and Shoulders; Zoom zoom

Settle: Two little hands go clap clap clap

Felt Story: I Am a Pizza based on the song by Charlotte Diamond (www.charlottediamond.com) (Canadian content!)

Pizza Felt Puppet - Made in Canada!

Goodbye song: The Goodbye Train is Coming

Hand stamp and handouts

Early Literacy Sprinkle:

When you sing Roly Poly you can add words in the languages that you know best. The actions in this song help to show the concept in any language. Let’s try it with French first! Understanding what words mean (the concept) is most important thing about language learning and your children will learn best when they hear language spoken fluently – so speak and sing to your child in the language you know best. The library can help in this regard because we have books in many languages for children of all ages to share with their loved ones. Just ask! 

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Bedtime

Welcome Song: I wake up my hands

Book: Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

Body rhymes: Roly Poly; My mama gave me a nickel; Criss cross applesauce

Book: Old MacDonald Had a Farm by David A. Carter

Stretch: Bend and Stretch

Action Songs: Rain is falling down; Zoom zoom zoom

Settle: Two little hands

Flannel Board Story: Tuck me in by Dean Hacohen & Sherry Scharschmidt

Tuck me in

Tuck me in

Goodbye song: The Goodbye Train is coming

Hand stamps, handouts

Suggested early literacy sprinkles

  • Dinosaur vs. bedtime portrays a dinosaur toddler going through the paces of a very recognizable bedtime. Although kids will love the dinosaur character, and the havoc he causes, they will also recognize their own routines of bath, teeth brushing etc. It is important for kids to see aspects of their own daily lives reflected in the stories they have shared with them. This makes reading together relevant, and meaningful. Children need to see reading as relevant, meaningful (in other words “worthwhile”) for them when they arrive at school and begin to learn to read.
  • Tuck me in features some unfamiliar animals alongside some that many children already know (pig). Learning the names of things builds a strong vocabulary which supports literacy learning to a very significant extent. This book also offers opportunities to talk about colours and patterns which are also important factors in literacy learning.
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Let it Snow

Welcome Song: I wake up my hands

Book:Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Body/Hand Rhymes: Roly Poly; My mama gave me a nickel; One button

Book: Jingle Jingle by Nicola Smee

Stretch: Bend and Stretch

Action Songs: Five Little Snowmen Fat;  Zoom Zoom Zoom We’re going to the moon

Settle:Two little hands

Felt Story: Froggy Gets Dressed (based on book by Jonathan London)

froggy

Goodbye Song: The Goodbye Train is coming!

Hand stamp, distribute handouts!

Suggested early literacy “sprinkles” for this storytime

  • During Snowballs, point out some of the objects used to decorate the snow people. Briefly mention to parents that reading this book over and over again will offer many opportunities to talk about what these objects are, their shape, their colour etc. This kind of interactive reading about what they see on the page helps to build more elaborate vocabulary, which helps when it comes time to learn to read words as well as pictures.
  • During Froggy Gets Dressed mention to parents that this is a patterned story.Giving children the chance to get good at telling the pattern of this story supports their ability to understand the narrative structure of stories (beginning, middle, end) and eventually contributes their future reading comprehension.
  • Remember to have fun with stories! Being motivated by the pleasure of sharing stories will help your child have enthusiasm throughout the process of learning to read when they are older.