Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Pre-School Storytime: Hats


Hold On to Your Hat!

Stories and songs on the uses of hats, parts of the body, plus interactive storytelling of the classic story “Caps for Sale” and the concept of “echo.”

Hats, Hats, Hats – Ann Morris (pictures of people in hats from all over the world)

Rhyme: Hats (source unknown – suit actions to words)
A cowboy wears a cowboy hat (Hands encircle head)
As he gallops on his horse.(Gallop)
Firefighters hats keep them safe (Hands encircle head)
As fires run their course.(Spraying motion with hose)
A clown wears a point hat (Hands form point on head)
And a smile upon his face (Draw smile on face)
And astronauts wear helmets, (Encircle face with hands)
When blasting into space. (Palms together, shoot hands up to sky.)

Interactive Book: Whose Hat – Margaret Miller (younger), Whose Hat is This? – Sharon Katz Cooper (older – nice, non-gender stereotyped)

Book: This is the Hat: A Story in Rhyme – Nancy Van Laan or Who Took the Farmer’s Hat – Joan Nodset (both tales of hats that get away – Van Laan’s has great cut paper collage illustrations perfect for a follow-up art project. Nodset’s is an old but supremely satisfying story of a farmer’s hat that is re-purposed by a resourceful bird…)

Rhyme: Hat Woes (source unknown – suit actions to words)
I put a hat upon my head,
But it covered my face.
I put another hat on,
But it wouldn’t stay in place.
The next hat was red,
It popped off my head.
The last hat was straw,
The wind blew it far.
So the next time you try
To cover your head,
Remember what happened to me
It’s not so easy to wear a hat,
For hats just want to be free!

Who’s Under that Hat? – David Carter (Q&A, listening skills – Carter book has a rhyme to clue the hidden animal – talked to parents about encouraging listening skills)

Action: The Magic Hat (source unknown, tune: The Farmer in the Dell – use whenever needed for getting out the wiggles…) 

Put on your magic hat. (Pretend to put on hat.)
Put on your magic hat. (Pretend to put on hat.)
Oh, you can do most anything (Spread hands wide.)In your magic hat!
You can hop and hop and hop…etc.
You can make a face…etc.
Children’s suggestions…Close with: You can sit right down…etc.
“Sometimes it is hard to keep the hat on your head:”

Interactive Story: Caps for Sale
– Esphyr Slobodkina (acting out classic story – read from the book -- start out with construction paper caps on librarian’s head, had kids take them when I “sleep” then they became the “monkeys”)

Song: The Funny Hat  (source unknown, tune: “This Old Man”, fun to use a funny hat – Dr. Seuss Cat in the Hat is quite good for this.. )

On my head I wear a hat.
It is such a funny hat
That my head will wiggle, wiggle to and fro.
Where else can my funny hat go?
On my foot I wear a hat…etc. Children’s suggestions…
lose with the following:

On my hands I wear a hat
It is such a quiet hat.
That my hands won’t wiggle, they just go clap
Then I put them in my lap.

If time: Book: This is Not My Hat – Jon Klassen (Caldecott-winning tale of a small fish who’s a big thief…)
(display: I Want My Hat Back – Jon Klassen)

Video/DVD: Happy Birthday Moon (Weston Woods – introduce concept of “echo” -- Bear thinks Moon is talking to him)  Alt: Reading Rainbow: Florence and Eric take the Cake

Song: Be My Echo (echo and response song – reinforces idea of echo from the above story.)

Sing what I sing, sing after me
Be my echo if you can be
Sing tra la la (tra la la)
Mi mi mi (mi mi mi)
Ha ha ha (ha ha ha)
Hee hee hee (hee hee hee)
Pick a peck of peppers (pick a peck of peppers)
Fiddle diddle dee (fiddle diddle dee)
Be my echo (be my echo)
Sing what I sing (sing what you sing)
Follow the leader and sing after me (sing after me)

Sing what I sing, sing after me
Be my echo if you can be
Sing dee dee dee (dee dee dee)
Dough do do (do do do)
Hi hi hi (hi hi hi)
Lo lo lo (lo lo lo)
Pick a peck of peppers (pick a peck of peppers)
Fiddle diddle dee (show off!)
Be my echo (be my echo)
Sing what I sing (sing what you sing)
Follow the leader and sing after me (sing after me)
Sing...after...me...(sing...after.. MEEEEEEE!)


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Option: could omit some stories from above and open with a windy story:

Book: One Windy Wednesday –Phyllis Root or One Monday – Amy Huntington
Song: The Wind (from Totline 1987 Robert Mohr – tune: The Muffin Man)
The wind is full of tricks today,
It almost blew me far away
It almost knocked me off my feet
As I came walking down the street!
The next time that I go outside,
The wind won’t take me for a ride.
I know just what I will do,
I’ll put some glue on the bottom of my shoe!

Optional Crafts:

  • "Who Do You Want to Be" Hat -- crown, astronaut helmet, baseball star, hard hat, firefighter, police officer, fancy top hat..
  • Torn paper collages inspired by Van Laan’s This is the Hat (above)

Happy Birthday Madame Chateau -- Andrea Beaty

Friday, May 13, 2016

School Age Storytime–Imagine the Possibilities!

A storytime for K-4th grade celebrating creativity and imagination, with suggestions for art projects, art-inspired story-starters and a brief introduction (with further suggestions) for the artists Rene Magritte and Rob Gonsalves.

Book: That’s Good, That’s Bad by Marjorie Cuyler (used with some classes as kids were arriving – kids loved to chorus “No that’s bad/good!”)

Book: The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan (Dodsworth leads a very dull life until a rusty old refrigerator filled with different supplies each day opens his eyes to amazing new possibilities.)

Dinner at Magritte's

Book: Magritte’s Marvelous Hat by D. B. Johnson or  Dinner at Magritte’s by Michael Garland (great lead in to the art of Rene Magritte – can share pages from Now You See It—Now You Don’t: Rene Magritte (J759.9493 WEN and/or Google: “Rene Magritte paintings.)

Book: Where’s Walrus by Stephen Savage

Book: Changes by Anthony Browne (a boy's imagination runs wild as he waits for his parents to return)

Read selections from: Imagine a Place by Rob Gonsalves and Sarah Thomson (also showed Imagine a Day and Imagine a Night).  Sarah Thomson used Gonsalves’ paintings as “story starters” for her short pieces – your kids can too: www.boredpanda.com/magic-realism-paintings-rob-gonsalves (Google image search “Rob Gonsalves” if you want more.)  David Wiesner’s book Free Fall  is a wordless book that uses similar magic realism.

Nonsense/surreal poem: One fine day in the middle of the night / Two dead boys got up to fight / Back to back they faced each other / Drew their swords and shot each other / A deaf policeman heard the noise / Came up and shot those two dead boys / If you don’t believe this tale is true / Ask the blind man, he saw it too!

Book: Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat (Caldecott winning author illustrator of The Adventures of Beekle: An Unimaginary Friend) (A boy in the backseat of a car takes the road trip of a lifetime in this book that encourages kids to savor the moment!)  Kids can see similar page turn-around magic in D.B. Johnson’s Palazzo Inverso inspired by the amazing lithographs of M.C. Escher. (Lots of images if you Google: “Escher”)

Book: If… by Sarah Perry (imagine if cats could fly, leaves were fish, mice were hair, caterpillars were toothpaste, toes were teeth, or frogs ate rainbows…)   Similar titles: Guessing Game Book: What is This? by Antje Damm (have kids imagine possibilities) Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert  (leaf pictures), Here a Face, There a Face by Arlene Alda (quick book showing photographs of  "found faces" in nature and in man-made objects), Rain Fish by Lois Elhert (wonderful “fish” created from found objects.)

Book: Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg (mistakes can be inspiration!)

Close: What a Wonderful World singable book by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

Encouraged kids to explore possibilities of their own …this afternoon, weekend, month, year and throughout their lives!
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6.16 Bedminster – continued theme with “Dream On”:

Appelemando’s Dreams by Patricia Polacco (Because he spends his time dreaming, the villagers are convinced that Appelemando will never amount to much but in time his dreams change the village and all the people in it.) Booktalked: Frederick by Leo Lionni.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont (Fun chanting book about an irrepressible and incorrigible artist!)

H.O.R.S.E. A Game of Basketball & Imagination by Christopher Myers (Two kids create an out-of-this-world game…)  Mentioned this year’s summer reading theme – On Your Mark, Get Set, Read! – encouraged them to sign up at Clarence Dillon Library (& come see me at Bridgewater Library)

The Bear Report by Thyra Heder (related to their animal reports this year – a child’s boring school report on a polar bear gets significantly more interesting when the subject shows up in her living room!)

Elephants Can Paint Too! by Katya Arnold (Asked whether previous title was fiction or non-fiction, then asked about this one – showed true book: 599.67 ARN)…fabulous facts and photos of these amazing creatures – who knew they had 150,000 muscles in their trunks (humans have 639 in their whole bodies!) or that baby elephants suck their trunks like human infants suck their thumbs…or that an elephant can swim the distance between Bedminster and Newark airport without resting! – Cool stuff all!)

Puppets/Song – Deep in the Jungle (left over from Rainforest story time last week – promised the kids we’d do this – lyrics here: http://www.hellojoe.com/lyrics-ditj.html)

Perfect Square by Michael Hall (A perfectly happy square with four matching corners & four equal sides discovers the possibilities of change and realizes stasis isn’t as alluring as he first thought! (also nice reinforcement of the days of the week))

Encouraged kids to follow their own dreams this weekend & all summer long!
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Display? Some Things I’ve Lost by Cybele Young (objects morph then change entirely)


Harold and the Purple Crayon inspired craft – squiggle pictures. (draw a squiggle then have kids “finish” the picture):


5.14 Bedm used:Andrew Draws -- David McPhail
Margritte's Marvelous Hat -- D.B. Johnson
The Day the Crayons Quit -- Drew Daywalt
If - Sarah Perry
Little Green -- Keith Baker
Palazzo Inverso -- D.B. Johnson
Froodle -- Antoinette Portis
Call Me Gorgeous -- Giles and Alexandra Milton

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Preschool Storytime–Everything Grows


Gardens & Growing: A seasonal storytime for ages 2-6 celebrating gardens and growing (plants and people)  Includes identifying some of the flowers and creatures who live in the garden habitat, colors, numbers, a touch of fantasy, and the value of patience in letting plants and people grow at their own pace.

Opening Music: “Family Garden” track #2 from Family Garden by John McCutcheon and or “The Garden Song” sung by Maria Muldour track #2 on Pickin’ & Grinnin’ (and on various other albums.)

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting – A young girl in the city makes a windowbox garden for her mother.

Flannel: Spring Flowers (text below) – counting and colors

Action: Rainstorm – instructions here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-its-raining-its.html

Book: My Garden by Kevin Henkes – A young girl’s fantasies about what she would plant in her garden include seashells and jelly beans.

Flannel: Fran’s Flower, based on the book by Lisa Bruce (text below) – Fran tries to get her flower to grow by feeding it pizza and strawberry ice cream! 

Action song: “This is the way we dig the ground…to plant our flower garden” (tune: Mulberry Bush).  Plant our seeds..rain will fall…plants will grow…flowers will bloom…sun will shine…on our flower garden.)

Interactive book: Who is in the Garden? by Vera Rosenberg – helped children look closely to find the creatures who make their home in the garden

Singable book: Over in the Garden by Jennifer Ward. – we found and counted the creatures on each page and acted out their movements – including somersaults with the roly-poly bugs!

Flannel: Titch, based on the book by Pat Hutchins – Titch is smaller than his siblings and can’t do everything they do, but his seed grows big!

(If time) Book: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson – beautifully-illustrated parable on selfishness vs.sharing.

DVD: “Leo the Late Bloomer” on Weston Woods Stories About Growing Up (PPR-wkrm) – Leo is slow to learn to talk, read, write or do other things but, in time, he “blooms”!

Hand-stamping to Raffi’s “Everything Grows” track #9 on his album Everything Grows

Optional craft: 5 stamp set of the stages of a seed to plant (stamps/stamp pad/paper/crayons)

Additional book possibilities:
Sidewalk Flowers by John Arno Larson – beautiful wordless story about taking time to pick the flowers but a bit small for group sharing
So Happy by Kevin Henkes – a boy, a rabbit, a magic seed, and a book make a great gift
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert – beautifully illustrates the steps of growing a flower garden, similar to her Growing Vegetable Soup.
The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss – the classic story of growing and patience

Flannel texts:

SPRING FLOWERS (Source unknown) (5 flowers, cloud, lightning)
Place flowers on the board
5 spring flowers, all in a row. [Hold up 5 fingers]
The first one says [hold up 1 finger] “we need rain to grow” [Use fingers to show rain]
The second one says [hold up 2 fingers] “oh yes, we need water” [Nod head yes]
The third one says [hold up 3 fingers] “it’s getting hotter!” [Fan face with hand]
The fourth one says [hold up 4 fingers] “I see clouds in the sky!” [Point up]
The fifth one says [hold up 5 fingers] “I wonder why!” [Shrug shoulders and hold up hands questioningly]
Then…BOOM! went the thunder [add cloud to board] and
CRASH! went the lightning [add lightning bolt]
That springtime storm was very frightening [Hug self as if scared]
But the flowers weren’t worried, oh no, no, no! [Shake head]
Because the rain helped them to grow, grow, grow! [Raise arms as if growing]!
Count the flowers as they are placed on the board, and talk about the colors. For the two-colored flowers, ask about the color on the outside, and the color on the inside.

Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce (flannel pieces in bold below)

One day Fran found a flowerpot filled with soil. Poking out of the top was a tiny green tip. “I will grow this flower,” Fran said to Fred (dog).
She took it home. “Grow Flower,” she said. But the tip stayed tiny.
“I think this flower is hungry,” Fran said.
So Fran went to the fridge. Inside found her favorite food.
She gave the flower a slice of pizza.
The next day Fran gave it a piece of cheeseburger.
Then she gave it spaghetti, two chocolate chip cookies and a large spoonful of strawberry ice cream.
She even gave it one of Fred’s juicy bones.
But the flower didn’t grow. The tip stayed tiny. Fran got fed up.
“Silly flower!” Fran said, and she threw it out the back door.
The flowerpot fell onto the ground and rolled away. The rain fell on it.
The wind blew on it.
The sun shone on it.
Finally, the tiny green tip grew… and grew… and grew.
Until one day Fran and Fred went outside to play.
When they opened the door, a surprise was waiting…
A big beautiful flower—just for Fran.

Titch by Pat Hutchins

Titch was little.
His sister Mary was a bit bigger.
And his brother Pete was a lot bigger.
Pete had a great big bike.
Mary had a big bike.
And Titch had a little tricycle. (remove bicycles & tricycle)
Pete had a kite that flew high above the trees.
Mary had a kite that flew high above the houses.
And Titch had a pinwheel that he held in his hand. (remove kites and pinwheel)
Pete had a big drum.
Mary had a trumpet.
And Titch had a little wooden whistle. (remove instruments)
Pete had a big saw.
Mary had a hammer.
And Titch held the nails. (remove tools)
Pete had a big spade.
Mary had a fat flowerpot.
But Titch had the tiny seed.
And Titch’s seed grew and grew and grew! (place larger plant with each word “grew”)

BWL 5.16

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Singalong–You and Me and Family (includes Sensory-Friendly Version Notes)


Celebrate Mother’s & Father’s Day, sisters & brothers and all kinds of families in song.  Sensory-friendly program is limited to 10 children
and takes place in a quieter, slower-paced environment.

Sensory-friendly room set-up – large cozy puppets and squeeze toys scattered around the room. ABC squares so kids can define where they want to sit.

(Opening music) Fred Penner’s “Happy Feet”

Sensory Friendly – start program by with holding a mirror up to each child so they can see themselves as we sing “Hello to name…so glad to see you.”

You’ll Sing a Song (action song: You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song and we’ll sing a song together. You’ll sing a song and I’ll sing a song in warm or wintry weather….clap hands, stomp feet, turn around, wiggle knees…sit down)

MOMMY & DADDY (flannel:  “BINGO” variations)  -- lyrics to this and others below.

Parents are People (flannel) Song by Carol Hall from album "Free to Be You and Me."

Oh, By the Way (puppets & props) Song from Joe Scruggs “ Deep in the Jungle”


Heads, Shoulders, Knees & Toes (action)

Helping by Shel Silverstein (flannel) Song from “Free to Be You and Me”

Magic Penny Song by Malvina Reynolds from her album “Ear to the Ground”


We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands (puppets) Song from “Sing Along with Bob” – sat in a circle and passed around puppets.


Family Tree (sign language) Played song by Tom Chapin & John Forster, on album “Family Tree” track #8 – signs on their video “This Pretty Planet,” here: www.tomchapin.com/docs/lft.htmland and handout:  www.tomchapin.com/docs/ftsigns.html .  We did the signs (“dancing with our hands”) on the choruses & did a kind of square dance swing on the verses.

Free to Be You and Me (scarf dancing to track #1  of "Free to Be You and Me." )

What a Wonderful World singable book by George David Weiss and Bob Thiele, illustrated by Ashley Bryan

S*I*N*G (song by Joe Raposo available on many Sesame Street albums) – parents & kids together standing in a circle, started singing quietly, everyone moved in & out on the “la las”, second time through sang together and louder.

Hand stamping to Louis Armstrong singing
“What a Wonderful World” (many albums)
Recommended album:  “A Child’s Celebration of Family”

Lyrics handout – editable copy available on request.



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Friday, May 6, 2016

Preschool Story/Craft -- Trees are Terrific

Trees are Terrific (All Ages)

Arbor Day is a special day to recognize the importance of trees and the difference they make in our lives. The Bridgewater Shade Tree Board will help us celebrate all that's terrific about trees with stories and activities.

Music playing as kids arrive: Family Garden by John McCutcheon

Read: Picture a Tree by Barbara Reid or We Planted a Tree by Diane Muldrow

Flannel/song: The Green Grass Grew All Around

Read/Action: Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

Flannel/song: Wiggly Worm

Action: “This is the way we plant a seed”

Bridgewater Shade Tree Commission brought seedlings, coloring sheets, and different leaves for leaf rubbing.

Additional book possibilities: (some arrived after the program)
A Tree for Me by Nancy Van Laan
If You Hold a Seed by Elly MacKay
Call Me a Tree/Llamame Arbol by Maya Christina Gonzales (Bilingual)
Maple (& sequels) by Lori Nichols
Tree: A Peek Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup
A Tree is Nice by Janice May Udry

K+ Groups:
Fernando’s Gift/El Regalo de Fernando by Douglas Keister (Bilingual)
Someday a Tree by Eve Bunting
Tell Me, Tree by Gail Gibbons
A Tree is Growing by Arthur Dorros
Redwoods by Jason Chin

Additional craft possibility: glue tissue paper “blossoms” (scrunched 1” squares) onto a tree skeleton.



Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Pre-School Storytime “Mother’s Day” Also includes plans for storytime/craft (ages 2-10)


A fun and interactive storytime celebrating mothers and others that includes letter awareness, animal identification, singing, sign language and a touch of empathy.
Includes the five EECR2 practices of:

Entering musicMusic for Little People’s Celebration of Family J730 CELE (tracks #7-9 – track #9: A Song for Mama)


Singable Interactive Book: Where’s My Mom? by Julia Donaldson (older) Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino (younger) both are guessing games about an animal looking for his mother, the first is singable --tune “Hush Little Baby”; the second rhymes the answer (phonemic awareness)


Booktalk: Mommies Say Shhh! by Patricia Polacco (gorgeous illustrationsanimal sounds)


Flannel: Mother, Mother I want Another based on the book by Maria Polushkin Robbins (At bedtime, Baby Mouse says “I want another, Mother.” Mrs. Mouse engages Mrs. Frog, Mrs. Pig, and Mrs. Donkey – all sing Baby a lullaby before Baby Mouse clarifies that what he wants is another KISS!”)

Book: A Mother for Choco by Keiko Kasza (A lonely little bird searching for its mother finds a loving adoptive mother bear.)


Flannel: The Runaway Bunny based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown – point out nod to her Goodnight Moon.


Flannel/Song: MOMMY (Flannel letters) (Tune: “BINGO”)
I have a very special friend
And Mommy is her name-o,

M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y, M-O-M-M-Y
And Mommy is her name-o.


Book: Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse  diversity! Alts:(shorter/younger) Mouse’s First Spring by Lauren Thompson (wkrm) or Mama’s Day by Linda Ashman or My Mommy is Magic by Carl Norac or My Mommy Hung the Moon by Jamie Lee Curtis (event kit www.jamieleecurtis.com)


Sign Language Song: Tom Chapin’s “Family Tree” (track #7) on Celebration of Family J730 CELE


DVD: Blueberries for Sal (classic, Marna’s favorite. PPR on The Snowy Day: Caldecott Classics & The Robert McCloskey Library) or Make Way for Ducklings Alts:  I Love You Like Crazy Cakes (Chinese adoption)


Hand Stamping: “Mother’s Day” track #2 on Tom Chapin’s Moonboat and/or Family Garden by John McCutcheon (730 McCu)


BWL 5/10, 5/16


Sat ST/Craft) ages 2-10 


Enter to tracks 7-9 from Celebration of Family J730 CELE

Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara Joosse

Flannel: Mother, Mother I want Another – Robbins

Interactive Book: Where’s My Mom? – Donaldson (singable)

     Booktalked: Is Your Mama a Llama? – Guarino

Game: Mother / Baby Match (flannel)

Flannel/Song: MOMMY

My Mommy is Magic by Carl Norac

Prop (Nested Boxes): The Surprise based on the book by George Shannon, script here: carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2013/12/pre-school-storytime-gifts-and-giving.html

Flower Garden by Eve Bunting (wkrm)

Flannel: Monkey Face (based on the book by Frank Asch) script here: carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2014/05/preschool-or-school-age-storytime.html

Music: “Family Tree” on Celebration of Family J730 CELE

Craft: Mother’s Day poems/Cards (die cut cards, die cuts, gluesticks, scissors, markers)  with poem below:

Music during craft: A Child’s Celebration of Family


Sometimes you get discouraged
Because I am so small
And always leave my fingerprints
On furniture and walls
But every day I'm growing --
I'll be grown some day
And all those tiny handprints
Will surely fade away
So here's a little handprint
Just so you can recall
Exactly how my fingers looked
When I was very small.

Happy Mother’s Day!   Date


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no time for:

Book: Flower Garden by Eve Bunting (wkrm) or So Happy by Kevin Henkes

Flannel: Spring Flowers

Book: If You Plant a Seed by Kadir Nelson
Fran’s Flower based on the book by Lisa Bruce

Additional book possibilities:

Big Hugs, Little Hugs – Bond

Stay Close to Mama – Buzzeo

Bearcub & Mama – Jennings

My Mommy Hung the Moon – Curtis

Mr. Rabbit & the Lovely Present – Zolotow  SMALL (M. Draghi favorite modern classics)

Mama, I’ll give you the world – Schotter

Hug Time --  McConnell

A Special Day for Mommy – Andreasen (Holiday) used 5/09 – skipped 5/11 –kids didn’t really get it.

Mama Zooms


Additional flannel possibilities:

“Parents are People” from Free to Be You and Me

Ask Mr. Bear based on the book by Marjorie Flack


Optional Game: Mother / Baby Match (flannel) skipped this (no time)

Participation flannel/ Movement (get up & move like the animals)

Mother/Baby match (animal match mom/baby pix)

– listening skills (I didn’t end up using the baby flannel animals)

This baby makes a mooing sound

When his mother’s not around.

Calf is the name of this baby.

Find his mother and show her to me.

Continue with:    

2. barking, puppy, dog

3. meowing, kitten, cat

4. quacking, duckling, duck

5. oinking, piglet, pig (sow)

6. growling, cub, bear

7. roaring, cub, lion

8. hopping, joey, kangaroo

9. baaing, lamb, ewe

10.maaing, kid, nanny goat


Additional songs:Be Kind to Your Parents”

Sign Language Song: Pick Me Up! Track 16 “Talking on the telephone”

BWL 5/07:

FST: Mama’s Day – Ashman

ST: Mama, Do You Love Me? – Joosse

Song (Flannel letters) M-O-M-M-Y

ST: A Special Day for Mommy – Andreasen (Holiday)

FST/ST: Mother, Mother I want Another – Robbins

Song (Actions): Magic Penny

Prop (Nested Boxes): The Surprise – Shannon

Interactive Book: Is Your Mama a Llama? – Guarino

Participation (Puppets) – Mother/Baby Match

Movement FST: Your Kind of Mommy -- Parker

ST: A Mother for Choco – Kasza

Song/Flannel: Parents are People

FST: Mothers are Like That –Carrick

Video – Are You My Mother?

Alt Books:       Kiss Kiss – Wild

                        Mommy’s Hands – Lasky

                        Flower Garden – Bunting

                        I Love You as Much -- Melmed

Alt Videos: 

                        Make Way for Ducklings

                        Is Your Mother a Llama?

DVD PPR  Magical stories [DVD] : the rainbabies  WGL too long – 20 min.



BWL 5/04:

 Song: M-O-M-M-Y

TT/FST/ST:  Mama, Do You Love Me – Joosse

Song:  Sometimes Mom Says…

Flannel: Monkey Face

TT/FST/ST: Is Your Mama a Llama – Guarino

Song: What Do They Say?

TT/FST: Mother’s Are Like That – Carrick

ST: A Mother for Choco – Kasza

Song/Flannel: Parents are People

ST: Harriet You’ll Drive Me Wild – Fox

Song: I Love Mother

TT/FST: Cat’s Colors – Cabrera (optional – depending on attn. Span)

Song: You Are My Mommy

Video: Are You My Mother?


Addl. titles:

Mommy in My Pocket – Senderak

Flower Garden -- Bunting

Just Like You and Me – Miller (my cart – discarded)
Just Like Me – Schlein

From “A Storytime Year” p. 106:

No Time for Mother’s Day – Anderson

I Love You, Mom – Hiskey

I Love You, Stinky Face – McCourt

This is the Bird – Shannon




Ask Mr. Bear – Marjorie Flack

Koala Lou – Mem Fox

Where’s Our Mama? – Diane Goode

Hiding – Tudor Humphries

Five Minutes Peace – Jill Murphy

I Love You with All My Heart – Kern

My Mom –  Browne




Additional Songs (source unknown):

I Love Mother  (Tune: “Frere Jacques”)
I love mother, I love mother,
Yes I do, yes I do.

And I want to say, “Happy Mother’s Day!”
I love you, I love you.


Sometimes Mom Says…

(Tune: “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”)

Sometimes Mom says, “don’t do this,”

Sometimes Mom says, “don’t do that.”

Still she loves me, that I know.

Why? Because she tells me so.

Sometimes Mom says, “let’s do this.”

Sometimes Mom says, “kiss, kiss, kiss.”


What do they Say?

What does a dog say?  Bow wow wow.
What does a cat say?   Meow, meow, meow.
What does a dove say? Coo, coo, coo. 
What does your mommy say? 
  I love you!


You Are My Mommy (Tune: “You are my Sunshine)

You are my Mommy, My special Mommy.

You are the best in every way.
And that is why

I want to wish you

A happy Mother’s Day!


My Mom

My mom is very special,

I think that you’ll agree.

She picks the greatest stories

To read aloud to me.

(Hold palms out, pretend to read)

Sometime we go fishing,

(Pretend to cast a line)

Or play a game of ball.

(Pretend to swing at a ball)

She always gives me great big hugs,

(Hug self)

She’s the best mom of them all!



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