Saturday, January 22, 2011

Penguin StoryTime @ The Book Spot 1/20/2011

Hi Everyone! We had another wonderful storytime this week focused on Penguins!

The Book Spot has done some remodeling of the children's area and it looks great! More space for reading time, relaxing, and playing! Enjoy!

This week was all about Penguins.  When I asked what sound a Penguin made I got several answers - "Quack", "Tweet", and "Squawk" - LOL.  We aren't sure, but it's definitely fun to try to figure it out!

Of course we sang our welcome song - I'm hoping in a few weeks everyone will join me in singing. Everyone found a spot to sit, and we started to read!

Here is the list of books I read this week:

Penguins by Liz Pichon - cute story about some penguins who find a camera that was dropped by a little girl at the zoo! FLASH! CLICK! ;-)

A Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis - Story about Edna the penguin that is searching for something that isn't white, black, or blue!

Where is Home, Little Pip? by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman - Little Pip wanders away from home and goes on a search to find home and in the process talks to several different animals who tell us where their home is.  In the end mama and papa find Little Pip and we find that home is where we are with our families and where we feel safe and loved! Nice message!

Five Little Penguins Slipping on the Ice by Steve Metzger - of course always the crowd pleaser!

Songs were a big hit with everyone, even the little ones that attended the storytime.  So much fun!
Songs/Rhymes (Original Authors Unknown):

“I’m A Little Penguin”
I'm a little penguin
Black and white,
Short and wobbly
An adorable sight.
I can't fly at all
But I love to swim,
So I'll waddle to the water
And dive right in!

I’m a Little Penguin
In the sea.
I can swim as fast as can be!
When I catch a fish, just look at me.
I’m as proud as I can be.

Penguin Family
One royal penguin . .feeling very blue (hold up one finger)
Called for his brother then there were two (hold up two fingers)
Two royal penguins. . .swimming in the sea (swimming motion)
Called for their sister then there were three (hold up three fingers)
Three royal penguins waddle on the shore (waddle)
Call for their mother, then there were four (hold up four fingers)
            Four royal penguins learning how to dive (Make diving motion)
            Call for their father, then there were five (hold up five fingers)

After storytime, songs, and our good bye song we went ahead and did our awesome craft: Penguin Puppets!  We had such a good time gluing down our pieces to make our penguins! Several of the children named their puppets and pretended that they were eating fish!

After craft time we also shared blueberry banana muffins! YUM YUM!! :-)
Until Next time, keep reading!
Ms. Vanessa

Monday, January 17, 2011

This week's storytime - PENGUINS!

I hope everyone is getting excited! This week's storytime will be on Thursday 1/20/2011 at 10:30am again at the great Book Spot in Round Rock!

This week's storytime is inspired by PENGUINS!  We'll again have a few great stories, songs, and craft!

I hope you can make it!

Until then!
Ms. Vanessa

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Snowman StoryTime @ The Book Spot 1/13/2011

I was so very excited and nervous for my first storytime at The Book Spot today, 1/13/2011!  I was so honored to have some friends show up to support me and I think they (and their children) enjoyed the storytime! YAY!

In case you didn't know - Snowmen are pretty cool!  They were the topic for Today's storytime!  I'll try to keep track of what we are doing during storytime - stories, songs, crafts. :-)

I hope you enjoy!

Of course we had to start with a Welcome song to say Good Morning to all the kiddos!  Then we dove into the world of snowmen!

I read the following books today, and I think they went over pretty well!
Snow Family by Daniel Kirk
Snowmen At Night by Caralyn Buehner
Snow Friends by M Christina Butler and Tina Macnaughton
All You need for a Snowman by Alice Schertle

Even the babies wanted in on the action! ;-) The kids were great listeners!

Songs/Rhymes (Original Authors Unknown):

Five Little Snowmen (sung to: "5 little monkeys")
Five little snowmen riding on the sled (pretend five fingers are sledding)
One fell off and bumped his head (pretend one finger falls off...rub head)
I called Frosty and Frosty said (dial imaginary telephone)
"No more snowmen, riding on that sled!" (say in a deep voice)
Four little snowmen... etc

5 little snowmen: (sung to "5 little pumpkins)
5 little snowmen sitting on the ground, (pat hands on floor)
the first one said; "oh my aren't we round." (make circle with arms)
The second one said; "there are snowflakes in the air." (wiggle fingers above head)
The third one said; "but we don't care." (shrug shoulders)
The fourth one said; "lets run and run and run. (pat hands quickly on the floor)
The fifth one said; "I'm ready for some fun." (smile)
Whew went the wind (blow) and out came the sun (make circle with arms over head)
and the five little snowman knew their fun was done.( pretend your melting)

Disappearing Snowman Cookies
Five cookie snowmen sitting on a tray.
Five cookie snowman smiling all day.
Along came a little child, rubbing his tummy.
One cookie disappeared,
Yum, Yum, Yummy!!

             Repeat to all the cookies are gone.

After Storytime and Songs it was time to do our craft!  Today we decorated our own Snowman Sugar Cookies using raisins, twizzler, M&Ms, Dots, chocolate chips - it was AMAZING!  So much fun!!

I had a blast reading to the kids and am so honored and blessed to have this opportunity!

Lots of fun! Until Next time! :-) 
 Ms. Vanessa