Today was all about learning about Earth HUGE creatures——a LONG, LONG, LONG time ago. Toddler Storytime is my favorite because you never really know what type of group you will get. I had about twenty toddlers who had a great time ROAR——ING!
Opening Hello Song
I introduced the letter “D” on the magnetic board and asked the toddlers what was the phonetic sound. I asked for words——and then I spelled D-I-N-O.
5 enormous dinosaurs letting out a roar, one went away and then there were 4
4 enormous dinosaurs crashing down a tree, one went away then there were 3
3 enormous dinosaurs eating tiger stew, one went away and then there were 2
2 enormous dinosaurs trying to run, one ran away and then there was 1
1 enormous dinosaur afraid to be a hero, Ran away fast and then there was 0
1st Book: Shape by Shape by Sue MacDonald
(Sing “I’m a Little Teapot.” Then…)
I’m a mean old Dinosaur, Big and Tall (let’s see your mean face!)
Here is my tail and here is my claw. When I get all hungry my tummy gets sore.
Listen to me I’m going to Roar!
2nd Book: Dinosoaring by Deb Lund
(Sing first verse of “The Wheels on the Bus.” Then…)
The Pterodactlys wings went Flap, Flap, Flap. All around the swamp.
The Triceratops horns went Poke, Poke, Poke. All around the swamp.
The Brontosaurus went Munch, Munch, Munch. All around the swamp.
The Dinosaurs lived long ago, when life on Earth began.
Some were tall (gesture high), Some were small (gesture low).
Some liked water (gesture swimming), Some liked land (gesture hand/knee walking).
Pterodactyls had leathery wings (gesture flying). The Brontosaurus had a long neck.
But the nosiest, loudest dinosaur of them all was the Tyrannosaurus Rex (heavy roaring)!
We also did a Dino-Dance because toddlers are antsy. I did not do all of these rhymes——or I would modify them based on their attention spans. :]
3rd Book: Dino Bitesby Algy Craig Hall
This book had the parents giggling and laughing——and the kids were REALLY focused on the images and sparse words! It was A LOT of fun——and the parents really liked the ending!
1 little, 2 little, 3 little dinosaurs…10 little dinosaurs swish their tails, chomp their jaws,
and let out a giant roar!!!
Good-Bye Song: If you’re happy and you know it!
Craft: Dino-Puppet. The kids colored a dinosaur outline, decorated, added googly eyes, cut it out, and glued it to a Popsicle stick. I think if I do this storytime again——I will have them create a dinosaur using the letter “D” as its body.
Reviews: Half of the toddlers had went to a recently new museum exhibit on dinosaurs, so the parents were ecstatic that the storytime was dino-themed. The kids attention span was fantastic and if they were antsy——we did motions or I switched to a song to expel some of their energy!
The Fault In Our Stars by John Green
You love John Green. Of course you do. Now go love these:
Ask The Passengers by A.S. King for love against the odds
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for all-consuming romance
The Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson for love in the face of grief
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz for philosophising about life
Well, that’s is a cool tumblr. (By the way I have read all four of these books and liked them all very much.)
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Today, I had been scheduled to do Saturday storytime…and it completely slipped my mind. Five minutes before—-I gathered necessary materials to execute my storytime.
I think that I subconsciously knew I had a storytime becuase of the outfit I chose to wear for work.
Yes, I do selfies—-it’s okay because they’ve made a video of that. One day I’ll invest in tripod equipment that will make it “not” look like I take selfies. :)
To the point at hand: I love using those magnetic whiteboards/feltboards.
I placed my magnetic storytime song lyrics (for hello & goodbye song) & letters on the board:
I usually place the first letter only and ask the kids to tell me words that begin with the letter “W.”
I usually also give them the phonic sounds—-and I got a lot of whales and wheels—-but no wind.
I taught them the American Sign Language sign for Wind. The songs they enjoyed singing (I even had a baby bouncing up & down) to
Dance Like Falling Leaves (tune of Brother John)
Dance Like Falling Leaves, Dance Like Falling Leaves
In the air, In the air
Whirling Twirling Falling Leaves
Whirling Twirling Falling Leaves
Here and there. Here and there.
W-I-N-D-Y (tune of Bingo)
There was a time when it was cold and windy was the weather…
The three stories read:
My felt people are not anywhere near Jenna’s quality. Jenna is a children’s librarian who has awesome storytime blogs that I visit to *cough* steal *cough* her ideas.
Futhermore, her amazing ability to make felt characters always amazes me. As you can tell—-I am struggling and will probably never achieve that level of felt greatness. I also stole her craft idea——or should I say borrowed and had the kids “bling” out with shape stickers, jewels, and other such bedazzle pieces.
I adapt storytimes as I go because ‘family’ storytimes always consist of everything from babies until pre-school/kindergarten age for me. I always had more songs (stories) in my repertoire and sometimes I make some last minute choices of what to sing/read depending on the time.
The teacher in me is constantly assessing kids engagement by their involvement in singing—-and their listening. I had kids who wanted to help blow off (remove) the letters of Windy while we sang and clapped. I had kids who would intentionally scoot closer or eyes would widen when I used inflections to tell the felt story. I even had other children who wanted to help take off the felt characters. :]
I had a parent explain to me that her daughters listen to books in the car and she reads chapter books to them—-and I told her that completely helps with nurturing an active imagination. I like watching the wheels turning in children’s heads as they imagine or create a place in their head from the simple structure of felt. It makes me feel wonderful to be tool for childhood development.
I finally found out what toastmaster sessions are all about. I’m definitely going to join, and I found myself captivated about a speaker who had to engage us in a speech of “Goodwill.” She focused the speech about how we as job professionals (especially in management, or interested in management) need to practice the art of listening.
She used Isay’s Listening Is An Act of Love and explained why we need to practice listening.
I’m a TERRIBLE listener. I LOVE to talk. I can make excuses of ‘why I’m like that’ but that doesn’t help the problem. It also doesn’t help when I mutter, I’m going to listen better next time—-or I’ll actually trrryyy to be apt in listening intently to what people I love are saying.
Well, I figure the only way that works is if you HAVE a plan to be a better listener. Actual have a process to be a better listener.
1) Stop Cutting People OFF! Stay in the silent lane!
I get excited EASILY! I get so excited to ‘jump into a conversation’—-that (it’s probably why I’m also a terrible driver) I LOVE to cut people out. It’s rude. and I figured——I need to count a bit (maybe even to 10) and let people finish.
2) SAY NO to Technology.
I’m a terrible multi-tasker when it comes to holding conversations and playing Candy Crush. I mean maybe some people are apt at actively engaging while they do a bizillion mindless things—-but I’m not that way. I can multi-task with 40 tabs——but listening while I do that?! My co-workers have to attest that they pause and wait until my eyes are “away from the screen” so they make sure I’m listening. I just finished watching a Parks & Recreation where Tom gets all his electronics taken away by the judge. Yeah——no more talking while playing simulation games.
3) Be there. Where?! Everywhere? No. Here. In the moment.
I’m usually thinking 40 different things when some people start talking to me. I’m going to work on closely listening when I’m engaging in conversation even and not drift away——farrrr away, like I have plenty of times in class.
I’m going to start there——and see if the people around me notice listening improvements. ;) I’ve acknowledged that I’ve had a problem——now I actually need to work on “fixing” the problem!
Many K-12 schools struggle to implement new educational standards with old technology, outdated skills.