ABC & 123!

Here are the songs and activities we will be using this May!
(Reminder: No Story Time 6/1!)

Our opening, closing and counting songs that we use every week can be found HERE!

Finger Rhyme:

Let’s take a look at this book,
Here is the cover,
We open it wide,
Here are all the pages hidden inside,
There are words and pictures,
We look and we look,
And when we are finished,
We close up the book!

(Source: Jbrary)

Song:

The Alphabet Song! Continue reading

Itsy Bitsy Concepts

This April Itsy Bitsy Story Time focuses on CONCEPTS and OPPOSITES! Concepts are key to early language and reading development and they are learned in pairs that are opposites! For more information on this fascinating developmental milestone, check out this Super Duper Handy Handout!

Here are the songs and rhymes we will use this month:

Finger Rhyme: This is Big!

This is big, big, big. (Stretch hands far to side)
This is small, small, small. (Cup hands together over lap)
This is short, short, short. (Hold palms horizontally, close)
This is tall, tall, tall. (Hold palms horizontally, far apart)
This is fast, fast, fast. (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow. (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes. (nod)
This is no, no, no! (shake head) Continue reading

2015 Mock Caldecott – Better Late than Never!

Trying something a little new… a bit of a Story Time re-think… re-vamp… some of our Wiggleworms who are approaching (or have just hit) the age of FIVE are not having FUN with a couple of our routines, which just won’t do! So this week (well, it was a few weeks ago – I am still catching up here!) we tried reading more than one book in a row *gasp* cut back on our songs and chants, brought back the craft… and it worked great. Sometimes a change is as good as a break and in this case we have had both, haven’t we?!?

The 2015 Caldecott Awards for the most distinguished American picture book for children were awarded earlier in the week, but the Wiggleworms didn’t know that¬† – so I selected FIVE books that had been on many other Story Time short lists, including the book that won this year’s award. After a brief explanation of the awards we decided we would have our own vote.

Here are the books:

BOOK: Nana in the City
by Lauren Castillo
Nana in the City

This sweet and gentle book shows a beautiful relationship between grandmother and grandchild. Set in New York City the artwork is stunning and the story is very sweet.  The kids loved the cape and were very attentive. Continue reading