Monday, April 21, 2014

Preschool Storytime: To The Rescue

Did someone say help?  Maybe that's because the Preschool Storytime theme this week was To The Rescue.

We read lots of good books:

We also made some music together.  First was the ABC Rap.  Then we did the Nursery Rhyme Rap which included Humpty Dumpty, Old Mother Hubbard, Jack and Jill and Pat-A-Cake.  Both songs were a great way for us to practice rhythm.

Our storytime movie this week was I Lost My Bear.

Afterward, our time was up for the day and we were singing goodbye.

Join us for Preschool Storytime next Tuesday morning when our theme will be What's New.  All of our books will be new releases.   

Storytime For Twos: April 15, 2014

Tuesday mornings wouldn't be complete without Storytime For Twos at the Westport Library.  

This week, to warm up before our opening song, we played the "Tickle Game."  Whenever a part of the body was called out, we would tickle ourselves there.  This week, we learned new parts of the body including ankles, shins, calves, thighs, spine, forearms, knuckles, and forehead.

We also read some great books:

After reading My Garden, we were inspired to do a flower felt board activity which allowed us to practice colors in a fun way.

Then, before we knew it, our time was up and we were singing our goodbye song.

Join us for our next Storytime for Twos at 9:30 on Tuesday morning at the Westport Library.  

Happy Reading!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Preschool Storytime: All About Animals

Another week...another awesome Preschool Storytime at the Westport Library - this time with an All About Animals theme.  

We read some great books:

We had fun with felt board activities including the telling of the classic tale I Know An Old Lady and singing our way through The Seals On The Bus.

We also combined drawing, stuffed animals, puppets and storytelling in Monkey Face - a story about a little monkey who creates a picture of his mother to give to her for her birthday.  

Unfortunately, Little Monkey's friends come along beforehand and suggest big changes to his "masterpiece" (i.e. elephant thinks she needs a longer nose, sheep thinks she needs lots of thick curly hair, frog thinks she needs big eyes) until it looks completely silly.  In the end, Mommy Monkey loves the picture anyway simply because Little Monkey made it for her.  

Our movie this week was a collection of three Lorax mini-movies, which the kids loved!

Join us for Preschool Storytime next time (Tuesday mornings at 10:00) when our theme will be To The Rescue!

Storytime For Twos: April 8, 2014

It's hard to believe that another week has gone by and another Storytime For Twos at the Westport Library is over, but it's true.  

Here are the highlights of our time together on April 8:

We read:

We also combined singing and a felt board activity with The Seals On The Bus.  This was really fun because as the bus got more crowded, the kids giggled and got super excited about what would happen next.

Join us every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. for Storytime For Twos.  It's fun, it's educational, and it's a chance for you and your children to enjoy some great books together.  See you then!

Monday, April 7, 2014

Preschool Storytime: Outside The Box

Preschool Storytime this past week was a bit unusual.  

Instead of our regular books being displayed on our storytime table, we came in and found a mysterious box with a note attached from the Storytime Fairy.  The note said that everything we needed to have a wonderful "Outside The Box" storytime was inside the box.  

When we opened the box, we found the storytime fairy was right - we had books and activities to make our "Outside The Box" storytime one of the best ones ever!  The books included:

Our activities were the felt board game Fox In The Box and the animal guessing game What's In The Box.  

For Fox In The Box, I hid the fox under one of the boxes and said: “Little Fox, little fox, are you under the blue box?” (repeat with each color they guess until you find the fox.) 

For What's In The Box, we had a box filled with stuffed animals.  I would say, “Here is a box where something is hid
, I wonder whatever is under the lid.
 Let’s listen for a shout
, and see who comes out!”

I then reached in the box (using the lid as a shield so the kids couldn’t see.)  I chose an animal and then made that animal’s sound.  For the dog I barked, for the snake I hissed, for the duck I quacked…. and so on.  The kids then had to guess the animal before I showed it to them.

Out storytime movie was Too Many Toys, based on the book by David Shannon.

Are you looking for a fun and educational storytime for you and your child to attend?  

If so, join us for Preschool Storytime next Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. when our theme will be All About Animals. We'll see you there!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Storytime For Twos: April 1, 2014

Storytime For Twos this past week was bustling with reading activity.  

We began with Say Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy - which had the kids saying hello in animal talk! 

We then enjoyed another crowd pleaser - Maisy's First Colors by Lucy Cousins.  This quick little board book was a great way to practice colors and enjoy a story at the same time - and that's exactly what we did!

Our last book of the day might have been our favorite - I Spy Pets by Edward Gibbs.  The kids loved guessing what animals were going to appear on the pages, plus it helped them practice making predictions.

We also did the felt board activity, Where's My Dog?  

In this game, the kids were asked, "Where's my dog?  Has anyone seen my dog?"  

They would then look around the room and reply, "No."  

While they were looking around, a picture of an animal would be placed on the felt board, and I would say, "Oh, here's my dog.  Is this a dog?"  

Of course, the kids would giggle and say, "That's not a dog, that's a pig, or a horse (or whatever animal picture I put on the board). We would then make the sound of that animal.  This happened several times, until at last, we found the dog and barked with joy!

After all that excitement, we sang Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with corresponding hand movements to relax before singing our goodbye song and ending our time together.

Why don't you join us for Storytime For Twos?  It's every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m.  Don't miss out on all the fun!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Preschool Storytime: On The Go!

This week, our theme for Preschool Storytime was perfect for three and four-year-olds - On The Go!

After singing our welcome song, we started with Moo! by David LaRochelle.  

This book about a bad-driving cow may only have one word - moo - but somehow this story makes it the funniest and most action-packed word in animal vocabulary!

Our next selection was Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper - a fast-paced story about Little Green and Little Red learning how to get along - that is until a stranger rolls into town - Little Yellow!

We then switched gears and read a sweet father/son bonding story entitled, Piggy and Dad Go Fishing by David Martin - a book which has Piggy showing Dad how to catch fish in a whole new way.  

It was then time for a felt board activity, and we chose Funny Feet because it allowed us to not only practice colors, but counting and matching skills as well.

Mitchell's License by Hallie Durand was our next book, which has a young boy treating his father like a speedy sports car.

Ben Rides On by Matt Davies was also a favorite with the preschool crowd this week - mostly because of its happy ending.

Our last book of the day was The Pigeon Loves Things That Go! by Mo Willems and involves a pigeon that would do just about anything to be able to drive a bus, a train…. or anything else that goes!

For a little music and movement activity, we chose Toe Leg Knee from Jim Gill's CD Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee.  We had a blast trying to keep up with the song.

Our movie this past week was Max and Ruby: Max Goes Fishing, an adventurous tale that has Max trying to catch more than fish.

Join us for our next Preschool Storytime at the Westport Library when our theme will be "Outside The Box!"