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!"

Storytime For Twos: March 25, 2014

Storytime For Twos was a combination of energy, fun, and silliness this past week at the Westport Library.  

After our opening song, Come Along And Sing With Me, we got right into reading with the laugh-out-loud book Animals Should Definitely Not Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett.

We were then ready to read about spring, so we selected Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit by Il Sung Na, a story about a rabbit who changes his appearance with the seasons.

Our last book of the day, I Spy on the Farm by Edward Gibbs was a real crowd pleaser!  The kids loved guessing what animals were going to appear on the pages - and making the animal sounds to go with the story.

We then practiced colors, counting, and matching skills this week with our felt board activity Funny Feet.  

Before ending Storytime For Twos, we also sang Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes, which gave the children an opportunity to move around and use their singing voices before winding down with our closing song, Do You Know What Time It Is.

Join us for Storytime For Twos at the Westport Library - Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m.  We would love to see you there!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Preschool Storytime: Show Me The Word!

Show Me The Word was the theme of Preschool Storytime last week, and it was all about learning new words!

For each book that we read, the children learned one new word along with a corresponding action to demonstrate the meaning of the word.

For example, our first book of the day was One Busy Day by Lola M. Schaefer, a wonderful story about the special bond between a brother and a sister.  

From this story, we learned the word imagination.  When we said the word out loud, we put our hands on our head and then stretched out our hands and arms upward to represent all the great thoughts we were "imagining" in our minds.

Our next book was the non-fiction selection, Does A Camel Cook Spaghetti? by Harriet Ziefert.  We learned a lot about what different animals eat and how they prepare their food in this informative story.  

Our new word from this page-turner was territory.  Once we learned that territory meant, "a certain area or place," whenever we said the word, we pointed to the area around us and identified it as our "storytime territory."

Our third book of the day was entitled, How To by Julie Morstad.  This is a great book for getting kids to think about all the wonderful little things that happen and should be appreciated in everyday life.

The word from this book was disappear. Most of the kids already knew this word, but whenever we said it, we would put our hands over our eyes (to make them disappear.)

We then took a break from reading and played the game Pick 10.  For this fun activity, we drew ten index cards from our "Pick 10 Bag."  One task was listed on each card.  We then had to perform all ten tasks in order.  Our ten activities included:  

  1.  Show everyone your best smile
  2.  Count to 20
  3.  If you are wearing red or blue, shout hooray!
  4.  Say your favorite food out loud
  5.  Wiggle your nose for 3 seconds
  6.  Act like a chicken
  7.  Say your name out loud
  8.  Make a funny face
  9.  Tell us the name of your favorite book
10.  Sing the alphabet song

Our last book of the day was the wacky story of When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach.  This had the kids laughing and learning their last word for the day - boring - which this book absolutely was not!  After learning the definition of boring, we put our hands on our faces and gave our best, "We don't have anything to do" faces to show what boring means.

For a musical activity this week, we chose to do the song, The Body Part Game From Greg and Steve's CD, Shake, Rattle and Rock.   This activity was almost like musical Twister as the song had us touching our elbows to our knees and our wrists to our ankles, but it was a lot of fun!

Our storytime movie was Guess How Much I Love You: Favorite Thing, a cute adventure about family and friendship.

Join us for Preschool Storytime next Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. when our theme will be "On The Go!"