Archive | January, 2012

OPENING SONG | “So Happy You’re Here” by Hap Palmer

16 Jan

A brilliant way to start storytime! Thanks, Mr. Palmer!

SO HAPPY YOU’RE  HERE

Sing Doo wah doo, Tra la la, Yo-dle-ay, Sha na na
Hi dee hi, Howdy doo
It’s all a funny way to say, “We’re glad you’re here today!”

Now give yourself a pat on the back
Reach out and shake your own hand
Give a gentle squeeze to say you’re pleased We’re so happy you’re here today, today We’re so happy you’re here today

Sing Fee fi fo, Fiddly dee
Shooby doo, Golly gee
Skizzamaroo, An a hi to you
Now turn and face someone and say, “We’re glad you’re here today!”

Now give someone a pat on the back Reach out and shake a hand
Give a gentle squeeze to say you’re pleased We’re so happy you’re here today, today We’re so happy you’re here today

Activity:
This is a song to warm up our voices and welcome everyone to music and movement time. Listen to each funny phrase, then sing it back like an echo. During the first chorus, give yourself a pat on the back, shake your own hand, and give yourself a hug and squeeze. During the second chorus, give someone else a pat on the back, shake her/his hand, and give that person a gentle squeeze to say, “We’re so happy you’re here today!”

Instrumental:
Make up your own funny phrases. Write them on the board, then sing the song using your ideas. You can also create a funny motion that goes with each phrase and play follow the leader

PDF > OPENING SONG: So Happy You’re Here by Hap Palmer

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CLOSING SONG | “I Love My Library”

15 Jan

I adapted “London Bridge” to create my closing song for storytimes:

I LOVE MY LIBRARY

(Tune: “London Bridge”)

 

Now it’s time to say goodbye,

say goodbye, say goodbye.

Now it’s time to say goodbye —

Un-til … next time!

 

See you at the library,

library, library.

See you at the library —

I love my li-brar-y!

 

Everybody, one more time!

CLOSING SONG: I Love My Library – PDF

PUPPETS | Introducing Chester Brown

8 Jan

New to the game of children’s librarianship, I watched an amazing puppet performance by a colleague — a fellow guybrarian — whom I truly respect.

After the show, I asked his advice about puppets. His words: “Choose one and stick to it. Develop its personality and you’re set for any show.” I asked him how long he’s had his “special friend” and he responded: “Thirty-five years.” Solid advice from a pro.

So, without further ado, I present my one and only “special friend” (other puppets may come and go for special occasions, but this guy is the main attraction at my storytimes) — Mr. Chester Brown, from Guilford, Surrey, England.

 

FLASHCARD STORY | Cosmic Panda: Chapter Two

8 Jan

Ta da! …

Introducing the second installment of THE INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES of COSMIC PANDA.

If you’d like to read about Cosmic Panda’s intergalactic adventures, click on the PDF at the end of the post (please be patient while it downloads — the story is 62 cards long).

I’ve formatted the story to print double-sided so that you can read the story on the back whilst showing the picture front to your audience:

I hope you enjoy COSMIC PANDA and I invite your feedback.

Peacecakes!

… lots of giraffes!

FLASHCARD STORY | Cosmic Panda: Chapter One

8 Jan

In a previous post I wrote that I really liked YouTube’s “Cosmic Panda” Beta release graphic of a supercute panda and that I wanted to archive him for posterity by turning him into a flashcard story.

Ta da! …

Introducing the first installment of THE INTERGALACTIC ADVENTURES of COSMIC PANDA.

If you’d like to read about Cosmic Panda’s intergalactic adventures, click on the PDF logo at the end of the post (please be patient while it downloads — the story is 45 cards long).

I’ve formatted the story to print double-sided so that you can read the story on the back whilst showing the picture front to your audience:

I hope you enjoy COSMIC PANDA and I invite your feedback.

(BTW, Chapter 2, “Trouble at the Double Helix,” is  in production. Stay tuned for its début on Guybrarian in the supernear future.)

Space Bunny!

… lots of penguins!

EXTRAS FOR STORYTIME:

Note that the dialogue in COSMIC PANDA is in script form. To liven things up, I’ve made a character chart and stick puppets. Before I start the story, I go over the characters using the chart and then pass out the sticks (multiple copies of each).

Whenever a character in the story has a speaking role, the members of the audience with that character stick hold up their  character. In a few places, up  to four characters speak at once. Try it — it’s fun!

To wrap things up, I hand out a Cosmic Panda colouring sheet and button.

PDF > FLASHCARD: Cosmic Panda Character Card 

PDF > STICK PUPPETS: Cosmic Panda – Main Characters for Chapters 1 + 2

PDF  > COLOURING SHEET: Cosmic Panda – Fill in the Stars

BUTTONS!


CHANTS | The Hippopotamus Chant

5 Jan

“Mooooooove over!”

A Hippopotamus

A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got up, got up, got up on a bus
And all the people on the bus said,
“Oh, you’re squishing me.”

A cow, a cow, got up on the bus
A cow, a cow, got up on the bus
And all the people on the bus said,
“Mooooooove over.”

A snake, a snake, got up on the bus
A snake, a snake got up on the bus
And all the people on the bus said,
“Ssssssssit down.”

A sheep, a sheep, got up on the bus
A sheep, a sheep, got up on the bus
And all the people on the bus said,
“Baaaaack up.”

PDF > CHANTS: The Hippopotamus Chant

FLASHCARDS | Shapes

4 Jan

I really liked the way my little felt monsters turned out and decided to photograph some close-ups of the little guys’ ID shapes and turn them into flashcards. PDF below.

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Circle Square Triangle Rectangle Diamond Heart

PDF > FLASHCARDS: Circle Square Triangle

FINGERPLAY | Five Little Monkeys Sitting In a Tree

2 Jan

I really like this one!

Five Little Monkeys Sitting In a Tree

5 little monkeys sitting in a tree,

Teasing Mr. Crocodile:

“You can’t catch me!”

Along comes Mr. Crocodile,

Silent as can be.

And …

Snap!

4 little monkeys …

3 little monkeys …

2 little monkeys …

1 little monkey …

And no more monkeys.

And away swims Mr. Crocodile,

As full as he can be!

VIDEO INSTRUCTIONS:

PDF > FINGER PLAY – 5 Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

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