1/25/2020 – Family Storytime – RHYMES
Updated: Aug 10, 2021
1/25/2020 – Family Storytime – RHYMES
Song – Top of the Morning
This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.
Hello Rhyme – Everybody Count One!
Everybody count one, ONE! Storytime has just begun, Everybody count two, TWO! Shake your shoulders, show your shoes, Everybody count three, THREE! Listen very carefully, Everybody count four, FOUR! And put your bottoms on the floor. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GQ_Pd2Yss1k)
Stretch – Two Little Feet Go…
I though this one might make for a good stretch.
Two little hands go clap, clap, clap. (clap hands) A quick little leap up from my chair, (stand up quickly) Two little arms reach high in the air. (stretch arms high) Two little feet go jump, jump, jump, (jump) Two little fists go thump, thump, thump. (pound fists) One little body goes round and round, (twirl around) And one little child sits quietly down. (sit down) https://www.mrcpl.org/blog/2017/03/23/story-time-starter-rhyming
ASL – SING/DANCE/PLAY/FUN
I always teach three or four signs based on our theme in my family storytimes. Check out Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language to learn these signs.
Book – Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? By Eve Bunting
Sometimes, I come across a book and I have to revolve my whole theme around it. This is an oldie but a goodie.
Rhyme – Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down Dance them to the side and dance them all around. Dance them on our shoulders, dance them on your head. Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed! (https://kcls.org/content/dance-your-fingers-up/)
Song – Jump Up, Turn Around by Jim Gill
A little movement song break for the wigglers.
Flannel – Oh Me, Oh My!
I found this one online and I thought it would be silly to do with a flannel.
Oh me, oh my, what will I do? I can’t find a kangaroo to put on my shoe. But I know quite well, and so do you, I don’t need a kangaroo to put on my shoe!
Repeat, with: fox/socks; cat/hat; bear/hair; crocodile/smile and anything else you can think of! https://missmaryliberry.com/2010/01/06/what-rhymes-with-fun/
Book – Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan ThomasYou can’t have a rhyming storytime without this gem!
Prop – Dust Bunny Rhymes
Jan Thomas’ website has printable dust bunnies, so we are going to do a matching game. (http://www.janthomasbooks.com/Home.html)
Rhyme – Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Simple. Classic. You all know it.
Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are? Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are?
Shakers / Song – Down by the Bay by Raffi
We break out those shakers and dance to the music!
Rhyme – If You’re Happy and You Know It
I’ll include this one if we have time but with my speaker, I want to wrap up a little quicker than normal.
Goodbye Rhyme – See You Later Alligator
This is to the tune of Clementine.
See you later, alligator (Wave goodbye) In a while, crocodile Give a hug, ladybug (Hug yourself) Blow a kiss, jellyfish (Blow a kiss) See you soon, big baboon Out the door, dinosaur (March) Take care, polar bear Wave goodbye, butterfly (Wave goodbye) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKUpFtJiyKQ)
Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band
Everyone helps put our shakers away.
Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together
I always put this one on as I go to open the door. Its a nice, slow, peaceful song to wind down on.
How’d it go:
This one went really well. I had a nice range of ages, so there was really a little bit for everyone. A tip – at the end of the Dust Bunny book, everyone like gasped that the vacuum got the dust bunnies. So I told everyone we could save the dust bunnies by helping them rhyme with the props from the authors website I printed out. This seemed to make everyone happy. If you don’t do something like that to save the dust bunnies… I might skip the vacuum page.
That’s all for now!
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