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Family Storytime: Hello Winter!

Hi Guys, it is now officially winter and so let’s all say hello to winter in this family storytime for all ages!

  1. Song – Top of the Morning

  2. This is a fun tune and great for waking up and doing a little stretching. It’s called Top of the Morning.

  3. Hello Rhyme – Say Hello

  4. This is a great rhyme for saying hello because we get to do it in so many fun ways!

  5. Stretch – Simon Says

  6. This is a great way to get the kids up and moving.

  7. ASL – SNOW / COLD / WINTER

  8. I always teach my group a few American Sign Language signs to go with every theme. This is great to help frustrated little ones communicate but it also helps make our world a better place by fostering communication with each other. We have a large deaf community near my library so learning just a few signs are great! I usually use Signing Savvy or Baby Sign Language.

  9. Book – Polar Opposites by Erik Brooks OR Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

  10. I haven’t decided which one of these I am going to use yet. I am going to gauge my audience the day of.

  1. Rhyme – Snowflake, Snowflake in the Sky

  2. Another fun one from Jbrary with simple movements and a nice rhyme.

  3. Song – Snow on the Rooftops by Kathy Reid-Naiman

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  1. Magnet/White Board – The First Day of Winter by Karma WilsonFor this one, I am going to draw my snowman body on the white board and add my magnets as I “sing” the story to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas. This should be interesting.

  2. This is a game my mom taught me. You put the kids to sleep by saying: “sleeping, sleeping a

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  1. Book/Puppets – Oh! by Kevin HenkesI’m getting more into puppets, which is perfect for this book because it is a little small. So the puppets will add nicely to the story.

  2. Rhyme w/props – The Winter Hokey Pokey

  3. I intend to bring in mittens and gloves and add on each garment as we do that part of the hokey pokey.

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  1. Song/Shakers – Jingle Bells

  2. Why not shake to Jingle Bells, that is the question.

  3. Movement Exercise – If You’re Happy and You Know It

  4. I tell the kids that I want to know how happy they are.

  5. Rhyme – Say Goodbye

  6. This is the same rhyme we started with, so the new guys are familiar with it by the end of storytime.

  7. Song – Clean It Up! by The Laurie Berkner Band

  8. Everyone helps put our shakers away

  9. Song – Goodbye, So Long, Farewell my Friends by Music Together

  10. 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 cracked me up! First, I changed up my intro and exit a bit and tried some random rhymes I found the other day. I’ll post about them later. And then I totally butchered The First Day of Winter with my singing and everyone was cracking up with me about it. The kids might have been confused but the parents got a kick out of it. ALSO, the kids kept stealing my magnets so my snowman didn’t come out quite right.

Finally, a woman after the program came up to me and asked me if I was an opera singer because I was SO LOUD! hahahahahaha! Made my day.

All and all, this was a really fun storytime!

That’s all for now!

-M-

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