Thursday, December 15, 2011

You're a Mean One, Miss Megan!

The library decided to join our local parade this year and of course went with a book theme. We chose the Grinch who stole Christmas. With a lot creativity, a little money, and a great committee it turned out AWESOME!

The Grinch Crew

A Grinch Closeup
And with that, Mega Story Time will be taking a Christmas Break and will resume Story Time in January. Can't wait to show you what I have coming up!

Merry Grinchmas and Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mister Owl Story Time

Let the owl puns begin! "Owl" jump right into this week's story time! "WHO" would believe i'd have so much fun! *Gigglesnort*

We started our storytime with WOW! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood. An adorable segue into our topic with a good 'hook' that the kids could enjoy as well as lots of colors.

Ten Little Owls

Next, we utilized some laminated owls I had to sing Ten Little Owls (sitting in a tree tonight). We really had to wiggle our fingers first to warm them up because it is chilly out this morning!

Our next story was Whooo's there? by Mary Serfozo. I would point out the animal on the page and ask the kiddos what it was before reading the paragraph. This was another good one with a repetitive phrase through out which made it rhyme-y.

Five Little Owls

For my "flannel board" story I printed the pictures found here. (Click to download the pdf and the printable that I used as well as the lyrics are on the last two page. However, there are some other great items that can be used in this packet.) and laminated them. I put velcro on the owls that coordinated with spots of velcro on the tree. I pulled each one off one by one as I read the story.
The owl pulled off so you can see the velcro

Finally, our last book has the BEST illustrations in my opinion, The Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na. We pointed out all the different animals and I asked if they could sleep like the animals in the book (One eye open, two eyes open, etc.)

He was a real 'hoot' to make!

Our craft for the day was an owl of their very own. It was a combination of several templates but mostly the one found here (Which will be added later since we have new computers and I can't find the link. :( ).


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Five Little Cookies Flannel/Magnetic Story

Five Little Cookies

(Place the family on the board in the line – Mom, Dad, Sister, and then Brother. I also chose to add the numbers and words beneath the cookies and the family members to give this a little something extra to talk about.)

Five little cookies with frosting galore,
Mother ate one and then there were four. (Move 1 cookie by mom)
Four little cookies, two and two you see,
Father ate one and then there were three. (Move one cookie by dad)
Three little cookies, but before I knew,
Sister ate one and then there were two. (Move one cookie by sister)
Two little cookies, yum, yum, yum,
Brother ate one and then there was one. (Move one cookie by brother)
One little cookie, here I come,
I ate it, now there are none! (Take last cookie off board and hold to chest)

As per usual I found the family members for this flannel board story using clipart on the web. The cookies however were created using Microsoft word. All items were printed and laminated with magnets on the back. I also typed up 1-5 and the words Mother, Father, Sister, & Brother in word in a colorful font in order to associate them with the pictures. I had the kiddos and parents help me count the cookies before the rhyme as well as after.