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Ukulele in Storytime: 5 Green and Speckled Frogs

9 Aug

Like most people, I think I sound weird when listening to or watching myself. But maybe it won’t sound weird to you. The latest, seriously overdue, edition of ukulele in storytime features “5 Green and Speckled Frogs” which is, in my world, a storytime staple. So get out your ukes, friends, and learn the D chord with me if you don’t already know it!

¡El Pollo!; aka, the most fun movement activity en español EVER.

10 Sep

Some of the best storytime activities are the simplest. This is one of them. It basically names the parts of the chicken, rhythmically. I tried it out with my new class of Spanish-only kiddos and they LOVED it. LOVED.

I learned it from my colleague Alberto, and here’s a video of him performing it:

This is the text:

El pollo! (clap hands together)

El pollo con una pata (step one foot forward)

El pollo con la otra pata (step other foot forward)

El pollo con su piquito (hand in front of mouth like beak)

El pollo con sus alitas (move arms like wings)

El pollo con su colita (turn around and shake tail)

The rhyme doesn’t work as well in English, but it can be done. Here’s Alberto again:

And the words:

The chicken! (clap hands together)

The chicken with one leg (step one foot forward)

The chicken with the other leg (step other foot forward)

The chicken with his beak (hand in front of mouth like beak)

The chicken with his wings (move arms like wings)

The chicken shakes his tail (turn around and shake tail)

You can do it again faster, slower, and without words. It’s a good time! ¡Que disfruten!

Go! Bananas! Go! Go! Bananas!

7 Nov

On Monday I read Miss Amy’s wonderful post about rhymes to use when your storytime group gets the wiggles. I especially liked how she divided them by wiggle-level – low, medium, and high – and the great rhymes she shared. It was especially timely as that afternoon I was co-teaching a
Bananastorytime training, and part of our curriculum was on dealing with disruptions – like the wiggles. I printed copies of the post and shared them with all attendees. Thanks, Amy!

One of the songs she mentions is the one that begins “form a banana…” and it reminded me of one I heard from a friend at Denver Public Library. I went looking online for that one, and instead found this gem. I’ve since used it with several classes and it’s been a hit with both kids and teachers. Love that it includes the word “shuck” – yay for new vocabulary! Plus, it’s just darn fun (and this woman gets an A+ for enthusiasm!) – the mashed potato part is my fave!:

I Take It as a Compliment

21 Mar

The preschoolers are very sweet (mostly), and very forthcoming with their compliments, praise, and, at times, rejection (they have very little in the way of filters). They often tell me I’m silly, and I take that as a high compliment.

Today, after reading Mo Willems’ Can I Play Too?, a boy said I was “the silliest little story reader he’d ever heard.”

Wow. Thanks! Can I get that on a business card?

Someday, My Prince Will Come…to Storytime

22 Feb

I had my frog puppet, Freddy, with me at storytime yesterday. That’s probably why a preschooler felt the need to ask me this:

“Have you ever been kissed by a frog?”

Uh…shouldn’t that be the other way around?

 

This is not a Lionel Richie song.

15 Feb

Today’s edition of “things preschoolers say”:

I had just arrived at a school. The kids saw me from a distance and one said “it’s Miss Mary!”

A young lady immediately responded with “that’s not Miss Mary, that’s a lady.”

Presented without comment.

*Cue thumping bass* “I’m Elmo and I Know It”

6 Feb

Are you familiar with the band LMFAO? They’re current chart-toppers and popular with the young folks, I’m told. Actually, I’m aware of them as my Zumba instructor has used their songs in our workouts, and I kinda enjoy their silly tongue-in-cheek take on dance music.

I was talking with my friend Kia about them and she asked if I had seen the Elmo (you know, Elmo? From Sesame Street?) parody of their song “I’m Sexy and I Know It” – “I’m Elmo and I Know It.” I hadn’t and when she sent me the link this morning I watched it immediately.

HIGH-LARIOUS, people, especially if you’re familiar with the original. The folks at Sesame Street had nothing to do with this, but the girl who sings sounds an awful lot like the furry red monster himself! I’m especially partial to Elmo’s dance moves, myself. Enjoy:

 

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