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¡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!

Happy Book Birthday to Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons!

1 May

I am in possession of a copy of this book RIGHT NOW and I can’t TELL you how excited I am. It’s wonderful! A good match for the first book. And the colors are bright and glorious. Plus there’s a very catchy chant:

I do NOT apologize for getting that stuck in your head. “My buttons, my buttons…”

Trailer Tuesday: The Pigeon Gets a Cookie by Mo Willems

3 Apr

Not much more needs to be said other than: THERE’S A NEW PIGEON BOOK AND IT’S OUT TODAY!!! Pigeons worldwide comment:

(Thanks, Mr. Schu, for pointing out the video!)

*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:

 

Trailer Tuesday: And Then It’s Spring by Julie Fogliano

6 Dec

It’s 11 degrees today here in Colorado. So I’m kinda dreaming of Spring.  And I’m definitely looking forward to this book about Spring, illustrated by Caldecott meadalist Erin Stead! I love the splashes of color, and the story looks like it will be just right for young ones learning about seeds, plants, and weather.

Trailer Tuesday: Lots of Bots! a Counting Pop-Up Book

25 Oct

My preschoolers love pop-ups. Just like pretty much every other kid. I shared David Carter’s One Red Dot with them for a numbers/colors storytime and they LOVED hunting for the dot and shouting “I see it!” when they found it. I used the story as an opportunity for vocabulary building – the kids had to tell me WHERE on the page/structure they found it, and not just point and say “there” (which they are inclined to do).

Now David Carter has come up with another delightful pop-up that I think my kids will love: Lots of Bots! A Counting Pop-Up Book.  Robots and pop-ups. How could learning to count get any more fun?

 

And, to make things THAT MUCH MORE FUN, Random House is taking advantage of how tech savvy today’s generation is by giving us an app based on Lots of Bots, called Bot Garage! It works on iphone, ipad, and ipod touch, and of course I had to have it.  Give your bot arms, legs, a torso and head, and add a background and accessories. At $.99, it’s a steal!

 

Here’s a picture of a bot I created, whom I named “Trixie”:

Trixie

 

 

Trailer Tuesday! The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories by Dr. Seuss

27 Sep

Making it’s debut TODAY is an anthology of previously-unpublished (in book form) stories from Dr. Seuss. These WERE published in magazines, but had been lost until one intrepid Seussiana collector found them and connected with Theodore Geisel’s publisher. See the debut of characters like The Sneetches and Gertrude McFuzz!

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