Program of the Week – Storytime -Three Billy Goats Gruff

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   Introducing a new feature here at Story Time with Jen
“Program of the Week”

    Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a school age program even programs for teens. Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.
My program this week:  Preschool Story Time
For my preschool story time’s I start with a great book and then build the program around it. I generally use the same songs, and rhymes over the course of a session, but if you’d like me to include them for next week I can.
The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff
Books used:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Featured Book
      Whose food is this?  Steve Jenkins
Fabulous Flannel Board Source (used for retelling) :
It’s amazing how quickly the children learned “The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff”
For the closing activity for this program we made troll grass heads:
cotton balls
grass seeds
items for decorating
pantyhose/nylon socks
1. Cut the ends of pantyhose (I get pairs from the $ store)
2. Have the kids sprinkle grass seed in the bottom of the pantyhose
3. Add the cotton balls
4. Tie it closed and shape into a head
5. Have the kids decorate.
When the kids get home they can add water to their cup, and place their troll head inside. Put it in a sunny spot.  They will love telling you the following week about how their “Troll’s Hair” is growing:)
I’m looking forward to reading about your programs. Link up below and leave a comment.

Top Ten Picture Books

Weekly Meme/Feature
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish.
Each week we are invited to post a list of ten ten picks on a variety of book related topics.
 This week is a rewind post- so the topic is open….
My list this week:  Top Ten Picture Books     

Rhyming Dust Bunnies
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas.
Actually any book by Jan Thomas, they are hilarious!
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes
Pete the Cat-I Love My White Shoes. I am in love with this book and all things Pete the Cat.
The Maggie B
The Maggie B by Irene Haas.
The earliest memory I have of my mom is her reading this book to me.
The Kiss That Missed
The Kiss that Missed by David Melling.
My son’s favourite book when he was age 3.
My all time favourite book for story time.
Shark In The Park
Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt. So much fun, perfect to read out loud to large groups.
Smelly Socks
Smelly Socks by Robert Munsch. My favourite by this Canadian treasure.
The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind: An Aesop's Fable
The Contest Between the Sun and the Wind. I love this classic Aesop’s fable.
The illustrations in this are incredible.
Stuck by Oliver Jeffers. This book is amazing.
Also I have a giant crush on the brilliant (and dreamy) author.
How to Catch a Star
How to Catch a Star by Oliver Jeffers. (see reason above)
Thanks for stopping by, be sure to leave a link so that I can visit your lists.

Bubble Songs -Workshop

Workshop Pics
(picture source Flickr Commons)

I realized during my last workshop that I didn’t include the bubble songs I used for bubble time during the workshop!
Here are two of my favourites:

Catch a Bubble: (tune if you’re happy & you know it)

Can you catch a little bubble on your finger*?
Can you catch a little bubble on your finger?
Can you catch a little bubble, no it won’t be any trouble
Can you catch a little bubble on your finger?

-*replace with nose, head, toe etc to add more verses

Counting Bubbles

1 little, 2 little, 3 little bubbles,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little bubbles,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little bubbles
10 little bubbles going pop pop pop!

Site for Bubbles: Gymboree
Someone also mentioned this bubble machine works well too: Bubble Machine

A big thank you to all of you who attended the workshops! I loved spending time with you!


Book of the Week: Red Knit Cap Girl Review

Lovely Illustrations
Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop
Published by Little Brown Books for Young Readers June 5th 2012
Provided by the publisher for review
Red Knit Cap Girl is a little girl with a big dream — to meet the Moon.

Red Knit Cap Girl lives with her animal friends in an enchanted forest. There is so much to see and do, but more than anything Red Knit Cap Girl wishes she could talk to the Moon. Join Red Knit Cap Girl and her forest friends on a journey of curiosity, imagination, and joy as they search for a way to meet the Moon.

My Thoughts:

Some books lend themselves to reading a loud to large groups in story time and others are perfect for sharing one on one with your little one. Red Knit Cap Girl, is one of those. Quiet, poignant and lovely, the Red Knit Cap Girl seeks the help of her friends who each have their own idea on how to find and speak to the moon.  The illustrations are incredible. Created on wood grain the images are colour rich, and full of texture. I especially loved the pages that incorporated text images.-stunning. 

The author and illustrator Naoko Stoop has an Etsy shop and a website where she sells lovely note cards and a few other things.
I didn’t realize until I visited her website that she designs my favourite line of note cards that I frequently buy at Chapters.
Naoko Brown Paper Bag Notes