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Storytime Program: Bear Feels Sick


 

Bear Feels Sick

I love using this story time program with my preschool groups. The featured book is Karma Wilson’s Bear Feel’s Sick and I use the other books to support the concept of  how we can care for others as well as keeping those pesky germs to ourselves.

After reading Bear Feels Sick, we re-enact the story together. I bring out a teddy bear who has the sniffles and lay out the props from the story-all things to help bear feel better. I ask the children if they remember what the animals did in the story to help bear feel better? I invite them to come up, choose and item (i.e. Tissue) and use it on bear. They love caring for bear and it’s also a great opportunity to see if they recall the order in the story and how the items were used.

Song:  Aside from my traditional Opening/closing song routine, in this program we share:

*John Brown’s Baby (tune of Glory Glory Hallelujah) 

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo) -(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo)-(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo)-(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

So he rubbed it with camphorated oil which is just like Vicks. -(Rub Chest)*

Start song slowly and then speed up faster and faster as you go.

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo by E.S. Redmond is the story of a sick little girl who has the flu, sneezes and coughs in her hands and then proceeds to touch everything in her path, spreading the germs and a sticky green goo everywhere she goes. (yuck)

After this story we talk about the importance of hand washing and why we should always cover our mouths and nose when we sneeze with our arms or a tissue.

To illustrate this I bring out a spray bottle with water. I ask the children to imagine that I am about to sneeze and I do not  cover my nose or mouth-I then spray all the kids in front of me (usually it’s met with squeals of delight) We chat about how if it was a real sneeze or cough I’d be spraying them with germs not water. I pretend to sneeze again but this time cover the spray spout with my arm.

-after this activity they often ask me to spray them again:)

I’m not a huge fan of offering crafts every program but we have made Get-Well Cards as a closing activity as well.

Love to hear your comments!





Creepy Carrots!


Creepy Carrots! by Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

Published by Simon and Schuster for Young Readers 2012

Source: Library Copy

Aaron Reynolds and Peter Brown

 Summary:

 The Twilight Zone comes to the carrot patch in this clever  picture book parable about a rabbit who fears his favorite treats are out to get him. Jasper Rabbit loves carrots—especially  Crackenhopper Field carrots.
He eats them on the way to school.

He eats them going to Little League.
He eats them walking home.
Until the day the carrots start following him…or are they?

 

My Thoughts:

I’m not sure how this 2013 Caldecott Honor Book slipped under my radar when it was first released but I am so glad that it was brought to my attention this week.

Jasper raids the carrot fields on a daily basis until he starts to think that the carrots are stalking him! Tension builds page  after page as the reader sees what Jasper does…carrots everywhere, but his parents don’t seem to believe him. A great homage to bedtime experiences for many children and their parents (perhaps with monsters instead of carrots) and a fantastic twist in the end make this a dynamic read aloud for many different ages. Peter Brown’s illustrations are a compliment to the story creating a slightly ominous atmosphere, that has this “film noir” feel to it. Creepy Carrots! deserves to be more than just a seasonal “Halloween” spooky read and would be a great addition to any home library or children’s programming shelf. A new favourite.
Creepy Carrots!





Preschool Storytime -Book Selection for Fall


As Summer comes to a close it’s time to start planning the preschool storytimes as well as the other programs I’ll be offering in the Fall. Registration for the programs begin in just a few weeks.

In addition, other programs I’ll be offering at my branch include;  Lego Block Party, Babytime, Reading Buddies, and a Music program. It will be a busy but fun filled Fall (I hope).

I don’t focus on themes for but these are the books I’m thinking of featuring through over the 8 weeks:

Emma Dodd  Preschool Storytime   Alphabet Books  Patrick mcDonnell Storytime Mo Willems

Preschool Storytime  Preschool Storytime

I’ll be posting the programs over the next several weeks. Make sure you subscribe or bookmark this site so you can follow as I post.  I’d love to hear about your Fall programming plans as well.





Book Review: Let’s Do Nothing


Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile
Published May 2009 by Candlewick
Source: Reviewed from personal copy
Summary:
Don’t move! A master of animation explores the elusive art of doing nothing in this comical tale of two very active imaginations.

Frankie and Sal have already played every sport and board game invented, baked and eaten batches of cookies, and painted a zillion pictures. What’s left to do? Nothing! Ten seconds of nothing! Can they do it? Can they act like stone statues in the park? Can they simply hold their breath and not blink an eye? With a wink to the reader and a command of visual humor, feature film animator Tony Fucile demonstrates the Zen-like art of doing nothing…oops! Couldn’t do it!

My Thoughts:

In honour of Summer I thought I’d talk about Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile. It’s a story which captures that Summer feeling especially in the moments when our kids are saying: “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do!” on the 2nd day of Summer. Frank and Sal have created a new goal, and have challenged themselves to do nothing for 10 seconds. Not blink, move, hold their breath. Their imaginations take hold and Sal seems incapable of “doing nothing” often with hilarious results. The illustrations are bold and bright and kids will enjoy watching the visual clues as to what is coming next as you turn the pages. A fabulous read aloud which works well for any age, though the school-age group will offer the most giggles. I usually pair it with a simple game of freeze dance or statue.