Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Happy Halloween Fun!

Here's a little spooky fun for your Halloween ...

"Monster Mash"

"Creeper" (A Mincraft Parody based on "Thriller" by Michael Jackson)

Toddle Story Time: Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween to all my little ghosts and ghouls! What spooky fun we had at Story Time today!

We read some fun Halloween stories:
Two little witches : a Halloween counting story Two Little Witches by Harriet Ziefert - we counted everything fun about Halloween night!

There was an old lady who swallowed a bat! There was an Old Lady who swallowed a Bat! by Lucille Colandro - We really don't know why!

H is for haunted house : a Halloween alphabet book H is for Haunted House by Tanya Lee Stone - thanks to We Give Books for the digital edition! You can find Goodnight Goon there too!

Where the wild things are Where the Wild Things are by Maurice Sendak - Read by the author on Barnes & Noble Online Storytime

We also played along with The Wiggles and learned "Incy Wincy Spider" finger game.
Keep it spooky until next time!

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Do Gooder Day Celebration

Fifteen third, fourth, and fifth graders completed the challenge to "Do Good" in your community!  We celebrated their efforts with games, treats, and Dork Diary goodies in the library!  Keep it up girls! Doing Good is always a good idea!

Thanks to Dork Diaries Publisher for the great prizes! See more about the Do Gooder Day Campaign at http://www.dorkdiaries.com/dorkdogooder/ !

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Toddler Story Time: Pumpkins

Do you see what I see all over my neighborhood? PUMPKINS!

Our books today were all about pumpkins and the places we find them!
The books we read were:
How big could your pumpkin grow? by Wendell Minor (ebook version available on www.wegivebooks.org.
How Big Could Your Pumpkin Grow? book cover
pumpkins by ken robbins

Barn Dance by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (video from "Reading Rainbow")

The songs and videos we watched were:
"Alpha Pigs Pumpkin game" from "Super Why"
"Five Little Pumpkins" by Miss Nina
We played "Carve It" on abcya.com to make a virtual Jack-o-lantern!
Then we created one of our own using shapes and markers!
Make sure to get your pumpkins ready for Halloween next week!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Toddler Story Time: Dinosaurs

Did you know October is International Dinosaur Month? There are so many fascinating things about dinosaurs! While we waited for friends we looked through some BIG books about these BIG creatures!

There are SO MANY great books about dinosaurs, so I picked out a few fun ones for us to share:
Gigantic! : how big were the dinosaurs? Gigantic: How big were the dinosaurs? by Patrick O'Brien - REALLY big!!!!

Skippyjon Jones and the big bones Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones by Judith Schachner - we used the copy on We Give Books. (To view books on We Give Book, create a free account, and you will be helping give books to children across the world every time you read one!)

Cover image Dinosaur Cousins by Bernard Most - many dinosaurs seem like familiar animals we know today!

My dinosaur My Dinosaur by Mark Alan Weatherby

Dinosaurs I wonder why: Dinosaurs by Judy Allen and Tudor Humphries - we read a few questions and answers, but really I think it just made us think of more things we wanted to know about dinosaurs!

The new songs and videos we watched today:
"The More We Get Together" by Miss Nina - we were doing such a great job singing, that I thought it would be fun to add more hand motions!  Thanks Miss Nina!
Skippyjon Jones and the Big Bones webisode
"We are the dinosaurs" by Laurie Berkner - what a fun song to help us move like a dinosaur

For more dinosaur fun, check out some ideas from the blog Rue lala!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Toddler Story Time: Fall


This week's theme was the season of Autumn (or Fall). I decided to take advantage of the unusually cooler weather (for Texas) we were having to remind us of the changes happening around us in nature.

The books we read we're:

 Fall is not easy by Marty Kelley. Our favorite part was how the tree's leaves made funny pictures on the tree before turning the right colors!

Animals in Fall by Martha E H Rustad

George Flies South by Simon James. A fun book about a bird who is a little unsure about leaving the nest!

New songs and videos we shared:
Fall:a heart-warming animated short film by Adam Parker http://youtu.be/-yt7hUci82w
Sesame Street song: "Guess the season" http://youtu.be/R_tadm4uaQ4
Husky playing in the leaves http://youtu.be/7xEX-48RHCY

Until next time, my friends! Keep reading!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Toddler Story Time: Trucks

Read for the Record
On Thursday, October 3rd, the MWE Primary Grades are invited to participate in the JumpStart "Read for the Record" day, which features the book "Otis" by Loren Long.  So, I decided to take our theme of "trucks" from this little tractor who learns to be a good friend.

The books we read about trucks today were:
Product Details "Otis" by Loren Long

 "Demolition" by Sally Sutton

 "Little Blue Truck" by Alice Schertle

 "Smash! Crash!" by Jon Scieszka on Barnes & Noble Online Story Time

The songs we sang today were:
"The More we Get Together" by Howcast group
"Big Truck" Music Video by Rebbecca Frezza
"The Good Bye Song" by Out of the Box

We also watched a "Bob the Builder" short called "Muck's Train to Trouble" and  we colored an Otis sign to remind us to be a good friend.


For additional "Demolition" fun, try the following activities suggested by the Texas 2x2 Book Committee:

• Demolition is a story about reusing materials; it is a lot like 
recycling! Do you recycle at your house? 
• Go build something (blocks, rocks, sand) and then knock it 
down and rebuild. Remember, nothing lasts forever. 
• Next time you take a car ride pay close attention to any 
construction on the road, a building, a garden, or even parks 
and playgrounds.
• Do you have a box, crayons, and scissors? Well, recycle 
that cardboard into just about anything you can imagine. 


Keep on trucking, my friends!  Until next week!