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DIY Storytime: Water

Hi, storytime friends. I miss seeing you at storytime so I put together a storytime that I thought that you might like to try at home. I will use books and songs from TumbleBooks. You can access TumbleBooks by either clicking on the title of the book or by clicking on “Search TumbleBooks” which appears below the picture of the cover of the book. Then you will use the TumbleSearch option located in the upper right hand corner to search by title for the book.
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Opening Song: “Hello Friends” (Tune: “Goodnight Ladies”)

Sing “Hello Friends” like we do in storytime. Do you remember what the sign is for hello? That’s right you salute.  What is the sign for friends? That’s right. You take your index fingers on each hand and you link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth. Sing the song through twice. Sing the song again adding the names of any grownups, brother or sisters you have, your pets, etc… (Salute hello and replace the word “friends” in the song with the person’s name.)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Hello, friends. (salute hello, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

It’s time to say hello. (salute hello)

  REPEAT ONCE

Sing: “Wiggle Your Toes” (Tune: “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”)

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your toes, 

Wiggle them up and down.

Wiggle them fast, wiggle them slow,

Wiggle them all around.

  REPEAT WITH THE FOLLOWING BODY PARTS:

Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle your fingers…

Clap, clap, clap your hands… 

Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet…

Read: Down to the Sea with Mr. McGee by Chris Van Dusen

Question 1: Where are Mr. Magee and his dog Dee going for the day?
Answer: They are going to the sea.

Question 2: What creatures do they see in the sea?
Answer: They see whales in the sea.

Question 3: A whale comes along in the sea and bumps Mr. Magee and Dee’s boat. They are blown up in the air by the whale blowing on its blow horn. Where do Mr. Magee and Dee end up?
Answer: They get stuck in a tree.

Question 4: What animals save Mr. Magee and Dee?
Answer: The whales save Mr. Magee and Dee.

Early Literacy Tip: When you read, it is important to share books with rhyming words. While you listen to the story, point out some of the rhyming words. For example, Magee, Dee and sea; 6:32 and do and lunch and punch. Hint: You can pause the story to point out the rhyming words on the page.

Sing: “Down By the Bay 

Early Literacy Tip: Sing songs with rhyming words. There is a watermelon that highlights the words in the song as the words are sung. This is good for print literacy. It helps children to learn that words have meaning. Point out the rhyming words in the song. For example, grow and go, bear and hair and whale and tail.

Read: When a Dragon Moves In by Jodi Moore

Question 1: Have you ever been to the beach?

Question 2: What did you do at the beach?

Question 3: Have you ever collected seashells at the beach? Have you ever built a sandcastle? What tools did you use to make your sandcastle? For example, a pail and a shovel.

Question 4: What creature moves in to the sandcastle in the story?
Answer: A dragon.

Question 5: Does the family of the boy in our story believe that there is really a dragon at the beach?

Question 6: What are some of the activities that the boy and the dragon do together?
Answer: The boy and the dragon play with a beach ball, blow bubbles, roast marshmallows, float in the water and fly a kite.

Early Literacy Tip: Encourage the child in your care to talk and use his/her imagination. What would you do if you had a dragon?

Sing: “The Waves in the Sea” (Tune: “The Wheels on the Bus”)

The waves in the sea go,
Up and down,
(make a rolling wave by moving both hands up and down)
Up and down,
Up and down,
The waves in the sea go,
Up and down,
All day long.

The sharks in the sea go,
Snap, snap, snap…
(hold two hands together, joined at the wrist, to form a mouth, snap open and shut)

The fish in the sea go,
Swish, swish, swish…
(swim hands around as fish)

The crabs in the sea go
Click, click, click…
(click fingers)

Closing Song: “Goodbye Friends” (Tune: “Goodnight Ladies”)

Sing “Goodbye Friends” like we do in storytime. Do you remember what the sign is for goodbye? That’s right.  It is the same as the sign for hello, you salute.  What is the sign for friends? That’s right. You take your index fingers on each hand and you link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth. Sing the song through twice.

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

Goodbye, friends. (salute goodbye, you take your index fingers on each hand and you  link them together as though they are hugging each other back and forth for friends)

It’s time to say goodbye. (salute goodbye)

  REPEAT ONCE

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