Story Times

Feelings Story Time (Toddler)

This story time was specifically about feeling GRUMPY!

Hello songs

Book 1: Hooray for Hat by Brian Won

Theme Song:

How Are You Feeling?
(tune of Hickory Dickory Dock)

How are you feeling today?
Oh how are you feeling today?
I’m happy and glad, happy and glad,
That’s how I’m feeling today.

How are you feeling today?
Oh how are you feeling today?
I’m grumpy and cross, grumpy and cross,
That’s how I’m feeling today.

How are you feeling today?
Oh how are you feeling today?
I’m sleepy and tired, sleepy and tired,
That’s how I’m feeling today.

How are you feeling today?
Oh how are you feeling today?
I’m frightened and scared, frightened and scared
That’s how I’m feeling today.

How are you feeling today?
Oh how are you feeling today?
I’m happy and glad, happy and glad,
That’s how I’m feeling today.

Re-focus song

Book 2: Grumpy Pants by Claire Messer

Favorite songs and goodbye!

Class Visits

Snow/Winter Story Time (3-K Class Visit)

Hello Song

Book: Bunny Slopes by Claudia Rueda

Theme Song:

See the little bunnies sleeping ’til its early noon
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune
Why so still
Are they ill
Wake up soon
Hop little bunnies hop hop hop! Hop little bunnies hop hop hop!
Hop little bunnies hop hop hop! Hop little bunnies hop hop hop!

Puppet time: Pets, hugs and “feeding” time with bunny puppet Carrots!

Activity time: With this class I always do an activity at the end of our story time. Sometimes it’s artistic, sometimes science-y, whatever fun I can think up that has to do with our theme of the day! For this activity we played with instant snow. We talked about how the snow feels before and after we add water. We touched it and smelled it, added food coloring to mix up different colors, and the kids were very entertained when they learned that we were really playing with the stuff that goes inside diapers! Here is the “recipe” we used.

Snow Activity:

1 lb bucket instant snow (purchased for $20 from Lakeshore, one bucket makes GALLONS so you can use it for many activities))

Food coloring

Put snow in bowl, add water, then food coloring. Super easy and lots of fun!



Story Times

Shapes Story Time (Toddler)

Hello songs

Book 1: Brown Rabbit’s Shapes by Alan Baker

Theme Song: This was a combined theme song and activity. As we sang the song I held up felt shapes for the children to identify. We used four standard shapes and one squiggly crazy shape that we made up a name for!

Shape Song (to the tune of Do You Know the Muffin Man?

Do you know what shape this is?
What shape this is, what shape this is
Do you know what shape this is…
I’m holding in my hand???

Re-focus song

Book 2: Shapes at Play by Silvia Borando

Finished with some frequently requested favorite songs and goodbye!

Story Times

Cookies Story Time (Baby)


Hello songs

Book 1: The Best Mouse Cookie by Laura Numeroff

Theme Songs: These songs were both pretty short so we did two, they are both lapsit songs.

Pizza, Pickle, Pumpernickel

Pizza, pickle, pumpernickel
My little baby deserves a tickle
One for her nose, one for his toes
One for the tummy where the cookie goes

Cookie in the Oven

I’m a cookie in the oven
And I’m getting very hot!
Tick, tock,
Tick, tock
Out I pop!

Re-focus song

Book 2: Cookie by Andrea-Posner Sanchez (a Sesame Street board book)

Favorite lapsit songs and goodbye!

Early Literacy Workshops

Early Literacy Workshop: Intro to 5 Foundations of Early Literacy

This was a workshop I conducted at a local school with parents of children ages around 3-5. The following is my outline of discussion for the workshop as well as the fun activity we did at the end.

Outline for Family Literacy Workshop

Welcome, Intros

What is early literacy? (Discussion)

Definition: Early literacy is what a child knows about reading and writing before they have the ability to read and write ex: scribbling with a crayon, recognizing shapes

5 Foundations of Literacy? (Discussion)

Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play (I like to sing it to a beat, drum on table, helps us remember)

  • Read—read together, develops literacy skills, no X amount of time per day, okay to read book okay to repeat books, not finish a book, talk about pictures only, at this age we focus on development of LOVE of reading
  • Write—develops fine motor skills making it easier for child to hold a pencil, type etc
  • Talk—vocab skills, language skills, storytelling skills, social skills, word identification
  • Sing—singing slows down words so that its easier to understand vocabulary, also introduces children to rhythm
  • Play—develops, vocab, language skills and especially problem solving skills, gross motor skills

Silly Song Break! For this workshop we sang The Bananas Unite Song and Snake in the Grass. These can be found in my favorite songs section.

Today our activity will focus on the skill of writing.

Before a child excels at writing they develop fine motor skills, small hand movements that help with things later on such as writing and holding scissors.

What are some things you can do at home for writing skills?

  • Encourage scribbling by providing many opportunities to write and draw. Keep crayons and paper on a table where children can return again and again.
  • Get magnetic letters for the refrigerator or make letters from cardboard for the children to play with.
  • Have them sign their drawings to develop hand-eye coordination and build up their writing muscles. Children also begin to understand that writing represents words.
  • Talk about what they draw, have them make up stories or write captions for their drawings so they make the connection between written and spoken language.

Today we will be using easy to find at home materials to make a fun activity that your children can play with and that you can use to play with them. This activity will help your child develop those all important fine motor skills!  As an added bonus, this activity, like many that you already do at home, covers many of the early literacy skills such as play, write, and talk when you engage with your child!

Activity: Gel Bags


  • Clear hair gel
  • Quart sized freezer ziploc bags
  • Odds and ends (beads, pennies, old jewelry, pom poms, glitter)
  • Duct tape


  • Add gel generously into one ziploc bag, then add your odds and ends
  • Close first bag, duct tape, then place upside down into second bag
  • Duct tape second bag closed for added protection against leak
  • Smush away!

Extension activity:

Tape an X or O to the bag, challenge your child to get a particular item into the middle of the O!