I learned a new storytime song! I recently visited my family in California and took my niece to a storytime where I picked up this earworm. If you are nervous about using puppets in storytime, this song is for you! Here are the reasons I like it: Have I convinced you yet? Take a listen… Continue reading My New Favourite Puppet Song
Last year I did a workshop for early childhood educators on using puppets in storytime. I wanted some fresh ideas to share, particularly ones that didn’t involve laying down $50 on a new puppet. When searching the wonders of Pinterest I stumbled upon this picture and I thought, “yes, that is something I can realistically… Continue reading The Three Little Pigs Oral Story
*taps mic* Is this thing still on? Hello, friends! There’s something about being fully vaccinated that has me returning to my old loves. (Well, vaccines and dust bunnies but we’ll get to that in a moment.) Like Katie, I want to get into a semi-regular blogging routine again. Writing pushes me to reflect and connect, two… Continue reading How the Rhyming Dust Bunnies Inspired Me to Blog Again
Did you know we have an open invitation to write a guest post? Well we do! Today I am delighted to feature a guest post by Katherine Hickey, a Children’s Librarian with the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City. She also wrote about Art Making for Earliest Learners awhile back and folks, let me tell… Continue reading Guest Post: Using Mirrors in Storytime
Well hello there, everyone! How is your summer going? If you’re like me then your eye is already on fall storytime planning. I thought I’d do a few posts highlighting the new videos we’ve released on YouTube over the past year. Did you know we still upload new videos? We do! And now I will… Continue reading New Prop Songs and Rhymes
Remember when I put a call out for guest posts? Well, I’m so excited to share the first one we received! This post is all about how one library makes a special effort to celebrate Día. The post is written by Kelly Doolittle. Kelly is a Library Assistant in the Youth Services department at the Tompkins… Continue reading Guest Post: Celebrating Día with Puppet Theatre
We’ve heard about these things called rhythm sticks, we’ve read many a blog post but for way too long they remained a mystery to us. Lindsey finally put her foot down and bought some. We’ve done shakers, we braved scarves and darn it it was high time we mastered the sticks! The result? We had… Continue reading Just Add Rhythm Sticks!
We recently attended a Puppetry Workshop with one of our most beloved instructors from our MLIS, Allison Taylor McBryde, and what a lovely evening it was! Both Lindsey and I have been looking to dust off our puppets and use them in new and different ways and Allison’s workshop was just what we needed. I… Continue reading Don’t Be Shy: Using Puppets in Storytime!
Last spring my colleague, Tess Prendergast, let me borrow her collection of storytime scarves to use with my preschool storytime group. They were such a hit that I knew I wanted to film some scarf songs for Jbrary. The great thing about scarves is that you can use them with any age – babies, toddlers,… Continue reading Scarf Songs and Rhymes for Storytime
We are happy to report that we’ve come out of it now, but Lindsey and I went through a mean shaker phase back in December. We appreciated your support and kind words and because we lived to tell our tale we’d love to share a few things we learned along the way! A few quick… Continue reading Give Your Storytime a Shake!