A Change in Direction

Since my last post here my family and I have had a few adventures. We packed up our house, the cats, dog and children and moved (in a snowstorm) almost as far across the United States as you could go, from Vermont to Portland, Oregon. I’m no longer a small town librarian but am, instead, in grad school again learning the in’s and out’s of being a school librarian. It took a lot of pondering (and not a little hand wringing) to choose this path over that of public libraries, where I was so happy, but in the end I decided that the critical part of the job for me wasn’t the what, it was the who. The best part of my job, the part I looked forward to every day, was making personal connections with kids about books, reading and the library and in a much (much) larger city (1500 vs 600,000, and that’s just Portland itself, not all our neighbors!) being in a school where I can really get to know the kids and help them in their journey as readers and learners seemed like the right direction for me.

So, I’m back, just in a different form! At the moment my library time is mostly centered around either volunteering or observing for my own education, but I’ll still be using this blog as a place to keep track of fun ideas, books and happenings around libraries!

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Storytime – Space

Space! Planets! Stars! Astronauts!

I took one of our Preschool Book Boxes to a new school today and when I delivered it I also led a story time in both the Preschool and the Toddler rooms with the theme of Space!

I started with the Preschoolers, since they were already sitting quietly when I got there I didn’t do my “if you’re ready for a story take a seat” opening but launched right into introducing Daisy the Elephant and singing the Wibbily Wobbly song.

Book 1 – Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Song 1 –  We’re Flying to the Moon (Farmer in the Dell)

We’re flying to the moon
We’re flying to the moon.
Blast off, away we go
We’re flying to the moon.
We’re going in a spacecraft
We’re walking out in space
We’re landing on the moon
We’re collecting moon rocks
We’re flying back to Earth
We’re landing on the Earth

Book 2 – Space Case by Edward Marshall

Song 2/Activity – What Will We See in Outer Space? (Mulberry Bush) For song/activity this I cut out paper stars, rockets and moons, added magnets to the back and let the kids decorate my magnet board with the shape they had when we got to that part of the song.

What Will We See In Outer Space, In Outer Space, In outer Space

What will we see in outer space, Away up in the sky?

We’ll see some tiny Twinkling Stars, Twinkling Stars, Twinklings Stars

We’ll see some tiny twinkling stars away up in the sky

            We’ll see the moon with a smiling face

            We’ll see a rocket flying by

Book 3 – Show outer space photos, then I want to be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

Song 3 – If you’re going to the moon (If you’re happy and you know it)

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, this is what you have to do
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)

…wear your gloves (clap, clap)
…wear your helmet (pat, pat)

For the Toddler Room we slowed things down a little, the group was very, very young so I only read one book.

Song 1 – If you’re going to the moon (If you’re happy and you know it)

If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)
If you’re going to the moon, this is what you have to do
If you’re going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp, stomp)

…wear your gloves (clap, clap)
…wear your helmet (pat, pat)

Showed aerial photos of the earth to them but did not read text.

Song 2 – Five little Martians

Five little Martians went out to play, over the planets and far away

Mother martian said come back come back, but only four came flying back.

Book  – I want to be an Astronaut by Byron Barton

Song 3 – Twinkle Twinkle

How it Went:

This was a great story time in terms of songs, but I think I’d replace some of the books next time. Byron Barton is a classic but Kitten’s First Full Moon, while great, wasn’t super spacy, and could have been replaced. Although the kids loved it!