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Introducing. . . Storytime Seedlings: A Podcast to Grow Readers--Episode 1: Delicious and Nutritious

 

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Introducing. . . 

Storytime Seedlings:
A Podcast to Grow Young Readers

Episode 1: Delicious and Nutritiou
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Join us for our first episode where we follow our story time theme about good food to eat, drink, sing and read about. You will find book ideas, fingerplays, action rhymes and songs to listen to at home, in the car, while folding laundry, fixing dinner, washing dishes or anytime you want to have a fun listen or need a storytime fix. Plus, especially for parents, Early Literacy Tips.

Episode 1 is just 12 minutes long. The first ten minutes features books and fingerplays. The final two minutes are devoted to sharing an Early Literacy Tip.

This is what we talked about 
(see the sections below):

1. Picture Books
2. Fingerplays and Action Rhymes 
3. Early Literacy Tip for Parents


1. Delicious and Nutritious Picture Books 

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Who's Hungry?
by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt

The animals are all hungry. Can you help them find something tasty to eat? Flip the flaps and feed them in this endlessly satisfying and scrumptious interactive flap book for very young children. Another fun and colourful collaboration from Dean Hacohen and Scharschmidt

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Baby Cakes by Theo Heras
These little ones know baking is hard work and messy work, but it sure is fun. Put on an apron, gather ingredients, measure the flour try to keep kitty off the counter! Wash sticky fingers, and let mommy put the cakes in the oven. Waiting, the hardest part, is rewarded with more than just baby cakes.


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Every Color Soup by Jorey Hurley
Describes how to make a colorful, delicious vegetable soup. Includes recipe.


Heidi mentions in the podcast that she would pair Every Color Soup with the fingerplay: Five Fat Peas
(see Section 2 below).
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2.  Delicious and Nutritious Fingerplays,
Action Rhymes and Songs

Five Ripe Berries
Five ripe berries sitting in a bowl 
 (hold up five fingers)
The (strawberry, etc.) fell out and started to roll
 (hold up finger, and roll hands)
It bumped the table and bounced off my toe
(clap once, and touch toes)
How many berries in the bowl? 1-2-3-4
(count berries)

Repeat rhyme until there are no more berries left in the bowl
Berries: strawberry, blueberry, boysenberry, raspberry, blackberry
Source: Sunflower Storytime Blog

Mix a Pancake
Mix a pancake, (mix)
Stir a pancake, (stir)
Pop it in the pan; (place the pancake in pan)
Fry the pancake, (use pretend spatula)
 Toss the pancake, (pretend to toss)
Catch it if you can! (pretend to catch--or not!)
Source: Jbrary Storytime Rhyme

The Handwashing Song 
(to the tune of Frere Jacques)
Tops and bottoms, tops and bottoms (rub top and bottom of hands)
In between, in between (rub in between fingers)
Scrub them all together, scrub them all together (scrub hands)
Now we’re clean, squeaky clean (put hands up to show)
Source: Jbrary

Coffee, an Action Rhyme
This song sounds like a train slowly starting to move 
and then chug-chug- chugging along!  Use your arms as train wheels that slowly rotate into action.

Coffee, coffee, coffee
(say the words and move your arms very slowly)
 Fish and chip, fish and chips, fish and chips
(a little faster)
Cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers, cheese and crackers
(even faster)
Meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes, meat and potatoes
(faster still!)
Soup! Soup! Soup!
 (Mimic a train whistle)
Source: King County Library System, Tell Me a Story

Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed (hold hand in a fist)
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
 They grew and grew and did not stop,
Until one day the pod went POP! (clap hands)

Source: King County Library System, Tell Me a Story

 


3. Just for Parents--Early Literacy Tip

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Modify the sharing and reading of picturebooks to the age
and attention span of your child.

In Episode 1, we talk about reading the same book to different ages of children. The book Baby Cakes by Theo Heras, for example, can be read to babies, toddlers and preschoolers. 
      Babies will enjoy the big, colorful pictures of children and kitchen cooking, but only need a few pages (and a few words) read to them - try no more then five pages that will give a simple illustration of sequence of events, beginning, middle and end. 
     Toddlers are ready for more words and more pages, try up to 10 pages of Baby Cakes, modifying the number of words is necessary if they are too wiggly.
    Preschoolers should be able to sit for the entire book, all of the words in Baby Cakes, but even they can be too tired, or grumpy or distracted to sit for the whole thing. It's okay to modify, make the reading a fun experience. 

     Children love to be challenged, especially if it involves more time with and, attention from, the adults they love! However, they will also let you know their limits!


 

We are the Storytime Seedlings Podcasters (and Children's Librarians):

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Heidi (left)
does the storytimes for: 


Toddlers--
1's & 2's Together 
(Music and Movement for children aged 1 to 2 years) on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am.
 

 

Lauren (right)
does 
the storytimes for:

Babies--
Baby Bouncers Lapsit, a program for infants with a caregiver, on Thursdays at 11:30 am 

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Preschoolers--
3's & 4's Budding Bookworms (Stories and Songs for 3, 4, and 5 year olds) on Thursdays at 10:30 am

 

Our thanks to the following resources for Episode 1:

Free Music Archive and Scott Holmes (music) 

King County Library Tell Me a Story - Coffee Action Rhyme

Jbrary -- new fingerplays and rhymes

 
 

**Evaluations needed:

After you listen to episode 1 and when you have time - please let us know what you think of the podcast and
 take this quick survey! Thanks!

  

 

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