Wednesday, March 30, 2011


I just can't get over how cute my story time kids are. Seriously. Best.Job.Ever. I mean, is this really work?! They PAY me to read stories, sing songs, do crafts and make kids smile. How did I get so lucky?!?!?!

Anyway, today I decided to do stories about Kangaroos, because a new book about kangaroos, perfect for story time, came in recently. I was super excited about it, so I gathered up some other great kangaroo books and went for it!

I had planned some good kangaroo songs and fingerplays, but after gathering the mood of the group, I had to change things up a bit. So, in honor of the little 3 year old who was showing me all kinds of cool break-dancing moves, we did one of my favorite dance numbers...the Tooty-Ta!!!

Opening Song: Shake My Sillies Out - Raffi

Teach: I showed the kids how to sign "kangaroo" in sign language. Like the picture (notice the pouch with the other hand!), and then make the 'kangaroo' bounce.

Book: McGillycuddy Could! by Pamela Duncan Edwards

Song/Dance: Tooty-Ta by Dr. Jean and Friends

Chorus: A tooty ta, a tooty ta, a tooty ta ta!

Thumbs up...
Elbows back...
Feet apart...
Knees together...
Bottoms up...
Tongue out...
Eyes shut...
Turn around...

Boing! by Nick Bruel

Pretend: Pretend to be Kangaroos!

Book: Pouch! by David Ezra Stein (the new book that inspired this story time!)

Craft: Kangaroos with pouch for Joey!

And, as always, it's FMRNS!!! Last week, we had a Documentary Double Feature, where we watched Born Into Brothels and Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. I told you that A had never seen the documentary about Joan Rivers, so it was an "in consideration" feature. Which means we view it, and then decide if it is "list-worthy." If it is, it gets added to the list, and if not...well, we point to the screen and say in our most judgy-est voices "NOT LIST-WORTHY!!!" Well, I am sorry to say that Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work was NOT LIST-WORTHY!!! Sad. I had thought it was going to be more about her life and how she got to where she is now. Sadly, it was more about "I'm an old comedienne who can't find work, feel sorry for me." But, after seeing the insanely lavish apartment she lives in...well, I don't feel sorry for her. I didn't even want to finish the movie.

This week, we have another "in consideration" feature. We've both heard LOTS of good things about it from numerous sources, so we're positive this movie will not have the same fate as poor Joan Rivers. This weeks feature is Burlesque, the musical drama from 2010 with Cher and Christina Aguilera. Oh, and Eric Dane. Mmmmmmmm, Eric Dane... I can't WAIT!!!

Of course, we'll also be watching American Idol. Who else's heart stopped during the elimination show last week!??!?!!?!!?

1 comment:

HL said...

I saw Burlesque in the theaters. I can't say much for the story but the dance numbers were very cool and um...I might possibly own the sound track. Maybe. *looks innocent*