What We Did in Storytime Today and How It Worked Out

“1, 2, 3, We Are Dancing”

Whenever Jason plays this song (which he wrote), it is stuck in my head for the rest of the day. So right now, my internal soundtrack is blaring, “1, 2, 3, we are blogging now. We’re happy as can be, because we’re blogging. So sing along with me, and keep on blogging. Until we get to 1, 2, 3.” It seriously works for all daily activities. Unfortunately. Great storytime song, though.

Jason does this thing where he has the kids do stretches. During this today, one of the girls shouted at me, “Don’t listen to him, Miss A! He’s crazy!” Little does she know that the stretches were a subject of some controversy between Jason and I a few weeks ago.

My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems
Love this Elephant and Piggie book. It’s one of the most profound ones in the series, in my opinion. Adults go through this kind of thing exactly as often as kids do. Maybe more often.

“There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”
When I’m feeling good, which I was today, I like to have this exchange with the kids:

Me: Do you guys eat flies?
Kids: NO!
Me: Do you guys eat spiders?
Kids: NO!
Me: Do you guys eat cows?
Kids: NO!
Me: [raise eyebrows] You sure?

That’s when we have to move on quickly before I get in trouble.

Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems
I like this book for a lot of reasons, but what really motivates me to pull it out of the bag is how much I love saying “Reginald Von Hoobie-Doobie.” The kids listened closely to the story today. One of the other things I love best about it is the richness of its vocabulary, with excellent words like “extinct,” “protest,” and “persuasive.”

“We All Join In”
Jason’s musical version of the Quentin Blake poem.

“I Saw a Snake Go By One Day”
I have been doing this in pretty much every storytime I’ve done since maybe September. I keep thinking I should give it up and move on to new ones, except it’s still making me laugh every single time I do it. And the kids laugh, too. So I’m going to keep doing it.

“Hoppity Song”
Jason’s been playing around with his arrangement of this lately, and that’s been fun. Keeps things fresh, which is especially important given my unwillingness to give up “I Saw a Snake Go By One Day.” That’s what you call teamwork.


  1. Posted April 4, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    This is excellent. I’m going to be singing this song to myself the rest of the day.

  2. Posted April 4, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Eeee! What a kick to finally see the famous Jason. 1-2-3, we are eating now, 1-2-3 . . .

    Hey, now I can’t get his song out of my head.

  3. adrienne
    Posted April 4, 2012 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    1, 2, 3, we’re training a new staff member now. We’re happy as can be, because we’re training. So sing along with me, and keep on training until we get to 1, 2, 3.

    Ben and Jama, Mwa-ha-ha, my evil plan is working.

  4. Posted April 5, 2012 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    I want to hear more about the controversy over the stretches. I’ve done a few stretch things in my story times, but have usually been able to tie them into something.

    (My favorite is a bedtime one where the kids reach up to “pick a star” and put them on their toes, nose, hips, lips… and then shake them off.)

  5. Posted April 5, 2012 at 5:09 am | Permalink

    Okay. I *KNEW* I shouldn’t have listened to that song… but it got a George Michael song OUT of my head, so that’s a good trade, I think.

  6. adrienne
    Posted April 5, 2012 at 10:43 am | Permalink

    Pam, Here’s the thing: Jason does an opening song for storytime and then goes into the stretches and sometimes he goes on and on and on, and I get bored. Usually, we alternate he does one thing, I do one thing, he does one thing, etc. I like that system way better. He did a really loooooooonnnnnng stretches thing yesterday, and I thought I was going to have to kill him, but then at this morning’s storytime, he actually did the stretches a little differently, and shorter. I liked that better.

    I really like your idea of tying them into something. I would like that better, I think.

    Tanita, It’s hard to say what’s better. It is out of my head again today, replaced by this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOM107PIxV8. That is better-better.

  7. Posted April 6, 2012 at 1:07 am | Permalink

    “Do we eat cows?” had me laughing out loud. I often do that on your blog. And how I’m singing, “1,2,3…” confound it all.

  8. adrienne
    Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Thank you, Farida. I hope to make people laugh sometimes.

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