“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?
Me: Do you guys eat spiders?
Me: Do you guys eat cows?
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.
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.