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Do It Yourself Storytimes: DIY Sharkey's Storytime

We understand you can't always make it to the library, so here are a couple ideas for having one at home! Check back for more information!

Storytime Themes

It's raining it's pouring

The old man is snoring

He bumped his head

On a loaf of bread

And couldn't get up in the morning!


Spring is the time for rain! So lets get cozy and read some books about it so we can stay dry and warm.

This week's Raise a Reader skill is SINGING. Children's songs can help us introduce new words and vocabulary to children as well as helping us to hear repeated sounds in other words. Like the familiar song about rain, we can hear the rhymes in pouring, snoring, and morning (as well as those internal rhyme sounds).

Okay, maybe it didn't rain that much this week...

BUT that's okay.

We can make it rain inside!

Trust me, parents, minimal mess. Check out this STEM activity from Green Craft Activites and try it out with your kids.


Wow! It's been a whole month of DIY Storytimes! Can you believe it?

This week is National Library Week - a time when we celebrate libraries and their place in the community. This year, librarians around the country are encouraging you to find your place in the library. Even when we can't be in a library building, we can still have a place in the library - its just that the library has had to move online.

I hope you enjoy reading some of these books about libraries with me this week and it inspires you to find your place in our online library.

And that reminds me. This week's Raise a Reader skill is READING! Sometimes this just means that we read books we love in front of our kids. Just because they aren't participating doesn't mean they aren't getting something out of it. When they see that you love and enjoy reading books, it will inspire them to love and enjoy reading as well. Remember that you are your child's first role model and what you do can have a huge impact on how your child sees the world.

Who knew that libraries were such imaginative places?

Oh, you did? Well its news to me!

This week, I want to know more about what you like about libraries. Can you think about what your favorite thing to do at the library is?

What do you like to do at the library?
Storytime: 1 votes (100%)
Read books: 0 votes (0%)
Use the computers: 0 votes (0%)
Play in the kitchen: 0 votes (0%)
See friends: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 1

I suppose that elephants are really kind of the same as last week but I mean... elephants are great! Especially these elephants!

And this week's Raise a Reader Skill is PLAYING! Playing with our kids allows us the chance to help them tell their own stories! When we practice telling stories through play and pretend, we learn how one action can affect something else, or cause and effect. This is important for understanding the plot of a book, or what its about.

Those elephants sure were weird! Do you think real elephants would act like that?

Me either.

Have you ever seen an elephant in person?

You have?

We can't go to the zoo to see elephants right now, but did you know you can bring the zoo to your home?

You didn't know that?

What if I told you, you could even see a zoo as far away as Oregon!

We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo and you can come, too, too, too...

Okay, let's just sing this one?

I guess that brings us to our next Raise a Reader skill, which is SINGING! Singing has always been an important activity in my family - its fun, cooperative, and it helps teach our little ones. How does it do that? Well, think about the words in that song we just sang. We said "zoo" pretty often and we said it really slowly. This helps our children's little ears hear that unusual Z sound and helps them learn how to make that sound. But the song doesn't stop there - its filled with fun and silly sounds that adults have no problem with but our kids need some practice with! This is a skill that will help build on some of our other Raise a Reader skills as we grow up into great readers.

This next one features an ASL interpreter telling the story of Good Night Gorilla - but don't worry, they read it out loud too!

I wanted to share this version with you because I think it highlights a great way to share books with few words with your kids. It would be easy just to say "Good night" to all the animals, but here we see them add details and describe the setting (an important feature of ASL Storytelling). Anyone can do this for wordless books.

Okay... so we can't actually go to the zoo this week, but that doesn't mean we can't have fun!

Let's try to make our very own zoo at home! Find a flashlight, a blank wall or light curtain, and turn off all the lights, except for the flashlight. Point it at the wall and stand so your hands are in front of the light.

Then try to make some shadow puppets with your hands! If you're not sure how to get started you can check this list from the University of South Florida to get started.

I recommend starting with a butterfly!

Can you make any animals that aren't on that list?

What's a pirates favorite letter? R but his first love is the C!

Everyone loves a good pirate story! So we have some for you this week!

This weeks Raise a Reader Skill is TALKING! We talk all the time to our kids, but why don't we try talking like pirates to our kids? We can use this to practice some repetative sounds like the R sound or even elongate our voooooooooweeeeeeeel sounds to practice those! The more we talk to our kids, the more words they learn!

Wow those were some great pirate stories don't you think?

Instead of an arts and craft project - I want you and your grownups to tell a pirate story together. Not sure how to tell a story? That's okay! Your grown up can tell part of the story and then you can tell part of the story. Maybe you can act it out!

Its easy! I'll even get you started.

"Once upon a time there was a pirate named---"

Now it's your turn!

If March comes in like a lion (with a ROAR) it goes out like a lamb!

A lamb is a baby sheep and we know what sound a sheep makes. Baaaaa.

This week's Raise a Reader skill is WRITING. When we draw pictures, even if they just look like scribbles, we practice the manual dexterity we need to learn to write our letters later. This is also a great opportunity to have children retell stories you have read together by drawing the story for themselves!

Sheep are some of Ms. Ruthie's favorite animals and she's excited to share some wonderful sheep stories with you this week!


Those are some pretty silly sheep!

Did you know sheep's hair is called fleece? And we give them haircuts at least once a year and we can turn their hair into clothing to keep us warm?

They're so fluffy! Especially these ones!

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What could you make a fluffy sheep out of at home? Do you have cotton balls to make a fleece with? Or maybe just some paper and crayons? Do your best to make a silly silly sheep! 

March comes in like a lion!

What sound does a lion make? Can you make a sound like a lion?

This week's Raise a Reader Skill is READING! It seems pretty simple, but when we share a book we love with our children, we help them learn to appreciate books and stories, ensuring that we raise kids who grow up to be adults who love to read!

Ms. Ruthie would love to share the following books with you this week!

A lion is a really really big cat. Male lions have a fluffy head of hair, called a mane. Female lions are called lionesses. Together, they live in groups called Prides.

Do you have any materials at home that you can make a lion or lioness with? Maybe you can use paper and crayons to draw a lion? Or can you sculpt one out of playdoh?

Sing Along Songs from Storytime