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Do It Yourself Storytimes: DIY Little Minnows 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

Spring is here for us to enjoy and Mouse is happy that he can head outside to play!

What will Mouse find while he is taking a walk? Can you guess what he will see?

This week, Raise a Reader Skill that we will focus on is TALKING! When we talk, we learn new vocabulary and we learn how to ask  and answer questions. Talking helps us understand the world and people around us. It is a fun activity to do while learning!

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

What is your favorite color? The world is full of beautiful and different colors! Do you see the sky above us? What colors do you see? Do you see the grass and flowers outside? What color are the grass and the flowers? There are so many colors in this world! Ms. Su's favorite color is pink. Ms. Su likes pink shirts, pink pencils, pink dresses, and pink books! Ms. Su decorated Ms. Su's house with pink colors!

Today, we will focus on an important early literacy skill, singing. Singing slows down language and helps children to hear the smaller parts that make up words. Most importantly, singing is fun!

At the end of this class, there are coloring sheets for you to color. Use your imagination and use the colors that you like! Show your finished artwork to your friends and family!

Hello, and welcome to Ms Su's Little Minnows story time. We meet here every week on Thursday to read and sing and play! Today, Ms. Su has some great books for you to read about trains! A train is a series of railway cars which are all connected and moved by a locomotive. A locomotive is a vehicle that pulls a train and a caboose is the back part of a train where the workers sit. Have you and your family ever traveled by train? Do you enjoy sitting in a train?

When Ms Su was young in Thailand, Ms. Su traveled by train often. Ms. Su enjoyed traveling by train, looking at the scenery, rice fields, green mountains, and beautiful trees. Ms. Su liked the sound of the train. Whoo, Whoo! In Thailand, we saw water buffalos in the rice fields and we waved to rice farmers and the buffalos that we saw from our train. 

Today, our Raise a Reader skill is reading. Let's read more about trains. Reading helps you learn more new words and more about the world, other cultures and countries! How fun! 

 

Good morning, and welcome to DIY Little Minnows storytime by Ms. Su! Today Ms. Su would like to take us on a tour of a farm! Farms are wonderful places where we can see many farm animals. Who can give Ms. Su examples of farm animals? What makes "moo moo" sound? Yes, that's right Yes, that's right--A Cow! Horses, ducks, chicken, and sheep also live in a farm. Pigs live in a farm as well. What sound do pigs make? "Oink, Oink" Have you ever seen pigs in a farm?

Today's Raise a Reader early literacy skill for you is WRITING. For parents and caregivers, encouraging your children to draw or scribble on a page is a great idea! Drawing and scribbling help a child develop print awareness and connect what they write or draw on the page to its meaning. When children draw lines, circles, or curves, they will feel motivated to write letters as well.

There are many great books about farms and farm animals to read! Those three below are Ms's Su favorite books. Listen carefully to the last one, you will see or meet a farmer whose name is Sue! Have a great day, everyone!

 

Hello Everyone, 

Cats are funny creatures. They are also graceful and mysterious. Cats can be our best friends as well as dogs. Ms. Su doesn't own a cat but there is a cute and big cat who liked to come to Ms. Su's yard and walk around! I believe he is a stray cat. Cats love adventures and fun like we do. Some cats are grumpy, though. If you read the last book down below, you will see what I mean!

This week, Ms. Su would like to show you some fun books about cats and kitten. Do you know what sound do cats make? Yes! "Meow." Let's make cat's sound together for fun. "Meow" "Meow" and "Meow." Now, let's stretch and yawn like a lazy cat! Good job!

This week, Raise A Reader's skill to work on is PLAYIING. When you play, you learn new words and new skills. Play can also help you put thoughts into words and sentences. You can describe what you are doing while playing.

Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Hello everyone,

Welcome to the Little Minnows Storytime! This week we have very fun books to read about bears. Bears are big animals with sharp claws and teeth. They love to eat honey and they stay and live in forests or parks. We call little bears cubs. You can also see bears in a zoo when you visit the zoo. Some types of bears such as grizzly and brown bears a have long sleep in the winter to escape the cold when food is scarce. 

This week we will focus on an important early literacy skill, TALKING. Parents, when your children talk, they learn new words, and build vocabulary, They tell stories, share ideas, and ask questions. Talking helps your kids improve early literacy skills and we should encourage them to talk and have fun!

Below are bear coloring pages for everyone! Let's read books about bears and sing a song, The Bear Went Over the Mountain, together!

---Miss Su

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Good morning and welcome to Miss Su's Little Minnows Storytime!

Today we will talk about opposites. When Miss Su was young, Miss Su was a short little girl. Miss Su is the second shortest person in MIss Su's class! There are so many students bigger and taller than Miss Su! How very funny!

Elephants are big, but ants are small. Giraffes are tall, but raccoons are short. Some buildings are tall, but others are short. There are so many opposites: hot and cold, clean and dirty, thin and fat, and wide and narrow. Can you think of any other opposites? Someone says "loud and quiet." Good job! Could you think of an example of something that is loud and something that is quiet? A ringing doorbell and a quiet whisper. That's right! What animals are fast and what are slow? Rabbits can run fast but sloths are SO slow! You will learn about the sloths in our last book for today. 

Raise a Reader literacy skill for this week is SINGING! You can chant and sing together for fun! When you sing, you will learn rhyme and new words. Children remember new words quickly when they sing and when words rhyme. 

Have a wonderful day! I hope you enjoyed the books and songs about opposites below :-)

See you again next week for more fun songs and books in the next edition of DIY Little Minnows Storytime!

MIss Su

Hello, and good morning! Welcome to the Little Minnows Storytime! Today, we will talk about the oceans! There are many sea animals living in the oceans such as sharks, whales, fish, dolphins, octopus, and seahorses! If you want to look around under the oceans, you need to learn how to scuba diving. Under the oceans, you will see beautiful coral reefs, fish, and many other sea creatures. 

Today, Miss Su will feature three books that Miss Su liked to read. They are so fun and funny! Miss Su liked to look at the oceans with the blue sky, beaches, and the waves from the oceans. There are so many things to do and see!

The early literacy skill for today is READING. Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading and motivates children to want to learn to read. I hope you all enjoy the books and songs in today's class!

 

Hello, and good morning, everyone! Welcome to Miss Su's Little Minnows DIY Storytime! We will have so much fun while we learn, sing, and dance today!

Lately, Miss Su has spent time outside sitting at the patio watching the garden, trees, plants, birds, and butterflies! Miss Su was very excited to see many butterflies in Miss Su's backyard! Butterflies are beautiful and they come in many colors, shapes, and sizes! Caterpillars turn into butterflies. Butterflies are useful, too, because they help to pollinate the plant species when they sip nectar, pick up pollen, and fly from plants to plants!

Here is a photo of a butterfly in Miss Su's backyard!

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The Raise A Readers skill for today is WRITING. WRITING helps children to exercise and improve motor skills. Scribbling and writing help children learn that written words stand for spoken language. At the end of today's lesson, Miss Su included a butterfly coloring sheet for you to color! Also, you can learn how to write your name on this sheet! Yes, you can do it!

I hope you enjoy the books about caterpillars and butterflies! Don't forget when you go outside, look for butterflies in your backyard and in and around your neighborhood as well! See you again next week!

Miss Su

Hello and welcome to Miss Su's Little Minnows Storytime! This week, Miss Su spotted a good-sized raccoon in the backyard! He (or she?) was prowling around appearing from a bush and walking across the lawn toward the fences! Miss Su saw this raccoon from a distance while sitting inside the house through the window. Raccoons are mammal, which means an animal that breathes air and has a backbone. In addition, female mammals have glands that can produce milk for their kids.  

We will read fun stories about raccoons today. In each book, raccoons are the main characters of the stories! Raccoons have a habit of eating and digging scraps of food from the trash bins! In one of the stories, the raccoon loves to eat pizza!

This week, our Raise A Reader skill that we will focus on is PLAYING! When we play, we relax and have fun, but we also learn new words and learn how to group and match objects around us. Additionally, we also develop our movements and verbal or speaking skills by recognizing sounds!

Have a fun-filled week and Miss Su will see you again next week with a new edition of Miss Su's Little Minnow Storytime! As for today, be safe and be well. Keep on reading!

Miss Su

Good morning, everyone! Welcome to Miss Su's DIY Little Minnows Storytime!

This week, let's read books about summer. Summer is wonderful! We see lots of sunshine, flowers, and picnics! What else do we see and do during summer? Some of you like to read books. Others enjoy going to the park and watch birds, or going swimming. During summer, Miss Su usually goes to the beach and take a walk. Miss Su also eats a lot of ice cream during summer to cool down.

This week Raise a Reader early literacy skill is TALKING! Talking helps you learn new words and the world around you! When you talk, you can ask questions and answer. At the same time, you can tell fun stories and learn how to listen as well. 

Let's enjoy listening to stories today and talk about them afterwards! There are many things in the stories to talk about. You can also ask questions and tell your friends what you enjoy doing during summer.

Have a wonderful day, and we'll see you again next Thursday for more funny stories and songs!

--Miss Su

Good morning all! Welcome to Miss Su's Little Minnows Storytime!

"Ribbit, Ribbit!" That sound came from behind the bushes! Miss Su found a little frog in the backyard. He jumped and jumped and jumped. Wait, "Where are you going, Little Frog?" The Little Frog looked at Miss Su but kept going. He seemed to be in a hurry. Maybe, he is going to find some water to drink or insects to eat. Maybe he is going to find a place to sit on. Just like one of the stories we are going to read today--Dog on a Frog by Kes Gray. 

Today, our Raise a Readers skill is SINGING! In our storytimes, we sing fun songs and move! Singing has many benefits. Children can learn to listen to rhythm and rhyme and hear the different sounds in words. In addition, singing strengthens children's memory and attention, and improve their motor skills. 

Now, let's read about frogs and their funny personalities! Remember, when you see frogs, say "hi' to them by waving hands and you can learn to jump like a frog. Frogs like to jump around, and jumping is a great exercise!

Have a wonderful and terrific week! See you next Thursday!    ---Miss Su

Good morning and welcome to Miss Su's Little Minnows Storytime!

A garden is a place full of wonder and magic! When you are in the garden, you can see beautiful flowers and plants and butterflies! Miss Su has a vegetable garden that Miss Su is proud of! When Miss Su sat in the garden, Miss Su felt so relaxed! You can run, play, and even read a book in a garden! Miss Su is growing lemongrass, chilli pepper, and a small kaffir lime tree, Miss Su often cooked using the vegetables in the garden. Today, we will read fun stories about gardens, plants, and trees! How wonderful!

READING to children models to them how words are connected to printed text. Children learn new words and match them with objects. Reading has a lot of benefits. Reading is fun!

Today, if it doesn't rain, let's go out and see the plants and trees in a garden! You can also try your hands on planting flowers or vegetables. Give your garden love and attention by planting, watering, and letting the sun shine on your garden!

See you next week! Have a wonderful week, everyone!

Miss Su

Good morning and welcome to Miss Su’s Little Minnows Storytime! Today we will read exciting books about lions. Have you ever seen lions in the zoo? Lions are strong animals. Male lions grow a mane—the fur around their face, and they roar to protect their families. Can you roar like a lion? One, two, three, “ROAR!!!” That is good and loud! Good job!

Lions live in groups called a pride. Lions are carnivores, which means they mainly feed on meat of other animals. They are closely related to tigers, leopards, and jaguars. The West African lion is listed as endangered.

Today our Raise a Reader early literacy skill is WRITING. Scribbling and drawing foster skills needed for writing. Children can practice writing down their names on a piece of paper while learning how to draw familiar people and objects in their lives. That is fun!

Have a wonderful day while singing songs and reading about the kings of the wild, lions!!!

Good morning and welcome to Miss Su’s Little Minnows Storytime! Today we will talk about one of Miss Su’s favorite animals—Monkey! Monkeys are fun creatures. They will put a smile on your face! Have you ever seen monkeys in the zoo? Monkeys can climb trees and run fast. They love to eat bananas and they are smart.

We will read three books about monkeys. Monkey and Me is a book about a girl and a monkey visiting a zoo together! Both mimic animals that they see.  They meet with a kangaroo and an elephant. In the book Grumpy Monkey, you will see a monkey who is grumpy all the time even though his friends try to give him advice!

Today our Raise a Reader early literacy skill is PLAYING. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, movements, and cognitive abilities. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children engage and interact in the world around them.

Have a wonderful day while singing songs and reading about the funniest animals of all, monkeys!!!

Good morning and welcome to Miss Su’s Little Minnows Storytime! One of Miss Su's favorite food is sandwich—ham, tuna, or egg! Sandwiches are easy to make and take less time to prepare! They are delicious. They are good for breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

We will read fun books about sandwiches and friendship today. You will see a bear who loves sandwiches

Today our Raise a Reader early literacy skill is TALKING. Talking allows children to expand vocabularies and develop creativity. When children talk, they learn how to match words with meaning.

Have a wonderful day while singing songs and reading about different types of sandwiches and sandwich lovers!!!

Hello, and Good Morning! Weloome to DIY Little Minnows Storytime for this week! It's so hot outside and after a whole day of playing, everyone is dirty and needs a bath! Taking a bath is fun and most importantly, it will help you to be clean! Who would like to take a bath now? Let's do it!

When you put soap in your bathtub, you can move your hands in the water and that will create bubbles in your bathtub! You can wash your hands, your face, and your body in the tub. That will make you clean and it feels nice!

Today, our Raise a Readers skill is SINGING! In our storytimes, we sing fun songs and move! Singing has many benefits. Children can learn to listen to rhythm and rhyme and hear the different sounds in words. In addition, singing strengthens children's memory and attention, and improve their motor skills. You can sing while you are taking a bath!

Don't forget to take a bath every day. I hope that you enjoy these books about taking a bath. See you next week for more fun books and songs. Make sure you eat healthy, exercise, and keep on reading this summer!

 

Hello everyone! Welcome to DIY Little Minnows storytime with Miss Su! Today Miss Su saw a hedgehog in a virtual, library program! Miss Su rarely saw a hedgehog, except when going to a zoo. This hedgehog is rather calm and friendly. Hedgehogs are mammals. They have spines, which are stiff hairs. Hedgehogs will roll into a tight ball to protect themselves from danger. They are pretty neat creatures and look cute!

Miss Su found some good books to read about hedgehogs. Hedgehogs are like us. They can be lonely and need a "hug." Some also love to play with friends and socialize! Can you make a guess what is their favorite food?

Correct! They like to eat insects, snails, and frogs. Sometimes, they feed on melons and watermelons too!

The early literacy skill for today is READING. Reading together develops vocabulary and comprehension, nurtures a love for reading and motivates children to want to learn to read. I hope you all enjoy the books and songs in today's class!

Good morning and welcome to Miss Su's DIY Storytime! There are so many shapes around us! When Miss Su was young, Miss Su liked to learn about shapes and draw many shapes. Circle, square, triangle, and rectangle are shapes. Can you draw them? Today we will read engaging books about shapes!

Our Raise a Reader early literacy skill is WRITING. Scribbling and drawing foster skills needed for writing. Children can practice writing down their names on a piece of paper while learning how to draw familiar people and objects in their lives. That is fun!

I hope you enjoy books and songs for today! Have a great week, and don't forget to read more books during this summer!

Hello, and welcome to Miss Su’s DIY Little Minnows storytime! One of Miss Su’s favorite breakfast foods is pancake! Pancakes are so delicious! Do you like to eat pancakes? What do you usually eat for breakfast, and what is your favorite breakfast dish?

I hope you like today’s book selection! If You Give a Pig a Pancake is a fun read about a pig who eats a big pancake breakfast! This pig asks for syrup to go with her pancake. After breakfast, she asks for something else, and more!

Today our Raise a Reader early literacy skill is PLAYING. Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, movements, and cognitive abilities. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children engage and interact in the world around them.

Have a great time reading about pancakes and how to make them! Keep on reading and have a wonderful summer!

There are so many types of animals in the jungles! At the same time, there are so many trees and plants. Jungles are also places that you can see rivers, mountains, and long, winding paths. Some people who like the outdoors go trekking, climbing, and camping there. Safari is a trip into the jungle to observe wildlife in its natural habitat. 

Today, Miss Su has stories about jungles and exotic animals who live in jungles! Can you name some animals who live in the jungles? Yes, that's right! Elephants, lions, elks, deer, hippos, leopards, chimpanzees, and tigers live in the jungles. Don't forget that you can also see butterflies and birds in the jungles!

This week Raise a Reader skill is TALKING! Talking helps you learn new words and the world around you! When you talk, you can ask questions and answer. At the same time, you can tell fun stories and learn how to listen as well. 

Do you know what sounds does each animal make? Do you know how to roar like a lion? What sound does an elephant make?

Enjoy reading these books about the jungles! See you again next week with more books and songs! Have a wonderful week, everyone, and keep on reading!

-Miss Su

Hello, everyone! Welcome to Miss Su's DIY Little Minnows Storytime! Today Miss Su will read stories about buses! There are so many buses on the road! Some are school buses, others are public buses! Do you like to take a bus? Do you know what sound do the buses make? When Miss Su was young in Thailand, Miss Su often took a bus to go places! Taking a bus as transportation is a common way of travelling in Bangkok, Thailand!

This week's Raise a Readers early literacy skill is SINGING. Do you enjoy singing? You can chant and sing together for fun! When you sing, you will learn rhyme and new words. Children remember new words quickly when they sing and when words rhyme. 

Enjoy books and songs about buses this week! Does anyone know what color school buses are? Yes, you are right! In the United States, school buses are yellow! In Thailand, school buses have many colors depending on that particular school! Miss's Su school, for example, had school buses with green and pink colors! How fun!!

Have a nice week, and see you again next Thursday with more books and songs!

Good morning and welcome to the Little Minnows Storytime! Today we will read books about going to bed! Do you like going to bed early? What are activities that you do before going to bed? Some of you say brushing teeth! Good job! Some of you say, "eating snacks such as cookies and milk." That's a good thing to do as well, but please don't forget to brush your teeth after eating snacks! Miss Su liked to read before going to bed. I know that some of you read or listen to stories before bedtime. What are your favorite bedtime stories?

This week Raise a Readers skill is READING! Reading gives children opportunities to build vocabularies and supports the development of pre-reading and cognitive skills that ensure that children are prepared for success in school! Reading is good for you!

I hope that you enjoy the selection of books and songs for today. At night, put your toys up, eat some snacks, brush teeth, wash your face and hands, and get tucked in the bed! Enjoy the fun books, and good night! See you next week!

Miss Su

Good morning and welcome to Miss Su's DIY Storytime! Today, we will read fun stories about dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are big and strong! Some eat vegetables but others feed on meat! We call dinosaurs who eat plants "a herbivore." Dinosaurs that eat meat are called "a carnivore." The Brachiosaurus, the Diplodocus, the Stegosaurus, and the Triceratops are herbivores. The Spinosaurus, Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the Allosaurus are carnivores. Do you know any other types of dinosaurs? 

Today Raise a Reader skill is WRITING. For parents and caregivers, encouraging your children to draw or scribble on a page is a great idea! Drawing and scribbling help a child develop print awareness and connect what they write or draw on the page to its meaning. When children draw lines, circles, or curves, they will feel motivated to write letters as well.

Let's read books about dinosaurs and learn how to write the word, "Dinosaur." Start with D, I, N, O, S, A, U, and R. If you want to draw a picture of a dinosaur and write this word next to it. Thank you! Yes, you did a good job!

Have a wonderful rest of the week, and see you next week! Enjoy reading, writing, and drawing!

Miss Su

 

Animal Coloring Pages

Extra Song to Sing and Move!

Sing Along Songs from Storytime