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© 2013 Mary Jo Huff

© 2013 Mary Jo Huff

 

 

WELCOME to my first blog of 2014. January whizzed by me in a blinding snow storm. The beginning of January was beautiful in the state of Florida and WARM. Then we returned to INDIANA and frigid temps and ice storms. The laptop crashed and so I had to start over.

As you get ready for the events of Feb. and March I want to add some pizzazz to your imagination in hopes you can catch the story bug and have some fun.


TALKING PUPPETS

TALKING  PAPER  PUPPETS

 

SONG: Sing to a child or to a whole class

Will you be my VALENTINE, VALENTINE, VALENTINE?
Will you be my VALENTINE?
I LOVE YOU!

Answer:
YES I’ll be your VALENTINE, VALENTINE, VALENTINE
YES I’ll be your VALENTINE,
I LOVE YOU!

I have read on the internet that some folks don’t think young children should be introduced to VALENTINE’S…………..huuummm!

That is a hard one for me because I love VALENTINES DAY and all the special messages it relays to folks. Messages that say you are special and I love you.

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Check out the books available to fit your curriculum and either purchase or go to the library and check them out. A note…..ask your local children’s librarian, in advance, to help you select the best books to read with your children. If you purchase books find a basket or box and decorate it for the month of Feb. and provide the children with books they can picture read. If your class makes a special book – make two of them – add one to the book box or basket so the children can read their publication.< p>

BOOK 2

                                          BOOK 4                                                   

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Many times I order books from amazon.com and when used books are offered I always check out this possibility.

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Hold the hand of your favorite VALENTINE.  My grandson, age 5, sent me this picture.

 

 

LEPRACHAUNS

SING A LEPRECHAUN SONG – This is an interactive song for children and families.

. MARCHING

The LEPRECHAUNS are marching
They are marching in the hall, (point to a hall)

They are marching on the ceiling (point to the ceiling) 
They are marching on the wall. (point to a wall)

They are marching 2 x 2 (two fingers on each hand)
They are marching 4 x 4 (four fingers on each hand)

You say you cannot see them (hands above eyes looking around)
WATCH OUT here come some more.

LEPRACHAUN IDEAS

 

LEPRECHAUN MISCHIEF

Cut out little, green shoe prints and tape them all over the building…………floor, ceiling, on top of everything, on the windows etc.  Sprinkle gold glitter in a path throughout the area.  Tip over furniture, turn things backwards and generally make a mess.  I always told the children that the Leprechauns must have come buy looking for a pot of gold and could not find it anywhere.  Giggle and tell the children you hid the pot of gold.  Invite them to look for the pot.

I have a black pot – purchases around Halloween – and it is filled with gold covered chocolates that look like gold coins.  This makes for a real fun day.  We also told all the children if they did not wear green we would be pinching them.  If a child came to school without green we pinned a shamrock on them so they would not get pinched.  One of the teachers would not wear green so everyone could give her a pinch (it was me many years).

SNOWMAN GREETER 

Enjoy the remainder of winter and prepare to welcome spring.  I will blog again as we approach spring with some great ideas for touching base with Mother Nature.  Stay Warm!!!

SKYPE 5

Mary Jo is now available for a SKYPE visit with your children.  Each session is 30 – 35 minutes and filled with seasonal, educational FUN!  Call today to reserve your spot on the calendar.

 

Mary Jo Huff

 STORYTELLIN’ TIME
812-455-1558
maryjo@storytellin.com

Multi-Award-Winning Author,
Storyteller
and Recording Artist

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THANKFUL

Pre-K Hand & Foot Print Flag

Thanks, Connie Sanders
Austin Peay Child Learning Center
Clarksville, Tennessee 2012

A salute to all the VETERANS and their families for what they have given to this great country.  A special thanks to my own Jar Head who spent 8 years serving his country.  I learned a lot in those early years and my heart and thanks goes out to every VETERAN and their family.   A special thanks for all military families who work so hard to protect our great nation.  If you do not know anyone serving our country find someone, give them a hug or just say thanks.  One of the most touching times is when a military person is at an airport and the entire loading area steps aside and lets the service man or woman board first.  They are the bravest of the brave.

NAEYC

 

As this time of the year approaches there is always a buzz about the annual NAEYC conference.  This year it was in Atlanta and the conference was filled with the best of the best.  The VERY BEST is seeing old friends from around the world.  Spending a full day in the exhibit hall is always a top priority.

I had the privilege to present a PUPPET PLAY workshop with over 300 in attendance and we jived.  I left with a great feeling in my heart. Watch in 2013 for a new puppet book from Gryphon House filled with all the important ideas that are easy to make and connect to Early Childhood curriculum.

 Let me introduce you to some of my favorite people.

Thousands gathered to hear Mem Fox read some of her favorite stories and to explain to the massive audience how important WORDS are to children and their development.  You should own her books and have them available for yourself and for the children.

This gentle man sings for all children and has produced a 30 minute show filled with songs and it can be viewed at http://acmi.tv and select the Video-On-Demand feature.  On the next page type Songs from the Circle.

His web site is www.hughhanley.com

 

PETE the CAT
I LOVE MY WHITE SHOES
by Eric Litwin

MY SIGNED COPY to
GRANDMA DODIE

This is Eric Litwin signing my copy of Pete the Cat to Grandma Dodie…..and I will cherish this book.  I rode on the elevator and said “Are you Pete the Cat Eric?” and we both laughed.  He is an educator, musician, author and true entertainer. 

 

Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Pete the Cat Saves Christmas Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes
    Books you gotta have to read, sing, and play with children.

 
 

I will check in again on Dec. 11, 2012 and today  I want to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my grandson Liam………..who is 7 .     I am thankful for each and every one of you connected to Early Childhood education. You are the most IMPORTANT people in our society!

Mary Jo Huff, Author, Storyteller, Song Writer, Puppeteer
www.storytellin.com
maryjo@storytellin.com

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