SPRING FLING

 

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Mother Goose


Join Mary Jo as she shares a SPRING FLING.  This is the title of the in- house field trip presented to over 500 children this spring.  Seasonal visits are being scheduled for summer and fall at this time.  Get on board and let your children enjoy a seasonal visit connecting “ARTS & EDUCATION!” It is SPRING TIME It is SPRING TIME How do you think I know? How do you think I know? I found some flowers blooming I found some flowers blooming I know it must be so! I know it must be so! Sing this over and over with the children letting them tell you how they know it is SPRING TIME. This is a favorite time of the year for everyone as we see the newness of life in our environment. Sing this little diddy……. It is spring time It is spring time Winter is gone Winter is gone Summer time is coming Summer time is coming Won’t be long Won’t be long   2013 NAPLES 236

Two year old art when asked what he saw outside.

School is at the end and many children are looking forward to graduation ceremonies and getting ready for summer.  Other children who are in full day child care are also preparing for lots of outdoor fun during the summer.  Safety must be the most important word on everyone’s lips and minds.  Children are so anxious to PLAY.  When the sun is hot provide the children shade and a place to rest. Plant a garden and watch nature work her wonders.  Provide children with lots of books to read and show them how to take care of plants.  Go on walks and enjoy the spring. 

 

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Thanks for stopping by and look for another post in the summer with fun ideas for Commotion in the Ocean and Pirate Fun.

 

Mary Jo Huff
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THE LEPRECHAUNS ARE MARCHING!

. MARCHING 

           The Leprechauns are marching
       They are marching in the hall

             They are marching on the ceiling
         They are marching on the wall
They are marching 2 by 2

They are marching 4 by 4

       You say you cannot see them
                  Watch out – here come some more!

(c) Mary Jo Huff

 

 

POT OF GOLD

  Enjoy the fun of the month of the Leprechauns and the coming of SPRING.  Children are fascinated with the world of the wee people, dressed in green

who play pranks on everyone.  Enjoy good books and fun language with children as you read some of the books you see here. 

BOOK 8BOOK 7 BOOK 5 BOOK 7 TOSSING GOLD

              Gather some glitter and cut out some small little shoes.  Tape the shoes everywhere in your building – on the walls, windows,

          floor, tables etc.  If you use double sided clear tape it is an  easy job. Then sprinkle gold glitter everywhere (yes you have to

          vacuum and clean up the glitter)and turn over all your chairs and mess up you center on March 17.  I am sure the

         children will believe that the leprechauns are playing a trick on everyone.  Hide gold covered chocolate coins for the children to

         hunt and hide a pot of gold.  Sing the Leprechaun marching song and have a grand celebration.

 

                                             Frog Peeper    PEEPER FUN get a green glove and a green set of PEEPERS – found on www.storytellin.com

 

LUCY LEPRECHAUN

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Lucy Leprechaun is the perfect connection for attention and for helping tell stories about the wee people.  This is a glove, PEEPER, and several green

scrunchies.  Lucy leads the music for the day, directs a Leprechaun parade and tells stories about her cousins.       Lucy is great with children and they

enjoy dressing in green for the March celebration.  We always tell the children that if they do not wear green on March 17 they will get a Leprechaun

pinch……………of course we don’t pinch because we pin a Shamrock on their shirts when they arrive if they are not wearing green.                  

 

 

LEPRACHAUNS

 

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY

and

 

BRING ON SPRING

 

 

 

 

SKYPE ANNOUNCEMENT

GREEN KEYNOTESKYPE 5
CORRECTION:….
.MARCH 7 & 8 LOCATION
IS FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH,  
NEWBURGH, IN

 

 Mary Jo has visited 46 states in person and now is available via SKYPE.

A VIRTUAL VISIT can be scheduled with the following:    Support from the Director or Administration,    Funding
from a parent organization or Arts in Education dollars from your local Arts Council, charging small fee per child or searching for grant funding.   


       SKYPE presentation 35 to 45 minutes includes:  
                   *  Seasonal CCSS connections 
                   *  Story Play and picture book story walk
                   *  Music, movement, rhythms and rhymes using original music and some songs from
                          Mary Jo’s musical friends from around the country
                   *  Puppet Play 
                   *  Mini – Q&A session so children can express their ideas

  •                  SKYPE NEEDS:
                     Internet Connection – direct hard wire is best
                     Smart board and or large TV or equipment to project the SKYPE presentation
                      Large space or children to interact
                      Approximately 30 to 35 minutes for presentation
                      Notification of TIME ZONE for presentation.  I am in the Central Time Zone
                      Signed contract

     

       COST:  Each school will receive a DVD filled with musical storytelling fun.
                                   This will allow children to be familiar with some of      
                                   the puppet friends and songs that will be part of the presentation.  The
                                   cost of a virtual visit is $250 with discounts for multi scheduled sessions on
                                          one day at the same location.  Contact 812-455-1558 to discuss a visit.

MARY JO HUFFwww.storytellin.commaryjo@storytellin.com

 

TIME TO BLOG

© 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>

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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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MARCH MADNESS

I come from Indiana where BASKETBALL creates a true MARCH MADNESS.  Some people would say we are full of it but then maybe we are???  The weather is so unpredictable during this month so be prepared to punt your curriculum.

I visited Austin Peay University in Clarksville, TN and experienced excitement about the ideas on the playground.  Material, purchased at a local store, was tied, at the top, to the high fence and the children could see the effects of the wind even when it was just a
breeze.

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Consider your playground and how you can take advantage of the March winds.  Sound is another effect of the wind and the playground provided exploration of sound.

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 If someone is cutting down a tree in your area, especially after a story, ask them to cut you some logs – and of course deliver them to your playground.  This log-a-pillar is a favorite of all the children to sit on and to walk on.  The tent tunnels are a favorite and the children helped construct this tent around the tunnels and they can see and feel the effects of the wind as they listen to the sounds surrounding the area.

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 For more information about this wonderful playground and university based center  contact:

Connie Sanders
Director
Austin Peay State University
Child Learning Center
637 N 8th Street
P.O. Box 4776
Clarksville, TN 37044
sandersc@apsu.edu
931.221.6234

The world is moving at an accelerated speed but children need to experience the world that surrounds them in a natural play atmosphere.

As the world turns at an accelerated speed I try to keep myself grounded. Each day brings a new adventure and here is a fun and true story.  My cell phone rang and I heard “Grandma Dodie (that would be my family name) it’s me Cole.” 

“Hi buddy I knew it was you.”  “Tell your plane to bring you back!”  “Honey I cannot come back to Florida.”  “Yea, just tell your plane to bring you back.”  “I cannot come back to Florida right now.”  “Yea you have to because I am playing baseball

And I hit the ball really, really hard and runned faster and faster.”  “You gotta come back.”  Then in the background I heard……”Cole, where are you and do you have my phone?”  He figured out to call me on his mom’s cell phone and I cherish every phone call he sneaks.

Kid stories are always the best stories.  Keep a journal of what they say and it will be the best reading day or night.

I am on the road for the rest of the month of March and the calendar is full for April and May.  Hope to see you along the way.

 

Thanks for joining me and you can contact me at:

Mary Jo Huff
maryjo@storytellin.com
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PLAY SAFE & HAVE FUN!!!