Monthly Archives: April 2009

Frogs Preschool Storytime

This week at the center we had frogs for our preschool storytime, it was fun and I got to try out some new storytelling techniques.

We opened up with a Jim Gill song–I Can’t Wait to Celebrate! And then did a little introduction to frogs, what they eat, how they move, how they eat, and so on.

I then read Karma Wilson’s Frog in a Bog–I love the rhyme, but the pictures SUCK. Really, it is hard to see what you are saying, so one has to do a lot of pointing out. A Frog in the Bog

Then we were going to do Raffi’s 5 Green and Speckled Frog, but ended up doing Jumping and Counting to get the wiggles out.
After that I read Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton, which is an amazing storytime book, with all kinds of fun actions for the kids to make as the story is told. Down by the Cool of the Pool

I then presented a fold and tell story for the kids, of the Rain Hat. It involved folding paper to make a rain hat, then a firefighter hat, then a pirate hat, and then a boat, which we all rode in until it crashed and became a life jacket. It was really funny because a kid in the audience was actually wearing a pirate hat.

After that we sang the Wiggleworm’s Row, Row, Row your boat, which involved tied in with the fold and tell.

Our final element was a creative dramatic of the book Rainy Day Puddle, RAINY DAY PUDDLE which is a much better creative dramatic then a book. The kids acted out the animal sounds then one character jumped in as the other kids made rain sounds.

Subscription Databases Salt Lake City Library

The Salt Lake City Public Library has a very simple opening page, that directs users interested in electronic research to a “Research Center.” Like the county system, the city library provides access to databases provided by the Pioneer State library system as well as subscriptions funded through the city library distinguishing between those resources provided by each service. Also similar to the county system, they have included selected database resources in their “homework help” section on their teen page.  As I review the way that these databases are integrated into the electronic presence of this library, I will ask the same three questions:

  • What pathways are available for accessing the databases?
  • What type of assistance is available to explain or guide the use of the databases?
  • What explanations/tools are available to determine which database to use, particularly for those looking for materials for Children?

Answering these questions will help me to determine, not only what types of services are offered, but how well users are able to navigate the website independently to find answers that are suitable to their information needs and their developmental levels.

 

Pathways for Accessing Databases:

 

Subscription databases on the Salt Lake City Public Library are primarily accessible from a Research Center opening platform, which directs users to different subscription services. These include the Pioneer Databases, the general subscriptions, those through a partnership with the Foundation Center in New York, and their netlibrary audio book subscription center.  Services targeted at teens and children are also located on Homework Help pages for each age group, where they are mixed together with general resources.

 

From the opening platform, most of the subscription services are accessible from a page called “search databases.” This page has three different listings of the databases, one by subject, one in alphabetical order, and one with the descriptions. In the topical area each database is broken down into the component parts that would work within each topic, such as the different EBSCO database interfaces. Since they are broken down into parts, there are more services listed in the topical areas then in the alphabetical, and more in the alphabetical listings then in the descriptions. Bellow the side by side alphabetical and topical lists, there is a listing with descriptions. This listing groups services together by the service provider, so rather then ten different listings for EBSCO databases, there is one paragraph about all of them. The descriptions are very short, and not always illustrative of what is actually available through them.

 

Databases are also accessible through pages specifically designed to help children and teens with their homework. There is a Teen page and a Kid page which offer a selection of databases that are aimed at these groups, and an additional page called “Databases for the Student.” )

 

Assistance in Using the Databases:

 

 The Salt Lake City Library system offers quite a bit of assistance for the general user who wants to use their subscription databases. The opening page of their “Research Center” points out that these services are accessible from home with a library card—an important accessibility feature that is not always spelled-out right out front. They also provide links to tutorials provided by the databases they subscribe to, such as the video tutorial for the EBSCO Kids Search.

 

Beyond the continual reminder of the need for a library card, the City library also provides a very useful research guide directly aimed for students. It provides an extensive explanation of what the databases in general are and what they are useful for, offering specifics on what classes what databases might prove useful for students to use. Unlike the lists of databases on other pages, this provides more of a narrative account of the resources. The one weakness of this resource is that it is almost impossible to find, both on the website and in the library. (I saw it on one pass through the site, but it still took me a good 15 minutes to find it again when I went back to write this up

 

More prominently displayed then this “Student Guide” is a great bullet point presentation on several key resources for teens. This is a great resource because it not only provides students with information as to WHY they should use a database, WHAT they will get from using it, but most importantly HOW to use it. In step by step instructions, the guide walks users through the somewhat complicated pathway to accessing these databases. It would be nice to have a more visual tool to present this material, but the information is spot on. Unfortunately the kid’s “Homework Spot” is merely a list of databases for kids, with the warning they will need their library card number, and a list of general internet websites.

 

Database Choice—Descriptions and Age Appropriateness:

 

This category overlaps with the previous one, because offering clear and concise descriptions of databases is one of the best forms of assistance that libraries can provide their users. It is important to tell users a few crucial pieces of information in these descriptions: WHO, WHAT, WHY, and HOW.  On the main research center, the Salt Lake City Library breaks the databases down into subject groups, which indicates to some degree what will be found there. They also provide short descriptions of the databases that do not all answer these questions. For instance this is what they say about their EBSCO databases on the main page:

EBSCOhost Research Databases (via Pioneer) | EBSCOhost Tutorials | these powerful tools index millions of full-text articles across all subject areas. Includes: Academic Search Premier, Agricola, Alt Health Watch, Business Source Premier, Clinical Phamacology, Computer Science, EBSCO Animals, ERIC, Fuente Academica, Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, Health Source, Legal Collection, MAS Ultra – School Edition, MasterFILE Premier, MedicLatina, MEDLINE, Middle Search Plus, Military & Government Collection, Newspaper Source, Primary Search, Professional Development Collection, Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection, Regional Business News, Religion and Philosophy Collection, TOPICsearch, and Vocational and Career Collection.”

This is just a list of databases they subscribe to, and only incidentally answers any of these questions. On the page designed for teens, however, they offer a much more pointed explanation of what can be found through this tool, why people would want to use it, and even offer a step by step guide on how to use it:

EBSCO Student Research Center

Why this site is great:

  • You can click “Visual Search” at the top of the home page and use an interactive search feature (GROK) that helps you narrow and refine your topic
  • In addition to the typical newspaper and magazine articles, this site will pull up RADIO AND TV TRANSCRIPTS
  • You can access COUNTRY REPORTS, STATE REPORTS, MAPS AND FLAGS
  • This site has an excellent collection of PHOTOS and an easy way to access them (click the” Photos, Maps, and Flags” icon, and then type the subject you want in the search box)
  • You can easily limit your search to “PRIMARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS” if that’s what your teacher has requested.

How to get there:

  • Click here
  • Then click “Student Research Center – High School and Middle School”
  • If you are at home,
  • Go to our library website at http://www.slcpl.org.
  • Click “Research Center” on the left side of the home page
  • Click “Search Databases”
  • Go to the Alphabetical list and click “EBSCO Research Databases” and log in with your name and library card number

This second description also demonstrates how databases can be presented answering these questions as well as addressing specific groups of users with particular information needs. Many of these databases are designed with specific interfaces for distinct developmental levels—such as the High School and Middle School search. It would be really useful if more of the descriptions pointed this out.

 

Overall Review of Database Accessibility:

 

In a lot of ways the Salt Lake City Public Library has many excellent features to promote accessibility to their databases, but they are very unevenly deployed. Their presentation of databases for teens is excellent, but the general page on databases is overwhelming with little specific direction for users. By extending the type of description available to the teens to other areas of the website, the library would better be able to serve all of its customers. Even the presentation to the teens could be improved through the supplement of a visual tool that could illustrate the needed steps needed to access databases.

 

Subscription Databases at the Salt Lake County Library System

In looking at the subscription databases offered by these four library systems, I want to inquire after the same three points that I looked at in my review of their OPACs. My goal is to determine what paths users can take to access the databases: is there one central place where they are listed, or are there many pages and places directing users to the same databases. Beyond this, I’m particularly interested to find out what types of descriptions are given of the various databases and their use, as well as how they are presented for children and teachers. In order to pursue these issues, I will be asking these three questions:

  • What pathways are available for accessing the databases?
  • What type of assistance is available to explain or guide the use of the databases?
  • What explanations/tools are available to determine which database to use, particularly for those looking for materials for Children?

As with the OPACs, some library webpages are simpler then others, and the Salt Lake County Library system has a site that is stuffed full of features and links. This provides many ways to access the information, but also means that there are more ways for users to get lost. Focusing on not only what databases are available, but how easy it is to find them will help me to understand what the user experience is like.

Pathways for Accessing Databases:
From the website of the Salt Lake County Library System, there are many ways to access the various databases that the system and the Pioneer state library system offer for users. On the front page alone there is a quick search feature, links to featured resources, and a side panel made up of databases and services related to books and movies. There are also at least three links to additional pages with lists of databases.

Main Database Page:
Whether it is one of the links on the main page of the website, the link from the top bar of the page frame, or from the tool bar inside the OPAC, the user looking for databases is directed to a central page. This page called “Database Research by Topic” actually offers various ways to interact with the resources. First is a Quick Search interface, like the one on the front page of the library website. After that there is a list of pages each with databases on a specific topic—one of 17 areas, and under that is a link to an alphabetical list of databases. At the bottom of the page there are direct links to specific vendor’s interfaces, so users can search all EBSCO databases or all Thomson-Gale databases all together.

In addition to these access points, links to databases are also present from within lists of recommended websites. Kids and Teens Homework Help Pages contain lists of resources, both internet and subscription databases. The databases are lumped in with all of the other pages, with a caveat that users will need to have their Salt Lake County Library card number to access them from home. In addition, the library has pages aimed at adults wherein subscription databases mingle with websites.

Beyond the various pages with links to the subscription databases, perhaps the most interesting way to access the databases is through the Quick Search. This search tool allows users to simultaneously look in more then one database, as well as the catalog, and the webpage. It also allows searches in specific topic areas, such as Biographies, Science, Arts, and others. In order to use the search users need to have a Salt Lake County library card number, they are then directed to a page listing results for search term from each individual database. These results can be grouped in lot of different ways, by relevance, by database, and by traditional sorting features of author and title.

Assistance in Using the Databases:
The Salt Lake County Library does offer some guidance to assist their patrons in using their databases. In particular, the library offers an explanation of what databases are and why users would want to use them over just searching the internet. For children and parents they offer a good description of why databases are good choices for homework assignments, and even have a letter that students can give to their teachers

Beyond these short explanations, users can find tutorials within most of the databases to guide them in finding answers, though the library does not make any mention of these tools. They also do not have general database use assistance, such as explanations of Boolean logic.

Database Choice—Descriptions and Age Appropriateness:
One of the most difficult factors for libraries and library users is selecting where to look for the answers to any information need, something that is exacerbated by the internet that offers millions of different possibilities. Librarians overcome this information overload by becoming familiar with a wide range of resources so that they can direct people to the ones that might closely match their needs and developmental level (such as a consumer health database as opposed to Medline). On library webpages, it is necessary to provide some of this type of guidance so that users know what they are likely to find in a database—especially when sites require users to log in with a library card number in order to use each and every database.

In a lot of ways, the descriptions of databases are crucial tools to assist users in making decisions, they need to tell users not only what the database is, but who it is aimed at, and what kinds and forms of information will be retrieved. While the Salt Lake County Library does have an alphabetized list of databases with descriptions, these kinds of lists tend to overwhelm the user if they don’t know the specific tool they are looking for. For that reason, the library breaks the databases down by topic, creating subject specific pages. These pages contain lists of databases with descriptions that all have a similar topical link. Many databases are in more then one subject area—such as biographical tools are in many as they profile people in many subject areas.

Another major issue in listing databases is whether to group services offered by one provider or lump them together. For instance, World Book Encyclopedia offers interfaces for Kids, Students, Spanish speakers, and an adult interface, some libraries list each interface as a distinct tool, while others group them. In general, Salt Lake County Library system groups about half of their databases together. They break up EBSCO and Thomson-Gale databases into the individual subscriptions, but for the ones they lump together, they provide a list of the services offered within the broader subscription. This allows users to see all of the interfaces in one place and to find out about some tools that might not be individually listed. For instance the entry for the World Book service looks like this:

World Book Encyclopedia
Here you will find links to World Book Online’s:
World Book Encyclopedia
World Book offers more than 25,000 encyclopedia articles that are carefully edited to suit the educational level of the users most likely to use them, from grades 4 through 12 and adults.
World Book Atlas
The 500 maps in the online atlas cover the whole globe interactively, linking to each other, and directly to articles on continents, countries, states, provinces, cities and other places shown on the maps.
World Book Dictionary
The dictionary contains approximately 248,000 entries. Users can either search for a word or double-click on any word appearing in a World Book article for a definition.
World Book Research Libraries
U. S. History – Witness the origins, struggles and continuation of the United States of America.
Political Science & Law – Peruse the major developments in law, order, justice and government.
Enciclopedia Estudiantil Hallazgos
La Enciclopedia estudiantil hallazgos en línea es una enciclopedia de conocimientos generales. Contiene información sobre gente, lugares, objetos, acontecimientos e ideas. Aprovecha esta enciclopedia para investigar y divertirte.
Special Features
Behind the Headlines – A feature that uses World Book articles to explain the complex events that shape our world today.
Back in Time – The approximately 13,000 historic articles from past World Book Year Books present a you-are-there account of the most significant events of each year.
Surf the Ages – Visit imaginary news sites from Ancient Times, The Middle Ages, or Modern Times. Then, link to dozens of e-zines, want ads, bookstores and other types of simulated Web sites, written from the perspective of that time.
This database is brought to you by Salt Lake County Library Services

Some of the larger subscription databases, such as EBSCO and Thomson-Gale, are listed by the individual database, even when the search interface is the same. In part this is to highlight the wide array of topical areas provided through different databases—from Consumer Information to Science searches, but in this case it is also because access to some databases is provided by the Pioneer State Library system and some by the Salt Lake County library system.

 

One advantage of many of these large database systems is that they feature age specific interfaces that allow children to search material that is either aimed at their interests or written at their developmental level. The searches aren’t perfect, but the library can list them as suitable for youth which helps direct students and parents in their information search. At Salt Lake County system there is a page specifically for students, with just those databases aimed at youth. There is no effort, however, to direct different age groups to the appropriate tool.

For instance, EBSCO produces multiple search options and interfaces for different age/grade levels. Two of these specific age appropriate searches are listed on the student resource page, but the descriptions do not mention the fact that they are aimed at different age ranges—even though EBSCO explicitly names the “Student Resource Center” as Middle School and High School. The page also does not include  link to the Searchasaurus interface, which the library does have access to, and which is aimed at lower grade levels.

 

Overall Review of Database Accessibility:

 

Taken as a whole the Salt Lake County Library has many paths to access their subscription databases, but they could strengthen their service to their patrons by providing more complete descriptions of the databases, particularly those aimed at children. In addition, the need to sign in for each and every database is very cumbersome, as compared to establishing proxy access that would permit users to access databases for a certain amount of time. By making a few small corrections, the library system could greatly increase their ability to serve youth with their databases.

Family Story Time–The Most Wonderful Egg

Today I helped out with the Family storytime. It was my first time doing a storytime with such an anticipated age range, apparently sometimes there are birth to age 8 there. Today most of the kids were 3-8yrs old, which is still an age range, but meant fewer kids running around.

Our theme for the day was the Egg, even though it is a week after Easter, it is still nice to have a spring related topic. Since it was a really nice day outside, we started off with a boat ride and sang “Row, Row Row Your Boat,” on one of the Wiggleworms cds.

Following the opening song I read Daisy and the Egg by Jane Simmons. The kids enjoyed it and we did some actions to go along with the story, it was a little scary when Mama Duck seems determined to leave the unhatched sibling behind, but we were all happy when Daisy’s brother hatched! Daisy and the Egg (Gujarati-English)
Following the book, the librarian I was doing the story in tandem with and I presented a puppet show version of the Most Wonderful Egg It was a success, both the parents and the kids seemed to enjoy the puppets and the story.

From the puppet show we did a song “If you’re happy and you know it” from the same Wiggleworms CD.

After the song, we shared another story Guji Guji, which the other librarian really brought to life with her scary crocodile voices. Even I was a little scared! Guji Guji (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))

We then threw in some  finger popping, as it is a must have at these storytimes.

I finished with my very first Draw and Tell story–it was about a bird who wants a family and builds a nest, gets another bird to join him, and then finds an egg in their nest. Only it turns out to be a Dinosaur, and so does the picture! One kid commented it was “magic” when I turned the page over to reveal what the baby was!

It was a fun storytime, and even the older kids seemed to really be engaged with the stories.

Baby Laptime–Ducks

This past Monday I had the opportunity to do Baby Laptime. It was sort of short notice, as the person who usually does the BLT was out sick. The theme was Ducks, which was a lot of fun and pretty easy.

We started out with the Baby Hop, a traditional opening song from the Diaper Gym CD.

Then a big stuffed duck puppet came out to introduce our theme, and then we read Duckie’s Rainbow Duckie's Rainbow
We then sang Raffi’s version of Six Little Ducks–which isn’t my favorite version. Next time I don’t think I will use this version as my singing range does not mesh well with Raffi.

After the singing we did a flannel of the five little ducks who went out to play. This was fun for some of the older siblings as well as the babies.

Then we did a version of Old MacDonald with puppets, and not a cd. Fortunately the parents were willing to jump in and help sing.

We finished with a duck related finger play and Skinnamarink.

Mothers–A Toddler Storytime!

For my solo toddler storytime, I decided to stick with a tried and true theme that toddlers could understand and relate to. Since it is Spring and Mother’s Day is right around the corner, I decided to do a storytime on Mothers. There are a lot of good books on this topic, but as usual toddler friendly books can be more difficult. I overcame the tendency to be slightly too long by paper clipping some pages to help kids stay focused!

 

I started off with a very short intro, and mentioned that moms are one of my favorite things, and that we would have stories, songs, and finger plays about them.

 

We then did some Jumping and Counting with Jim Gill.

My first book was a new one that we just received: Please Pick Me Up, Mama!by Robin Luebs Please Pick Me Up, Mama! it was a bit long, so I clipped some of the pages.

We then did a fingerplay about how much we love our Mom:

A Mom’s a special lady,

So hug her every day, (hug self)

She gives you lots of food to eat (mime eating food)

And takes you out to play (mime playing)

Your mother reads you stories every day (make book with hands)

Aren’t you happy that you have

A Mom who loves you in each and every way? (hug self or mother) modified from: 1001 Rhymes and Fingerplays

I then introduced a song about gifts for our Mothers, we had baby bumblebees, baby dinosaurs, baby crocs and baby grizzle bears, we sang it using the “Gifts for Mommy” on the Toddlers on Parade CD. 

I was going to do the flannel Mother, I want another, but it was missing, so I did “My Mother is Lost” in which a little bunny has lost his mother, and various animals say they might be his mother because they share various characteristics with his mother.

Then we did the perennial favorite Finger popping, without which toddler storytime would not be complete! We had some new kids, so we did more introduction then usual.

Our final book is Mama’s Little Bears, by Nanci Tafuri, which is cute and simple: Mama's Little Bears 

I did a simple extension activity where a big Mama bear puppet came and introduced herself to the storytime group, and we helped her find her cubs, which were hidden around the room. “We sang a simple song: where oh where have my little bears gone, oh where oh where could they be?”

For a take-away we had baby bumblebees the children could take home with them to give to their mothers and practice singing the song!

Veggies and Gardens–Toddler Storytime

For my first two weeks at the Center For Discovery, I am doing toddler storytimes. The first week I did it with Ann the CFD’s guru of the toddlers. It was very interesting because we looked through two different storytime kits before we settled on a theme, and even then it was an interesting choice for the age group. We did a veggie and gardening theme, which was somewhat similar to the garden theme I did with preschoolers earlier, but there was a different emphasis for the younger group.

We started out with a Song: Clap Your Hands.

Then Ann and I introduced the theme by talking about the veggies that are our favorites. We had very realistic looking props,  and traded off who was talking.

 I presented the Ready to Read skill of Vocabulary, and encouraged parents and caregivers to teach new words during ordinary times like at the grocery store by saying them with their kids.

I then transitioned into an AWESOME Book, Keith Baker’s Potato Joe, Potato Joe

We sang: In My Garden–Raffi, which I had done before, but the kids enjoyed.

As part of my goal to do more flannel stories, I did the flannel/prop Story of Picky Paul. It was fun, and the kids loved to say “No I WONT!” and liked the pizza too!

After that we did Preschool Aerobics Fingerpopping, the toddlers’ anthem, and a riot of fun.

Ann finished the storytime off with reading Growing Vegetable Soup, Growing Vegetable Soup and an extension activity where the kids acted it out and then picked laminated veggies that they put in a big soup pot.

As a whole it was a lot of fun, and the three storytimes we did this program for were really well attended.

Subscription Databases and State Libraries

With the popularity of the internet many people want answers instantaneously, without having to wade through books or even leave their homes. Libraries compete to stay relevant in this new world in many ways. They incorporate a wide range of tools on their websites to help them provide customer service beyond their physical locations, and to provide guidance and a gateway to the growing world of electronic resources. Through a combination of subscription databases and pathways, library websites attempt to tame the internet to facilitate their users finding accurate information.

 

Large public libraries allocate substantial proportions of their budgets to pay for subscriptions to various databases, but even small libraries can provide some access through cooperative agreements, with regional or state systems. Both of the states where the libraries are in this study have state systems that provide access to additional resources. The two state systems function in different ways, but both expand the access available to public libraries.

 

The Ohio Public Library Information Network (OPLIN) provides both internet connections and access to “quality research databases not freely available on the World Wide Web.” These are seamlessly integrated into the databases listed on the individual library websites, so it is necessary to check against the OPLIN database list to see what the difference. In addition, some Ohio libraries don’t link all resources they have access to through OPLIN.

 

While OPLIN mostly acts behind the scenes of Ohio Public Libraries, the Utah Pioneer Public Library system is a much more visible presence. Utah library users are able to directly access the state subscribed databases without visiting the individual library pages, and both of the libraries studied clearly state which databases they pay for and which the state does.  

 

Earlier, I examined some of the new features in OPACs, looking to see to what degree these offer instruction for users seeking information independently. Turning to subscription databases I want to discover what kind of services are offered, what kind of instructions are provided, and how these services are promoted to children, teachers, and parents/caregivers.

Chicken Preschool Storytime

My boss came to observe this storytime, and I was pretty nervous. I actually recorded myself doing the storytime in advance so I would have plenty of practice, and so I would make sure I was panning and pacing correctly. That was a really good experience, and periodically I will do this if I’m worried about a flannel or activity. Fortunately my boss had lots of good things to say, just suggesting I make sure the volume on the CD player was high enough to reach the back of the room.

Opening Song: Jump Up, Turn Around, Jim Gill

Intro: Chicken puppet and eggs! (the chicken puppet actually laid eggs, we talked about vocabulary, and we had an egg in a shell puppet to talk about how chicks hatch from eggs)

Book: Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack!, Ivor Baddiel Cock-A-Doodle Quack Quack

Song: Milkshake Song, Songs for Wiggleworms

Book/Flannel Little Red Hen Little Red Hen Big Book
(First we read the book, then the children helped me tell the story with the flannel, and I told the parents about the importance of ready to read narrative skills, and encouraged the children to tell the story at home.)

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It!

Flannel Where’s the Chicken? (I omitted this, as we were running short on time)

Book: Hungry Hen, Richard Waring Hungry Hen

Craft: Chick in Shell (children cut out shapes that came together to make an egg shape, which were hooked together with a brad, so a baby chick popped out)

Overall, this storytime was a lot of fun, and the excitement was added to when the flannel board unexpectedly came crashing down when I went to start the “Little Red Hen” flannel. The entire room of 65 children (mostly preschool age, but some toddlers and infants) and parents went dead silent, and fortunately no one was hurt, not even the flannel board. Everyone recovered quickly–and since I had everyone’s attention, we were able to continue with the story!

Bathtime–Preschool Storytime

Bathtime is a staple of storytime, suitable for babies to preschoolers, which can make it hard to find ways to get kids excited. We sure had fun at this storytime, I wore my bathrobe the whole time, which was very hot, but set the silly mood! I’d planned on reading a different set of books, and doing a different activity, but at the last moment switched it up. I like it this way better.

Intro: Bathtime stuff, (I came dressed in my bathrobe, and pulled out all kinds of bath stuff from my pockets, and trusty basket: a Bath towel, sponge, soap, shampoo, rubber ducky) We also spelled BATH, to work on R2R

Opening Song: Jump Up, Jim Gill

Book: Squeaky Clean Simon Puttock Squeaky Clean

Song/Action Rhyme: This is the way we wash our (hair, arms, feet, leg, take suggestions) sung to Around the Mulberry Bush

Song: “I took a bath in the washing machine,” Jim Gill

Book: Who’s in the Tub? Sylvie Jones

Flannel Story: Rub a Dub-Dub, who’s in the tub! Based off a book–a boy finds various animals behind the bubbles in his tub. The flannel actually looks a lot better then the book–which has kind of strange illustrations.

Song: Milkshake, Songs for Wiggleworms

Book: Big Smelly Bear , Britta Teckentrup Big Smelly Bear

Craft: Give Bear a Bath (Kids colored and then cut out a picture of a bear, pasted it in a picture of a bath, and then decorated it with cotton ball bubbles and a yellow rubber ducky sticker)