E is for Energy #atozchallenge

Say it Rah-shay By Apr 06, 2015 21 Comments

In which I turn a case of the Mondays into a rockin’ time.


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It does not pay for me to have time off. Re-entry is so tough! After a few days of doing whatever I wanted (aka watching copious amounts of television and eating Matzoh for dinner), it was hard to get back into my regular routine. Plus, when I got to work my room was a mess; stuff everywhere, the little bunny game I made missing half of its pieces and ripped up paper all around. I was in no mood for storytime and indulged in my favorite fantasy of hooking up a computer to the TV monitor and letting kids watch me on You Tube.


Instead of fretting and doing a Weasley Brothers  (see video below) I decided to scrap the half baked plan I had for storytime and read fun books.

Recipe to bring energy to your Monday:

A group of preschoolers. Today there were a few new children who joined storytime. While it can be a challenge to have new kids, this group was all about listening and following along with the program. It helped that they had time to play BEFORE we started.

High pitch opera-like singing. I love singing but am no Ella. I usually do a few high pitched notes that get the attention of the kids who have that “I am going to bolt before she can read one story” look in their eyes.

Silly books. Today I grabbed a group of books by Jan Thomas and let her words do the work. Add in me mugging and we had a blast!

Can you make a scary face | Say it, "Rah-shay"

Rachee’s scary face. BOO!


Unplanned craft. I really have to credit one of the moms attending storytime for the idea. I was just going to have the kids make dust bunnies using pom poms. She grabbed eyes, pipe cleaners and plastic bottle caps and came up with antenna.

Jan Thomas inspired pom pom craft

Jan Thomas inspired pom pom craft


As we raced around the room I realized my blahs had went away and I feel James Brown Good.


Use my affiliate links for copies of the books we read. Check out the Library’s YouTube page later this week for a dramatic reading of Rhyming Dust Bunnies.

Is Everyone Ready for Fun?

Can You Make a Scary Face?

Rhyming Dust Bunnies

Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny!


Thanks for reading and have an energetic day!



I am mom, daughter, sister, yarn lover, word lover, crazy cat lady and library chick. Find me with book or with hook and a hot cuppa.


  1. Robin (Masshole Mommy) says:

    My 7 year old has endless energy – he wears me out big time. I love that you found lots of fun ideas to keep busy – those books sound fun!

  2. Milena says:

    LOL- Great post! I always find that I feel more energized when I give in to the situation and have fun!

  3. Silly books always get my kids attention! They can have some quiet downtime once in awhile, but are usually pretty energized! lol

  4. becca says:

    Children and good books can cure the blahs anytime. Both have a way of making us smile and forget our troubles.

  5. Lorane says:

    You are so right! Its so hard trying to get back into a routine after taking a break. I’m more energized in the mornings ( after Coffee )

  6. maria @closetohome says:

    These are all adorable book finds and I think the craft was adorable. Sometimes the easiest crafts are the best

  7. Shelly Blur says:

    Great that you managed to pull out of a frump. Looks like the kids had an amazing time.

  8. Rosey says:

    The book of funny faces is cute. So is your use of the term ‘James Brown Good’ lolol Glad you got rid of the blah’s. 🙂

  9. I wish I could be in your classroom because you are so much fun! I bet those kids miss you when you are gone!

  10. I wish I could be in your classroom because you are so much fun! I bet those kids miss you when you are gone!

  11. Carol Bryant says:

    What a fun series of activities and such fun to include books!

  12. Energy is something I have so little of, it is not even funny. I love the face you made with the book!

  13. Janeane Davis says:

    You certainly need a lot of energy to get through your days. You will have to share your energy secrets.

  14. Liz Mays says:

    What a fun time for the kids! You made the most of that Monday!

  15. What a lot of fun to do with kids! I know your days get filled easily!!

  16. Rose Siders says:

    I have the hardest time getting back to work after a break. These are great tips for "re-entering" a work state of mind!

  17. Heather says:

    Anyway to use up that energy is good!

  18. Ashley Saunders says:

    I remember when I was teaching having blah days. It always helped to stop all the "planned out" things and just let loose a bit!

  19. That looks a fun day! Very creative. I would like to be in your class! LOL

  20. Debi Gerhart says:

    What a fun time. I love the faces.

  21. Kristin says:

    I’m going to look into that serious of books! That one looks so cute!

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