Monday, February 6, 2017

Preschool Story Time, 2/1/17

For this story time, I again planned without a theme, and I was very happy with the results. I think this is the best story time I've done for this group since starting back in November and maybe even the best I've done since leaving the library. There were nine kids in all: three 3-year-olds, three 2-year-olds, and three one-year-olds, and they all seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Opening Song: Story Time is Starting

Book: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
There was one mom who seemed to really get this book and enjoy it. It was hard to tell what everyone else thought.

Song: Moon Moon Moon
The punchline at the end of this song about the moon looking like a pizza always gets a laugh and it did on this day as well.

Book: Hi, Pizza Man! by Virginia Kahl, illustrated by Ponder Goembel
I found this book at a used bookstore, and bought it for story time based on the recommendations of other librarians. This was my first time reading it, and it was everything I expected. The kids loved greeting the different pizza deliverers, especially the dinosaur.

Song: This is the Way We Make a Pizza

Songs with Shaker Eggs:

Song with Puppet: Mr. Sun
During this song, my own daughter incited the other children to run and dance through the room. To calm them, I finished the song with a game of "Mr. Sun Says", in which I informed the children of actions Mr. Sun wanted them to take. It worked like a charm to get them all sitting down again. 

Book: The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins 

Book: Over in the Meadow by Ezra Jack Keats

Song: Chickadee

Friday, February 3, 2017

March Story Time Themes

In addition to St. Patrick's Day, there are lots of other great themes to use at story time in March. Here are my favorites.

Colors of the Rainbow

Suggested Books
  • A Rainbow of My Own by Don Freeman
  • Freight Train by Donald Crews
  • Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
  • Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
  • Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle

Extension Activities 

Up, Up, and Away

Suggested Books
  • Higher Higher by Leslie Patricelli
  • I Want to be an Astronaut by Byron Barton
  • Stuck by Oliver Jeffers
  • The Grumpalump by Sarah Hayes and Barbara Firth
  • Molly Who Flew Away by Valeri Gorbachev

Extension Activities

The Color Green

Suggested Books
  • Green by Laura Vaccaro Seeger
  • Little Green by Keith Baker
  • In the Tall Tall Grass by Denise Fleming
  • Stanley Mows the Lawn by Craig Frazier
  • Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley

Extension Activities 


Suggested Books
  • Little Lions by Jim Arnosky
  • How Loud is a Lion? by Claire Beaton
  • We're Going on a Lion Hunt by Margery Cuyler 
  • Pierre by Maurice Sendak

Extension Activities


Suggested Books 
  • No Sleep for the Sheep by Karen Beaumont and Jackie Urbanovic
  • Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox
  • When Sleep Sheep by Laura Numeroff and David McPhail
  • Mary Had a Little Lamb by Iza Trapani
  • Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson

Extension Activities 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Preschool Story Time, 1/25/17

Our story time group was small this week, since the weather was nice. In attendance were my own girls (ages 3 and 1), a three-year-old boy, and two little girls around two. I decided to stick with my trend of unthemed story times, and it made planning feel so much easier.

Opening Song: Story Time is Starting

Book: Tinyville Town Gets to Work! by Brian Biggs
This was kind of long and a bit technical for toddlers, but they loved it. I think it was the combination of transportation and community helpers that really grabbed their attention.

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Book: Titch by Pat Hutchins
I think this was the only time I read this book at story time and felt that it went over well. I think 18-24 months is really the sweet spot for this story, and most of the kids were in that range.

Song: Sing a Song of Opposites
This song was a lot of fun, and even more so for me because my one-year-old started doing the motions along with me.

Song: Head and Shoulders

Song: Mr. Sun

Book: Pug Meets Pig by Sue Lowell Gallion, illustrated by Joyce Wan
The kids like the illustrations for this one. This is exactly the kind of book I have been wanting for this group - short, but with a bit of plot.

Rhyme: Wiggle Fingers

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Book: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
I am not sure I have ever read this at story time. I actually found it difficult to hold the smaller pages open, and doubly so because some of the kids moved their seats mid-story and I had to move the book to accommodate them.

Song: Butterfly Gals
I love this song. This group did too.

Song: Chickadee

Friday, January 20, 2017

Preschool Story Time, 1/18/17

Little Bo Peep, age 1, "helping" Mommy set up for story time. 
Everyone who attended this story time was a repeat visitor. In addition to my girls (ages 1 and 3), there were 3 boys (all around age 2) and two girls (ages 1.5 and probably almost 3). I decided not to do themes for a while, so this was kind of a hodgepodge of books I own and some I borrowed from the library. I ran short, despite reading five books, so the end of the session is really just a sing-along of random favorites. I need to plan longer books for next time!

Opening Song: Story Time is Starting

Book: Here Comes Jack Frost by Kazuno Kohara

Rhyme: Little Jackie Jack Frost
I found several Jack Frost rhymes and songs, but each one had something about it that I didn't like. I finally just pulled a few of them together into my own version. It went like this:

Little Jackie Jack Frost pinched my nose
Little Jackie Jack Frost pinched my toes
I went into my house and I shut the door
Then little Jackie Jack Frost didn't pinch me anymore! 

Book: Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin and Fumi Kosaka
The ending of this book got a nice giggle from a few people.

Song: Head and Shoulders

Rhyme: This is Big Big Big

Book: Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Song: Mr. Sun

Book: Shape by Shape by Suse MacDonald
I could feel that the audience thought there should be more to this book after the brachiosaurus is revealed. I can't say I disagree.

Song: Stomp Like a Dinosaur (tune)
This was a hit. The motions were just simple enough for two-year-olds. We stomped, flew, and chomped all around.

Song: Here We Go Up Up Up
I threw this in because I knew I still had 10 minutes to go and I wasn't sure how I was going to fill it. It felt out of place to me, but I don't think anyone else noticed.

Song: ABCs / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

Book: Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale, illustrated by Salley Mavor
The kids were surprisingly into this book, which I did not expect.

Song: The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Song: Chickadee
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