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Friday Baby Storytime 4/8/2011

on June 25, 2011

Being able to perform storytimes again at the public is such a great joy for me. I’m really excited to get out with the parents and the kids, encouraging literacy, making stories fun, and getting kids to love books and especially the library. Although I’ll be doing a few baby storytimes in April, I’ll be working on them consistently in May. Here’s a rundown of the storytime I performed today.

Books:

Is your mama a llama?Is Your Mama A Llama?
By Deborah Guarino
Scholastic Books, 1989

Little llama Lloyd travels around the forest, going through the woods, to the beach and into caves asking all of his different animal friends if their mamas are llamas.
I used one of the big books for this book, and it was a great success. I normally get about 50-70 people in a room for the baby storytime, so the big books are a great way for everyone to see the pictures and words on the page. The wording is a simple and direct. The illustrations are in beautiful, soft, Earth tones.
The animals use descriptors for their parents before proclaiming what the name of the animal really is. Its a great book to get kids involved in the story for the older baby’s, or older siblings accompanying the family to the baby storytime.
Activity – Wheels on the Bus
This was also one of the big books. Each page had a different action for the kids and parents to follow, and a fun song to sing with each page. 

The wheels on the bus

FeltBoard Story
The Little Red House
-cut a shape of a teddy bear, rabbit, any small animal or object
-cut out 9 different colored pieces of felt in the shape of a house (ranging in different sizes)
– Layer the houses from smallest to biggest on top.
Inside the little red house, there was a …
little green house,
inside the little green house, there was a … 
 
Song one – Clap, roll, rub
(have everyone clap their hands, roll their hands, and rub their palms together)
Now we clap, clap, clap our hands as slowly as we can…
Now we clap, clap, clap our hands as quicky as we can.
 
Now we roll, roll, roll our hands as slowly as we can…
Now we roll, roll, roll our hands as quickly as we can.
 
Now we rub, rub, rub our hands as slowly as we can…
Now we rub, rub, rub our hands as quickly as we can. 
 
Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory Dickory Dock,
The mouse went up the clock (run fingers up baby’s arm)
The clock struck one (clap baby’s hands)
and the mouse ran down (run fingers down baby’s other arm)
Hickory Dickory Dock
 
10  Little Peas in a Pea Pod Pressed
10 little peas in a pea pod pressed (make a fist)
One grew, two grew (pop out two fingers)
and so did all the rest (pop out rest of the fingers)
the grew and grew and did not stop (reach hands over head)
until one day, the pod went POP! (clap hands) 
 
Slowly , Slowly
Slowly slowly, very slowly (run fingers along the baby’s arm)
creeps the garden snail
slowly, slowly very slowly
up the wooden rail (run fingers along baby’s arm)
Quickly quick, very quickly
runs the little mouse (run fingers along baby’s arm)
Quickly quick, very quickly
Round about the house (tickle baby’s stomach)
 
This is Big Big Big (via Mel’s desk)
This is big big big
Hold arms out to sideThis is small small small
Cup hands together
 
This is short short short
Hold hands with palms facing each other
This is tall tall tall
Reach one hand above head
This is fast fast fast
Circle fists quickly
This is slow slow slow
Circle fists slowly
This is yes yes yes
Nod
This is no no no
Shake head
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