This weekly meme is an attempt to improve my reader’s advisory skills as well as highlight the great literature out there for kids, and their uses for library story times.Storytime: Friday 5/27/2011 Audience: 50 kids + parents
Friday’s baby storytime was a particularly fantastic one for me. I am finally getting into a good groove with the songs, and most of all the timing. Normally my baby storytime runs about 20 minutes. On Friday, I fleshed it out to 30 minutes and kept the kids attention the entire time. I think if I had prepared a few more songs and stetches we could have kept going. I want to keep a special note of this storytime because I see it as a turning point for me.
- Over in the Meadow
- 5 little Ducks
- Old Macdonald Had a Farm
- ABC Song
- Clap, roll, rub hands
- Open / Shut Them (2x)
Book 1 – Over in the Meadow
- Itsy Bitsy Spider
- Hickory Dickory Dock
- Way Up High in the Apple Tree
Book 2 – 5 Little Ducks
- Garden Snail / Jack and Jill
- This is Big
- Head & Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Book 3 – Old MacDonald Had a Farm
- If You’re Happy and You Know it
- Using CDs for songs (Hickory Dickory Dock, Head, Shoulder’s Knees & Toes)
- Big book for everyone in the room to see (group ranges from 50-70 in the community room)
- Used themed songs to connect concepts to the books.
- Illustrating motions in books and songs (ie, counting to 10 before reading a counting book, tracking numbers on fingers, moving hands up/down/around according to story)
- Getting participation from older kids
- Doing new songs twice. Doing favorite songs twice.
- Using a big bear. Just keeping it in my lap keeps the children’s attention because they all want a chance to play with Mr. Bear
What didn’t work
- Running through songs twice when kids are bored.
- Not having enough back up stetches/songs prepared
- Awkward transitions between songs/books