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Friday Baby Storytime 5/29/2011

on June 25, 2011
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.
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.

Books used:

  1. Over in the Meadow
  2. 5 little Ducks
  3. Old Macdonald Had a Farm

Storytime Outline

  1. ABC Song
  2. Clap, roll, rub hands
  3. Open / Shut Them (2x)

Book 1 – Over in the Meadow

  1. Itsy Bitsy Spider
  2. Hickory Dickory Dock
  3. Way Up High in the Apple Tree

Book 2 – 5 Little Ducks

  1. Garden Snail / Jack and Jill
  2. This is Big
  3. Head & Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Book 3 – Old MacDonald Had a Farm

  1. If You’re Happy and You Know it

What worked:

  1. Using CDs for songs (Hickory Dickory Dock, Head, Shoulder’s Knees & Toes)
  2. Big book for everyone in the room to see (group ranges from 50-70 in the community room)
  3. Used themed songs to connect concepts to the books.
  4. 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)
  5. Getting participation from older kids
  6. Doing new songs twice. Doing favorite songs twice.
  7. 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

  1. Running through songs twice when kids are bored.
  2. Not having enough back up stetches/songs prepared
  3. Awkward transitions between songs/books

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