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Friday Baby Storytime 7/15/2011

on July 15, 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.
Just when I was thinking it was time to scratch my entire storytime routine and come up with a new batch of songs, I get an entirely different crowd at the baby storytime. This is good, because all my songs are new to them, so I can keep my normal routine and just make a few tweaks here and there to mollify the regulars. Today’s storytime went really well. We had to put a cap on the number of people that show up for the Friday ones, because they had been getting out of control. Reviewing the rules before the storytime has also been helping with crownd management. The new batch of kids are starting to be younger than a year, so I’ll have to modify my storytimes to include a few bounces and cuddles on top of the songs and rhymes and books. At least I have finally gotten better as choosing age appropriate books. That’s a tricky element in itself.  The best addition to my routine as been my book intro song (If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap your Hands). Its a great way to bring everyone together, get the entire room singing and settle down for the book. Fox Tale Soup was a little too wordy for today’s group, by Eating the Alphabet and Lemons are Not Red were big hits.  
This was today’s routine:
ABC Song
Clap, roll, rub hands (slow then quickly)
Open/Shut Them
Fee Fi Fo Fum
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands
Book 1: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
Eating the alphabet : fruits and vegetables from A to Z
Once I Was an Ice Cream
Ten Little Peas in a Peapod Pressed
This is big, big, big
Roly Poly
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands
Book 2: Fox Tale Soup by Tony Bonning
Fox tale soup
Head, Shoulders, knees and toes
Up in the Apple Tree
5 Pretty Flowers
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands
Book 3: Lemons Are Not Red by Laura Vacaro Seeger
Lemons are not red
Closing Song
Jack and Jill
One, Two
If you’re happy and you know it

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