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Friday Baby Storytime 8/19/2011

on August 19, 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.
 Today’s storytime was a little bit chaotic. I think the books I choose were a little too wordy. Plus I introduced a puppet (a sheep puppet) which I think flubbed the entire mood and routine. This was my first time using a puppet, and I doubt I will try to do so again. The transitioning from song to puppet was awkward, as was figuring out what to do with the puppet after the song was over. We sang Baa Baa Black Sheep, with the sheep. The kids were not impressed. This storytime went a bit longer than normal, although by the end, a third of the crowd had already left the room. A lot of the kids were really distracting and wigglesome today, so my focus was off. Lets hope for a better next week. I’m trying to incorporate more fixed themes for my weekly storytimes, so maybe this is just the growing pains of trying something new?
This was today’s routine:
ABC Song
Clap, roll, rub hands (slow then quickly)
Open/Shut Them
If You’d Like to Read A Book – Clap Your Hands
Book 1: Hide & Sheep by Andrea Beaty and Bill Mayer
While farmer McFitt sleeps in his bed, 10 little sheep escape from the farm and one by one explore and experience new adventures from playing on a baseball team, to snacking on books at the library. This is a fun backwards counting game with large, full page illustrations.
This is big, big, big
Hickory Dickory Dock
Roly Poly
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands
Book 2: Russell The Sheep by Rob Scotton
Russell the sheep
Its bedtime, but Russell can’t seem to find a way to fall asleep. He tries counting everything he sees, and even looks for new places to sleep, but will it work? This is a great bedtime book. Russell the sheep is a fat, friendly and adorable character, just looking for a place to sleep.
5 Little Ducks
Baa Baa Black Sheep (with sheep puppet)
Head, Shoulders, knees and toes
Count to 10 on Fingers
Ten Little Peas in a Pea Pod Pressed
If You’d Like to Read a book – Clap your hands

Book 3: Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Where is the green sheep?
The wonderful illustrations show us a variety of sheep as we look for the green sheep. We meet the red sheep, the bath sheep, the thin sheep and more, but where is the green sheep hiding? The rhymes are wonderfully paced, with a sing-song tune perfect for baby storytime. The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish.
Closing Song
Fee, Fi, Fo Fum
If you’re happy and you know it

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