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Friday Baby Storytime 9/23/2011

on September 23, 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.
A packed house today. Although most people didn’t stay too long. The room was stuffy and it was just really overwhelming for all the kids.  Today I introduced the theme of storytime (Daytime & nighttime) and I introduced the names of the rhymes/fingerplays/stretches. Parents familiar with the songs were able to excite their kids to go along with it. It did help a little. Although the kids were just really fussy overall today, and I had a number of tots well over the 2 year age limit. 
 
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: Little House, Little Town by Scott Beck
Little house, little town
This is a wonderful book about what happens throughout the course of a day. Wake up, go for a walk, people starting their jobs, etc. A lot of the kids relate to the story and the activities in this book, so I think they enjoyed that, and parents were mumbling “we did that yesterday!” “we’re going to the park today!”  
 
Songs
Hickory Dickory Dock
Roly Poly (2x)
Out in the Garden
One, Two
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands
 
Book 2: The Napping House by Audrey Wood
The napping house
I’ve used this book so many times for storytime that I practically have it memorized. It was a great transition from the first book, Little House Little Town, which ended with everyone going to bed.  With The Napping House, I hush at the end of each page that ends with “where everyone was sleeping.” It quieted the kids down enough to get through a couple of lines of the next page. 
 
Songs
Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
Ten Little Peas In A Pea Pod Pressed
Little Bird (2x)
This is Big, Big, Big
If You’d Like to Read a Book – Clap Your Hands

Book 3: What the Sun/Moon Sees by Nancy Tafuri

What the sun sees ; what the moon sees

This is a great two-for-one book, the first half is what the sun sees, then you flip the book over and its a tale of what the moon sees. The short sentences at the bottom of the page left lots of room for beautiful illustrations that really caught the children’s attention. 
 
Closing Song
Jack & Jill
Fee, Fi Fo, Fum
If you’re happy and you know it
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