Little Me: Opposites

Monthly Theme for September: Concepts

Weekly Theme for 28 September 2016: Opposites

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butter
  • Up, Down, Turn Arounddot

-Book

  • Dot / Patricia Intriago

-Finger Plays

  • Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, Pop!
  • Roly Poly, Roly Poly

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Baa Baa Black Sheepkangaroo and cricket

-Book

  • Kangaroo and Cricket / Lorianne Siomades

-Finger Plays

  • Where Is Thumpkin?
  • I’m A Little Tea Pot
  • This is Big

-Big Bookquick as a cricket

  • Quick as a Cricket / Audrey Wood

-Musical Movement

  • Elevator Song
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

Thoughts

Last week, the song Red, Red was too difficult, so I sang Open, Shut Them instead…which was a hit!

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Little Me: Shapes

Monthly Theme for September: Concepts

Weekly Theme for 21 September 2016: Shapes

Story Time Plan

-Opening

  • The More We Get Together
  • Bread and Butterlots of dots
  • Up, Down, Turn Around

-Book

  • Lots of Dots / Craig Frazier

-Finger Plays

  • Bubble, Bubble, Bubble, Pop!
  • Roly Poly, Roly Poly

-Nursery Rhyme

  • Baa Baa Black Sheepnot a box

-Book

  • Not a Box / Antoinette Portis

-Finger Plays

  • Where Is Thumpkin?
  • I’m A Little Tea Pot
  • This is Bigit looked like spilt milk

-Big Book

  • It Looked Like Spilt Milk / Charles Green Shaw

-Musical Movement

  • Elevator Song
  • Red, Red
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

-Closing

  • Up, Down, Turn Around
  • Now It’s Time to Say Goodbye

-Activities

 

Thoughts

This was my first ever story time…and I was so nervous! This story time is supposed to run ~30 minutes, but it only ended up going for 18 minutes because I talked so fast! This week I learned to take my time…a little bit of silence is okay. I also learned that it is okay to repeat songs, the parents need one time through to learn the words and repetition is great for the little ones.

Story Time: Little Me

One of my favorite parts about working in a library is story time! I have a story time once a week for children who can walk to 2 years and their grown-ups. This isn’t a program that patrons have to register for, so it’s always a surprise how many people show up; so I have to be ready for anything. I have had as few as 2 children to as many as 31!

I follow the same routine every story time. I think the consistency is really important to children of this age. Every month has a general theme; so I use the same songs for each story time during that month; however each week, I will focus on a specific topic that relates to the theme. I will change the books and flannels to reflect the topic.

Here is the general format that I use for my story time session:

  • Hello
    • I introduce myself and tell the children about the theme
  • Welcome Songs
    • We sing two-three welcome songs (depending on how restless they are!)
  • Story
  • Finger Plays / Songs
    • We sing two-three songs
  • Story
  • Nursery Rhyme
  • Finger Plays
    • Two-three finger plays. I try to include ASL in one of these
  • Felt Board
  • Finger Plays / Songs
    • Two-three songs
  • Story (Big Book or Pass Out Books)
  • Musical Movement Songs
    • Two songs that use a prop (scarf, ribbon, egg, bells, etc.)
  • Goodbye Songs
    • Two goodbye songs
  • Play Time

Check back for specific story time plans!