This story time is right back to square one now that school is back in session. The wonderful group I had two weeks ago wasn't in today, and in their place, I had a bunch of bored-looking, unengaged families. I had to change my entire routine because I had planned for older kids, and got mostly twos and under (the program is for 2 to 5), and they wouldn't sit for the flannel boards I wanted to do. Very disappointing. But here is what I came up with.
Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
Song: If You'd Like to Read a Book
Let's Look at Dinosaurs by Frances Barry (2011)
I love this one. The language is simple enough for preschoolers, and the pop-up images of the dinosaurs are eye-catching and exciting - especially the T-Rex!
Five Enormous Dinosaurs
Song: Hands Are For Clapping
Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern, illustrated by Simms Taback (1967)
A man's house is too noisy. A wise man makes it even noisier. Why? To teach the man a lesson! Amazingly, people managed to talk through an entire story about making too much noise. They also didn't laugh once, even though I really hammed it up. Maybe I'll try this one with my class visit on Thursday, though...
Song: Shake My Sillies Out
Song: Head and Shoulders
Shout! Shout it Out! by Denise Fleming (2011)
Complete and utter disaster. Never again. The book is awesome, but people actually stopped participating halfway through and started having conversations. Awful. This group just won't do anything interactive.
Song: The Wheels on the Bus
A pathetic attempt to salvage the story time. It didn't really work.
Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This