- There was almost complete silence during the first story.
- I read four books without any difficulty whatsoever.
- Three of the four books I read were actually borrowed by kids who loved them.
- I adhered exactly to my plan and had no need to make alterations.
Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers
Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
The Fathers are Coming Home by Margaret Wise Brown, illustrated by Stephen Savage (2007)
I read this same book exactly one year ago. They didn't like it nearly as much this year as last, but they were dead silent for the first half of it, so something about it must have gotten their attention!
Flannel Board Song: Daddy's Ties
The rainbow tie "for when Dad is feeling fancy" got a bit of a chuckle from some adults. This is one of the better flannel boards I have for sharing in a large room. The shapes are simple enough that they can be seen from the back of the room. We sang each verse twice so the kids had the chance to really learn the tune.
The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz (2011)
I had to tape the first page of this book back together this morning - that's the second story time book this week with a tear in it! Still, it held together just fine, and this group was really into it. All the adults sang along and did the motions, and I saw a couple of the preschoolers moving in closer to scrutinize the illustrations. This song has never been a favorite of mine personally, but Karen Katz makes it great.
Song: Shake My Sillies Out
Song: I'm a Little Teapot
Pete the Cat and his Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin and James Dean
The original Pete the Cat story can't be topped in my opinion, but Groovy Buttons is better than School Shoes. The subtraction lessons kind of interrupt the rhythm of the story a little bit, but my group still got into it. They were particularly thrilled each time a button went "Pop!"
Rhyme: Blue is the Lake
Song: If You're Happy and You Know It
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)
The librarian who orders our children's materials sent us two brand-new copies of this book this week. So exciting! We lost our last copy months ago, and I've been waiting to read it. It was the fourth book of the session, so it didn't get as much attention as the first three, but kids came running up to see the book afterwards, and many of them told me they had it at home or at school.
Song with Puppets: Goodnight
We sang goodnight to a lion, a cat, and a dog.
Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This