Opening Song with ukulele: Hello, how are you?
I was going to skip the ukulele in the opening song, but thought better of it after so many nannies asked me if I'd be playing "my instrument" today. As I learn more songs, I might stop playing this one, but it's working for me for now.
Song: Moon Moon Moon
Wynken, Blynken and Nod by Eugene W. Field, illustrated by Giselle Potter (2008)
I was iffy about reading this because it's poetry and the illustrations are more dreamlike and less concrete than the books I usually like to read to toddlers. I'm glad I gave it a chance, though, because the entire room seemed almost mesmerized by it. I think it also helps that the text is so melodic and rhymes so nicely.
Song with flannel board and ukulele: Aikendrum
This was great! I stood up so I could manage the flannel board and the ukulele at the same time, and the kids seemed to enjoy the silliness of Aikendrum's various food features. I will definitely use this again, and will take it on the road to other branches when I do story time for them in July!
Song: Here We Go Up Up Up
What's Looking At You, Kid? by J. Patrick Lewis (2012)
This is my favorite picture book of 2012 so far. I LOVE it. It's not quite a guessing game, but the rhyming text leaves room for the reader to name the creature it describes. J. Patrick Lewis is so clever with language and there are some lovely turns of phrase in this one. It also really got my 2 and 3 year olds riled up. They were practically climbing into my lap to get a closer look!
Rhyme with Puppets: I'm a Little Bumblebee
I have only ever used this rhyme at the small-group lap time sessions, but it worked just as well in the big room. Kids were excited when the different bugs flew up into the air!
Song: Head and Shoulders, Baby
Song: I'm a Little Teapot
Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Farmyard Beat by Lindsay Craig, illustrated by Marc Brown (2011)
After my success with this book on Wednesday night, I held onto it to read again today. I said each of the animal sounds myself first, then asked the group to repeat it - and most of them did! I think this would be a lot of fun to read with an older group as well.
Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris (2003)
This was a cute sing-along, even though not everyone knew the words. I've been doing a singing book at every story time, just so I can sneak in a fourth book, and I think it works best when I put that book at the very end of the session.
Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This