Beginning this week, Baby/Toddler story time has moved to the large meeting room, and I'm doing just one Tuesday session, as opposed to two or three. Because of these changes, this was one of the best story time audiences I've had in a long time. It's amazing how a crowd's mood can change when they have enough room to breathe! This story time was loosely based on a counting sheep theme.
Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
Song: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Sheep Blast Off by Nancy Shaw (2008)
I chose this book for the rhythm and rhyme than the plot, because this group is usually too noisy for me to focus on much more than getting through the book. This time, though, they sat quietly through the whole thing, and some of the older twos and threes actually made comments about the pictures. (And one girl kept saying, "Sheep!" which was cute.)
Song: Shake My Sillies Out
Song: Five Astronauts Went Up In Space
When Sheep Sleep by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by David McPhail (2006)
This book lends itself to lots of animal sounds, which is what made me choose to include it. I think that interactive element is what kept their attention through this middle portion of the story time.
Song with Puppet: Mary Had a Little Lamb
We sang two verses, then repeated them once.
Flannel Board Song: Baa Baa Black Sheep
I sort of made up some impromptu movements to go with this song, since the flannel board pieces are kind of tiny. It worked very well - almost everyone sang along and even some of the really little ones tried holding up three fingers for "three bags full."
Song: I'm a Little Teapot
Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang (1983)
We finished with a counting book, since there weren't other sheep books I liked enough to share. It was just the right length for a third book.
Song with Puppets: Goodnight by the Laurie Berkner Band
We sang goodnight to a sheep, a cow, and a horse.
Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This