I found out today that one of my favorite nannies is moving away with the family she works for! She's a wonderful nanny, and I'm so glad the family is taking her along for the kids' sake, but I am so going to miss her!
This story time sort of had a boxes theme - at least in terms of the books. Everyone seemed pretty engaged and most of the adults managed to keep quiet through the stories.
Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
Rhyme: Wiggle Fingers
Sitting In My Box by Dee Lillegard, illustrated by Jon Agee (1992)
A little one was crying and then exiting the room through the first half of this book, so the group never got as into it as they might have otherwise. This was a find, though. The exact kind of book I love for toddlers.
Song with Puppets: I'm a Little Monkey
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell (2007)
This one always goes over well, but I think the nannies might be sick of it, since I read it not that long ago. It wasn't the huge hit it usually is.
Song: Shake My Sillies Out
Song: Head and Shoulders, Baby
This is a new one we're trying. I like it a lot - it has simple motions, but a new tune we don't use for anything else.
Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Jane Cabrera (2008)
I've discovered that if I sing one book, I can manage to sneak four books into story time. This is a huge improvement over when I used to read just two. The surprise ending of this one is also just perfect, even if there are a few too many animals to sing about before then.
Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big
The Birthday Box by Leslie Patricelli (2007)
Leslie Patricelli can do no wrong as far as my story times are concerned. I don't think the adults got the "joke" - that a box is sometimes more exciting for toddlers than the gift it contains - but the kids seemed to enjoy the different adventures the baby and puppy have in the box.
Song: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Song: Moon Moon Moon
Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
On Friday, I will do my first story time with the ukulele. I am not sure yet which song I will do, but I have to break the ice sometime! Fingers crossed that all goes well!