Sending You My Love Drop-In Story Time, 2/12/13
(This week's theme is Valentines and mail.)
Book: Secret Valentine by Catherine Stock
This is a good story for toddlers and threes. It has a simple plot and teaches lots of great Valentine vocabulary. The kids liked it, but the adults basically ignored me during the entire thing.
Rhyme with stick puppets: Five Valentines
I used this rhyme last year as well. I printed messages on Valentine hearts and held them up one at a time. They clapped loudly at the end.
Book: If You’ll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant, illustrated by Fumi Kosaka
This is not Cynthia Rylant's best - it has a lot of forced rhymes that don't really add anything to the story, and the kids were just not into it today.
Song: Will You Be My Valentine?
This song is to the tune of The Muffin Man. I learned it when I was in Brownies as a kid and my mom was in charge of our Valentine's Day performance at the nursing home. This morning, we sang it twice using words, then mooed, barked, and roared the next few verses.
Song: Love Grows
I learned this song from my mom, too. She sings it with her pee wee campers at summer camp. I learned it for the ukulele first thing this morning, and played it three times. Everybody liked it and by the end, they could all sing along.
Song: There’s a Little Wheel a-Turnin' in my Heart
Letter of the Day: B
- Song with Puppet: Buzzing Buzzing Bumblebee
- Song: Row, Row, Row, Your Boat
- Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big
- Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Song: Sing a Happy Song
Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider
Songs with ukulele: ABCs / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / Baa Baa Black Sheep
I forgot to sing this when we finished the letter B, so I had to go back for it later. This song perked everybody up - they love it.
Song: If You're Happy and You Know It
I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here.