Colors: Blue Drop-In Story Time, 5/31/13
Rhyme: Blue is the Lake
Book: Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
This book is long and the text is somewhat poetic, which can cause it to be a flop. This group was pretty interested, though, and I think it helped that this was the only long book.
Flannel Board Song with Ukulele: Bluebird, Bluebird Through my Window
We sang about each color twice, because I had two birds of each color.
Book: Blue Sky by Audrey Wood
This book has never done well in story time, but today it hit the right notes with this particular group. They oohed and aahed over the illustrations and generally seemed to enjoy it. What might have helped is that I kept my pace slow and let myself linger over each page a little bit.
Song with Puppet: Flutter Flutter Butterfly
This song is the only song I know that brings complete and utter quiet to the entire room. I think it must be the puppet that just mesmerizes them - but adults and kids alike act like they're under a spell while I'm singing this song.
Book: Blue Chameleon by Emily Gravett
I need to remember that this book doesn't work. It just doesn't. The plot of the story is not clear, and the kids get distracted easily. Next time I do this theme, I do not want to use this book.
Magic Envelope: Little Boy Blue
We recited the Little Boy Blue nursery rhyme, then made Little Boy Blue in the magic envelope using a horn, a cow, a sheep, a haystack, and corn. Not all the kids understand fully what is happening when we do a magic envelope, but they are really into it nonetheless. I also notice that he adults are more attentive to this part of story time than to any other.
Song with Puppet: Mr. Sun
Songs with ukulele: ABCs / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / Baa Baa Black Sheep
Song: Hands Up High
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.