In the Trees Drop-In Story Time, 8/30/13
This story time was fun to set up. I drew four trees on the whiteboard then placed a clipart image on each one to indicate what type of tree it was. I introduced each tree with a song, then read a book to go along with each one.
Song with Ukulele: Here We Go 'Round the Apple Tree
We sang four verses of this song, which goes like this:
Here we go round the apple tree, the apple tree, the apple tree
Here we go round the apple tree gathering the apples!
We gathered leaves from the maple tree and acorns from the big oak tree.
Book: The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
I was disappointed by how little they paid attention to books in general, in this session. This book had almost everyone's attention, but it kind of unraveled from there.
Rhyme: Way Up High in the Apple Tree
The kids got really into this, and some of them seemed to remember the words!
Book: The Red Lemon by Bob Staake
I chose this book because it rhymed, and made the conscious decision to cut out a lot of the text on the red page because I thought the group would be antsy. Unfortunately, even the shortened version didn't really seem to grab anyone this morning.
Rhyme: Lemons in the Bowl
This was a new rhyme and I really liked how it went over. It might have gone on a little long for the babies, but the bigger kids were with me right to the end.
Book: Red Leaf Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert
I am hereby retiring all Lois Ehlert books from story time. I don't like them, and the kids don't seem to "get" her illustrations.
Song: The Trees Are Growing Tall
The kids were great at showing me how tall their trees could grow, and touching their toes when it was time to sing about roots.
Book: The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri
I tried to get the grown-ups to join me on the refrain of this book, and to make all the animal sounds, but they pretty much just tuned me out.
Song: Brown Squirrel, Brown Squirrel
We pretended to be brown squirrels, then gray squirrels.
Song with Puppet: Mr. Sun
Song with Ukulele: ABCs / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / Baa Baa Black Sheep
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.