My November story time for my Moms Club was held in one of the local public libraries, which has a Discovery Room. This is an early literacy area for use by children up to age 8 and their caregivers. We did our story time in the first half or our allotted hour and played with the toys during the second half. (Note: It would not be my first choice to hold story time in a room with toys freely available, but there are few free public spaces available, so I make do. Interestingly, Little Miss Muffet (my daughter, then 11 months) was the only child who was distracted by toys the entire time.
Hello Song: Say Hello to Your Toes
Song: If You’d Like to Read a Book
Book: The Grumpalump by Sarah Hayes
This is still one of my favorites. Everyone - two year olds and babies alike - was into it.
Song: Row Row Row Your Boat
Song: Way Up in the Sky
Book: The Bridge is Up by Babs Bell
Song: My Hands Go Up Up Up
I rewrote Here We Go Up Up Up to make it more suitable for the babies who can't stand yet. Here are the new words:
My hands go up, up, up
My hands go down, down, down
My hands go clap, clap, clap
My hands turn round and round
Flannel Board Rhyme: Seven Snazzy Aunties
I love this poem, but I think I am the only one in the world. I might have to retire it from future use.
Song: The Wheels on the Bus
Book: Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia
I had hoped for more audience participation on this one. I probably should have put it earlier in the lineup.
Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big
Songs: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star / ABCs
Goodbye Song: Open Shut Them Goodbye Song