Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Baby/Toddler Story Time, 5/31

We continue to hold story time in the meeting room while the painting is done. People are starting to really like it there, and it's becoming more and more difficult to tell them we have to go to back to normal soon! But we do have to, as we have taken over the adult area, and it's really inconvenient for the adult patrons. C'est la vie.

In any case, here is what we did this morning:

Opening Song: Hello, How Are You?

Book: One Pup's Up by Marsha Wilson Chall, illustrated by Henry Cole (2010)
This book counts puppies as they wake up, go through the events of their day - including eating, piddling, and playing - and then go to sleep again. The story ends as it begins, with one puppy waking up, creating that silly cyclical effect that makes kids laugh. Though not these kids. It was so hot today, all these little guys were grumpy and it was tough snapping them out of it.

Rhyme: Ten Little Doggies (from Canton Public Library)
Not much enthusiasm for this one, but I think that was a result of the heat.

Ten little doggies went out one day, (hold up ten fingers)
To dig in the dirt and play, play, play. (pretend to dig, slap knees on each 'play')
Five were spotted, and five were not, (hold up one hand, then the other)
and at dinnertime they ate a lot!(pretend to eat)

Flannel Board Song: How Much is that Doggie in the Window?
I was expecting that people would know this song, but I was surprised to see that most in attendance did not. But we forged ahead anyway, and by the end, most of the grown-ups had learned the tune, and the kids were barking right along with me. I like the idea of substituting other things for the window, even if people did seem confused as to why I would do that. (This will be my Flannel Friday for this week, hopefully!)

How much is that doggie in the [window]? (Bark twice)
The one with the waggily tail.
How much is that doggie in the [window]? (Bark twice)
I do hope that doggie's for sale!
(Repeat, substituting other things for window. We used basket and wagon.)

Song: One, Two I Love You (Numbers Are Our Friends)

Book: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambeault, illustrated by Lois Ehlert (1989)
It says a lot about my progress as a librarian that I actually read this in public. I have a weird phobia of saying silly words and phrases in front of people, and for the longest time, I avoided this book so I wouldn't have to say "Skit skat skoodle doot. Flip flop flee." But apparently I have changed, and everybody seemed to enjoy this one today, so it was worth it.

Song: ABCD Medley by The Laurie Berkner Band (from Whaddaya Think of That?)

Book: (session 1): Color Dance by Ann Jonas (1989)
Initially, I chose this book because I wanted something about colors, and I thought it was visually appealing. And the kids did think it was pretty, but the concept of mixing colors and creating new ones was way too complicated, and I felt myself losing them after the novelty of the pretty colors wore off. So I traded it in for the second session.

Book (session 2): Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle (1983)
This book needed no introduction, and apparently I didn't even need to read it, since all the nannies in the room basically took over and read it for me!

Flannel Board Song: Baa Baa Black Sheep
I got the idea for this from Mel's Desk, but instead of pop stick puppets, I just stuck the sheep on the felt board. We did black, green, blue, and red. During the second session, I kept forgetting what color I was on and singing black when I didn't mean to, which was a source of entertainment for some of the grown ups.

Baa baa [black] sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full
One for my master
and one for my dame
and one for the little [boy/girl] who lives down the lane
Baa baa [black] sheep
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir, three bags full

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Song: Monkeys on the Bed

Song (session 2 only): There's a Little Wheel a-Turnin' in my Heart

Goodbye Song: Skinnamarink

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