Monday, September 12, 2011

Preschool Story Time, 9/12

This story time is right back to square one now that school is back in session. The wonderful group I had two weeks ago wasn't in today, and in their place, I had a bunch of bored-looking, unengaged families. I had to change my entire routine because I had planned for older kids, and got mostly twos and under (the program is for 2 to 5), and they wouldn't sit for the flannel boards I wanted to do. Very disappointing. But here is what I came up with.

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?

Song: If You'd Like to Read a Book

Book: Let's Look at Dinosaurs by Frances Barry (2011)
I love this one. The language is simple enough for preschoolers, and the pop-up images of the dinosaurs are eye-catching and exciting - especially the T-Rex!

Flannel Board Rhyme: Five Enormous Dinosaurs

Song: Hands Are For Clapping

Book: Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern, illustrated by Simms Taback (1967)
A man's house is too noisy. A wise man makes it even noisier. Why? To teach the man a lesson! Amazingly, people managed to talk through an entire story about making too much noise. They also didn't laugh once, even though I really hammed it up. Maybe I'll try this one with my class visit on Thursday, though...

Song: Shake My Sillies Out

Song: Head and Shoulders

Book: Shout! Shout it Out! by Denise Fleming (2011)
Complete and utter disaster. Never again. The book is awesome, but people actually stopped participating halfway through and started having conversations. Awful. This group just won't do anything interactive.

Song: The Wheels on the Bus
A pathetic attempt to salvage the story time. It didn't really work.

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This

1 comment :

  1. Katie - I have the same issues with people having conversations in my storytimes. I just finished up a baby storytime today and had a couple of moms that quietly talked throughout the entire thing. I still haven't figured out a good way to address this. I don't really want to stop a storytime I've already started and point fingers, and if I were to say anything before I started storytime, it wouldn't really register with them. So frustrating. I think they just see it as social time for themselves and I'm almost like a TV set to plop the kids in front of. But the kids aren't getting as much out of it if their parents aren't helping them stay engaged.



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