Monday, March 28, 2011

Family Story Time, 3/28

This week, the books I read all fit loosely into a Days of the Week theme.

Opening song: Shake My Sillies Out

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Song: If You'd Like to Read a Book

Book: The Best Pet of All by David LaRochelle, illustrated by Hanako Wakiyama

A boy begs his mother for a dog. When she says no, he asks about a dragon instead. Mom agrees that if he can find one, he can keep it. When he does just that, Mom soon realizes a dog would have been the better bet. I love the fact that the dragon in this story wears a hat and shades, and that he is discovered hanging out in a drugstore. The preschoolers in the group especially liked this story.

Song: Monkeys on the Bed

Song: Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Book: Today is Monday by Eric Carle

I sang this book to the tune printed in the back of it. By the end, some of the kids were singing along. I only wished that I had taught the refrain to the group before I started.  I'm still nervous doing this story time since it varies so much from week to week, so I tend to rush from one thing to the next, and I end up forgetting basic things like that. Still, though,  I think everyone really liked it, even the babies.

Song: Where is Thumbkin?

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

Book: Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today? by Agnes Rosenstiehl

I tried an experiment by including this book, which was to see if books in graphic format would translate to a read-aloud setting. It turned out, at least in the case of this book, that they don't really. It was too hard to see the finer details of the illustrations, and Lilly's one-sided dialogue with her stuffed animals was confusing.

Song: There's a Little Wheel a-Turning in my Heart

Song: Let Everyone Clap Hands Like Me

Goodbye song: Skinnamarink
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