Thursday, July 28, 2011

Tales for Fours and Fives, 7/28

Before this morning, I hadn't done a story time in eight days. And I have to say, getting up in front of the room today, I felt sort of rusty. But some of my regulars were very excited to see me back, and gave me a nice warm welcome, which helped me ease back into the swing of things.

I didn't have much of a plan for today, since attendance for this group can be kind of unpredictable, but I made sure to choose books that would appeal to fours and fives, even though the crowd had mostly younger kids. We'll be discontinuing this story time at the end of August and possibly replacing it with a preschool or toddler story time, so creating a routine at this point seems kind of pointless, but I still like to adhere to whatever I've advertised.

Here's what we read and sang:

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?

Book: Actual Size by Steve Jenkins (2004)
I read this book in a very conversational tone, mainly addressing anything I said to the actual four year olds in the room, two very outspoken boys who have been coming to my story times since we opened. I loved hearing their observations, and enjoyed reassuring one little boy that no, I don't most of these animals would eat him if given the chance!

Song: Shake My Sillies Out

 Book: Click, Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin (2000)
I wanted to read Dooby Dooby Moo, but chickened out at the last minute and went with this title, which I know much better. It wound up being a great success. The kids laughed out loud at my exaggerated "moooos" and joined in with me on the last few.

Song: ABCD Medley

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

Book: When Dinosaurs Came With Everything by Elise Broach, illustrated by David Small (2007)
This book won The E.B. White Readaloud award, but I found it very difficult to read aloud. The kids in my target age group were mesmerized by the story, but the adults and smaller kids seemed restless and no amount of inflection or excitement in my voice really changed that. Do other people read this a certain way? I'd love to know if I'm missing some tricks!

Song: Turn Around

Song: Skinnamarink

It's nice to be back, and it was especially good to be able to slowly get back into the routine with a small group. Looking forward to Baby Lap Time tomorrow!

6 Chapter Books About Slumber Parties

Arthur's First Sleepover: An Arthur Adventure (Arthur Adventure Series) Arthur's First Sleepover by Marc Brown
Everyone's favorite anteater camps out in his backyard and outsmarts his little sister when she tries to rain on his parade. (Read my review.)
Sleeping Over (Sleepover Squad)Sleepover Squad series by P.J. Denton
Four second-graders form a club devoted to their love of sleepovers! (Read my review.)
Slumber Party Payback (Ruby And The Booker Boys)Slumber Party Payback by Derrick Barnes
Ruby Booker must try to prevent her older brothers from ruining her slumber party!
Sleepover Sleuths (Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew, #1)Sleepover Sleuths by Carolyn Keene
Nancy, Bess, and George attend a slumber party where a doll goes missing!
Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover (Henry and Mudge, #28)Henry and Mudge and the Big Sleepover by Cynthia Rylant
Henry and Mudge sleep over at Patrick's house, but there is so much to do, they might not sleep all night!
A to Z Mysteries Super Edition 4: Sleepy Hollow Sleepover (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))Sleepy Hollow Sleepover by Ron Roy
Ruth Rose, Dink, and Josh spend a creepy Halloween night in Sleepy Hollow.
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