Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Baby/Toddler Story Time, 9/13

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?
Book: Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming (1998)
This was a huge and unexpected hit. Mama Cat has three kittens - two do what she does, and one naps all day. One-year-olds were walking up and pointing at the book even before we started, and several moms said it was a new favorite for their little ones.

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big

Rhyme: Blue is the Lake

Book: Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins (2000)
Too long for toddlers. I should have switched after the first session, but I didn't leave myself enough time to choose a back-up. This would be much better for twos and threes.

Song: Shake My Sillies Out

Song: I'm a Little Teapot (Sessions 1 and 2 only)

Song: Hands Are For Clapping

Flannel Board Rhyme: Down Around the Corner by the Big Oak Tree
I made some changes to this. I put some Velcro onto some large craft sticks and attached the squirrels to them. Then I had each squirrel literally come along and take the acorn then disappear behind the flannel board. I put them all back on at the end, and added this new verse:

Down around the corner 
and down the trail
are five little squirrels
with big bushy tails!

Listen to them chew
with a nibble and crunch
as they eat their yummy little 
acorns for lunch!

This final verse brought down the house, but it took too long to get there. I think next time I'd do this one in place of  a second book. Maybe next week I'll try a book and two flannels and see how that goes.This will also be good to do with pre-K, maybe, or at preschool story time.

Song: One Little Finger (Session 1 only)

Song: Tommy Thumb

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
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