Monday, April 23, 2012

Baby/Toddler Lap Time, 4/20/12

On Friday morning, for the first time in weeks, I left story time with a genuine smile on my face. I always smile, whether I'm truly happy or not, because that's how I interact with small kids, but the adult chatter and general rudeness was really starting to weigh on me. So on Thursday night, I sat down, reevaluated the usual format I use for story time and made some changes. Then Friday morning, I printed out a brief handout with some quick story time guidelines - the first of which asked adults not to talk -  and when I went into story time, I made the following announcement:

"Wow! Huge group today! I just have to ask all of our grown-ups not to talk during story time. I can only talk so loud, and if we get a lot of voices going, I just disappear!"

This comment got a laugh from a few of the regulars, and some of the talkers actually nodded their agreement. And it worked! I had relative quiet from the adults, and as a result, I and the kids had a great story time.

And no, I didn't pick the quiet/loud theme entirely on purpose. I chose it mostly because the last time I did it, it was a huge success, and the books associated with it are ones I'm really comfortable with. So... here we go:

Opening Song: Hello, how are you?

Rhyme: Wiggle Fingers 

Book: Quiet Loud by Leslie Patricelli (2003)
This is the best toddler book I have found. Some of the kids even knew it by name!

Fingerplay: Two Little Blackbirds (Soft and Loud version)

Song: Head and Shoulders

Book: Noisy Nora by Rosemary Wells (1973)
This was not a hit. And it's uncomfortable saying "Why are you so dumb?" to a group of babies, but I think only because no one reacted.

Noisy Nora, Noisy Nora
I found this rhyme via a Google search, which led me to this post from LM Net. Here are their original words:

Noisy Nora, Noisy Nora, 
Why so loud? Why so loud?
Some of us are thinking.
Some of us are reading.
Quiet down, quiet down.
I kept everything mostly the same, but repeated "some of us are reading" twice in the first verse, then changed it to thinking, and finally sleeping, making appropriate motions to suit the words. Everyone sang along, so I think they enjoyed it.

Flannel Board: Let's Make a Noise

Book: Shhhh by Kevin Henkes (1989)

Song: I'm a Little Teapot

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Song: Chickadee

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This

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