Saturday, June 2, 2012

Baby/Toddler Lap Time, 6/1/12

I have to say it's a little bit discouraging to have an adult approach me after story time to say, "That was a tough one, huh?" But she was right. I had the attention of most of the kids, but some of the adults just would not sit quietly no matter what I did. We did our "quiet signal" at least three times, and that helped some, but it was just a restless morning. Thank goodness, we're moving to the larger meeting room on the second floor beginning next week. I think people will feel more included in the story time, and therefore more interested in participating, when they're not all crowded in the doorway. In any case, here it is - the first Baby/Toddler Lap Time of summer reading!

Opening Song: Hello, how are you? 

Rhyme: Blue is the Lake

Book: Max's Starry Night by Ken Wilson-Max (2001)
I have been trying to read one longer book and two shorter ones with my groups lately, but this was clearly not the morning for a book like this one, with dialogue and lots of really similar-looking illustrations. I think it went over well with the few preschoolers in the front of the room, but the babies and toddlers lost interest, along with their grown-ups, very quickly.

Song with Stick Puppets: Stars Shining Bright
This song went over very very well, thanks in part to threes and fours knowing their colors. I will do this again, as a flannel board, and with puppets, once I make permanent flannel board pieces. (I only had time to put together paper puppets yesterday.)

Song: I'm a Little Teapot

Book: The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)

Song: Five Little Monkeys

Song: Head and Shoulders

Song: Moon Moon Moon 

Flannel Board Song: Five Astronauts Went Up in Space 

Book: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Mark Teague
This had the right amount of text, and would have been just fine, I think, if the group hadn't totally lost interest by this point. I'll try it again later in the summer in a session with a different format.

Song with Puppets: Goodnight by the Laurie Berkner Band
The Tuesday group loved this song; the Friday group seemed perplexed. We'll try again next time.

Goodbye Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This


  1. Don't you just hate when the parents are the ones "acting up"! I actually have one grandma that answers all my questions before the kids do. "What color is this square" "Blue!". Haha. I still haven't thought of a polite way to get her to stop. Keep up the good work! I love your blog!

    1. I'm kind of jealous that you have a grandma in your crowd who wants to participate that much! Our biggest issue is the nannies sitting in the corner chatting with each other while I try to read or sing at the front of the room.

      I'm so glad you're enjoying the blog. It's great to know people get something out of it. Thanks for your comment!


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