Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baby/Toddler Story Time, 4/3/12

It is so hard to come back to story time after a long weekend filled with family and bus rides and sleeping on an air mattress, and harder still to do three story times in a row. As you can see, to make it bearable I varied my routine slightly for the third group. Because I was so tired and planned at the last minute, these weren't the best story times ever, but they were still not bad. Most of the adults participated, and the crowd was somewhat smaller since families are on Spring Break. Here's how it went:

Opening Song: Hello, how are you? 

Book: First the Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger (2007)
I like this book a lot because it's simple, interesting to look at, and works on a number of levels for a number of different ages. 

Rhyme: Five Eggs and Five Eggs

Rhyme: Wiggle Fingers (Sessions 1 and 2); This is Big, Big, Big (Session 3)

Book: I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy (2003)
I have heard about this book in a lot of different places, but didn't love it as much as I expected. The one highlight, though, was all the kids blowing kisses to the baby duck.

Song: All the Pigs 
Today we sang about cows, dogs, cats, sheep, and bees.

Song: Head and Shoulders 

Song: Clap, Clap, Clap Your Hands (Sessions 1 and 2); I'm a Little Teapot (Session 3)

Song: The Wheels on the Bus

Song: Put Your Finger in the Air 

Flannel Board Rhyme: This Little Baby 

Song: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Song: Chickadee (Session 1)

Song: You Are My Sunshine

Song: Where is Big Toe? (Session 1); Chickadee (Session 3)

Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This

After School Craft (sans Read Aloud), 3/29/12

Last week's after school program attracted so few kids that I skipped the read-aloud part. I know that sounds terrible, but the two kids who came on time for the activity did their craft and left immediately thereafter, so by the time it was time to read, there was no one to read to. So we just did the craft, and about an hour later I saw a number of moms and nannies choose books from my display to either share in the library or take home with them. So all was not lost.

The Craft: Beaded Pipe Cleaner Bracelets

I. Supplies:
  • Pony beads
  • Colored pipe cleaner

II. Prep
No preparation required - my favorite kind of craft! I set the beads out in bowls and provided a pile of pipe cleaners. The kids did the rest.

III. Process
One child took a set of beads and a pipe cleaner home for himself and his sister. He was careful to pick out lots of pinks and purples because those were his and his sister's favorite colors. The other two girls who came didn't seem to have a method for beading, but one strung a bunch of pipe cleaners together to make a huge necklace.

The Display: Books About Things You Wear

 (There were more titles on this list, but it's been five days and I don't remember them now!)

2012 Picture Book Challenge: March Wrap-Up Post

This year I'm participating in the Read To Me Picture Book Challenge hosted by There's a Book. My goal is to read 700 qualifying books. (The challenge focuses on not just picture books, but board books and easy readers as well. Read more about the challenge, and my goal, here.)

Each month, I'll be posting a list of the picture books I've read, with links* to related reviews and story time posts. Below are the books I read for this challenge in March.

Blue SkyBlue Sky
by Audrey Wood
Butterfly GardenButterfly Garden
by Margaret McNamara
Good-Bye, CurtisGood-bye, Curtis!
by Kevin Henkes
Amelia Bedelia and the BabyAmelia Bedelia and the Baby
by Peggy Parish
Fly Guy #11: Ride, Fly Guy, Ride!Ride, Fly Guy, Ride!
by Tedd Arnold
Yoko Learns to ReadYoko Learns to Read
by Rosemary Wells
A Pig Parade Is a Terrible IdeaA Pig Parade Is a Terrible Idea
by Michael Ian Black, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes
If You Give a Pig a PartyIf You Give a Pig a Party
by Laura Numeroff, illustrated by Felicia Bond
Pinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Slumber PartyPinkalicious: The Princess of Pink Slumber Party
by Victoria Kann
Splat the Cat Takes the CakeSplat the Cat Takes the Cake
 by Rob Scotton
Hooray for Fish!Hooray for Fish!
by Lucy Cousins
Mr. Griggs' WorkMr. Griggs' Work
by Cynthia Rylant
Rain TalkRain Talk
by Mary Serfozo
Tina Cocolina: Queen of the CupcakesTina Cocolina: Queen of the Cupcakes
by Pablo Cartaya
WAKE UP BABY! (Bank Street Ready-to-Read)Wake Up, Baby!
by Joanne Oppenheim
Double Trouble in Walla WallaDouble Trouble in Walla Walla
by Andrew Clements
by Holling C. Holling
Sleepy KittensSleepy Kittens
by Jill Leman
Truckery RhymesTruckery Rhymes
by Jon Scieszka
Out Came the Sun: A Day in Nursery RhymesOut Came the Sun: A Day in Nursery Rhymes
by Heather Collins
by Ian Falconer
In the Night KitchenIn the Night Kitchen
by Maurice Sendak
Snowflake BentleySnowflake Bentley
by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian
Officer Buckle And GloriaOfficer Buckle and Gloria
by Peggy Rathmann
Ella Sarah Gets DressedElla Sarah Gets Dressed
Helen Chodos-Irvine
Inch by InchInch By Inch
by Leo Lionni
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a FlyThere Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
by Simms Taback
The Man Who Walked Between the TowersThe Man Who Walked Between the Towers
by Mordicai Gerstein
Duck On A BikeDuck on a Bike
by David Shannon
Trashy TownTrashy Town
by Andrea Zimmerman
The Village GarageThe Village Garage
by G. Brian Karas
My Truck is Stuck!My Truck is Stuck
by Kevin Lewis, illustrated by Daniel Kirk
A Chair for My MotherA Chair For My Mother
by Vera B. Williams
by Donald Crews
Mirette on the High WireMirette on the High Wire
by Emily Arnold McCully
Hot Air: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Hot-Air Balloon RideHot Air
by Marjorie Priceman
by Kevin Henkes
Color ZooColor Zoo
by Lois Ehlert
In the Small, Small PondIn the Small, Small Pond
by Denise Fleming
And Then It's SpringAnd Then It's Spring
by Julie Fogliano, illustrated by Erin Stead
Up, Tall and HighUp, Tall and High
by Ethan Long
Grace for President (new jacket)Grace for President
by Kelly DiPucchio, illustrated by LeUyen Pham
Penny and Her SongPenny and Her Song
by Kevin Henkes
Hippety Hop, Hippety HayHippety Hop, Hippety Hay
by Opal Dunn
Playtime Rhymes for Little PeoplePlaytime Rhymes for Little People
by Clare Beaton
The Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal CrackersThe Gingerbread Girl Goes Animal Crackers
by Lisa Campbell Ernst
by Sally Sutton, illustrated by Brian Lovelock
Jack and the BeanstalkJack and the Beanstalk
by Nina Crews
by Helen Griffith, illustrated by Laura Dronzak
Library LilyLibrary Lily
by Gillian Shields
Five Little Monkeys Reading in BedFive Little Monkeys Reading in Bed
by Eileen Christelow
Mary and Her Little LambMary and Her Little Lamb
by Will Moses
I'm Fast!I'm Fast!
by Kate McMullan
The Queen of FranceThe Queen of France
by Tim Wadham
The Easter Bunny's AssistantThe Easter Bunny's Assistant
by Jan Thomas
First Day of SchoolFirst Day of School
by Anne Rockwell
One Cool FriendOne Cool Friend
by Toni Buzzeo, illustrated by David Small
Otto the Book BearOtto the Book Bear
by Katie Cleminson
Another BrotherAnother Brother
by Matthew Cordell
Swirl by Swirl: Spirals in NatureSwirl by Swirl
by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes
Look for the LoraxLook for the Lorax
by Tish Rabe
Carl at the Dog ShowCarl at the Dog Show
by Alexandra Day
Love, MouserellaLove, Mouserella
by David Ezra Stein
Hillary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking FlightHilary Rodham Clinton: Dreams Taking Flight
by Kathleen Krull
A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week EverA Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever
by Marla Frazee
Dixie and the Class TreatDixie and the Class Treat
by Grace Gilman
by Denise Fleming
What Do You Do with a Tail Like This? (Caldecott Honor Book)What Do You Do With a Tail Like This?
by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page
The Red BookThe Red Book
by Barbara Lehman
Hondo and FabianHondo and Fabian
by Peter McCarty
by Steve Lavis
Mister SeahorseMister Seahorse
by Eric Carle
by Nancy Tafuri
My DaddyMy Daddy
by Susan Paradis
Chicks Run WildChicks Run Wild
by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
by Karen Beaumont
Bad FrogsBad Frogs by Thacher Hurd
God's DreamGod's Dream
by Desmond Tutu
Five Little ChicksFive Little Chicks
by Nancy Tafuri
Max Goes on the BusMax Goes on the Bus
by Adria F. Klein
Young Cam Jansen and the New Girl Mystery (Young Cam Jansen Mysteries, #10)Young Cam Jansen and the New Girl Mystery
by David A. Adler
Young Cam Jansen and the Molly Shoe Mystery (Young Cam Jansen Mysteries, #14)Young Cam Jansen and the Molly Shoe Mystery
by David A. Adler
Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery (Young Cam Jansen Mysteries, #8)Young Cam Jansen and the Double Beach Mystery
by David A. Adler
Young Cam Jansen and the Ice Skate Mystery (Young Cam Jansen Mysteries, #4)Young Cam Jansen and the Ice Skate Mystery
by David A. Adler
Young Cam Jansen and the Lions' Lunch Mystery (Young Cam Jansen Mysteries, #13)Young Cam Jansen and the Lions' Lunch Mystery
by David A. Adler
I Know a BridgeI Know a Bridge
by Jeff Sheppard
When You Were Just a Little GirlWhen You Were Just a Little Girl
by B.G. Hennessey
Biscuit Takes a WalkBiscuit Takes a Walk
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit Wants to PlayBiscuit Wants to Play
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit's Day at the FarmBiscuit's Day at the Farm
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit's Big FriendBiscuit's Big Friend
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit Finds a FriendBiscuit Finds a Friend
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit and the Little PupBiscuit and the Little Pup
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit Goes to SchoolBiscuit Goes to School
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Bathtime for BiscuitBathtime for Biscuit
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit Visits the Big CityBiscuit Visits the Big City
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit Meets the Class PetBiscuit Meets the Class Pet
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit Wins a PrizeBiscuit Wins a Prize
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit and the BabyBiscuit and the Baby
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Biscuit's New TrickBiscuit's New Trick
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
What Planet Are You From Clarice Bean?What Planet Are You From, Clarice Bean?
by Lauren Child
I Love Bugs!I Love Bugs!
by Philemon Sturges
The Happy EggThe Happy Egg
by Ruth Krauss
Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!Muncha! Muncha! Muncha!
by Candace Fleming
In the Garden: Who's Been Here?In the Garden: Who's Been Here?
by Lindsay Barrett George
Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysitting? (Clarice Bean)Clarice Bean, Guess Who's Babysitting?
by Lauren Child
Biscuit Plays Ball Biscuit Plays Ball
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Clarice Bean, That's Me!Clarice Bean, That's Me!
by Lauren Child

*Some reviews for these books will post in April. I will update this page with those links when they are available.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...