Thursday, April 4, 2013

Signs of Spring Toddler Lap Time, 4/4/13

 Signs of Spring Toddler Lap Time, 4/4/13

Book: Planting Seeds by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
I like this book a lot - it has counting, bunnies, and plants! I'll definitely be using it again during the summer.

Song: Love Grows
This is a group of toddlers who normally love to learn motions to new songs. Today, I got 20 blank stares when we sang this song. It just did not work.

Book: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss, illustrated by Crockett Johnson
This book is a hit with parents. The kids didn't say much, but their eyes were on the book for almost the entire time.

Song: One Seed by the Laurie Berkner Band
This was a huge hit - we did it three times!

Song with Puppet: Mr. Sun
The kids got really excited about this one!

Book: Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
A flop again, as on Tuesday.

Songs with Foam Flowers: We had more older siblings than usual at this session because of Spring Break, and though there were only three "big kids" they basically took over the entire story time from this point until the end. I couldn't blame them - their responses to everything were age appropriate, but I had some parents questioning whether we had changed the age limit on the sessions. If this happens in the summer, we plan to offer a "big kid" craft for the siblings outside of the story room, so we don't have total chaos.
  • Oh Little Flower (also with flannel board)
  • There’s a Little Flower Growing...
Song with Puppet: Flutter, Flutter Butterfly

Flannel Board: Color Rhymes
At the end of the rhyme, we said goodbye to each bird by name.

Song: Bumpin’ Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon

Song: Monkeys on the Bed

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here.

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