Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Drop-In Story Time, 3/26/13

 Drop-In Story Time, 3/26/13

No theme for story time this morning - it's my only story time this week, so I just pulled out whatever I felt like reading. There was also no ukulele. I took it out of the case to find that the hook that holds the strap in place had snapped off. I can't hold it up without the strap, so I left it in the office and went solo into story time.

Book: A Small Surprise by Louise Yates
I had never read this book at story time, and I wondered whether it would work because of where the page turns occur in each sentence. As it turned out, those page turns provided the perfect pauses to keep everyone interested and it got huge applause at the end. 

Rhyme: This is Big, Big, Big

Book: Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora
I thought they would like this more than they did. There were more preschoolers today than usual, though, and I think the lack of plot may have kept them from engaging with the story.

Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers 

Song: It’s Dancing Time (based on "Warm Up Time" from Action Songs for Preschoolers)

Letter of the Day: N
  • Book: The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood
    I have never included a book as part of the letter of the day, but attempts to flannelize this story this morning proved messy and frustrating, so I just used  the book. I might start trying to work my third book in the letter portion rather than the themed portion of the story time.
  • Flannel Board Rhyme: Let’s Make a Noise
  • Flannel Board Song: Who are the People in Your Neighborhood?
    I never feel like the adults are with me when we sing this song. I want to learn it for the ukulele, and see if that improves the interest level.
Songs (without ukulele): ABCs / Twinkle Twinkle Little Star/ Baa Baa Black Sheep

Song with Puppet: Flutter Flutter Butterfly 
The room got absolutely silent while I sang this. That is the magic of the butterfly puppet.

Song: Way Up in the Sky

Song: Chickadee 

Song: I'm a Little Teapot 

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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