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Moving On

All new posts will be on my new storytime blog. See you there!

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Hello world!

I’m taking my little blog and branching out on my own.

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Early Walker Story Time Week #1

Once a year, I am assigned to Early Walker story time.  At first I dreaded it.  Now I actually look forward to it (shh, don’t tell anyone).  I enjoy it because the early walkers (anywhere from 11 – 23 months) are so much fun.  We plan the weeks as a team with the person who does the infants (birth to walking), which makes it less cumbersome and we plan them based on a formula not a theme.  Let me explain the formula: song, mother goose rhyme, book, something with puppets etc and repeat as needed.  When it’s time to plan, we just insert items into the planned formula.

Opening Song – Hello Song + Bubbles

Song:  Clap Hello to (baby’s name)

Miss Mouse Hides Behind Bears: You’re never too young for Miss Mouse. But the young kids get a different version. Today there were five bears and each had an item underneath them (the same items for all five weeks this session).  We yell, “Miss Mouse, Miss Mouse, Come out! Come Out! Come Out!) then I say, Oh, is Miss Mouse behind the Green bear?  We check — no, it was a pair of two warm mittens. It goes on until bear #5 where Miss Mouse is hiding.

Mother Goose Rhyme: Peas Porridge Hot this was on a Wiggleworms CD from the Old Towne School of Music. 

Book:  Baby Faces by Miller

Prop Story:  When Cat Gets Up (Wiggleworms) (with puppets) “When cats get up in the morning, this is what they say, when cats get up in the morning this is what they say. They say Meow.  Meow. This is what they say…” And it goes on with different animals.

Fingerplay:  Two Little Blackbirds

Book:  Baby Animals by Sami

Fingerplay:  Roll Roll Sugar Babies

Activity:  There’s a dog on my …. (dog plush).We purchase plush animals from Oriental Trading for each session. The kids names are on the dogs and they’ll get to take them home.  Then we sing:   There’s a dog on my knee on my knee (ruff ruff) There’s a dog on my knee on my knee (ruff ruff) there’s a dog on my knee there’s a dog on my knee there’s a dog on my knee on me knee (ruff ruff) etc picking different body parts. 


Closing Song: Jack Be Nimble

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Sheep Storytime 1/9/10

Open Saturday Story Time Downers Grove Public Library
38(including parents) from 10 months to probably 8 years old (hooray for a larger group)

Miss Mouse hides behind Sheep

Miss Mouse was dressed up in her new fleece sweater because it was so cold

First FB:  Mary Had a Little Lamb
Fingerplay:  Clap, Clap your Lap
Book:  Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
First song: Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill
Prop Story:  Mr. Gumpy’s Outing in which Mr. Gumpy is a silly looking puppet and there are fingerplay animals and a really cool plush boat.
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Flannel:  A sheep of a different color.  Purchased FB where Mary’ sheep is white and blue and black and red and lots of other colors
Song #2:  Freeze by Greg and Steve (in honor of the cold weather) “here’s a game that’s kind of neat….”
Book:  If You’re Happy and You Know it by David Carter
Goodbye Song: My Hand says Thank you!

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