This week was our first time back from our winter break – I hope that everyone had a good one! So, I tried a few new things with this StoryTime…
First of all, I’d like to give a huge shout-out (did I just type “shout-out”?) to Miss Tara, Perry Library’s StoryTimer extraordinaire! If you get a chance to visit that branch, @ Queen Creek & Val Vista, please do so…it’s totally worth it for all the laughs & learning. Also, I’d like to personally thank Miss Sarah for taking me under her wing as her bright-eyed padawan & showing me the ways of educating/entertaining toddlers!
Anyway, after picking up some very useful tactics from Miss Karrie (PreSchool StoryTimer) & Miss Lizzie (Teen Librarian) at our own branch, I’ve assembled what I think is a more comfortable story time line-up, at least for my talents. Which aren’t many, believe you me!
So, we did a lot of songs & kinetic stuff – like “Hokey Pokey”, “If You’re Happy & You Know It”, & “Two Little Black Birds”. By the way, for cool tutorials on how to play these numbers from Mahalo, check-out these links:
I hope to do these same songs throughout the month, plus two extras – “Hello & How Are You?” (by the Wiggleworms) & “Goodbye”. These are both adaptations from existing songs that I hope to get through to the kids via repetition. Sorry in advance if you don’t like them…just keep bearing with me! Here’s more info about Wiggleworms: http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/album/wiggleworms-love-you
The book we did this week was Dinosaur vs. the Library by Bob Shea. Honestly, I wish I could do this book every week…it’s so…well, library-ish! But I don’t think the crowd (or my boss) would appreciate that. If you’re unfamiliar with the title, check it out here: http://disney.go.com/official-sites/dinosaur-vs/library
Another change was the “craft” portion, or absence of it during StoryTime. What I did was instead of sacrificing 15 minutes of our precious morning to do something most folks can do at home, I printed out materials by the author…hopefully, so that parents could do just that, do the craft at home. I hope to do this as often as I can, because it freed up a lot of time for a far more engaging activity…the PARACHUTE! (For a list of Dinosaur vs. the Library printables, check-out this link: http://disney.go.com/official-sites/dinosaur-vs/extras).
So yeah, the parachute was super-fun & also mentally/physically stimulating. By covering concepts like “high & low”, “fast & slow”, and the magic/science of gravity…I think it was a terrific success. (I hope to do this activity every week as well!)
It truly warmed my heart to see the young ones have such a great time. Some parents even took the time to offer me kind words of encouragement, which totally made my day…or more like year! I’ve never felt as comfortable doin StoryTimes as I did that day. Thank you all for the support & I can’t wait until next week…when we’ll ask the ever-asked question, “Who Hops?”