Step Into Storytime, February 25

Stack of storytime books, with storytime box and scarves in the background

It was a full house this morning, with 16+ kids and their grown-ups, and a slightly wider age spread than usual – plenty of younger kids, but also some at the top of our 2-3 age range. It’s always helpful to have some older kids there, as they usually pay close attention to the pictures and are not shy about participating, which moves things along; during Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? I had a chorus of two boys shouting “no!” after each thing that didn’t grow. Fun!

  • Welcome and announcements
  • “Hello Friends” song with ASL, from Jbrary
  • Huff and Puff by Claudia Rueda, with scarves for huffing and puffing
  • Yoga flow: Stretching tall with hands in the air, forward fold to touch toes, stretch tall again
  • Winter Is Here by Kevin Henkes and Laura Dronzek: Luckily(?) we had a spurt of windy snow earlier this morning.
  • Song cube: “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands”
  • Solutions for Cold Feet by Carey Sookocheff: I’ve been wanting to read this Canadian author/illustrator’s book at storytime for several weeks, and it finally seemed like the right time.
  • Here I switched up my original plan to read Goose by Laura Wall and read Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex, because a book with a huge sneeze in it is always, always a winner. Next week, Goose!
  • Yoga flow: more mountain pose and touching toes, as well as chair pose and tree pose
  • I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein: This is one of those flip-the-script books and it’s got that humor going for it, but I’m not sure kids this age (or anyone, anymore) are familiar with dog behavior stereotypes that seem 1950s-ish (fetching slippers, etc.) Still, it’s a book about a dog, and it’s a just-right length for storytime.
  • Song cube: “Itsy Bitsy Spider” and “I Had A Little Turtle”
  • Do You Know Which Ones Will Grow? by Susan Shea: This seems like the perfect storytime book – stark, bright illustrations, fold-out flaps, rhyme – but the last time I read it there seemed to be no reaction whatsoever. This time it went great!
  • “Shake Your Sillies Out” with music and shaker eggs
  • “Goodbye Friends” song with ASL, from Jbrary
  • Stack mats, more music, bring out giant blocks, fin.

 

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