Z718.3 → Toddler Story Time: Easter

Opening songs:
Hands go up! (x2)
Open them, shut them (x2)

Book 1: Easter mice! / Bethany Roberts

Song: "If you're happy and you know it"

Fingerplay: "Easter Bunny" X2
Easter bunny, Easter bunny [use hands to form ears]
Small and white, [cup palms together]
Come and fill my Easter basket [pretend to fill basket]
Overnight. [pretend to sleep]
Book 2: Minerva Louise and the colorful eggs / Janet Morgan Stoeke

Song: "Mary had a little lamb"

Felt board Activity: "5 Little Easter Eggs" [I can't remember where I picked this up from, if you know let me know!]
Five little Easter eggs - I wish there were more!
Mother ate the green one - then there were four.
Four little Easter eggs - pretty as can be!
Daddy ate the blue one - then there were three.
Three little Easter eggs - I haven't got a clue
WHO ate the purple one - but that left two!
Two little Easter eggs - we're almost done,
Sister ate the pink one - that left one.
One little Easter egg - I'd better run!
'Cuz I ate that one -and now there are none!

Song: "Sleeping Bunnies"
See the little bunnies, sleep till nearly noon,
Shall we wake them with a merry tune?
Look how still ... are they ill?
Up little bunnies hop, hop, hop! (x3)
Hop! Hop! Hop!

Craft: construction paper Easter egg + colouring page

Goodbye Song: "The more we get together"

Z688.A93 → Exploring the Audiobook Format

For the past year or so, I've been getting more and more curious about audiobooks. I've always been a reader of physical or electronic books - and never truly thought of reading via my ears. If I'm being completely honest here, my original motivation for trying it out was the near constant sponsorships that Audible did of many podcasts that I loved to listen to. Inevitably, the sponsorship/advertisement went along the lines of "sign up with our coupon code and receive your first audio book for free!" A free book? That's definitely a deal I couldn't pass up.

And so I went ahead and got my free book (it was Stephanie Laurens' Devil's Bride), but looking back, I didn't take into account the difference of the format. Oh sure, I knew I would be taking in the story via my ears and not my eyes, but I didn't anticipate how my reading schedule would affect my process of reading. At that time - working full-time as I was - I only really had dedicated reading time when I was going to bed. So there I was all tucked into bed, only one light on, when I turned on my iPod to listen to the audiobook. I'm sure you can think of what happened next - that's right: sleep. Nearly instant sleep. It's more than a little disappointing to jolt awake and realize you've missed who-knows-how-many chapters. And so, I thought, audiobooks just weren't for me.

And then I got a job that consisted of a 30-40 minute commute. I still had my reservations though. I mean, would I really be able to pay attention to a story while my focus was going to be on the road? So I gave it another shot.

Z718.3 → Toddler Story Time: Spring

Last month, I said so long to baby story time sessions and this month I'm saying hello to the toddler age group! For my library, this means one major difference: crafts! I've had a lot of fun planning nine weeks worth of storytimes and their corresponding crafts. And so, for the next nine or so weeks I'll be posting my outlines and summaries of the storytimes I've been presenting. This week, to celebrate finally getting some good weather recently, the theme is Spring!

Opening Songs
Hands go up!
Open them, shut them! (x2)

Book 1: Planting a rainbow / Lois Ehlert

Felt board: "Five Green and Speckled Frogs" [rhyme/song found here]

Song: "Head and Shoulders"
Head and shoulders, knees and toes.
Knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes.
Eyes, ears, mouth, and nose!

Fingerplay: "Funny Little Caterpillar"
Funny little caterpillar, crawling on the ground. [crawl finger up arm]
Spin yourself a blanket, and then go fast asleep. [twirl fingers, tuck them into palm]
Fuzzy, wuzzy caterpillar wakes up by and by.
Now you have two pretty wings, You're a butterfly! [move hands in flying motion]

Song: "If you're happy and you know it"

Book 2: Wake up, it's Spring! / Lisa Campbell Ernst

Fingerplay: "Dig a Little Hole" [from Storytime Katie]
Dig a little hole,
Plant a little seed.
Pour a little water,
Pull a little weed.
Chase a little bug,
Heigh-ho there he goes!
Give a little sunshine,
Grow a little bean.

Craft: Making nametags
For this week, the craft didn't have any association with the weekly theme. After discussing it with a co-worker who had done toddler storytime before, she recommended that the decorating of nametags be done in the first session so that everyone can get familiar with one another. I liked the idea, so decided to adopt it for myself.

Goodbye Song: "The More we get Together"