Hello Song: Hello, Friends!
- Baby put your pants on
- Two little eyes
- Head and shoulders
- Roly poly
Book 1: Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly/ Mo Willems
- A bouncing we will go
- Giddyup horsey
- You be the lemon
- Trot trot to Boston
Book Two: If You See a Kitten/ John Butler
- My bonny lies over the ocean
- What shall we do with lazy Katie?
- Zoom zoom
- Elevator song
- Mm-ahh went the little brown bear one day
Goodbye song: Goodbye friends!
I really like branching out and using picture books that aren’t necessarily targeted towards babies in my baby time. I think it’s helpful to model ways in which caregivers can adapt materials for their children when they’re at different ages. I know that several of the parents in my group have older children, so I like to showcase ways in which they can use the same books and songs with all of their children just by making a few adaptations. For example, the Cat the Cat books grow with children – they’re simple and repetitive enough for babies, with big bold text and colorful illustrations, and there are plenty of opportunities for fun animal noises, but they’re perfect for older children who are just learning to read.
Similarly, many of the songs we do in baby time are perfect for older children! While babies love being lifted in “zoom zoom” or “the elevator song”, older kids love jumping instead! Parents can continue using familiar material as their children grow, and can use the same material with several children, just by making a few simple changes. When you’re a busy caregiver, anything that can make life a little easier helps!
Oh. My. Word…..We managed to cram 98 people into the meeting room for story time today, with a small crowd gathered outside watching. Normally I have someone outside monitoring the situation and cutting off entry at a manageable point, but because of a miscommunication with a new staff member, the post was left unmanned, and the crowds kept smooshing in! It’s hard to kick people out while reading a picture book, so it was a little stressful to say the least, and I hope people didn’t mind too much….Oh well! It’s the last story time of 2014 – I successfully completed my first full season! I also saw my attendance rise from an average of 60 to an average of 100+, not too shabby in three months, if I do say so myself, even if it has caused us a few logistical headaches…
Welcome Song: Hello, Friends
Book 1: Let’s Say Hi to Friends Who Fly! / Mo Willems
- I wake up my hands
- When cows wake up in the morning
- Wiggle your fingers
- Open-shut them
- Roly poly
Book 2: Pete the Cat the Wheels on the Bus
- Bend and stretch
- Zoom zoom
- Orca whale
- Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose?
- Here we go a driving
- The elevator song
Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Friends!
One of the challenges this week was that the books were really, really short, which meant I had to scramble a bit to fill up the full half hour. With such big groups in such a small space (that’s the real challenge – I don’t mind big groups, but you need an appropriate space so that everyone can sit and move around comfortably) I have been struggling a bit with my books – I have been turning to really short, simple stories that I won’t lose my voice shouting across the crowd. It’s OK, but it’s certainly not ideal.
We’ve been doing our informal branch survey to find out when people would like to see an additional story time, and it looks like Thursday morning and Saturday morning are the favourites, though both have challenges. Thursday morning would involve specially opening the branch before regular opening hours, while Saturday would involve a different staff member, and probably wouldn’t solve our size problems (in particular the number of nannies and home child care providers who come to our weekday story times). I’m going to talk about it with the branch manager and see what we can figure out for the new year, so that our story times can be both inclusive and accessible for as many kids as possible!