Families: Bedtime

For more information on how I plan and prepare my family storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan



Crybaby by Karen Beaumont*
It Is Night by Phyllis Rowand
Let’s Sing a Lullaby With the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt*

Early Literacy Tip
Singing a lullaby while holding your child and rocking together is a great way to help them relax. Knowing how to take time out and relax is very important. Next time your child has a temper tantrum, try rocking them to a lullaby to help calm them.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: ABCs & 123s by Twin Sisters Productions*

Featured Track: #12 Ten in the Bed*

Flannelboard: Four Little Stars

Flannelboard: Ten Teddy Bears*

Repeating Extension Activities

I had lots of back-up activities in case I needed them for time. I starred which ones I used in this storytime:

  • Ants Go Marching
  • Five Little Monkeys Swinging From a Tree
  • Green Says Go
  • Head, Shoulders, Knees, & Toes
  • If You’re Happy and You Know It
  • Pat-a-Cake*
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear*
  • Two Little Blackbirds
  • Way Up High in the Apple Tree*

How It Went

Time change storytime alert: the kids were feeling it today! We got up and moved around a lot and did several fingerplays. It’s a great thing that “Ten Teddy Bears” has such great motions for the kids to act out. Crybaby was the most successful book since the kids could cry along with the baby. I also walked around the room during the dog spreads to let the kids see the toy in Roy’s mouth. Many of the older kids kept insisting that the baby wanted the toy. I was very proud of them!

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