Tag: toddlers (winter 2017)

Toddlers: Houses

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

houses

Bear at Home by Stella Blackstone
The House in the Night by Susan Marie Swanson**
My House by Byron Barton***
Where is Tippy Toes? by Betsy Lewin*

Early Literacy Tip
All children need to learn how to stop what they’re doing. Playing games the incorporate the concept of stop gives children the opportunity to practice and hone their stopping skills.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Lemonade (Justin Roberts)***

Featured Track: #10 Tree Home

Flannelboard: A House for Birdie*

Flannelboard: Little Mouse, Little Mouse***

Props: The Three Little Pigs (Melissa and Doug, no longer available from what I can see)

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Egg Shakers Up***
  • Heads Shoulders Knees and Toes
  • Put Your Shaker On***
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Zoom, Zoom, Zoom*

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
This was a fantastic class. They loved both My House and The House in the Night. I think I really did a good service to The House in the Night by saving it for last, introducing it a quiet-down book, and promoting a chance to soothe our toddlers. It worked! I mean, it really worked — I had one toddler who was doing the sleepy eye blink, haha. They loved playing “Little Mouse” which I played twice with them!

Thursday morning (9:30)
This group really only had success with My House today. They were too keyed up to enjoy Where Is Tippy Toes?, so I skipped a few pages to finish up the book early. They were PROFESSIONALS at “Put Your Shaker On” — even when I changed up the song and added in elbow for the toddlers to get a chance to cross the midline. (Which also gave me a nice opportunity to share a caregiver tip!)

Thursday morning (10:30)
And my last group was the most low-key, but really opened up when we played “Little Mouse” on the flannelboard. I loved hearing them shout colors or point to colors on their clothes (which is a tip I give for my non-verbal kiddos). I could tell that we were getting tired by the end of storytime because I had a couple of criers. I tried to remedy this with The House in the Night, but it wasn’t as successful as Monday. But we ended with bubbles and as everyone knows, those are magical to toddlers.

Toddlers: Winter Animals

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

winteranimals

Jingle Jingle by Nicola Smee*
Little Penguins by Cythnia Rylant**
Time to Sleep by Denise Fleming
Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow by Sharon Gibson Palermo***

Early Literacy Tip
Be sure to share factual books with your young children. Follow their interests, whether in a particular animal, in how things work, in trains, or in anything else the piques their curiosity.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Stinky Cake***

Featured Track: #18 The Penguin Song

Flannelboard: Five Little Bears

Props: There’s Something In the Snow***

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Roly, Poly***
  • Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
  • These Are the Colors Over You**
  • This Is Big, Big, Big***
  • Tick, Tock*

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
For this class, I opened up with Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow and had the kiddos get up and pretend to be the animals featured in the pages. The toddlers really enjoyed showing me how they could hop like the rabbit and fly like the owl and chickadee. I followed this with lots of movement before settling into Jingle Jingle as a bounce & read. The whole class seemed a bit tired this morning and I think that affected how our second book went.

Thursday morning (9:30)
I changed it up for this class and opened with a quieter book — Little Penguins — to start and saving Winter, Winter, Cold and Snow as the more active second book. This worked WONDERS and helped my class stay with me throughout the day. This class *really* benefited from the caregiver tip when I talked about using non-fiction with kids. Most of the caregivers had a look of “Oh, I can do that? I can do that!” and it was a delight.

Thursday morning (10:30)
Since it worked so well for the class before, I did the same book pairing again with this class. Again: total success! This was the only class that I did “Tick, Tock” with this week and it’s because it’s my smallest class. We have more time since passing out ribbons/cleaning up doesn’t take as long. They LOVED “Tick, Tock” so much. Some of my kids are new to storytime this session and it was their first ever “Tick, Tock”!

Toddlers: Things That Go

For more information on how I plan and prepare my toddler storytimes, check out this introduction post. And for a complete list of the repeating extension activities, visit this post. I starred the materials used in the plan; multiple stars indicate use for more than one session.

The Plan

Books

thingsthatgo

Good Night, Truck by Sally Odgers
Hello, Airplane by Bill Cotter**
Supertruck by Stephen Savage*
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia*

Early Literacy Tip
Because children love to imitate their parents, it is very important for you to be engaged in all of the activities we do today. Seeing you participate will inspire your children to join in.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Ladybug Music Green**

Featured Track: #10 Big Fire Truck

Flannelboard: Lots of Cars**

Flannelboard: Red Crane, Red Crane

Repeating Extension Activities

  • The Elevator Song**
  • Everyone Can March
  • Popcorn Kernels**
  • This Is Big, Big, Big**
  • We Wave Our Scarves Together**

How It Went

Monday morning (9:30)
I didn’t get to do a Monday class because I was at ALA Midwinter. But my fabulous co-worker covered for me and the kids had a good time!

Thursday morning (9:30)
I really missed my toddler classes during our storytime break. So many of my friends came back to visit and they had grown and developed new skills and I missed it! This group really loved waving to “Hello, Airplane” and paid really close attention to the storyline. Our second book — Supertruck — did not hold their attention as well. But I think that’s because this was a first session. Those are always harder because we’re settling into a routine.

Thursday morning (10:30)
Another class that enjoyed “Hello, Airplane” especially when I told the kids that I had just been on an airplane for the ALA Midwinter Conference. I like making personal connections when I can so my families can get to know me & the larger library world. I also used a tip from the most recent Guerrilla Storytime which Kendra shared about doing rhymes in threes so kids can see/hear, learn, and then do.