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Preschool Story Time: Superheroes

Date presented:  Thursday, June 21, 2015

Even though I love doing story times for all ages, preschool story time is my favorite group.  For the summer, our library is transitioning from two sessions per week to a single session on Thursday mornings.  When I plan each week, the preschool and the toddler groups have the same theme, but they generally have different books and different activities.  Our preschool group also does a craft at the end of story time each week instead of the parachute activities and free play that we do with the toddlers.  I’ve already written about the toddler superhero story time, so here are some notes from the preschool group.

Introduction

I don’t have much of an introduction to my preschool story time.  Since parents tend to be running late, I spend the first five minutes of story time talking to the kids and parents as they come in, and sometimes teasing what we are doing in story time this week.

Welcome Song

We use the same welcome song in preschool story times as we do in the toddler story times:

Welcome, welcome, everyone.

Now we’re here, let’s have some fun.

First we’ll clap our hands just so.

Then we’ll reach and touch our toes.

Welcome, welcome, everyone.

Now we’re here, let’s have some fun!

Letter of the Day

We do the same Letter of the Day concept in preschool story time as we use in toddler story time.  However, for my preschool groups, I will give them an introduction to the topic that we are going to do and hint about important words before asking them to guess the letter.  Some weeks the kids guess the letter on the first try, and some weeks we spend a little more time trying to figure out what the letter might be.  And, like with toddler story time, we include how to make the letter in sign language.  I am also considering adding in a simple sign language word that encompasses our letter of the day, but we haven’t tried that yet.  This week was, of course, S for Superhero.

iPad Technology

I mentioned in my toddler post that I was was hoping to incorporate technology into story time with our iPads.  I planned on using the StoryBots “Say Yes to S” video, but our group was so rambunctious that I decided to skip technology this week in favor of getting story time started.

Story Box

This summer, I decided to introduce something a little bit different for preschool story time.  Instead of having the books and activities in a particular order, which is how I normally do story time, I wanted to make it a more interactive experience.  So, I created the Ms. Jaime’s Story Box (pictures to come, I promise).  Basically, it’s a wooden box with a latch that I found at Hobby Lobby and stained.  I glued letters on the outside to label the box, and inside, I put everything that we might need for story time.  This week, I put in all three of our books and my flannel stories.  I also have three painted wooden music notes that represent songs.  The goal is for one of the children to pick something out of the box, and that is where we will start our story time.

1st Book

Our first book was Mighty Max! by Harriet Ziefert.  This is a cute story about a little boy who sits still…but not for long!  He is off to save the world on a variety of adventures.  It’s a cute story, but it didn’t really catch the attention of my group this week.  I think it was just a little too long for them.

Song/Rhyme/Activity

At this point, although my group was very enthusiastic about picking the next thing out of the story box, I wanted to give them a chance for some movement.  So, I did a little prompting to help a music note get pulled from the box.  We did our “Clap Your Hands” song, which gives everyone a chance to do some moving and get some energy out.  It’s something I inherited from the previous children’s librarian, but it’s such a hit that it’s impossible not to use it.

Clap, clap, clap your hands,

Clap your hands together.

Clap, clap, clap your hands,

Clap your hands together.

Clap a little faster now,

Clap along with me.

Clap a little slower now,

Clap along with me.

Continue with:  nod your heads, shake your heads, stomp your feet, and (sometimes), save your hands

Source:  Modified from KIDiddles:  http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/c119.html

2nd Book

The second book that was selected from the box was Do Superheroes Have Teddy Bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle.  Originally, I had planned to use Kapow! by George O’Connor, but after using this book in toddler story time the previous day, I thought it was too adorable to pass up sharing with the preschool group.  I don’t regret doing this one at all, because the comments were hilarious!  We decided that superheroes don’t have teddy bears because they’re grown men (and that would just be silly), and they aren’t afraid of the dark because they fly at night, and obviously it’s dark at night.

Flannel Story

Even though I let them pick what we were doing next, I guided them to selecting our flannel story for this week.  In honor of our superhero theme, we did the Ready for Action rhyme from the CLSP Children’s Manual.  I made a boy and a girl set, which gave me more pieces for helpers.  While the set turned out adorable, this did not go as planned.  The kids were super excited to help dress the superheroes, but they never calmed down enough to actually hear the rhyme and dress the superhero in order.  This turned out to be more of a superhero stampede instead.

Song/Rhyme/Activity

I originally planned to do another song here, but since the group was very wired, I decided to skip it in favor of moving on to our third book.

3rd Book

Our final book was Superhero ABC by Bob McLeod.  The kids liked the different pictures of the superheroes, and ended up picking some of the featured superheroes as their identity for their craft.  In hindsight, I probably should have skipped this one since the group was antsy and ready to wrap up, but the kids who did want another book were still interested.

Goodbye Song

We ended story time, as usual, with our goodbye song.  We always sing The More We Get Together and then move to the craft table for the craft.

Craft

We hosted a community carnival event back in the fall, which ended up having much less attendance than we anticipated.  As a result, we had leftover craft supplies.  One of the activities was creating masks, so I used the leftover masks to let the kids create their own superhero masks and identities.  I used this template from Au Pair Buzz, printed on cardstock so they would be a little sturdier.

How It Went:

I was really excited to be back for story times for the summer, and this group was very enthusiastic.  I had several new faces for the summer, which made it fun as well.  The story box was a hit, and I am looking forward to using it for the rest of the summer.  This was the largest group that I have done story time for (48 people!), but because of that, it was also a little crazy.  I’m definitely rethinking having a volunteer for preschool story times.  I think this summer is going to be great!

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Toddler Story Time: Superheroes

Date presented:  Wednesday, June 10, 2015

I have been planning toddler story times for our librarian since about a month after I started.  But, because our toddler story time is usually on Monday mornings (I work Monday nights), I haven’t been the one presenting the story times.  However, in the summer we have field trips from a local group at the rec center.  To accommodate this group, our toddler story time gets moved to Wednesdays.  So, for the summer at least, I am taking over presenting toddler story times as well.  For our first week of summer reading, we did our story time on superheroes!

Introduction

Since the toddler families are not as familiar with me, I started off story time by introducing myself to them.  However, we don’t really have a set of rules or information that we give before our story time, so my introduction is pretty short and basically includes my name and who I am.

Welcome Song

We start every story time with the same welcome song:

Welcome, welcome, everyone.

Now we’re here, let’s have some fun.

First we’ll clap our hands just so.

Then we’ll reach and touch our toes.

Welcome, welcome, everyone

Now we’re here, let’s have some fun!

This is the welcome song that has been in place at our library for several years, so it is the one that I inherited.  The parents and children are familiar with it and it is easy for newcomers to pick up, so we have decided for the foreseeable future not to change the welcome song at all.

Letter of the Day

Each week, we have a Letter of the Day that we highlight.  We have laminated letter cards that we flip over when we show the letter, as well as a set that shows sign language letters.  For summer reading, I created a superhero alphabet set using a great graphic that I found on Pinterest to create replace our normal letter set.  I introduced our topic (and the summer reading theme) before introducing our letter for this week.  When I introduced S for Superhero, the parents helped by making the S sound.  I also show the kids how to make an S in sign language as part of our letter of the day as well.

iPad Technology

My library received a grant that gave us 7 iPads.  As a result, my director has asked me to work on incorporating more technology into story times and programming.  Since we weren’t sure how the parents would respond to iPads in story time, we decided to start with something simple.  I downloaded the StoryBots Learning Videos app (you can also find the videos online on the StoryBots website), which includes adorable videos with little robots singing about concepts.  I had originally only downloaded the ABC Videos app, but I switched to this one since it also includes colors, numbers, shapes, and more that I hope to integrate in the future.  Anyway, for this week, we showed the video “Say Yes to S” to highlight our letter of the day.  The reaction was mixed – the kids seemed to enjoy the song (and some danced along), but they were not particularly interested in viewing the iPad.  I think this is a combination of a new person AND new technology in the same week, so we agreed to give this another chance in future story times.

1st Book

Our first book today was Do Superheroes Have Teddy Bears? by Carmela LaVigna Coyle.  This is a book that we ordered especially with summer reading in mind, and it is adorable!  The rhyming text is easy to read, but this book ended up being a little bit long for the group that I had.

Song/Rhyme/Activity

After each book, we like to do some kind of rhyme or activity to get the kids up and moving and engaged in the story time.  Since this group was not particularly active yet, I decided to move songs around from my original outline and went with S-U-P-E-R, which is basically spelling super to the tune of B-I-N-G-O.  We had our superhero alphabet cards on the felt board so we could point to the letters while we sang.

There was a hero that saved the day

And Super was his name-o

S-U-P-E-R

S-U-P-E-R

S-U-P-E-R

And Super was his name-o.

Source:  Adapted by Julie Dietzel-Glair in the CSLP Early Literacy Manual.

We sang this through twice (without removing any of the letters) before we moved on to our next activity.

Flannel Story

At this point in the outline, I had planned to use the “Ready for Action” flannel board that I made (adapted from the CSLP Children’s Manual).  I created boy and girl superheroes to dress (a future Flannel Friday post, I promise!), but I only planned to use one with this group given their attention span.  However, since the group was overall fussy and having a hard time adapting to me, I decided to forgo this one for this week and move on.

Song/Rhyme/Activity

After the flannel story, I had planned on doing a second song to encourage some movement.  The original plan called for “Hero Pokey” from the CSLP Early Literacy Manual.  Since we skipped the flannel story (and also because my group was not into singing our other song, either), we skipped this one as well and went on to our next book.

2nd Book

Our second book was He Saves the Day by Marsha Hayles.  It’s a cute story about a little boy who saves the day in his imagination…until he finds that sometimes he needs a little help from mom to save the day.  I was hoping that the parents would help out more with the “He saves the day!” refrain, but this one ended up falling flat.

Goodbye Song

At this point, I decided it was best to move on to our next part of story time, which is our parachute activities and free play.  Before we move from our story time corner to the meeting room, we always sing The More We Get Together from our CD.  Then I invited all the kids and parents to come with me to play with the parachute and other toys.

Parachute Activities

Each week, we lay out the parachute and have the kids play with it before we move on to free play.  My boss, who normally does toddler story time, uses the same outline every week for playing with the parachute.  I wanted to keep the same elements that he did, but I also wanted to start introducing some new songs and rhymes for the concepts.  Since I didn’t want to overwhelm the kids with new information at once, I decided to start by just replacing one concept with a new song.  The result was this outline of parachute activities:

  • ABC Song:  We walk the parachute around in a circle while we sing our ABCs.
  • Counting:  We walk the parachute around in a circle (in the opposite direction) while we count to 10.
  • Colors:  We lay the parachute back on the ground, and then I call out colors for the kids to touch.  We call out colors and give them a chance to run to that color until we have covered all four colors in the parachute.
  • Up and Down:  We raise and lower the parachute while talking about UP and DOWN.  The kids also have the chance to run underneath the parachute while it “falls” on them.

While I was at the Texas Library Association conference this spring, I attended the Guerrilla Storytime workshop.  While I was there, someone demonstrated the Elevator Song, so this week I replaced our up and down activity with that instead.

Oh, the city is great and the city is grand

There’s a lot of tall buildings on a little piece of land

And we live way up on the 57th floor

And this is what we do when we go out the door

We take the elevator up and the elevator down

Take the elevator up and the elevator down

Take the elevator up and the elevator down

And we turn around

Source:  Kendra Jones at Read Sing Play:  https://klmpeace.wordpress.com/rhymes-for-baby-and-toddler-storytimes/#59

The parents helped out on this one to keep our up and down going.  I think it’s a fun song, so I’m hoping to keep it again in the future.

Free Play

After we play with the parachute, we have three tubs of toddler toys that we bring out and let everyone run around the room and have free play.  We close the doors to the meeting room so that no one escapes, and then we can also be noisier if we want.  This is also when I tried to spend time one-on-one with some of the toddlers and parents so that they would feel more comfortable with me, and reminded everyone to sign up for the summer reading program.

How It Went:

I have to admit, I was very intimidated to do this story time.  Since the kids were not used to me, and because I was nervous, it was not one of the best story times that I have had.  However, I think it has potential to improve with some work.  I’m hopeful that the group will start warming up to me in the next few weeks and we will have better sessions.  In general, I found the books were too long for my group’s attention span, but again, this may have been due in part to so much change in one week.  I’m looking forward to seeing how future sessions go!

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Baby Bounce: Clouds

Date presented:  Tuesday, June 9, 2015

When I started in my current position, one of the first story times that I took over was our Baby Bounce session.  We advertise this session for babies from newborn up to 18 months, although in practice our actually ages are more fluid and often include older siblings as well.

For the fall session, I mostly used a previous librarian’s outlines that she had left behind specifically for me.  However, after reading other blogs and experimenting with her outlines, I started making some tweaks and changes of my own.  All told, I put together 42 different baby outlines, utilizing a combination of existing materials and new ideas.  For each theme, I have laminated song cards that have the rhymes/songs that we will be doing that day on one side (including the actions that we do with a song), and the baby sign language that we will be doing on the other.

Since this summer’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story,” I have been trying to select story time themes that tie in with this theme.  For our first week of summer reading, I stuck with a general superhero theme for my toddler and preschool story times.  For the babies, it was a little more challenging, so I settled on clouds (since many superheroes fly, right?).

Introduction

I try to start each session with some kind of introduction if I don’t know the babies and parents who are attending.  I have to admit, it’s very informal and I don’t do much to outline rules or guidelines for the story time.  Reading other posts, I know this is an area where I can improve in the future.  Any time we come back from a break, we take time at our first story time session to introduce ourselves and our babies.

Hello Song

We start our baby story times with a welcome song that is different from the one that we use in our other story times.  I inherited this from the previous librarian, and I have stuck with it because it is easy for the parents to remember, and also lets our babies get warmed up to start story time.  It’s also easy for late-coming parents to easily join in with the next verse without feeling out of place.

This is the way we wave hello,

Wave hello, wave hello

This is the way we wave hello

Hello, hello, hello

This is the way we clap hello…

This is the way we tap hello…

This is the way we kiss hello…

Source:  Adapted from Story Time Secrets:  http://storytimesecrets.blogspot.com/hello-and-goodbye-songs.html.

Baby Warm Up

After our welcome song, we continue with our baby warm up.  Originally, I wrote this plan with two warm ups included:  Up, Down, Turn Around and Clap Your Hands.  I thought I would use both; however, I’ve found that usually one is enough for our groups.  If they are particularly wiggly, we will do the warm up twice before we continue on to our next activity.

Up, down, turn around.

Touch the sky.

Touch the ground.

Wiggle fingers, wiggle toes,

Wiggle shoulders.

Say hello!

Source:  Adapted from Miss Sarah’s Storytime:  https://misssarahstorytimes.wordpress.com/2011/10/01/october-babytime-rhymes-2.

Glove Puppet with Rattle

I’m not a big puppet person, but we do have an adorable glove puppet of the classic rhyme Hey Diddle Diddle.  Some of my babies get really excited when we bring this out each week.  Again, it’s something that I inherited in the previous outlines, but it’s fun (and easy for the parents to recite along as well), so it’s something that we’ve kept.  I usually make my way around the circle while we recite the rhyme to interact with each of the babies.  We repeat the rhyme twice, going around the circle one way and then the other.

1st Book

Now we’re ready for our first book:  It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles Green Shaw.

Songs, Movement, and Rhymes

After a story, our babies are usually ready for a little more movement.  This is when I will hand out the song cards to the parents so that they can sing along, especially if it’s something that they don’t already know.  For this section, I usually plan 3 songs, rhymes, or bounces.  I choose from these based on what I think will work best with a particular group.  For this one, I had planned:  Bumpin’ Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon, Big Round Sun, and Open Them, Shut Them.  We ended up using only two:

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon

Bumpin’ up and down in my little red wagon

Won’t you be my darlin’?

One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken

One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken

One wheel’s off and the axle’s broken

Won’t you be my darlin’?

Source:  Deschutes Public Library:  http://www.deschuteslibrary.org/kids/earlylit/videos/bumpinupanddowninmylittleredwagon.aspx.

This one is always a favorite, so we do it as our first song every week.  After that, we moved on to Open Them, Shut Them, which is one of my favorites.  As an added bonus, most of my parents already knew this one!

Open them, shut them, open them, shut them

Give a little clap, clap, clap

Open them, shut them, open them, shut them

Put them in your lap

Creep them, creep them, creep them up

Right up to your chin

Open wide your little mouth

But don’t let them in!

Source:  Adapted from The Children’s Department of Perry Public Library:  http://www.perrypubliclibrary.org/sites/default/files/PDFscreen.pdf.

The babies loved this one, so we ended up doing it twice before moving on to our next section.

Baby Signs

Each week, we try to feature 3-4 baby signs that relate to the theme of our stories.  I model the sign for the parents the first time, and then we do it together several times.  This week we learned cloud, sky, sun, and outside.

2nd Book

Now that we’ve had a chance to wiggle and play, we’re ready for our second book:  Little Cloud by Eric Carle.

Songs, Movement, and Rhymes

After our second story, it’s time to get our babies moving again with more songs, rhymes, and bounces.  For this section, I generally have 3 more activities picked out and I choose from them.  Or, I may use something from the first section that I didn’t use earlier.  Again, it just depends on what I think will work best for the group.  For this outline, I had three activities planned:  Watch the Clouds, Roll, Roll, Sugar Babies, and This is Big.  We ended up using these two:

Roll, roll sugar babies

Roll, roll, sugar babies

Push

Pull

Clap, clap, clap

Source:  Melissa Depper at Mel’s Desk:  http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=715.

We had so much fun with this one (and it was so easy for the parents to catch on), that we did it at least twice before moving on to our next rhyme, another of my favorites.

This is big, big, big

This is small, small, small

This is short, short, short

This is tall, tall, tall

This is fast, fast, fast

This is slow, slow, slow

This is yes, yes, yes

This is no, no, no

Source:  Melissa Depper at Mel’s Desk:  http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?page_id=378.

Again, this one is easy to repeat if the group is still engaged.

Glove Story

When I was cleaning up our story time resources a few months ago, I came across an extensive collection of glove stories.  Since then, I’ve been trying to think of how to use them in story time.  Since the babies are generally really excited for our glove puppet nursery rhyme, I decided for the summer to try adding a glove story each week.  For this theme, I planned to use Basic Shape Bees, but we were starting to get fussy so we ended up skipping this altogether.

Literacy Tip

This is generally the part in story time where I want to start inserting my early literacy tips.  I have one noted for each of my outlines, but I’m still working on the finer art of actually working them into the story times.

Musical Instrument

Each week, we end our story time with our musical instruments.  I have a collection of rattles, bells, and shakers that I bring out.  I keep them in two different containers, so that I can rotate each week which ones we are using.  Then, we sing a really simple song while we shake our instruments:

Rattle, rattle, shake, shake, shake,

E-I-E-I-O

Rattle, rattle, shake, shake, shake

E-I-E-I-O

With a shake, shake here

And a shake, shake there

Here a shake, there a shake,

Everywhere a shake, shake

Rattle, rattle, shake, shake, shake

E-I-E-I-O

I inherited this from the previous librarian, and it’s just too much fun to skip.  We do this song 2-3 times depending on how interested the babies are in making noise that week.

Goodbye Song

Each week, we end story time with the same song.  I play Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye (Wave Bye-Bye) from our Baby Face CD.  We get to wave bye-bye to each other, continue playing with our instruments, and just have fun to wrap up.  Afterwards, I bring out our baby-friendly toys and sometimes a few board books, and we have free play and social time.  I try to use this time to talk to the parents and interact with each baby so that they feel more comfortable with me, and it’s also when I answer other questions.  Since this was the first story time of summer reading, I also let parents know that even babies can participate in the program.

How It Went:

Overall, we had a lot of fun for our first time back from the summer.  I was excited to see some new babies joining us, and we had fun with the songs and rhymes.  In general, the books were a little too long for our attention span, so in the future I may consider modifying those or even shortening them.  But, almost every family signed up for summer reading with us after story time, and we had a blast, so I’m rating this one a success.

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Preschool Story Time: Texas!

March is Texas History month, so last week I did a Texas theme with my preschool story times.  Planning a story time for Texas was definitely harder than I expected!  While I love cowboys (and I plan to use a cowboy theme this summer), I didn’t want our Texas story time to focus only on cowboys.  So, after a little bit of searching, here’s what I came up with:

Hello Song

We do the same hello song each week.  This one was passed on to me by our previous children’s librarian (now our children’s supervisor), and I have continued using it in my story times.

Welcome, welcome, everyone

Now we’re here, let’s have some fun

First we’ll clap our hands just so (clap, clap)

Then we’ll reach and touch our toes (touch toes)

Welcome, welcome, everyone

Now we’re here, let’s have some fun!

Letter of the Day

I start each story time by introducing our letter of the day.  Usually I tell the kids a little bit about our theme, and then they have a chance to guess what the letter of the day might be.  Since today we were talking about Texas, our letter of the day was…T for Texas!

1st Book

The Armadillo from Amarillo by Lynne Cherry

For this book, I didn’t read the whole story.  The book is about an armadillo who wants to know where he is in the world.  He sets out on an adventure to see more of the great state of Texas, and with the help of an eagle, he flies in the skies above Texas where he can see that Amarillo is a city that’s part of a state.  The book continues with the armadillo traveling all the way to space, but I stopped it right before they flew into space, when the armadillo had learned that Amarillo was a city, in the state of Texas, on the continent of North America, on the planet earth.  This kept the story short enough to be manageable but also kept the focus just on Texas.

Transition:  Clap Your Hands

This is another song that I inherited from my boss.  Since it is almost always a hit with the crowd, we agreed to keep using it in my story times.  It goes like this:

Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together (clap steady beat)

Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap your hands together (clap steady beat)

Clap a little faster now, clap along with me (clap rapidly)

Clap a little slower now, clap along with me (clap slowly)

*Repeat with shake your head, nod your head, and stomp your feet

2nd Book

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Dance, Y’All, Dance by Kelly Bennett

This book is a cute, rhyming story about visiting the dance hall.  I challenge you to read it without having at least a little bit of a drawl!  The beat was steady and kept the flow of the story, and the kids really liked when we exaggerated some of the scenes depicted (they stepped in bubble gum – eeewww!).

Transition:  Dress the Cowboy Flannel

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This was my favorite part of the story time.  I handed out the different pieces of clothing to dress our cowboy, and we dressed him while going through this rhyme:

A cowboy dresses himself with care.

He starts with long red UNDERWEAR.

Out in the desert, you don’t want to get hurt,

So the cowboy wears a strong wool SHIRT.

Deserts and prairies are the cowboy’s scenes;

To protect his legs, he wears sturdy blue JEANS.

The cowboy bent, and ran, and knelt.

To keep his pants up, he wore a leather BELT.

The coyote howls, the owl hoots.

On his feet, he wears leather BOOTS.

It isn’t yellow, so it’s not a banana:

Around his neck, he wears a BANDANNA.

A cowboy is a cowboy and that is that!

On top of his head, he wore a ten-gallon HAT.

He’s all dressed now from head to feet

And now our cowboy can’t be beat!

Credit:  Go Texan Day outline submitted by Christine Turner on the HCPL Kidsite

You can find out more about my flannel story, including the patterns I used and the specific pieces we had, here.  This was definitely a hit with both of my preschool story times!

3rd Book

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Cowboy Bunnies by Christine Loomis

Since we had just finished dressing our cowboy, I used him as a transition into a final story.  Everyone agreed that we should have a story about cowboys to go with our rhyme.  I really liked this book because it is short and simple.  I was able to read this one a little slower and quieter, and I kept lowering my voice as the bunnies in our story got sleepy.  It seemed to help calm down some of our excess energy from dressing the cowboy!

Goodbye Song

Each week, we end story time by singing “The More We Get Together” from the Baby Love Song Time CD.

Craft

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Our craft this week was a paper armadillo, in honor of the armadillo who traveled across Texas in our first story.  I found this adorable template here that I copied and cut apart for the kids.  I encouraged everyone to decorate their armadillo however they wanted.  My sample had a Texas flag body in honor of the theme, but we had a little bit of everything!

Reflections

This story time was a lot of fun, although planning it was more challenging than I expected.  In the future, I think I would replace The Armadillo from Amarillo with another book – while I liked the content, it just wasn’t super exciting to either group.  Both groups liked our Dress the Cowboy flannel the best, so I will definitely plan on using him again!  This was the first week in a while that we have gotten through all three books successfully, so it was great to have the kids engaged.  I had planned to do one other song, T-E-X-A-S (to the tune of B-I-N-G-O), but for both groups, the flannel was enough of a transition that we didn’t do the song.

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