Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Teddy Bear Storytime

Tonight's storytime followed the same format I use for all of my day storytimes as I have temporarily suspended my idea of doing storytime in reverse in order to get the kids sleepy. They only seem to run out into the library to pick out movies and books and the effect is lost. So here is what we did tonight.

Our theme was teddy bears, but our night storytime is always wear jammies, bring a lovey, and low action.

My opening song is Hello Bubbles which I learned from Read Sing Play here. BTW this woman is a storytime goddess and I have picked up many great ideas on her blog.

Story the 1st: The Red Hat by Lita Judge

 Why? Because I want to get across to my kids that books do not always have to have words in order for us to "read" them, and I want to give pre-readers a chance to feel proud they finished a book on their own. I plan to try to read or highlight at least one wordless read for the next couple of storytimes.

Flannel Board: Ten in the Bed
I used a modified version of this and had the kids take turns coming up to bump a bear out of bed.  And when I say modified, I mean I didn't have enough felt to make the bed, so I just had a white sheet and the pillows for the bears.

Story the 2nd: Bear's New Friend by Karma Wilson
Great story for little and a little bit older kids. They LOVED it. Not It's a Tiger loved it, but still.

Song: Hap Palmer's Teddy Bear Playtime from So Big: Activity Songs for Little Ones.

Story the 3rd: Treasure by Suzanne Bloom
This one was one of those books that one kid was just lovin' (giggling and yelling out comments) and others were not as impressed. I think the book is adorable.

We finished up with animal crackers and this craft. I try to pick something very, very simple for this storytime because no one wants to be sitting there after closing coloring parts! Ha ha!