This was my first time doing Infant Toddler Storytime at one of my new branches! It’s different here than I am used to, because we just do it in the Children’s area (instead of a special storytime room, mostly because it can get large), and it’s a mix of Infants and Toddlers together at the same time.
To ease myself into (and to have continuity for the families that come, I followed a routine that was closer to my Library Technician’s formula:
SONG: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “If You’re Happy and You Know It” from Walt Disney’s Children’s Favorite Songs Volume 3
MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*
MOVEMENT: Roly Poly
(to tune of Frere Jacques) – taken from jbrary
Roly poly, roly poly
up up up,
up up up
Roly roly poly roly roly poly
down down down,
down down down.
out / in
fast / slow
As you sing, do the motions with your arms for the verses, or you can do it with your little one’s legs.
BOUNCE: Dickery Dickery Dare*
BOUNCE: “Ladies Ride” from from Wiggleworms Love You by Old Town School of Folk Music
MOVEMENT: “2 Little Blackbirds” from Fingerplays and Footplays by Rosemary Hallum and Henry “Buzz” Glass
SHAKER SONGS: For this portion, I used some songs from a cd my library tech had, and we shook our shakers all to the beat.
MOVEMENT: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star (acapella)
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
Book: Banana by Ed Vere
Book: Early Bird by Toni Yuly
Book: Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett
HOW IT WENT: Even though I’ve been presenting storytimes for quite some time, I was nervous about this one since it was my first time in front of a new group. I think it went well. I feel like I can learn a lot of great new techniques from my Library Technician here, and I’m excited about that!
PRESENTED: Thursday, July 19, 2018 at LM Branch
ATTENDANCE: 41 (adults and children)
* For these songs, please see my page Storytime Movements & Music