1st Grade Storytime – Valentine’s Day

One of the measurements I use to judge how successful my Valentine’s Day storytime is with an elementary school group is how many “ewwww”s it evokes. ‘Cause there is nothing early elementary kids like better than romance.  Judging on that criteria, this storytime seemed like a hit.

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles

Froggys First Kiss by London
Froggy’s First Kiss by Jonathan London

Vincent’s Valentine Animals
Patterns and Story from  A Storytime Year,  by Susan M. Dailey.
For the story, see this blog post.

MOVEMENT: We Work With One Hammer*

Yuckiest Stinkiest Best Valentine Ever vy Ferber
The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever by Brenda A. Ferber

Little Bear's Band DVD
“Valentine’s Day” from Little Bear: Little Bear’s Band

Valentines Collection DVD
“One Zillion Valentine’s” from The Valentine’s Collection DVD

This was a pretty fun storytime.  It’s always great to hear the reaction of the kids when you read Froggy’s First Kiss and get to the kissing scene.  Since The Yuckiest, Stinkiest, Best Valentine Ever is a new book, this was my first time trying it out with a group, and I really thought it worked great.  I think I can use it as a second grade pick as well.  I need more Valentine’s stories for the older groups – a lot of what I’m familiar with is for the young ones.  In hindsight I think I should have shown One Zillion Valentines as the movie, because Little Bear was a little too young for this group.

ATTENDANCE: 20 people

1st Grade Storytime – Halloween

You really get a different vibe from a class visit than you do with an open storytime.  The children all know and already relate to each other.  Today the first graders and I had some fun with Halloween stories.

MOVEMENT: My Wiggles


The Hallo-Wiener by Dav Pilkey

Five Furry Bats

Patterns and Rhyme from Preschool Favorites: 35 Storytimes Kids Will Love by Diana Briggs

Five furry bats were flying by the moon,
“Did you know,” said the first,
“Halloween is coming soon?”
“There’ll be ghosts!” said the second,
“floating everywhere!”
“And witches,” said the third,
“With long purple hair.”
“There’ll be goblins,” said the fourth,
“And monsters so I’m told.”
“Awesome!” said the fifth,
“Come on, let’s go!”
So the five furry bats flew out of sight,
But they will all return on Halloween night.

MOVEMENT: “Jump Up, Turn Around” from Jim Gill Sings Moving Rhymes for Modern Times by Jim Gill


The Three Bears Halloween by Kathy Duval


“By the Light of the Halloween Moon” from A Very Brave Witch …and More Great Halloween Stories for Kids! DVD

It was a nice storytime — especially fun hearing the kids interact with the “witch” in The Three Bears Halloween.  I must admit though, with Halloween, I never know how scary to go, so I usually err on the side of less scary.  You never know what will frighten people anyway.  Maybe I’ll try out some of the other stories on the DVD and see how well they go over.

ATTENDANCE: 26 people