I can’t wait for storytimes – it’s one of the best parts of being a children’s librarian. But today, our storytime was all about waiting!
MOVEMENT: Welcome Song*
MOVEMENT: “Can’t Wait to Celebrate” by Jim Gill from Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem and More Salutes to Nonsense
MOVEMENT: “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” from It’s Toddler Time by Carol Hammett and Elaine Bueffel
The Mouse and the Apple
Idea and pattern taken from Mel’s Desk.
Based on the book by Stephen Butler, which we don’t have in our collection, so I found the words to the story thanks to this YouTube video from sheelahdog323.
It’s the story of a mouse, who waits for the apple to fall, while all his other animal friends lack the patience.
MOVEMENT: “Shake My Sillies Out” from More Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi
Waiting is Not Easy! by Mo Willems
MOVEMENT: Open Shut Them*
“Leo the Late Bloomer” from Splat the Cat… and Other Furry Friends. Based on the book by Robert Kraus, illustrated by Jose Aruego
MOVEMENT: Storytime’s Over*
Book: Mervin the Sloth is About to Do the Best Thing in the World by Colleen AF Venable, illustrated by Ruth Chan
Book: Wait by Antoinette Portis
Book: Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki, illustrated by Komako Sakai
Book: If You Want to See a Whale by Julie Fogliano, pictures by Erin E. Stead
Book: I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steve Antony
DVD/Book: Owl Babies by Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson
GREAT RESOURCES FOR MORE IDEAS
taken from Hartford County Public Library
(tune: Are You Sleeping?)
I am patient.
I am patient.
Watch me wait.
Watch me wait. One, two, three, four, five,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
I can wait.
I am great!
The Mailbox Magazine, Preschool edition Aug/Sep 2010
HOW IT WENT:
I really liked this as a theme. Originally I think I thought waiting would be a fun one because of I’ll Wait, Mr. Panda, and then the Henkes book. But I thought I would try reading an Elephant and Piggie book in storytime, which (surprisingly) I hadn’t done before. Of course it went over well and everyone loved it (How could they not?).
For preschool storytimes, I usually like my movements to be focused around my theme, but I didn’t find too many movements that worked with waiting or patience. Since I’m in the thick of infant and toddler storytime, I used a few of my standbys from there, and they still seemed to work well with the preschool crowd.
I also like that there are enough books that I really like that I didn’t use, so I can repeat this theme, but use different materials.
ATTENDANCE: 49 (adults and children)
*To see the words to these movements and activities I use frequently, please visit my A-capella Movements Section on my Storytime Movements and Music Page