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Storytime at the Library – Session 1

Storytime-Session 1As I told you in my last blog post, I am doing Storytime at my local library.

Preparation for Session 1:

For my first session of Storytime at the Library, I will introduce myself to parents and kids. I’ll invite everyone to call me Susan. I’ll speak briefly of my background for Storytime and my passion for children’s literature and literacy.

I plan to share three books. Can you notice a chooky theme?

First of all, I have a soft toy chook wrapped in paper in my story bag and will ask kids to guess what it might be. Then I’ll ask someone to unwrap it and show everyone. We’ll talk about names for the chook, both real and imaginary. Then I’ll share Chooky-doodle-doo by Jan Whiten and Sinead Hanley with the kids. We’ll act out part of the story, using a cord for the worm. And we’ll adapt the finger rhyme of Two Little Dicky Birds to Two Little Chicky Birds.

Two little chicky birds sitting on a wall,
One named Peter, one named Paul.
Fly away Peter, fly away Paul,
Come back Peter, come back Paul!

Equipment: Book: Chooky-doodle-doo, wrapped toy in story bag, cord tied to old shoe. Keep the shoe and cord out of sight until story is done.

Next, I’ll ask the kids to stand up and pretend to be a chicken if they see a chook in my next story, Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie by Mary Ellen Jordan and Andrew Weldon. I’ll introduce my child-quietener first – a castanet. This may be a complete disaster and lead to kids who won’t stop being chickens but we’ll see. We’ll share the story, then revisit it and make animal noises when we see each farm animal. Patrons may leave the library in droves! I’ll ask the kids if they know any songs or rhymes about animals and if not, we’ll try a couple of verses of Old MacDonald.

Equipment: Book: Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie, castanet.

Because Mother’s Day is in May, the third book is Mummy, You’re Special To Me by Laine Mitchell and Kim Fleming. This is a quieter story that I hope will lead kids to reflect on what makes mums special. There are all sorts of animals in this book too. We’ll read through once, then go through again and discuss. I’ll try to get kids to feel comfortable enough to say what’s special about their own mum.

Equipment: Book: Mummy, You’re Special To Me

At closing time, remind kids they can borrow if they have a library card, and ask them to tell me about their favourite book next week. Remind them too to return each book to its special place when they’ve looked at it, or give to the Librarian.

Evaluation of Session 1:

The session was great! Because it was the first session, despite lots of advertising, I was prepared for few children and parents to attend. When the day dawned cold and rainy, I wondered if anyone would come! One delightful young story lover and her mum did attend – the little girl was shy at first but responded really well to the books and games. I scrapped the singing, scrapped the dramatising, and added more discussion about the story and the pictures. I had wrapped the boot as well, to extend the guessing game and want to include this each week if I can. We also played a game with the letters and numbers on the mat.

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