Here’s my favorite story time of the week. It’s from our Music and Motion class for 3-5 year olds.
*School Readiness Tip: Social skills are something that children learn by modeling. Using rhymes and songs that children can model and use to practice following your directions will help them imitate the appropriate behaviors they will see in school and get them ready to take direction from their teachers. To enhance this skill, play simon says, red light green light, follow the leader, and other modeling games.
(clicking on song titles should link you to the mp3 of the songs available for purchase)
Opening Song and Dance: Shake My Sillies Out By Raffi
Finger Play: Turn around, Turn around, Turn around just like me. Clap your hands, Clap your hands, clap them just like me. Pat your knees, pat your knees, pat them just like me. Shake your head, shake your head, shake it just like me. Clap your hands, Clap your hands, now let them quiet be.
Book: Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes
Song: Let’s All Clap our Hands Together by Hap Palmer.
Action Rhyme: Hands up high, Hands down low. Hide your hands. Where’d they go? One hand up. The other one, too. Clap them. Fold them. Now we’re through.
Book: A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na
Song: Put a Little Color on You by Hap Palmer (with colorful scarves)
Finger Play: Tommy thumbs up. Tommy thumbs down. Tommy thumbs dancing all around the town. Dancing on your shoulders, dancing on your head, dancing on your fingers and then tuck them into bed.
Story: Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle
Song: Hello, My name is Joe by Peter and Ellen Allard.
Finger Play: 10 Little Fingers
Book: The Very Noisy Night by Diana Hendry
Closing Song: We had a Good Day by Dr. Jean.
Other Books to consider:
Goodnight Moon by Maragaret Wise Brown
Spot Sleeps Over by Eric Hill
Time To Sleep with Sheep the Sheep by Mo Willems
Stop Snoring Bernard! by Zachariah Ohara
For older children:
When Papa Snores by Melinda Long
Roar of a Snore by Marsh Bernard Arnold
There’s a Nightmare in my closet by Mercer Mayer.
WARNING: BELOW THIS LINE IS THE “BORING” STUFF
*Many people don’t know that most public library programming and story time is designed around meeting state education standards for the particular ages the programs target. In case you want to know what state standards (for the PA) this story time fulfills here they are:
To Acces the PA KEYS (the state standards for early learning in PA) go here.
1. STANDARD 9.1a: PRODUCTION AND PERFORMANCE: MUSIC AND MOVEMENT: A:Music can be used to express and initiate aesthetic and physical response
2. STANDARD 3.3a: EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCES: EARTH STRUCTURE, PROCESSES AND CYCLES Interactions occur on Earth and in space. (We touch on this when we talk about nighttime, the moon (Eric Carle’s book) and animals that are nocturnal.
3.STANDARD 1.1: LEARNING TO READ INDEPENDENTLY Communication occurs in many different ways. It is a way to share one’s ideas and understand the ideas of others. Reading involves the use of pictures, symbols and text to gain information and derive meaning, and writing is used for a variety of purposes.
4. STANDARD 1.2: READING CRITICALLY IN ALL CONTENT AREA.Children understand and respond to a wide variety of text
5.STANDARD 1.3: READING, ANALYZING, AND INTERPRETING LITERATURE: FICTION AND NON-FICTION Children understand and respond to works of literature.
6.STANDARD 1.6: SPEAKING AND LISTENING Children communicate in many different ways to acquire wants and needs, to share their ideas, and listen to other.
7.STANDARD: 25.2 SELF REGULATION Children will express feelings, thoughts and needs appropriately to adults and peer.
8.STANDARD 25.3: PRO-SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH ADULT Children develop healthy relationships through positive adult and peer interaction- We emphasize adult participation in dancing, encouraging the children to “grab their grown up and dance together.”
9. STANDARD 25.4: PRO-SOCIAL RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEERS Children develop healthy relationships through positive adult and peer interaction