Family Storytime: Bedtime

Jun 9th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I threw together this new storytime after my favorite book for my Toys Storytime is not only out of print and not available online (for under $200), but my personal copy is missing too. We started with my favorite play on a folktale, The Squeaky Door by Margaret MacDonald. I used to be really embarrassed reading it, but the more you do all the sounds,…

Family Storytime: Royalty

Feb 5th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

The first book we read was I Want to Win by Tony Ross. I like this one because it’s simple. There are only one or two sentences per page. The illustrations are clear and easy to understand. We talked about how no one always wins, how it’s fun to win, and sometimes you want to win something and you don’t. These are all familiar feelings…

Little Listeners (3-15 months) Storytime: Nov/Dec

Feb 5th, 2016 Little Listeners Rachel Reinwald 9 min read

Our Little Listeners group is for babies 3 months to 15 months. Our format remains the same each week. We have 6 weeks in a session and we switch songs halfway through so that the parents and children have some time to learn the songs before we change them. Repetition helps learning! (But we don’t want the same songs the whole session or parents might…

Family Storytime: Pets

Jan 27th, 2016 Family Storytime, Uncategorized Rachel Reinwald 6 min read

Pets storytime is sometimes hard because I feel like we always focus on the dogs and the cats, being the most popular. There’s just not really great books on lizards and gerbils, etc… Hotrod Hamster sometimes makes it on the list, I just don’t think it’s as great as a read aloud as these classics. I read Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes because…

Family Storytime: Bear Storytime

Dec 2nd, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

I like doing a bear storytime during this time of year because we talk about hibernation. It’s always fun to see which kids actually know the word hibernation. Most of them know that bears like to sleep until spring and that animals gather food to save during the winter. Those smarty pants. The first book we read is Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson because…

Family Storytime: Thanksgiving

Dec 1st, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 6 min read

One is a Feast for a Mouse by Judy Cox is my favorite Thanksgiving book. Not only is it suspenseful and not about killing turkeys, the illustrations are also pretty good, especially when looking at perspective and all the fun details in the pictures. You can see that Kitty has a nametag place at the table to remind you to watch out for him. It’s…

Family Storytime: Sick / Get Well

Nov 19th, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

When I did this storytime, I picked I Feel Sick! (a Little Princess story) by Tony Ross. It’s short and funny, but also relatable. The princess always pretends she’s sick when she is asked to do chores. Kids don’t like chores. As one of the ones in my program put it, “Going to a party is funner than cleaning up cat poop. I don’t like…

Zoo Storytime

Family Storytime: Zoo

Nov 5th, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

When we read From Head to Toe by Eric Carle, the kids really liked acting out the animals. And, honestly, they thought of better ways to portray the animal. Like instead of wiggling your hips like a crocodile, they made big snapping teeth with their arms. I told them they could make their own book and they got all giggly. This is a great book…

Family Storytime: Bathtime

Oct 12th, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

First, we read the longest book, King Bidgood’s in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood. I figured that’s when the kids had the longest attention span. They loved it. I’m glad because it’s one of my favorites. I like to point out how the page has to carry all of the things back from the tub and we study all the details in the tub for…

Family Storytime: Fall

Oct 1st, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

This is one of my favorite storytimes. My group this year has very short attention spans. So most of these books I could read to my 2/3 year olds but my kindergarteners still liked it. Last session, my kindergarteners would have had me on a platter, saying this is a baby book. Personalities are so different. We started out with a cute one, The Busy…