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: Jungle Theme

Feb 12th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 6 min read

The Seals on the Bus by Lenny Hort was the first book we read. I got this idea of a blog and I wasn’t sure about using it. It kind of bothered me that they weren’t all jungle animals. But it was fun to sing and the kids went nuts. They liked that they already knew the tune, and we took some time to look…

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…

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…

Picnic Storytime

Family Storytime: Picnic Theme

Jul 21st, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

Opening Song Tippy Tap: What is your favorite food to eat at a picnic? Polly’s Picnic (Richard Hamilton) I love this book because of the gorgeous illustrations and lyrical words. The lines rhyme. You can see the girl getting more and more upset by reading her facial expressions as the animals, one by one, eat her entire picnic. I have the kids identify the animals as…

Construction Storytime

Family Storytime: Construction Theme

Jul 14th, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 4 min read

Opening Song Digger Dog (William Bee) The kids liked guessing how the dog was going to try to get the bone out next, and their excitement grew as the diggers got bigger and the hole got deeper. This book is simple but was good at building suspense for the little guys. They also thought it was funny that bigger digger rhymed. And they loved at…

Family Storytime: Pigs Theme

Jul 7th, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 7 min read

Opening Song: Each week we use a different musical instrument. This week, we used bells. The kids were getting sick of the old song, “Wake Up Hands.” I think they thought it was too babyish for them because I got a lot of eye rolls. Which is funny, because the 4 and 5-year-olds liked the old song a lot and they’re older than my Family…

Family Storytime

Family Storytime: Garden

May 6th, 2015 Early Literacy Skills, Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

Intro Song: Wake up hands, wake up hands Wake up hands and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle Wake up hands, wake up hands Wake and wiggle in the morning … wake up feet … wake up head   Tippy Tap: What is your favorite color? I originally did not like doing this and continued it because the kids liked it and a predecessor had done it. Now,…