My First Ever Baby Playground!

Nov 3rd, 2016 Craft Programs, Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 3 min read

This was my first ever Baby Playground program and the first for our library. Basically, I wanted to have a giant baby party that practices fine motor skills. I chose to focus on pincer grasp, gross motor skills, and eye tracking. It was so much fun! We had over 40 people attend. Babies were everywhere. Rice was everywhere (we used it as “sandbox” material). We…

Little Listeners: September/October

Oct 17th, 2016 Early Literacy Skills, Little Listeners, Programming, Songs Rachel Reinwald 7 min read

I figured I’d post the rest of my Little Listeners (3-15 mos.) plans. So here’s the September/October session. Look at my past post to see pictures of the setup and the transitional songs we sing every week. The other plans I have so far are: July/August November/December For this session, here are our choral read books (we do 1 choral read per class): Bunny Rabbit…

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…

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…