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: Nocturnal Animals

Mar 25th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 8 min read

The first book we read was Night Animals by Gianna Marino, one of my favorites. Here’s a short review I did of it: PreS-Gr 2 – Possum is hiding in a tree from the scary noises that are night animals. One by one, more night animals join the mass hysteria as more and more bright, white eyeballs appear in the night. Each successive animal is…

Family Storytime: Bugs Theme

Mar 11th, 2016 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 4 min read

  For the younger storytime, I started with I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Nadine Bernard Westcott. Fellow librarians kept telling me that the kids loved it and though it was hilarious. I’m not really a fan because of several reasons: a) the lady is eating whole animals (animal rights!), b) the text and kids keep commenting on how she’s eating…

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: Mice

Nov 13th, 2015 Family Storytime Rachel Reinwald 5 min read

Mouse storytime was a success, although my kids are still bent on shouting out answers and talking through the entire storytime on tangentials. This particular group is looking untamable. But they like mice. We started with If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff. I love how this story is circular and repeats the what ifs. I think the repetition makes kids confident…

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…