Thursday, February 7, 2013

Toddler Storytime - Apples and Bananas

Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Thursday, February 7, 2013.


Apples Farmer Annie by Monica Wellington


Banana! by Ed Vere

Gladys Goes Out to Lunch by Derek Anderson

Apples and Bananas

I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.
I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.

If you are not familiar with this song,
here is the link to a video featuring the wonderful singer, Raffi!

Storytime Has Ended
(tune: "Did You Ever See a Lassie?")

Storytime has ended, has ended, has ended.
Storytime has ended 'til we meet again.

(Children wave to each other as we continue)
'Til we meet, 'til we meet, 'til we meet, 'til we meet.
Storytime has ended 'til we meet again.


Our Hands Say Hello!
Our hands say hello with a clap, clap, clap.
Our feet say hello with a tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap,
Tap, tap, tap.
Turn around and take a bow.
Sit right down. It's Storytime now!

Five Red Apples

Five red apples growing on a tree.
(raise hands out to form branches)

There's some for you and some for me!
(point to others, then to self)

When we shake the tree just so,
(shake body)

Five red apples will fall below.
(close, then open fist as though dropping each apple)

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

I engaged the children in talking about which they like better: APPLES or BANANAS.  I also encouraged them to show their parents the hand stamp they had chosen, and to tell them which fruit they prefer.  Each child was given the opportunity to pick a piece of fruit to take home, so they needed to decide, again, which fruit they would choose. Every Child Ready to Read® advocates spending lots of time talking with your child.  Giving your child the opportunity to choose between two things is a great exercize in decision-making, and gives you a chance to talk with them about choices.  Your child will benefit from your questions: "You like bananas better?  Is it because monkeys like bananas?... Is it because it comes wrapped in its own peel?... or because it doesn't have any seeds?  Can you think of other fruits that don't have seeds?

Our next Toddler Storytime will be on Thursday, February 14, 2013.  Can you guess what next week's theme will be??!!

Here's a hint:

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