Saturday, September 16, 2017

Toddler Storytime: "Friends!"

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on September 6, 2017.

Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support all or most 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).


Lily & Bear by Lisa Stubbs


Hello, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Hello friends.
Hello friends.
Hello friends.
We're glad you came today!

Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)

If You're Happy and You Know It
Today we focused on things we can do with friends, such as:
If you're happy and you know it, wave hello!...give a hug...blow a kiss...

Goodbye, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")

Goodbye friends.
Goodbye friends.
Goodbye friends.
We're glad you came today!

What's in the Green Box?
(tune: "Sally Wore a Red Dress")

What's in the green box,

The green box, the green box?
What's in the green box 
For us today?

Today our Green Box held two activities to enjoy outside with friends: the parachute and sidewalk chalk.

We took a few moments during storytime so that the adults could talk with their little ones about FRIENDS.  The adults were encouraged to ask such questions as, "What are the names of some of your friends?", "What do you and your friend like to do together?", and "Where do you like to play with your friends?"  Equally important as asking the questions is listening to their responses and encouraging a conversation!  Children this age often have plenty to talk about...we just need to be patient and purposeful in conversing with them!


For this rhyme, children were encouraged to count out five bee stick puppets with their adults.  We said this rhyme rather slowly, since we were working on counting and holding an increasing number of bees in our hands!

One Little Bee

One little bee flew and flew.
He met a friend, and that made two.
Two little bees, busy as could be,
Along came another and that made three.
Three little bees, wanted one more,
Soon found another and that made four.
Four little bees, going to the hive,
Invited little sister, and that made five.
The sun is out, it's time to play,

Off you go, bees.  Buzz, buzz away!

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