Well, it’s been a year since I started posting a baby storytime plan almost every week. Where does the time go? My babies are growing up and new babies are coming to storytime. Which is great, because I have every intention of re-using last year’s storytimes all over again!
However, I don’t necessarily want to spend the year reposting old, only-slightly-tweaked storytimes.
Fortunately, Anne at the So Tomorrow blog had a great idea: she mentioned in a Twitter conversation that storytime posts are great, but sometimes she’d like to know just a little bit more of the behind-the-scenes planning information, such as: How did this storytime person in particular adapt or present this specific book for their storytime?
This sparked the idea to present blog posts this fall that include some of this extra content. I’ll post the storytime plan as usual, but each time try to spend some time sharing different ideas:
*what do I actually wind up saying to transition between each storytime element?
*why did I choose this book or that rhyme over the dozens of other choices?
*what idea came first and how did the storytime come together?
Because I am only presenting baby storytimes right now, I don’t know how much I’ll be able to talk about how to adapt or present books. Since my audience doesn’t really interact with me verbally, my presentations are pretty straightforward. (Although today a young toddler walked all the way across the room so he could point and make sure I saw the doggie in the picture.)
But if you have any other ideas for what you’d like to hear me rattle on about during an Extended Play Storytime Post, let me know!