Extended Play Storytime Posts

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!

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5 Responses to Extended Play Storytime Posts

  1. Anne says:

    Hi Melissa! Thanks for the shoutout. I really do love hearing more of the backstory on people’s storytimes (both the planning part of the process and then the aftermath, so to speak). I’d also love to hear about how you got involved with baby storytime, how many families you get per week, and other details specific to your library. Do you register, etc.? I don’t think you’ve covered that before, but I might be wrong.

  2. Melissa says:

    Thanks Anne! These are great ideas!

  3. Anne says:

    You’re welcome! Hope that was helpful. I love your blog! đŸ™‚

  4. Shelly says:

    Hi Melissa! I love your site! I do Baby and Toddler Storytime and I am always looking for new ideas. I like the weekly activity “A-Hunting We Will Go,” but I do have a question about how you actually do it. Do you put them all up and and then say something like “Here is a fox, what rhymes with fox?” and then you go through and find the right thing and sing the song, or is it more like you put up the fox and the box and then sing? Thanks!

  5. Melissa says:

    Hi Shelly! Thanks for the kind words!

    This is how I do “A-Hunting”… I usually put up the animals first, and I’ll try to make the at least the first one tie in to the last activity that we did somehow. So if we just sang “Baa Baa Black Sheep” I might put the sheep up first and say, “Look, I have another sheep! This one is white.” Then I might choose farm animals for the rest to go with the sheep, and say, “A sheep lives on a farm, and so does a duck, and a pig, and a goat.” I’ll put up those animals while I’m talking. Then I’ll go back and put up the rhyming pictures, saying, “Here’s a Jeep to go with the sheep, and a truck for the duck and a wig for the pig and a boat for the goat. Are you ready to sing ‘A Hunting We Will Go?’ Here we go then!”

    Sometimes I don’t start with the animals, or I do a mix. If we’re doing Things That Go, I’d put up the truck and the Jeep first, then go back and do the animals. When I do Dinosaurs, I put up “big things” first which winds up being a mix of the animals and the objects–the whale and the house go up, then the pail and the mouse.

    Because I’m working with babies, I just narrate what I’m doing and count on their brains to soak up the rhymes as we go. I’d be more likely to ask the group about what rhymes with what if I were working with preschoolers, but I never think it’s a bad idea to model that type of conversation to the grown-ups! Try it a couple different ways and see what you like!

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