Have I mentioned yet how much I love watching birds? One of my greatest pleasures is to sit quietly in the living room and watch the sparrows and chickadees that inhabit a big shrub outside our window. My nine-month-old daughter loves it, too, so I figured that birds would be a great springy storytime theme. I don’t always do themes (just look at last week’s…I think the only theme was “happy,”), but sometimes it does make our time together feel more cohesive. When I choose themes, it’s usually only for the books I find, and not for the rhymes. I try to include something thematic here and there, but I do so many rhymes that I find it would be hard to change them every week to fit the theme. Additionally, repetition is very important for babies, so I like keeping our rhymes and songs consistent so everyone can learn them.
Another note: this week I used a non-fiction book about robins as my second storytime book. I think it’s an important reminder for caregivers that our collection of books includes great non-fiction material for youngsters. They love to see photos of real children, animals, and plants. That said, I LOVE Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? It’s beautiful and lively and you get to do all kinds of bird calls.
-Good Morning Song
-Shake My Sillies Out
Bounces + Rhymes:
-Mother and Father and Uncle John
-See My Eyes
-Here is the Beehive
-I’m A Little Duck
-Legs Apart, Legs Together
Read: Have You Heard the Nesting Bird? – Rita Gray
Bounces + Rhymes:
-Itsy Bitsy Spider
-Two Little Blackbirds
-Funny Fat Frog
-Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes
-Open Them, Shut Them
Read: The Robin in the Tree – Dana Rau
“Walking With Spring” – Okee Dokee Brothers (these guys are AMAZING! I listen to them in the car all the time, even when my child isn’t with me)
“You Must Really Like Me” – Parachute Express
-Little Mouse, Are You In The ________ House?
-“Twinkle Twinkle” and bubbles!