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At the beginning of the summer, a local organization approached me about doing a long program for a group of children as a one-time child care service. I had to plan a storytime for as many as 20 children between the ages of four and seven, and the program needed to last for an hour and a half. Whew! This is the program that I came up with. It doesn't have a particular theme; rather, it's a conglomeration of some of my favorite books, songs, and activities.
The Most Magnificent Thing is a really great book, and the kids seemed to appreciate and understand it. For this storytime, I was determined to find a good nonfiction picture book about a famous inventor. The problem with most picture book biographies is that they tend to be long and wordy. Long and wordy doesn't usually work for my crowd, so I had to search high and low to find a shorter book.
Originally, the theme for this storytime was recycling, but I had a hard time finding good books about recycling that weren't too preachy, so I stretched the theme to include gardening. In our intro time, I tried to stress that we were talking about "building a better world" by making the earth greener.
This storytime was Week 2 of our Build a Better World Summer Reading Program. This particular theme started out very vague when I was planning it last spring, but it ended up coming together really well. I tried to tie it into the CSLP theme by emphasizing that acts of kindness and service can help build a better world.
This storytime was our Build a Better World Summer Reading Kickoff, and it went really well. I had good crowds, and most of the kids were very engaged in what I was doing. During The True Story of the Three Little Pigs, I cued the kids to fake-sneeze as a group when the wolf sneezed in the story. They loved it! And in Tip Tip Dig Dig, I asked the kids to stand up with me and mimic the digging, lifting, pushing, etc. motions in the story. They played along really well and helped make that book be a little more exciting.