Occasionally in storytime, a book just doesn't work. Maybe it's a new one that doesn't read to the group as well as you thought it would. Maybe it's an old favorite, but everyone has a case of the group wiggles and no one is paying attention.
I love nursery rhymes, and like that they are a core part of our toddler, baby, and preschool storytimes. I like to share this tip with parents to help them understand the importance of nursery rhymes: "Nursery rhymes are a great way to help your child learn language and new vocabulary in a silly, fun way. Studies have shown that children who are acquainted with nursery rhymes early in life have greater success in reading and spelling when they get to school."
We always sing our opening song twice in baby storytime, and before we sing it the second time, I like to say, "We do a lot of repetition in baby storytime. Developing brains need lots of repetition to set neural connections. Children love reading their favorite books and singing their favorite songs over and over again, and it's a critical part of their brain development. Let's sing it again!"
ABCs, 123s, opposites, sizes, colors and shapes are all concepts, making "concept" story time one of the most versatile for all ages - here is a little sample of what a "concept" story time might look like.
Welcome - Try a creating a routine by repeating the same song, rhyme or finger play each time you meet!
Story 1 - LMNO Peas
Action Rhyme - This is Big (a rhyme about opposites)
This is big big big (spread arms wider apart each time you say "big")
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