Storytimes: To Theme or Not To Theme

There are so many lovely blogs and Pinterest boards about themed storytimes, complete with books, fingerplays that fit the theme, a freshly made flannel story, and of course a craft. If that’s your style as a storytime provider, more power to you! But it isn’t mine, and as I’ve settled into my personal style doing storytime, I find myself letting go of this expectation that I should have a perfect coherent theme. In fact, I’ve been seeing a lot of advantages to NOT having a theme. Repetition We all know that little kids benefit from repetition! Freeing myself from themes makes it easier for me to repeat the same song for several weeks in a row. For instance, I did “The Beanbag” three weeks r

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