I'm a week behind again, don't know how this keeps happenning but I promise to try better this week. Last week was busy week with six programs, yep, you are reading correctly Six programs. I had my regular Baby Bloomers, Crawlers, and two Totally Tots classes, plus a brand new Bilingual program "Los Cuentos", and the first meeting of our Junior Friends. Here is how it went:
Baby Bloomers- see post.
Crawlers- see posts.
Totally Tots- this group keeps growing, which is an amazing dream but it can present a challenge in our small story hour room. I did the same transportation program as with the Crawlers and we used our scarves to "shake our sillies out" and dance with our bubbles. I read the same books but got different reactions from some of the older kids who engaged with A Truck Goes Rattley Bumpa by Jonathan London. We identified colors, shapes, types of trucks and cars, and the actions taking place. Because the group was large both days- 18 kids on Wednesday- I refrained from using the flannel pieces to our Nursery Rhyme, we still chanted "One, Two, Buckle My Shoe" and used the scarves to keep the pace.
Los Cuentos- this is my new bilingual class for families (birth thru 7 years old). Last Spring we celebrate El Dia de los Libros/ El Dia de los Ninos or Book Day/Children's Day and we had a nice show of parents and kids that were interested on having a bilingual program. During the summer I researched our community and found out that we have a growing number of Hispanic speaking residents and school children. This is a pilot for the Fall and hopefully I get to keep doing them during the Winter and Spring and expand from Spanish/English to other languages. The first session was attended by five families with eight children. I mixed the stories from full Spanish to bilingual stories. We also listened to some songs/video using the big TV screen in our Story Hour room. We ended with a small craft.