Story Time Theme: Mo Willems

6 Nov

PigeonBusThis week was probably one of my favorites – Mo Willems Week for story time!  Willems is an amazing author/illustrator in the children’s literature world and his books are geared perfectly to my crowd of 2 – 3.5 year olds.  We shared Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus with a “NO!” sign that the kids loved to shout out!  We also read There Is a Bird On Your Head and What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound?  Each of these books were short enough for the kids to pay attention to and exciting to listen to and participate with.  For my traditional toddler story time I used the song Pig On Her Head by the Laurie Berkner Band which fit right in after our story about Elephant & Piggie.  This is our last week of story time for this session.  We offer a number of holiday story times during the month of December, but I won’t be back to my regular story time until the end of January.  I’m excited to have a break and to focus some of my energy on some of the other programming that is coming up!

Opening

  • Traditional: Put Your Hands Up In the Air & Open Shut Them
  • Yoga: Warm-Up (Rock n  Roll, Zip up Spine, Deep Breaths, Cat/Cow, pounce from child pose (lunge      forward), Dog)

Book 1: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

Transition

  • Traditional: 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
  • Yoga: Sun Salutations (Mountain, Reach Up, Touch the Ground, Hands at Knees (flat back), Plank Pose, Cobra, Downward Facing Dog, Walk Toward Hands, Repeat 3x  

Book 2: There is a Bird on Your Head!

Transition (changes weekly)

  • Traditional: Pig On Her Head (The Best of The Laurie Berkner Band)
  • Yoga: Core Strengthening (Cobra (hovering hands), Whale, Bow, Ball, Boat)

Book 3: What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound?

Closing

  • Traditional: Shake Your Sillies Out Puppet Show
  • Yoga: Cool-down (Bridge, Happy Baby Pose, Star Pose/Deep Breaths) & Namaste
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