This talk of libraries and librarians brought to mind my long forgotten desire to become a librarian when I was younger. At that time, I wanted to be both a teacher and a librarian. I couldn't quite decided which one I liked better. I love children and yet I also love books.
I love to read them and I love to write them. I could spend hours at the library looking at books. I earned the name of bookworm from early on. When I was in high school I would spend some lunch time in the library by myself. None of my friends could understand why I chose to surround myself with more books than necessary at school.
When my children were young I took them to the local library's story time. They loved listening to the reading of a book by the librarian and then doing an activity based on the book. I could imagine myself doing this. And that's what I did. I volunteered at a local playgroup to do their story time each week.
There are two ways to prepare the lessons for your own story time for a group of children. The first is to decide on what you want to teach them. Maybe it's spring and you want to teach them about plants or insects.
- So you decide on what to teach.You might want to teach life cycles so you might choose a caterpillar.
- From there, you select a storybook with that theme. 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' is an obvious one with this theme for preschoolers or kindergartners.
- You then brainstorm the types of activities that you want to do. You could have a movement activity where you have children pretend they're caterpillars wriggling around on a leaf (on the floor) then have the caterpillars go to sleep and transform into a butterfly whereby the children flap their wings and fly around the room. You could sing a few caterpillar or butterfly songs, if you know of any. There's a traditional Vietnamese butterfly song that is sung to the tune of 'Frere Jacque' and it goes like this (when I translate and make some changes so it goes better with the tune): Yellow butterfly, Yellow butterfly. Spread your wings, Spread your wings. Flutter around and round, Flutter around and round, I watch you, I watch you.
- Finally, you decide on what craft is age appropriate for the children to make. You could have children make a caterpillar or a butterfly craft - there are plenty of ideas on the internet.
I loved running these story times and the children loved listening to books being read with the added bonus of making a craft. I reckon I would have made a great teacher librarian, even if I say so myself!