Storytime Spotlight: Fun Fishy Adventures with School Agers

Blogging today about my favorite storytime so far this summer! I love school visit and summer camp season. I got to lead this storytime with my buddy Tanya for a mixed age summer camp group containing kindergartners up to fifth graders. We had a blast!   Talk: Library vs. Non Library Sort I started in… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Fun Fishy Adventures with School Agers

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Storytime Spotlight: It Started with Some Pop Out Vehicles…

How did we get from planes and trains to fire trucks and the farm? Read on to find out about our latest flow storytime adventure! This mixed-age family crowd was mostly composed of preschoolers and up, plus a few toddlers. Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Clap Everybody & Say Hello Read: Giant Pop Out Vehicles… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: It Started with Some Pop Out Vehicles…

Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Stick…

And ended with Baths and Bunnies! Here's one of my recent flow storytimes for a mixed-age family group. This month we're focusing on Letter Knowledge.     Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Clap Everybody & Say Hello Sing: What is the Weather? Sang this all the time as a classroom teacher, but I'll be darned… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Stick…

Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Little Mouse & Ended in a Little Wagon

I've been referencing this storytime outline for my past few posts but realized I never talked about how it actually shook out! *Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Clap Everybody & Say Hello Read: The Mouse Who Wasn't Scared by Petr Horacek A little fearless Mouse proves her bravery by wandering into the woods, but gets… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Little Mouse & Ended in a Little Wagon

Thursday Thoughts: Planning Tools for Plotters

Last week I shared a Twitter thread about Plotters vs. Pantsers and Game of Thrones and a peek into my planning process as a Plotter. After some follow-up conversations on Twitter, a few more thoughts come to mind: Most people (and authors) are a little bit of both. You might primarily think of yourself as a… Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: Planning Tools for Plotters

Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Snow Plow and Ended with a Duck

Wondering how we got from trucks to ducks? Here's a recent go with the flow mixed-age family storytime!   Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Clap Everybody and Say Hello Flannel: Saw a Snowflake... This is a fun counting up OR down song I like to sing in winter! It's a very versatile tune. This time… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Snow Plow and Ended with a Duck

Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Little Mouse and Ended with a Noisy Night

Here's another fun flow storytime! Featuring my recent Mouse House flannel makeover in action. Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Clap Everybody & Say Hello Read: Good Night Owl by Greg Pizzoli This was actually my first time reading this book in storytime, because it's always bugged me that Owl is trying to sleep at night… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Little Mouse and Ended with a Noisy Night