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This school year, I am staying home with my toddler. There is a lot that I do not miss about getting up everyday and going to work, but one thing I do miss is story time. One of my favorite things about being a librarian is story time…it allows me to be creative and have fun and dance and sing (hmm – this just might be my favorite things about being human). Anyway…
Recently, I started volunteering once a month during family visitation time at our local juvenile detention center. This came about because I have always been interested in the children that are left at home after a parent or loved one is incarcerated. There is already some outreach happening via our public library at our local adult prison, so I decided to work with the school librarian and volunteer coordinator at our detention center to see how story time might fit in with the work they do (PS – the librarian at that school is awesome and is doing such amazing things with those students). The kids at the center range from 6th – 12th grade. Some of them do have their own children, but for the most part, I am working with younger brothers and sisters. The idea is I read stories to little brothers and sisters while the guardians visit with whomever is staying at the detention center. I have loved the times I have gone so far. The first couple of times, I just brought stacks of books and hung out with kids as they stopped by to see what I was doing. The last time I was there, however, I decided to come prepared with a full fledged, themed story time. I will definitely do that from here on out – it was a hit!
Because it is April and Spring and Easter weren’t too long ago, I decided the theme would be EGGS. During a typical story time, I would have some sort of flow and “schedule” in mind with the books I read, but since this is almost one on one with kids as they come and go, I just kind of did what felt right at the moment.
Here is what I brought with me:
Egg by Kevin Henkes (after reading, we had some fun with this free printable from KidLitCrafts)
First the Egg by Laura Vacaro Seeger
From Egg to Chicken by Ganeri (not linking because silly price on Amazon! – any nonfiction about eggs and chickens would work!)
Chicken’s Aren’t the Only Ones by Ruth Heller
Eggs 1 2 3 by Halfmann – I’m not so sure this one is in print anymore, but it’s great!
I had lots of plastic eggs that I got for pennies at an after Easter sale. We stacked them, we sorted them, we put them together and took them apart. They colored a free printable I found on the internet – I can no longer find the exact one I used, but any coloring sheet about eggs would work for this activity. This was a big hit. For sure bringing more coloring sheets and art supplies next time.
I brought a set of egg shakers. We sang and danced to, “If you are happy and you know it.”
We had so much fun! Cannot wait until next time!