Bede just got a new computer, and I received his hand-me-down computer, plus a snazzy new red external hard drive. As I was looking over old files, I found a handout for an in-service presentation on preschool storytimes I gave a few years ago. "Did I ever blog this?" I wondered. Yes indeed, I had. Here's the link for my Basic Storytime Program Setup. I follow the basic pattern for my storytelling gigs, with some slight variations:
*Greeting song: I'm still working on an original composition that I can live with and actually enjoy. In the meantime, I play "Fooba Wooba John" on the guitar. It helps me gauge volume needed to reach the back of the room and allows the audience to become acclimated to my presence. I invite participation after I think they're comfortable with me.
*Story: If it's an older audience (i.e. early kindergarten), this will be the longest story I'll tell. If it's a younger audience, it'll be a quick-study to see how their attention spans are going to hold up.
*Song: Flannel board song such as "Jenny Jenkins" or "Birds Fly Through My Window."
*Song: Something that invites the children to stand up and move, sometimes with props.
*Song or rhyme: something short and calming to invite children to sit down again.
*Story: Something funny, preferably with an engaging prop, but not necessarily.
*Song: closing song, usually in 3/4 time (thank you, Dan Zanes, for letting me know that you always end your show with a waltz). I will play "How Do You Like to Go Up in A Swing" (words: Robert Louis Stevenson/music: Farida Dowler) and or/"Swampland Lullaby" (words: Farida Dowler/music: James Royce Shannon).