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It was such a pleasure to be back at West Hampstead Library. I was amazed to find out parents had been queuing up outside the library since 10am to take part in my session! I chose to do my latest audiobook Billy Joins The Circus, as it has been popular with nursery and preschool groups.
As always, I began the Story Time with listening to the audiobook. The children always enjoy the story and sit still whilst listening. I like to keep them engaged the whole time, so I'm animated and do some moves and gestures to keep them focused.
Listening to Billy Joins The Circus at West Hampstead Library.
After we have talked about what we have heard in the story, I encourage the children to create their own drawing. For this particular story, I print out templates with the 'Big Top' in the middle of the page. This way, I can encourage the older children to practice their colouring in skills, as well using their own imagination and teaching them more about "the big tent".
Drawing with the children at Swiss Cottage Library.
Billy Joins The Circus is a great audiobook for encouraging children to sing and dance. It's a wonderfully energetic story with a strong message that dreams really do come true. The catchy song with instructions on movements such as clapping your hands, touching your toes, spinning around and jumping up and down is repeated three times enabling children to learn the song and the moves as they listen. The children absolutely loved it!
Singing and dancing with the children at Swiss Cottage Library.
I love doing Story Time with the children! I do many sessions throughout the year at schools and nurseries but it's lovely to do Story Time with parents involved, as I also love to see how they react to my audiobooks! I'm pleased to see they are as popular with parents as they are with children! This makes me feel very happy!
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