Inspired by fellow Flannel Friday posters (such as So Tomorrow), I decided to share my Storytime Space this week.
I have to share my program room with the grownups, which means I have to setup and clean up for every single program. I am lucky enough to have a closet that I share with the technology equipment so I don’t have to move everything out of the room each day! Our community room also houses the art gallery, which changes each month with a featured artist. (Notice the yummy bakery items on the wall.) Although, I am thinking about making a Storytime Cart like Future Librarian Superhero!
My closet includes:
- carpet squares to sit on for preschoolers
- padded mats to sit on for Bouncing Babies
- school supplies for crafts
- basket of musical instruments
- iPod dock
- flannel boards (easel and lapboard)
- butcher paper to cover tables for crafts
- the pile of books and crafts to use each week
- Tupperware bin of toys for Bouncing Babies
I load the closet at the end of each week for the upcoming week. I pile the books for each storytime and after school program, with accompanying crafts and activities.
I have three typical storytime setups. I use the easel with certain stories and activities. I prefer my lapboard because I have better control and can hide the board when needed. I usually sit on the floor in front of the bench. But I like having the option of sitting on top of the bench if needed. I always have the children’s backs to the door so latecomers won’t disrupt the action.
This is a typical setup with my lapboard, big book, puppets and finger puppets.
This is a typical setup with my lapboard, big book, flannel story, and puppet story.
(This is a neater version of what the end of storytime looks like!)
After storytime, I ask the children to put their mats in a pile and find a seat at the craft table. This side of the room is for crafts.
For the Bouncing Babies Storytime, I set the room up slightly different. I setup my materials on a table instead of the bench. This way my curious friends cannot reach my goodies.
I always use shakers and bubbles after reading a big book, or pass out board books. I use padded mats to sit on instead of the carpet squares. We push the mats together after storytime for playtime. (Notice the toys hidden in the closet. It mostly works as out of sight, out of mind.) After ten minutes or so, I put the Clean Up Song on and we put all the toys and mats away together.
How do you setup your storytime space?