Happy Mother’s Day-Family Storytime

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It’s that time of year again when we celebrate one of the most important people in our lives, our mom! Today our theme at Storytime was Mother’s Day. Our opening song was “I Love Mother.”

I Love Mother
(Sung to: “Frere Jacques”)

I love mother, I love mother.
Yes I do, yes, I do.
All I want to say is
Happy Mother’s Day!
I love you, I love you!

What Moms Can’t Do by Douglas Wood was our first book. This delightful tale followed a mother dinosaur and her son through their day. In very humorous fashion we learned that there are many things a mom can’t do without the help of their children such as watch a scary movie without someone there to protect them from the scary parts. Or pack a lunch for their little ones that included all the right stuff (like chocolate ice cream bars, and no carrots.) This charming book was a testament to not only how much moms need their children, but also how much children need their moms.

Mommy is a Soft, Warm Kiss by  Rhonda Gowler Greene was the next book we read. I love using this book for my Mother’s Day Storytimes. As the seasons progressed the children and I learned that the best experiences are those you share with your mom. From building sand castles in the summer, or making Halloween costumes in the fall, life is better if it is shared with someone you love. Greene’s book was written in rhyme and had such a lyrical flow to it.

Our first activity was paired with the book Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler. This beautifully illustrated book took the children and I on a guessing game through the natural world. Butler is an award winning children’s book author and illustrator and the illustrations in this book highlight his talent. Readers were treated to colorful pictures of baby animals and asked to guess whose baby they are. For example, one of the babies shown is an owlet chick, whose mom is, of course, an owl. I paired this book with pictures of the mother and baby animals that I obtained from Kidz Club. I printed the pictures out and laminated them. For Storytime I had the pictures of the mother animals on a board, and I handed out the pictures of the babies to the children. As we read through the book, I would ask each child to try and identify the animal and then pair it up with its mother. The children enjoyed being able to come up and pin their baby animal next to its mother, and when a child encountered their favorite animal they became so enthusiastic!

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Here are two of the children placing baby animals next to their moms.

What Not to Give Your Mom on Mother’s Day by Martha Simpson was our next book. This was the hilarious story of a little boy who was looking for the perfect gift for his mom. Unfortunately, he kept bringing her gifts more suited to birds, dogs, salamanders and a host of other creatures. Eventually though he found the ideal gift for his mom, a hug and kiss and those three little words, I love you. As we came across each new gift I asked the children to identify which animal was depicted. The children laughed and giggled at all the strange gifts the little boy selected before making his last, best, choice.

Our last book was Is Your Mama a Llama? by Deborah Guarino which I turned into our final activity. This classic children’s story followed Lloyd the llama as he attempted to identify what kind of animal each of his friend’s mama was. Whenever Lloyd would ask his friends “Is your mama a llama?” they would answer with a riddle, leaving Lloyd, and readers, to puzzle out what the animal was. As we read through the book, I had the children try to solve the riddles along with Lloyd. I would read all the clues and conclude by saying “Your mama must be a” then have the children fill in the name of the animal, which they did very energetically. Several of the children recognized this book and told me that they had it or home or had read it before. The vibrant illustrations helped us all identify the animals. In the end, Lloyd not only learned what animals each of his friends were, but also what his mama was.

Both of our activities today involved matching and classification. Activities such as the ones we engaged in today aid in children’s cognitive development by helping them analyze and process information. In our first activity, from Whose Baby Am I?  the children were asked to match up mother and baby using visual cues such as how each of the animals resembled each other. In our second activity, the children were given written clues in the form of the words in the story Is Your Mama a Llama? Using those clues, and the accompanying illustrations, the children were able to identify what each type of animal Lloyd’s friends mothers were.  In the case of younger children, activities that focus on matching and classification help increase vocabulary as well, they are not only learning the names of new animals, but also learning to pair those names with the actual animal through visuals. This article from Global Post describes the benefits of activities that focus on cognitive development.

Our craft today was a necklace of flowers. I made a collection of different colored flowers using our die cut machine. The children then cut green construction paper into strips which they used to string the flowers together to form a necklace for their moms.

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Here are the children working on their craft.

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One little boy’s finished product. So cute!

Everyone really enjoyed this Storytime.

-Miss Jessica

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