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Sharing the Storytime Joy

by Pamela | Mar 12, 2019

Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Pamela, who works with children and families at the Shawnee Branch Library.


Patterns are here, there, everywhere! Reading and talking about patterns helps children develop their math skills. Patterns are a part of algebra. We can explore patterns in storytime in lots of different ways, as you’ll see in this storytime featuring hats.
image of party hat

Hooray for Hat! has grumpy animals becoming joyous, strutting, stylish wearers of hats. The pattern here is the refrains : “GO AWAY. I’m GRUMPY!” and “HOORAY FOR HAT!” Encouraging the children to chime in and repeat these phrases helps reinforce the pattern.
cover image for hooray for hat

 You can make up some simple patterns using images or objects. Ask the children, “What comes next?” the better they are at doing this, the more complicated pattern you can make.
cover image for caps for sale

No storytime about hats and  patterns would be complete without Caps for Sale. The patterns here are in the hats themselves, and the interactions between the peddler and  the monkeys. “You monkeys, you. You give me back my hats!” and the monkeys’ hissing in response to the request are classic.

Music, rhymes and poetry are full of patterns. For this storytime sing this “Silly Hat Song”  along to the tune of “This Old Man”

On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro.
Where else can my silly hat go?
(Repeat the song, substituting “on my head” for other body parts. Don’t forget to act this out!)
       Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Most storytimes begin and end the same way every week. This too is a pattern. Schedules are patterns, giving shape to our days. When you are with your children, talk with them about the many different ways we use patterns, and the multitude of places and things that have them.





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