Over the last few weeks I’ve attended a couple of training programs geared towards the 0-5 crowd. I learned so much stuff that I’m anxious to try in my ST that will be in our new library. I figured now would be the perfect time to mix it up a little bit and try some new things.
The first thing I’m really excited about trying is sign language. I already do it with my 19 month old daughter, so many of the signs are familiar to me. It’s a whole other language that I think is great for children to learn. Not only does it help them communicate to you what they want, but it also helps with their fine motor skills. I’m amazed at the things my daughter can sign. I went to a class while I was pregnant with her that talked about signing with babies. I was skeptical but figured, hey why not try it. We started when she was about 8 months old just doing a few signs with her. When she was about a year old all of a sudden it clicked, and now she signs daily. It really is amazing.
Another thing I’m really excited to try is more music. I already use lots of songs in ST but I want to spice them up a bit, and even try some new ones. Our library recently purchased some egg shakers that will be perfect to use. The kids can shake along to the music which makes it that much more enjoyable for them (and for me). I also learned how easy it is to incorporate “fillers” into songs. We all have those songs we would love to try in ST, but there’s always that long awkward pause where there is just music playing and not much else going on. So why not make up silly stuff to do along with it during the down time such as tap your shoulders (fast, slow etc.), jump up and down. You get the idea. It’s such a simple concept, yet I didn’t even think of it. My good friend Kendra who works at a library in Oregon was really excited about this too (she didn’t think of it either).
I also decided I wanted to come up with some new themes. I’ve been using the same ones and rotating them out for 4 years now. I stole the great idea of just doing an alphabet ST from my wonderful co-worker Miss Leona. So week one will be stuff all based on the letter “A”, week two will be the letter “B” and so forth. This will give me a chance to be much more flexible and find some new and even better books to share in ST.
So those a just a few new ideas I am going to incorporate into my weekly ST session. I’m really excited to try them all!