Repeating Songs

Opening Song

Sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star":

Welcome, welcome, everyone.
Now it's time to have some fun.
First we'll clap our hands just so.          (clap)
Then we'll bend and touch our toes.     (touch toes)
Welcome, welcome everyone.
Now it's time to have some fun.

Lead-In Song (or "Story Song")

Sung to the tune of "If Your Happy And You Know It":

If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.           (clap, clap)
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.           (clap, clap)
If you want to hear a story, a _____  ______ story,
If you want to hear a story, clap your hands.           (clap, clap)

Repeat with other actions; stomp feet, nod head, sit down, say "Shhhh," etc.

I start with louder/bigger actions and work down to quieter ones, singing more quietly each round until we are almost at a whisper.  This really helps settle them down to get ready to read the first story.

I also try to fill in the blanks with adjectives that fit with the them, for example "a snowy winter story" for a winter theme, "a creepy crawly story" for a bug theme.  If I can't come up with a phrase that fits the theme and the rhythm of the song, I just repeat "if you want to hear a story."  I also sometimes work in actions that go with the theme of the day.

I really like this song because you can do as many or as few verses as you need, depending on the mood of the audience that day, and I like being able to mix it up occasionally, while still having some of the same verses each time.

Closing Songs

"Storytime Is Over"

Storytime is over, clap your hands.
Storytime is over, clap your hands.
Storytime is done, and I hope that you had fun.
Storytime is over clap your hands.

I am ambivalent about the clapping hands. It almost feels like being happy storytime is over, but I suppose is intended to be thought of as closing applause for a good performance? One could sub "wave good-bye", but in our case we do a craft or activity afterward, and we want to encourage people to hang around. So add whatever action makes sense to you!


"Storytime Is Done For Now"

(to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star":)

Hands go up, and hands go down.     (raise hands, then touch toes)
I can turn myself around.                    (turn)
I can jump upon two shoes,                (jump in place)
I can clap and so can you.                  (clap, and point to audience)
I can wave, I'll show you how.            (wave)
Storytime is done for now.
*Source:  http://ysostorytime.pbworks.com

I like that this one adds movement since they've been sitting for stories, and subtly alludes to the fact that we will have storytime again.

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