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Virtual Sunshine Squad: Let’s Share

As part of a very generous and sharing-centric profession, I love to share! But did I always? Like when I was a toddler or preschooler? Hell to the no. Nowadays, caregivers, educators, and experts are seeking to reframe the concept of “sharing” beyond a begrudging act of giving up a beloved toy. Instead, the focus is on the receiver practicing patience and waiting their turn. Check out more on this perspective from the authors of Terrific Toddlers and this brief article by Psychotherapist Jill Ceder titled “Why You Shouldn’t Force Your Kid to Share.”

Welcome Song

Tune: Skip to My Lou

Hello (name) and how are you? x3
Welcome to storytime

Welcome Book: The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates

3 Ways to be be a part of Sunshine Squad (from Sunflower Storytime)

  1. Being kind to yourself
  2. Being kind to others
  3. Being kind to animals and nature

I am great! (Arms wide)
I  am smart! (Finger to head)
I am strong! (Flex muscles)
I am loved! (Hug yourself)
Today is an awesome day! (Thumbs up)

Introduction to theme: Sharing

Sharing should be seen as taking turns and practicing patience. Try not to interrupt play to force your child to share–they may learn that generosity feels bad. “You can play with whatever you want, for as long as you like. When you put it down, someone else can play with it.”

Book: Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Litwin

Action Rhyme (scarves):

The more we share together, together, together
The more we share together the happier we’ll be
Cause friends can play with us
Or friends can play near us
The more we share together the happier we’ll be

The more we wait our turn, our turn, our turn
The more we wait our turn the happier we’ll be
If a friend has a toy
Then we wait our turn
The more we wait our turn the happier we’ll be

Recorded Song: “The Sharing Song” by Raffi

Settle Down Rhyme: If You’re Ready for a Story

Flannel Story: Bears on Chairs by Shirley Parenteau

Inspired by East Greenwich Free Library. See photo below if you feel like your artistic aspirations aren’t up to snuff with the rest of the flannel creators out there.

Text adapted from Shirley Parenteau’s book:

Four small chairs just right for bears.
Where is the bear for each small chair?

Orange Bear sits on a chair.
He likes it there on his one chair.

Now green bear wants a chair.
She climbs up there on the second chair.

Another chair is over there.
Yellow Bear takes that chair.

Here’s Floppy Bear. She takes a chair.
She’s happy there on that last chair.

Four happy bears on four small chairs.
Not a bear has to share.

Oops! Big Brown Bear looks for a chair.
There is none there for that big bear.What a stare from Big Brown Bear.
That big bear wants a chair!
Look! They’ve moved their chairs
To make one big chair to hold all the bears.

First Big Brown Bear then Yellow Bear
Climb up there on that long chair.
The other bears look over there.
Is there room to spare for three more bears?
Yes! There’s room up there for all FIVE bears!
Now it’s fair! The bears all share!

Book: Dozens of Doughnuts by Carrie Finson

Action Rhyme: Pleasingly Patient from Harford County Public Library

I am patient.
I am patient.
Watch me wait.
Watch me wait. 

One, two, three, four, five,
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten.
I can wait.
I am great!

Craft: Pool Noodle Donuts

Craft kits available at library for registered patrons include: Glue, bag of gemstones (I used gemstones because I had leftovers from another program. You can also use cut up pipe cleaners or yarn for sprinkles), 5 cotton balls, 6 pool noodle circles (Each pool noodle was cut into 15 circles), tweezers

  1. Unroll cotton ball and glue to pool noodle circle. Rip off any excess of the cotton ball.
  2. Put a small dot of glue on the back of a gem stone and then place the gem stone on the cotton ball fluff. Repeat as much as desired.
  3. Place donuts in box and share them with family and toys. 

*You may use the tweezers to pull apart the fluff or to pick up the donuts and serve them. Tweezers are a fun way to strengthen your pincer grasp, an essential skill for learning how to write.

Goodbye Rhyme: Tune: Skip to My Lou

Wave wave wave goodbye
Wave, wave, wave goodbye
Wave, wave, wave goodbye
I hope to see you soon

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