The Chelmsford Public Library offers a traveling storytime for Family Day Care providers and the children they care for each day. The idea of the program is to be able to provide a storytime setting in the home of the day care since it is often difficult to bring an entire day care to the library. Storytimes offer both the provider and the children the opportunity to participate in a storytime, along with exposing the children and adults to various ways to support literacy in the home program.
Though each Family Day Care is unique and the children in their care vary in age, the traveling program works to meet the needs of all the participants through books, songs, fingerplays and games. Look below to see some of the titles that are being read this month. (You can also click on the book cover to see if the book is available at the library.) This month the children have also been helping to describe pumpkins by singing “1 little, 2 little, 3 little pumpkins, 4 little, 5 little, 6 little pumpkins, 7 little, 8 little, 9 little pumpkins, 10 little pumpkins all is a row” while being able to touch and hold paper pumpkins. We then sing a few more verses describing the pumpkins as orange and then round. The storytimes always begin with “The More We Get Together” and end with “If You’re Happy and You Know It” and we have lots of fun in between!