I have had some amazing and very fun times doing Storytime!
It helps that I'm naturally good with kids. Even so, I never thought that Music Audio Stories would take me to the many schools and nurseries I have been lucky enough to visit. It makes me feel very proud to see children so engaged and happy when they hear my music audiobooks and the comments from the teachers have been amazing! I feel grateful that I have had so many wonderful experiences.
I like to write stories with simple messages such as not littering in my story Litter Bugs. It's a popular audiobook and one of the few stories where I use props. I brought a soft bin and made "rubbish" with crunched up colourful paper so the children can actually throw rubbish in the bin as we sing the song in the story.
My story Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure is a great way for children to learn about our Solar System. One of the best Storytimes I have had was at Gower House School. In one day, I taught and made 84 children smile and laugh with Robert & Johnson's Space Adventure! It was AWESOME!
I had five groups, including a group of 5-6, and 6-7-year-old. I was completely out of my comfort zone because I mostly do groups of 2-4-year-old. I made a great lesson plan to accommodate the older children and printed out a poster.
The children had already learned things about the planets but it made me happy that I could teach them a few more things which they didn't know and the teachers were pleased. Their drawings were brilliant, have a look here: 5-6yrs Gallery / 6-7yrs Gallery.
As my Storytime began to grow popular, so did my collection of children's artwork. I came up with the idea of posting their drawings online to make them a part of the Music Audio Stories world! Teachers have told me that Music Audio Stories drawings are the most talked-about drawings the children do. For at least that week anyway! To see more drawings from nurseries, schools, and community events visit the Facebook Gallery.
I am the bringer of sunshine and happiness!