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Joanne C. Burns
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Getting Ready for My First Large Scale Performance!
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Hello Everyone,I am just starting out doing story times at my library.  I have been doing them since September of last year.  So far, my story times are a HUGE success and I am shocked!  I expected…Continue

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Started this discussion. Last reply by Joanne C. Burns Feb 3, 2010.

 

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Patricia Kjolhede replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Biblical Storytelling for Preschoolers in the group Biblical Storytelling
"As a child development major (and pre-k and kindergarten teacher for the past 30 years) I can tell you that you are working with attention spans that last 10 minutes at best. That doesn't mean that your lesson has to last that long, that only…"
Mar 24, 2011
Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) and Joanne C. Burns are now friends
Apr 9, 2010
shirley carroll replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Biblical Storytelling for Preschoolers in the group Biblical Storytelling
"I 'm known as Won'der , my (stage/pretend)name, the thing is they never no what I "m gonna do next, I keep them wonderrrring..... as a matter of fact , I'll have them say I wonderrrrrrr... what she's up to now. and for the…"
Mar 31, 2010
Joanne C. Burns replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Biblical Storytelling for Preschoolers in the group Biblical Storytelling
"Hello Tom, Thank you for your advice! I am actually both the preschool teacher and the Sunday School music teacher. Our routine is usually that we begin with music with the whole group and then break into smaller groups for lessons. I never thought…"
Feb 24, 2010
Tom Taylor replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Biblical Storytelling for Preschoolers in the group Biblical Storytelling
"Hi, Joanne - (and WELCOME!) I often share w/ very young audiences, and here's a bit of what we (w/ my wife) may do - Use "animal calls" from a local sporting goods/hunting/outdoors/camping retailer, often less than $10, a variety of…"
Feb 24, 2010
Joanne C. Burns is now friends with Richard Stillman, Angeline Edmondson and Kevin Cordi
Feb 23, 2010
Joanne C. Burns replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Dr. Seuss Stories and Audience Participation in the group Story Library
"Thanks Lois! Lots of great ideas! Joanne"
Feb 23, 2010
Lois Sprengnether Keel (LoiS) replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Dr. Seuss Stories and Audience Participation in the group Story Library
"Hi Joanne, Get some stiff green cardstock (or construction paper, but that tears a bit too easily) & have each parent trace around their child's pointer & middle fingers. Then have them add a bit at what will be the top of a pair of…"
Feb 20, 2010
Joanne C. Burns added a discussion to the group Story Library
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Dr. Seuss Stories and Audience Participation

Hello Everyone!  Dr. Seuss's birthday is coming up in March and I would like to do a special storytime for that event.  Of course, I want to have a lot of audience participation.  Which one of his books have you tried for this with success?  My group is on the young side so that makes it challenging.  I have a broad age range of kids from 2-5.  Some of the 2 year olds don't talk much if it all.  The parents help with the audience participation though.  Any ideas?JoanneSee More
Feb 12, 2010
Tom Taylor left a comment for Joanne C. Burns
"Hi, Joanne - and thanks! for befriending me and joining Biblical Storytelling. Looks as if you, your puppets and your audiences have a grand time, and that's just as it should be. I want to add my 'welcome' wishes to you, as well as a…"
Feb 8, 2010
Joanne C. Burns replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Getting Ready for My First Large Scale Performance!
"Hey Daniel, Thanks for your encouragement. Joannne"
Feb 3, 2010
Joanne C. Burns left a comment for Terrence Roberts
"Hey Terrance, Thanks for your comment. My library director pushes me to get children off the waiting list for my story hour. I'm glad my story times are popular but the large groups are hard to manage at times. The other day, I had a smaller…"
Feb 3, 2010
Joanne C. Burns replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Any Groundhog's Day Stories? in the group Story Library
"Hello Dave, Yes, Repetition is great! I work with preschoolers and no, it's not too late! Joanne"
Feb 3, 2010
Monica Ladd replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Any Groundhog's Day Stories? in the group Story Library
"Joanne, I know you said Groundhog day stories but have you checked out Great Fuzz Frenzy by Stevens it might be a good start. Good luck these are hard stories to find. I might know another can't think of title now but if I do will get in touch.…"
Feb 1, 2010
Dave Tonge, 'The Yarnsmith ' replied to Joanne C. Burns's discussion Any Groundhog's Day Stories? in the group Story Library
"Hello Joanne When you say Groundhogs day story, do you mean something with lots of repitition? If you do I have few suggestions... Dave"
Jan 31, 2010
Joanne C. Burns added a discussion to the group Story Library
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Any Groundhog's Day Stories?

Hello Folks!I am looking for a good Groundhog's day story to tell my preschooler's at storytime at the library.  I have found some, but they are sort of boring.  I'd like to find one with more humor in it.  Can anybody help?Thanks!JoanneSee More
Jan 30, 2010

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At 5:03pm on February 8, 2010, Tom Taylor said…
Hi, Joanne - and thanks! for befriending me and joining Biblical Storytelling. Looks as if you, your puppets and your audiences have a grand time, and that's just as it should be. I want to add my 'welcome' wishes to you, as well as a standing offer to assist in any way I can as you grow and stretch as a storyteller!

Blessings,

Tom T - Deep in the Heart of Texas (where it is gray, cold and rainy!)
At 2:36pm on January 30, 2010, Terrence Roberts said…
Hi Joanne, Most Elementary Schools have methods to gain control over classes. Sometimes they use a series of claps... and the students clap back. Or a hand raised... every once in a while I will have to move or remove a child to make an example
At 12:00am on January 29, 2010, Daniel Bishop, the Storyteller said…
Thanks Joanne, I like Potato too. It is a fun story to tell. You're right, eye contact and voice makes all the difference. But if you like what you're telling then so will the audienace.
Keep telling.
At 7:35am on January 28, 2010, Brenda Pritchett said…
Joanne, we must be long lost cousins as we have so much in common. I taught a Wee Story Time for 4 years. I included 20 different activities in back to back. I used a lot of music, fingerplays, concept activities, interactive reading aloud and storytelling. Our class began with a hello song with Max the puppet dog. Next we did a simple theme song and short story. Afterwards we did a body parts song with bells. When we finished I would call out put your bells on your head, tummy, etc. We chanted Nursery Rhymes as we shook maracas. Mem Fox said in her book Reading Magic that children who can recite nursery rhymes at age 4 are lead readers at age 8. I'll send you some of my lesson plans. More later~
At 2:59pm on January 27, 2010, Terrence Roberts said…
Joanne, I am looking forward to getting to know you better and following your career.
 
 
 

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