If you’re like me, you’ve spent many hours planning storytime sessions. You’ve carefully selected appropriate books, songs, and fingerplays. You’ve created felt board stories and prepared for crafts. On the day of your program, you set up your allotted space – arranging chairs, and double-checking your books and props. Happy children begin gathering in the children’s area about 10 minutes before the start of your program – but not too many children. Where are the rest? They’re late!
So, here is my question for you today: How do you handle the inevitable issue of “lateness?” As for me, if storytime is scheduled for 10:30, it begins at 10:30. I hate to see the children who have arrived early or on time, grow fidgety (or worse – teary!) waiting for the late arrivals. It’s not the perfect answer, but it works.
Happy Groundhog Day!
(Are you doing a groundhog-themed storytime today?)