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Monday, December 2, 2013

Ann Arbor: Story Time as an Art Form

We woke up this morning rather late. I came downstairs and was given the option of having a leisurely breakfast or heading to the local library for a little interactive story time. Although I would have much rather been lazy I forced myself to choose the story time option. Why waste a perfectly good day cooped up being lazy when there was a possible adventure to be had. Of course choosing to go meant we had to leave the house in 10 minutes, it was a down and dirty dash out the door. I managed to brush my teeth and get my Little Cricket into a clean diaper and outfit but everything else was kinda just chucked together, including my uncombed quaff.

We got the kids in the carseat and I jump into the car. Mrs. Bitch dashes into the house and she returns with a diet coke and a Tupperware of brownies… my breakfast of champions. I FRIGGIN LOVE this girl! Just when I thought my morning couldn’t get any better and the garage lifted. Not only was our mad dash to get out the door successful, I also had an amazing breakfast AND there was snow on the ground. Sure it was only a dusting and of course it was gone by the time we returned home but I WAS so happy. In that moment life felt fantastic, all because I picked the harder option. Choosing the path and seeing the good in it, that is what life is about.

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We arrived at the library and walked into the classroom just as they were starting. I really had no idea WHAT to expect. Sure I have been around kids and done lots of fun things with them but I have never been to a story time. There were a ton of people and once we found our bells and our seat I sat back and got transported. I am a sucker for all things magical and there is nothing better than a great performer no matter what the content. This woman was dynamic and she had us sing songs and move to the music.

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The singing transitioned into story time. And story time was an interactive art piece that she turned into a true art form. Her platform was a large board covered in corduroy and then pieces of felt art that she made that could be moved around on it. Basically she took a book; designed art based on the book and then told the story in such a way that entranced us all. I am so in love with this board moving book idea and I cannot wait until my Little Cricket is a little older and we can do one together as a project. Art, stories and creating are passions I hope to instill in my children and this kind of thing is right up my alley.

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After story time I spent a good 15 minutes picking the brains of the teacher while the other kids played. There were a ton of toys and then more songs with a large parachute the kids played under. To end the hour we sang twinkle twinkle with little lights.

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It was obvious that my Little Cricket was a little young for something like this but in another six months I can totally see us going to a weekly fun activity like my friend and her son do. The joys of having a little child I cannot wait.

1 comment:

paul peggy zeus said...

Cricket looks like he's concentrating so hard in that last photo. I can so see you doing a story board like that for him.

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