9 comments on “Infiltrating the free AADL Toddler Playtime hour

  1. Large groups of children are intimidating to all but the most confident and outgoing of little ones. Lily’s reaction today was typical of what I used to see when I had a 15-20 child story hour. Smaller groups are so much nicer. I guess you could check out books on how to do story hour for toddlers and invite your friends over? Then you would be Mr Dane the teacher!!! Yay!!!

  2. Dane, we always liked the story time at the Ypsilanti library on Michigan Avenue. Often only 6-8 kids, though I don’t know how it is these days. (Story time at the main Ypsi library is always crowded, though.)

  3. Part of my desire to have a child is to infiltrate groups like that (you know, being a “socialist” and all) and insert some liberal values into story time. Mary had a little lamb, huh? Maybe Mary could have joined a co-op and had SEVERAL little lambs. Stuff like that.

  4. When my daughter was 2, we moved to a new town in upstate New York where we didn’t know anyone with children close to my daughter’s age. Story time at the library was a big help. We also joined a “mom and tot” swim class at the local Y, and I found an excellent day care and enrolled my daughter for 2 mornings a week (although I was a stay-at-home mom and had no real need for day-care). I, too, felt socialization with peers was very important.

    The local historical society also offered “workshops” for children during school breaks (although these were for older children, keep it in mind. My daughter started attending once she started kindergarten). They would have activities for the children such as making kites from newspaper, popsicle stick boxes, weaving baskets, etc. The best one was the time they brought in an archaeologist who gave them boxes of dirt. They learned to mark the grid with string, and using little trowels and brushes, excavated their “pot shards” (regular terracotta planters broken up) and “reconstructed” them with glue. She was going to be an archaeologist for months after that one!

    As for potty training, I highly recommend “Toilet Training in Less Than a Day” by Nathan Azrin. Although I will not say the title is accurate (it was more like a week…), it had some excellent advice. One thing I remember was including your child’s favorite fictional/cartoon characters in the process. It’s one thing to tell them that everyone pees in the potty…. Mommy pees in the potty, Daddy pees in the potty… but the second I told her that Mickey Mouse pees in the potty, she looked up and said “Mickey Mouse, too?!” “Yep.” Well, if it’s good enough for Mickey Mouse, she wasn’t gonna argue with that… Another thing I liked about the book was its emphasis on knowing if your child is ready for potty training. If they are ready, it’s a piece of cake. If they’re not, what to work on first to GET them ready. I liked that attitude. Good luck!

    (ps. the daughter of whom I speak was, until recently, manager of our local Borders bookstore – and how I found your blog. So all this info is not from a new mom, but an old one. She turned out pretty great, though, if I do say so myself…..)

    • Great to hear from you. Thanks for all the tips and recommendations. I’ll definitely check out Azrin’s book. The book we checked out from the library has a similar title. I highly doubt this one day thing though. I’ll be fine with a week!

      Her favorite characters are Olivia from the Ian Falconer books and Elmo, so I will definitely incorporate them. Great idea!

      Great to see more Borders alumni are finding the blog. Wish her well for me as we all look towards our next great adventure!

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