Thursday, August 10, 2017

Baby Storytime 8/10/17

Book read:
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed by Eileen Christelow

Fly Baby Fly (modified from Johnson County Library, to the tune of "Skip to My Lou")
Fly, fly, fly baby fly!
Fly, fly, fly baby fly!
Fly, fly, fly baby fly!
Fly around with me!

Here we go up, up, up (from Reading With Red)
Here we go up, up, up! (reach up)
Here we go down, down, down! (touch floor)
Here we go back and forth! (sway side to side)
And here we go round and round! (turn around)

My Pony Macaroni (from Eugene Library)
I have a little pony (bounce baby)
His name is Macaroni.
He trots and trots and then he STOPS! (stop)
My funny little pony! 

We Hit the Floor Together (to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell", from Abby Librarian)
We hit the floor together,
We hit the floor together,
We hit the floor together,
Because it's fun to do!
Repeat with different actions: clap hands, nod heads, sway side to side, say hello, etc.

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from Born to Read)
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock baby back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock! (lift baby once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock! (lift baby twice)

Wheels on the bus

10 Little Bubbles (while popping bubbles, to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
One little,
Two little,
Three little bubbles,
Four little,
Five little,
Six little bubbles.
Seven little,
Eight little,
Nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles in the air.

Literacy tip of the week: Play is very important to your child's literacy development. Allow your baby plenty of time to play, explore and learn about their world!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Houses and Homes Storytime for Toddlers 8/8/17

Book read:
Do lions live on lily pads? by Melanie Walsh

Other book suggestions:
The Napping House by Audrey Wood
My house by Byron Barton

ASL sign of the week: House

In and out the door (from Susan Dailey)
March in and out the front door.
March in and out the front door.
March in and out the front door.
Then make a doorbell sound.

Jump in and out the back door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Bend down and touch the ground.

Slide in and out the side door.
Slide in and out the side door.
Slide in and out the side door.
Then turn all around.

Jumping and Counting Houses (from Sunflower Storytime)

Let's All Do a Little Clapping 
(Tune:"We Wish You a Merry Christmas", modified from Storytime Katie)
Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,
Let's all do a little clapping,
and spread love right here!
Other actions can include jumping, stomping, spinning, etc


If you're happy and you know it

Craft: We made "houses" out of precut square and triangle shapes.

Literacy tip of the week: Loving experiences reading with a you will help your child create positive associations towards books.

Build Your Brain for Preschoolers 8/7/17: Parachute Fun

Book read: 
Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

Ring Around the Rosie

Pop Goes the Weasel

Hot Poppin' Popcorn by the Wiggles (with scrunched up paper as "popcorn")

Cover up (from Storytime Katie)
Kids sit on the floor and I called out  body parts they needed to cover with the parachute.

Counting as we bounced a beach ball on the chute

Row, row, row your boat


Our traditional goodbye song (modified to fit chute movements)

Literacy tip of the week: The parachute helps build the hand strength used when writing. It also provides great practice in self regulation and following directions!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Baby Storytime 8/3/17

Book:
Old MacDonald had a farm (big book version) 

Hello Everybody (to the tune of from Jbrary)
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well hello everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose?

Well hello everybody can you touch your toes, touch your toes, touch your toes?
Well hello everybody can you touch your toes?
(Other actions can include clap your hands, jump up high, stomp your feet, etc)

Giddyup, Giddyup (from King County Library System)
Giddyup, giddyup ride to town, (bounce baby on your lap)
Giddyup, giddyup, up and down.
Giddyup fast, (bounce quickly)
Giddyup slow, (bounce slowly)
Giddyup, giddyup, WHOA! (dip baby backwards)

Itsy Bitsy Spider

We Hit the Floor Together (to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell", from Abby Librarian)
We hit the floor together,
We hit the floor together,
We hit the floor together,
Because it's fun to do!
Repeat with different actions: clap hands, nod heads, sway side to side, say hello, etc.

10 Little Bubbles (while popping bubbles, to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
One little,
Two little,
Three little bubbles,
Four little,
Five little,
Six little bubbles.
Seven little,
Eight little,
Nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles in the air.

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from Born to Read)
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock baby back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock! (lift baby once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock! (lift baby twice)

Wheels on the bus

Literacy tip of the week: Singing helps babies learn how to recognize the parts that make up words. This makes singable books a great choice of reading material.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Letter B Storytime 8/1/17

Book read: 
Hooray for Birds by Lucy Cousins

Other book suggestions:
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff
Banana by Ed Vere
Butterfly, Butterfly by Peter Horacek

ASL Sign of the Week: Letter B

Bouncing, Bouncing (adapted from NIEHS)
Bouncing, bouncing (bounce baby)
Hop, hop, hop! Hop, hop, hop!
Bouncing, bouncing bouncing,
Bouncing, bouncing,
Now we stop! (stop)
Other actions can include clapping, stomping, flying, etc.

This is Big (from Mel's Desk)
This is big, big, big. (arms wide)
This is small, small, small. (bring arms together)
This is short, short, short. (crouch down)
This is tall, tall, tall. (reach high)
This is fast, fast, fast. (run fast)
This is slow, slow, slow. (run slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes. (shake head yes)
This is no, no, no. (shake head no)

This Is The Way (from Mel's Desk)
This is the way we wash our arms,
Wash our arms, wash our arms.
This is the way we wash our arms,
When we're in the bathtub.
(repeat using legs, tummy, head, etc) 

10 Little Bubbles (while popping bubbles, to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
One little,
Two little,
Three little bubbles,
Four little,
Five little,
Six little bubbles.
Seven little,
Eight little,
Nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles in the air.

Bouncy Bear (with stuffed bear on chute)
Bouncy, bouncy, bouncy bear!
Bounce him here, and bounce him there.
Fly him high up in the air!

Literacy tip of the week:  Make up songs to tunes you already know. It is a fun way to show your child how you can play with words and sounds.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Build your Brain for Preschoolers 7/31/17: Art

Book read: 
I'm the best artist in the ocean by Kevin Sherry

Other book suggestions:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
I ain't gonna paint no more by Karen Beaumont

This is the way we paint (from Storytime Katie)
This is the way we stir the paint, stir the paint, stir the paint.
This is the way we stir the paint, so early in the morning.
Other verses can include dip the brush, paint the paper, blow it dry, etc.

If you like green (to the tune of "Did you ever see a lassie?")
If you like green, like green, like green,
If you like green clap your hands!
If you like green, like green, like green,
If you like green jump up and down!
Substitute with other colors. Other actions can include stomp your feet, spin all around, etc.

Red, red, red (from Storytime All Stars)
Red, red, red, touch your head.
Blue, blue, blue, touch your shoe.
Brown, brown, brown, touch  the ground.
Black, black, black, touch your back.
Pink, pink, pink, give a wink.
Gray, gray, gray, shout hooray! 

Color identification game with parachute

Art related stations

Literacy tip of the week: Art is great at all ages because it encourages the two halves of the brain to work together.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Baby Storytime 7/27/17

Book read:
Do lions live on lily pads? by Melanie Walsh

Dancing Animals (from Librarian Lisa's Storytimes)
This is the way the bunnies hop,
The bunnies hop,
This is the way the bunnies hop,
So early in the morning!
(Other actions can include any other animal and accompanying movement) 

Hands are Clapping (from Reading With Red)
Hands are clapping,
Clap, clap, clap,
Hands are clapping,
Clap, clap, clap,
Hands are clapping,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap your hands my darling!

Other verses include:
Toes are tapping...
Fingers are wiggling...
Eyes are hiding...

Acka backa soda cracker (from Northport Library)
Acka backa soda cracker
Acka backa boo! (rock or bounce baby)
Acka backa soda cracker,
I love you! (give baby a hug)

Acka backa soda cracker,
Acka backa boo!
Acka backa soda cracker,
Up goes you! (lift baby)

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock baby)
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock!
CUCKOO! (lift baby once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (lift baby twice)

Wheels on the Bus

10 Little Bubbles (while popping bubbles, to the tune of "Ten Little Indians")
One little,
Two little,
Three little bubbles,
Four little,
Five little,
Six little bubbles.
Seven little,
Eight little,
Nine little bubbles.
Ten little bubbles in the air.

Literacy tip of the week: Encourage your baby when they practice making sounds. When they coo, gurgle or mimic you they are getting valuable practice with sounds and speech.