Thursday, April 19, 2018

Baby Storytime 4/19/18

Book read:
I ain't gonna paint no more by Karen Beaumont

A Bouncing We Will Go (from Jbrary)
A bouncing we will go,
A bouncing we will go,
High ho the derry-o
A bouncing we will go!
Other verses include a hugging we will go, a rocking we will go, a clapping we will go, etc.

Dump Truck (from ALSC listserv)
Dump truck, dump truck (bounce baby on lap)
Bumping down the road.
Spilling gravel as we travel (rock child back and forth)
with our heavy load.
Dump truck, dump truck (bouncing)
DUMP! (tip child backwards)   

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock!
CUCKOO! (jump once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (jump 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. 

The chute is on my head (to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell", from Laughter and Literacy)
The chute is on my head, the chute is on my head!
Hi ho the dairy-o, the chute is on my head!
The chute goes up and down, the chute goes up and down!
Hi ho the dairy-o, the chute goes up and down!
The chute goes fast and slow, the chute goes fast and slow!
Hi ho the dairy-o, the chute goes fast and slow!
The chute is on my head, the chute is on my head!
Hi ho the dairy-o the chute is on my head!

We shake our eggs (adapted from "We Hit the Floor Together" by Abby Librarian)
We shake our eggs together, together,
We shake our eggs together, together,
We shake our eggs together,
Because it's fun to do!

Literacy tip of the week: Bubbles are a great way to help babies practice eye tracking. Older babies are also developing their fine motor skills as they pop them.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Spring Storytime 4/17/18

Book read: 
Mouse's first spring by Lauren Thompson

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 springtime cheer!
Other actions can include stomping, jumping, twirling, etc.  

Up pop the flowers (to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel", from Hummingbird Educational Resources)
We plant some seeds in the dirt. (pretend to plant seeds)
The rain falls in a shower. (raise arms and wiggle fingers to ground)
The sun comes out and what do you know? (squat down)
Up pop the flowers! (jump up) 

Five Little Ducks 

Wiggling Worms (modified from Kids Activities)
Wiggle them up, (wiggle hands up)
Wiggle them down, (wiggle hands down)
Wiggle them around and around. (wiggle hands in circle)
Wiggle them fast, (wiggle hands fast)
Wiggle them slow, (wiggle hands slowly)
Wiggle them high, (wiggle hands up)
Wiggle them low. (wiggle hands down)
Wiggle them on your feet, (wiggle on feet)
Wiggle them on your head, (wiggle on head)
Wiggle them, wiggle them,
Straight to bed. (pretend to sleep)

Craft: We decorated paper plate snails with stickers.  

Literacy tip of the week: Reading is a great way to expose your child to new words. It has been shown that picture books contain about 30 rare words per 1000, whereas conversation between an adult and child typically contains about 9 rare words per 1000. 

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Baby Storytime 4/12/18

Book read:
Hurry, Hurry! by Eve Bunting

On our way to the farm (modified from Storytimes and More, to the tune of "Here we go round the Mulberry Bush")
Here we go marching down the road, down the road,
Here we go marching down the road, on our way to the farm today!
Additional verses can include: running, tiptoeing, stomping, flying, etc. 

If you're happy and you know it 

We bounce and stop (from Jbrary)
We bounce and bounce and bounce and stop.
We bounce and bounce and bounce and stop.
We bounce and bounce and bounce and stop.
Bounce your baby right to the top!

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)

Tick tock, tick tock, (rock back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock!
CUCKOO! (jump once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (jump 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: Talk about your daily routines as you and your baby go about your day. It is a great way to introduce them to new vocabulary.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Butterfly Storytime 4/10/18

Book read: 
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

ASL sign of the week: Butterfly

The Life of a Butterfly (to the tune of "Skip to my Lou", from Storytime Katie)
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me,
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me
What'll I be my darlin'?
(Other verses: chysalis, now sleep with me/ butterfly, come fly with me)

If You’re a Bug and You Know It (from Librarian Lisa's Storytimes)
If you’re a bee and you know it buzz like this “buzz, buzz”
If you’re a bee and you know it buzz like this “buzz, buzz”
If you’re a bee and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you’re a bee and you know it buzz like this “buzz, buzz”

Additional verses:
If you’re a grasshopper…hop like this…
If you’re a caterpillar… eat a leaf “chomp, chomp”…
If you’re a butterfly … flap your wings…

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

Five little butterflies (from Perry Public Library)
Five little butterflies resting at the door.
One flew away and then there were four.
Four Little butterflies sitting in a tree,
One flew away and then there were three.
Three little butterflies looking at you,
One flew away and then there were two.
Two little butterflies sitting in the sun,
One flew away and then there was one.
One little butterfly, having lots of fun.
He flew away and then there was none.

Craft: We colored a butterfly picture.

Literacy tip of the week: Counting rhymes (like "Five Little Butterflies" help your child understand that stories proceed in a certain order of events.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Baby Storytime 4/5/18

Book read: 
I love animals by Flora McDonnell

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)

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.


Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes  

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock!
CUCKOO! (jump once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (jump 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.

Motorboat (with parachute)

If you're happy and you know it (with parachute) 

Literacy tip of the week: From an early age babies pay attention to their name more than other words. Try including their name in a song or rhyme to help draw their attention as you sing with them.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Letter R Storytime 4/3/18

Book read: 
Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

ASL Sign of the Week: Letter R

Stomping in the Rain (from Librarian vs. Storytime)
We're stomping in the rain, (stomp feet)
We're stomping in the rain,
We can't go yet,
We must get wet!
We're stomping in the rain!
Other verses can include clapping, hopping, twirling, dancing, etc.

Run (to the tune of "Frere Jacques", from Yogibrarian)
Run, run, run,
Run, run run,
Hop, hop, hop,
Hop, hop, hop,
Tiptoe very slowly,
Tiptoe very slowly,
Then you stop,
Then you drop!

Let's get the rhythm (from Jbrary)
Let's get the rhythm of our knees (x3)
If you please
Let's get the rhythm of our knees.

Let's get the rhythm our our hands...
How grand...

Let's get the rhythm of our feet...
How neat...

Let's get the rhythm of our head...
Oh dread.. 

The lights on the robot (to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus", from Hushlander)
The lights on the robot go blink, blink, blink, (open and close hands)
Blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink.
The lights on the robot go blink, blink, blink,
All day long. 
Other verses include arms going up and down, head going back and forth, etc.

Motorboat and Row, Row, Row Your Boat (with parachute) 

Literacy tip of the week: Shape knowledge leads into letter knowledge, so learning shapes is a important first step towards reading.
 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Baby Storytime 3/29/18

Books read:
Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins

ASL sign of the week: Rain

Stomping in the Rain (from Librarian vs. Storytime)
We're stomping in the rain, (stomp feet)
We're stomping in the rain,
We can't go yet,
We must get wet!
We're stomping in the rain!
Other verses can include clapping, hopping, twirling, dancing, etc.

It Ain't Gonna Rain No More (with ASL sign for rain, from Jbrary)
It ain't gonna rain no more, no more,
It ain't gonna rain no more,
Oh no, it's up to my toe!
It ain't gonna rain no more!

It ain't gonna rain no more, no more,
It ain't gonna rain no more,
Oh gee, it's up to my knee!
It ain't gonna rain no more!

It ain't gonna rain, no more, no more,
It ain't gonna rain no more,
Oh heck, it's up to my neck,
It ain't gonna rain no more!

It ain't gonna rain no more, no more,
It ain't gonna rain no more,
Oh dread, it's up to my head,
I guess I'll just swim home!

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock back and forth)
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's one o'clock!
CUCKOO! (jump once)

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (jump 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: Rhyme will eventually help your little one recognize the sounds in words, which means rhyming books are always a great choice for reading together.