Thursday, June 15, 2017

Baby Storytime 6/15/17

Book read: 
Wiggle waggle by Jonathan London

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) 

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)
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 (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: Expanding on the words your baby says is a great way to introduce new vocabulary. If they say a word or two, try adding

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Bathtime Storytime 6/13/17 and 6/14/17

Books read:
Dog's Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
Big Red Tub by Julie Jarman

ASL sign of the week: Bath 

If you're messy and you know it 

"Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" (washing each body part)"

Bathtime by Brett Band

Bubbles, bubbles (from Library Village)
Bubbles, bubbles, all around. (turn around)
Bubbles, bubbles, on the ground. (touch ground)
Bubbles, bubbles, on my nose. (touch nose)
Bubbles, bubbles, on my toes. (touch toes)
Bubbles, bubbles in the air. (hands in air)
Bubbles, bubbles everywhere! (reach arms out) 

Three Bubbles (from Sunflower Storytime)

A small bubble (make circle with your hands)
A medium sized bubble (make larger circle with your hands)
A great big bubble I see (make large circle with your arms)
Now let's count them, are you read?
1-2-3 (make three circles again)
POP! (clap hands loudly)

Bubblegum (to the tune of "Lollipop" by the Chordettes, from SLC Book Boy)
Bubblegum, bubblegum,
Sticky, sticky, bubblegum.
Bubblegum!  (stick hands to various  body parts)

10 Little 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.

Craft: We decorated bathtub printouts with blue sticker "bubbles".

Literacy tip of the week: Clap along to the rhythms in songs to help your child hear the syllables in words.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Baby Storytime 6/8/17

Book read:
I went walking by Sue Williams

Where is Big Toe? (with scarves, to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin?", from Library Meow)
Where is big toe?
Where is big toe?
Here I am! Here I am! (touch baby's toe)
Wiggle, wiggle, big toe,
Wiggle, wiggle, big toe.
My big toe. My big toe.

Other verses can include:
Where is elbow...bendy, bendy elbow.
Where is tummy... tickle, tickle tummy.
Where are two eyes... peekaboo two eyes.
Where are two hands... happy clappy two hands.

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)
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 (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: Books with large and clear pictures will be especially engaging for your baby because they are easiest for them to see.
 
 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

June Tunes Storytime 6/6/17 and 6/7/17

Books read:
Old MacDonald loves things that go by Jane Clarke
We are the dinosaurs by Laurie Berkner

Other book suggestions:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear by Bill Martin Jr.
If you're happy and you know it by James Warhola

ASL sign of the week: Music

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)

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..

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.


Itsy Bitsy Spider

Wheels on the Bus 


Put your hands up high (from 2016 CSLP Manual)
Put your hands up high,
Put your hands down low,
Put your hands to the side,
And wiggle just so.
Put your elbows to the front.
Put your elbows in back.
Put your elbows to the side,
And "Quack, Quack, Quack!"

Slippery Fish (from Jbrary, found here)
Slippery fish, Slippery fish, (move hands together like a fish)
Sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, Slippery fish,
GULP, GULP. GULP!  (clap three times)
Oh no! It been eaten by an..

Octopus, Octopus, (wiggle arms)
Wiggling in the water,
Octopus, Octopus,
GULP, GULP, GULP!
Oh no! It's been eaten by a...

Great white shark, Great white shark, (hand on head like shark fin)
Lurking in the water,
Great white shark, Great white shark,
GULP, GULP, GULP!
Oh no! It's been eaten by a...

Humongous whale, Humongous whale, (hands out to side)
Spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, Humongous whale,
GULP, GULP, GULP!
BURP! 

Craft: We decorated a printout of a music note with torn paper.

Literacy tip of the week: Keep paper and crayons with you when you are on the go with your child. They can practice writing and drawing no matter where you are!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Baby Storytime 6/1/17

Book read: Big bug by Henry Cole

ASL sign of the week: Bug

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. 

Roly Poly (from Reading with Red)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, (roll hands)
Up Up Up! (lift hands high)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly (roll hands)
Down Down Down! (stomp feet)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly,  (roll hands)
Clap Clap Clap! (clap hands)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, (roll hands)
Lap Lap Lap! (touch lap)   

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 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: Your baby's brain forms 1 million new neural connections every second. When you read, sing, talk and play you help these connections strengthen and develop.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Hot and Cold Storytime 5/30/17 and 5/31/17

Books read:
Mouse's first summer by Lauren Thompson
The very cold freezing no numbers day by Ashley Sorenson

Other books suggestions:
Bean and Hare: Snow by Emily Gravett
One hot summer day by Nina Crews

ASL signs of the week: Hot and Cold

Once there was a snowman (modified from Jbrary)
Once there was a snowman,
Tall, tall, tall.
In the sun he melted,
Small, small, small.

Watch the snowflakes (to the tune of "Frere Jacques", from Jen In The Library)
Watch the snowflakes, watch the snowflakes,
Falling down, falling down,
Oh so very slowly, Oh so very slowly,
To the ground, to the ground.

Did you ever see a snowman? (to the tune of "Did you ever see a Laddie?")
Did you ever see a snowman, a snowman, a snowman?
Did you ever see a snowman jump this way and that?
This way and that way and this way and that way.
Did you ever see a snowman jump this way and that?
Other verses can include spinning, stomping, clapping, etc.

Snowky Pokey (from Everything Preschool)
You put your right mitten in,
You take your right mitten out.
You put your right mitten in and you shake it all about.
You do the Snowky Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
Other verses can include boot, hat, whole self, etc.


Toaster Song (from Literary Commentary)
I'm toast in the toaster and I'm getting really hot, (bounce)
Tick tock, Tick tock, (rock back and forth)
Up I pop! (jump)

Waves at the Beach (to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus", from Preschool Education)
The waves at the beach go up and down, up and down, (move up and down)
The waves at the beach go up and down, all day long.

Other verses:
The crabs at the beach crawl back and forth, (crawl)
The lobsters at the beach go snap, snap, snap, (clap hands together)
The jellyfish at the beach go wibble, wobble wobble, (sway back and forth)

Let's go swimming by the Wiggles

Summer Days (from Hummingbird Educational Resources)
In the summer, when days are hot (wipe forehead)
I like to find a shady spot (sit)
And hardly move a single bit (stay still)
And sit, and sit, and sit, then ZIP! (jump up)

Craft: We colored a beach scene printout.

Literacy tip of the week: Summer road trips are a great time to talk with your child about the world around them and introduce new vocabulary!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Baby Storytime 5/25/17

Book read: Hooray for birds!

ASL sign of the week: Bird

My hands say hello (to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell", from Abby the Librarian)
My hands say hello
My hands say hello
Every time I see my friends
My hands say hello
Repeat using other body parts.

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.


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. 


I'm a rocket (from SLC Book Boy)
I'm a rocket on the ground (crouch down)
Waiting quietly without a sound.
Light this fuse on my little toe. (touch toe)
Ready for blastoff, here I go!
5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
Blast off! 

Twinkle Little Star

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: Even everyday activities can be great opportunities to introduce vocabulary. For instance during bath time you can introduce the words "sink" and "float".

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Duck Storytime 5/23/17 and 5/24/17

Books read:
Wiggle waggle by Jonathan London
Duck to the rescue by John Himmelman

Other book suggestions:
Little Quack by Lauren Thompson
Duck Sock Hop by Jane Kohuth
Duck on a bike by David Shannon

ASL sign of the week: Duck

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) 

If you're a duck and you know it 

I'm a little ducky (to the tune of "I'm a little teapot", not sure where I originally found it)
I'm a little ducky, feathered and sleek.
Here is my tail. (wiggle bottom)
Here is my beak. (point to nose)
When the rain falls on me (wiggle fingers for rain)
I'm ok. (thumbs up)
Because those raindrops roll away (roll hands) 

Shake, Shake, Shake (to the tune of "Do your ears hang low?", from Storytimes and More)
Can you shake your egg up high?
Can you shake your egg down low?
Can you shake it side to side?
Can you shake it by your toe?
Can you shake it really fast?
Can you shake it really slow?
Can you shake your egg? 

Shake your shaker (to the tune of "Old MacDonald Had a Farm", from Library Village)
Shake your shaker in the air, shake it in the air.
With a shake shake here, and a shake shake there.
Shake your shaker in the air, shake it in the air.

Shake your shaker way down low, shake it way down low.
With a shake shake here, and a shake shake there.
Shake your shaker way down low, shake it way down low.
Additional verses could include way up high, side to side, etc.  

Bouncing ducks on our parachute

Craft: We decorated a "D for Duck" printable with feathers.

Literacy tip of the week: As you read to your child run your fingers along the text occasionally. This will help them learn that English is read from left to right.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Baby Storytime 5/18/17

Book read: 
How do you make a baby smile? by Philemon Sturges

Where is Big Toe? (with scarves, to the tune of "Where is Thumbkin?", from Library Meow)
Where is big toe?
Where is big toe?
Here I am! Here I am! (touch baby's toe)
Wiggle, wiggle, big toe,
Wiggle, wiggle, big toe.
My big toe. My big toe.

Other verses can include:
Where is elbow...bendy, bendy elbow.
Where is tummy... tickle, tickle tummy.
Where are two eyes... peekaboo two eyes.
Where are two hands... happy clappy two hands.

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)

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)

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)

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: Bouncing rhymes help your child recognize the sounds and syllables in words. They can physically feel the movement on each part of a word.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Space Storytime 5/16/17 and 5/17/17

Books read:
Higher, Higher by Leslie Patricelli
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! by Dan Yaccarino

ASL Sign of the Week: Stars

If you're going to the moon (from Mel's Desk)
If you're going to the moon wear your boots.
If you're going to the moon wear your boots.
If you're going to the moon, this is what you have to do.
If you're going to the  moon wear your boots.
Other verses include: wear your gloves, wear your helmet, etc.

I'm a rocket (from SLC Book Boy)
I'm a rocket on the ground (crouch down)
Waiting quietly without a sound.
Light this fuse on my little toe. (touch toe)
Ready for blastoff, here I go!
5, 4, 3, 2, 1...
Blast off!

We're Flying to the Moon (from Preschool Education )
We're flying to the moon,
We're flying to the moon,
Blast off, away we go,
We're flying to the moon!

We're landing on the moon,
We're landing on the moon,
Blast off, away we go,
We're landing on the moon!
Other actions can include jumping on the moon, flying home again, etc. 

Twinkle Stars (from King County Library)
Twinkle, twinkle, little stars (wiggle fingers)
Stand and twinkle where you are (stand and wiggle fingers)

Twinkle high and twinkle low (hands in air then at your feet)
Twinkle fast and twinkle slow (shake hands fast then slowly)
Twinkle, twinkle little stars
Now sit and twinkle where you are (sit down)

Bend and stretch (from Mel's Desk)
Bend and stretch, reach for the stars (reach high)
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars!
Bend and stretch, reach for the sky!
Stand on tippytoe, oh so high!

Literacy tip of the week: Stories with few words are a great opportunity to talk about the pictures. This will help develop your child's storytelling skills.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Baby Storytime 5/11/17

Books read: 
Mommy, where are you? by Leonid Gore

ASL Sign of the Week: Mom

Friend of Mine (to the tune of "Mary Had A Little Lamb", from Kelly's Kindergarten)
Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine and (insert action) 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)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

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.

Row, row, row your boat (with parachute) 

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!

Literacy tip of the week: Simple lift the flap books (like "Mommy, where are you?") are a fun way to hold your baby's attention.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I Love Mommy Storytime 5/9/17 and 5/10/17

Books read:
Mommy, where are you? by Leonid Gore
The Mommy Book by Todd Parr

Other book suggestions: 
Dinosaur vs. Mommy by Bob Shea
Is your mama a llama? by Deborah Guarino 
Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins

ASL Sign of the Week: Mom 

I love Mommy (to the tune of "Frere Jacques")

(we did this song using the ASL signs for "Mom" "Love" and "Yes")
I love Mommy, I love Mommy
Yes I do, Yes I do.
Mommies are for hugging (hug self or mom)
Mommies are for kissing, (blow a kiss)
I love you, yes I do. (point to mother)  

If you Love Mommy and You Know It (to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It")
If you love Mommy and you know it blow a kiss. (blow kiss)
If you love Mommy and you know it blow a kiss.
If you love Mommy and you know it then your face will surely show it
If you love Mommy and you know it blow a kiss! 
Additional verses include giving a hug an jumping for joy.

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.


Give Mom a Hug (from Storytime Katie)
Roar like a lion, growl like a bear (act like each animal)
Give Mom a hug, show her you care (give hug)
Hop like a bunny, flap like a bird (hop and flap your arms)
Quiet as a mouse now, don’t say a word.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed 

I love you, you love me (from Barney the dinosaur) 

Mama Says (with parachute)

Craft:
We decorated a template of a flower pot and stamped our handprints as "flowers"  

Literacy tip of the week: Sharing books with people they love is an important way your child will create positive associations with books and reading.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Money and Counting Storytime 4/25/17

Book read: 
Benny's Pennies by Pat Brisson

Other book suggestions:
Pete the cat and his four groovy buttons by Eric Litwin
Bear counts by Karma Wilson
Baby Bear counts one by Ashley Wolff

ASL sign of the week: Money

Counting Friends (to the tune of "This Is the Way We Wash Our Hands", from Perry Public Library)
How many friends are here today,
At storytime to read and play?
How many friends are here today?
Count them all with me!

Numbers Jump 

1, 2 Shake It On Your Shoe (from Jbrary)

1, 2, shake it on your shoe.
3.4 shake it on the floor.
5. 6 shake it really quick.
7, 8 hold it up straight.
9, 10 shake it with your friends!

Pin the money on the piggy bank

Craft: We decorated a money printout with torn paper and letter stickers.

Literacy tip of the week: The ordered sequence of events in counting rhymes can help your child develop their narrative, or storytelling, skills.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Baby Storytime 4/13/17

Book read:
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

My hands say hello (to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell", from Abby the Librarian)
My hands say hello
My hands say hello
Every time I see my friends
My hands say hello
Repeat using other body parts.

Friend of Mine (to the tune of "Mary Had A Little Lamb", from Kelly's Kindergarten)
Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine and (insert action) around with me?

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)

My Pony Macaroni (do three times with increasing speed) (from Born to Read)
I have a little pony, (bounce baby on lap)
His name is Macaroni.
He trots and trots and then he stops (stop bouncing)
Funny little pony!

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: The ordered sequence of events in counting rhymes can help your child develop their narrative, or storytelling, skills.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Chickens and Eggs Storytime 4/11/17 and 4/12/17

Books read:
Hurry, Hurry! by Eve Bunting
Shake a leg, Egg! by Kurt Cyrus

Other book suggestions:
Chickens to the rescue! by John Himmelman
Chicken Storytime by Sandy Asher

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 a Chicken and You Know It
If you're a chicken and you know it cluck like this,
If you're a chicken and you know it cluck like this,
If you're a chicken and you know it, then your face will surely show it.
If you're a chicken and you know it, cluck like this.
Additional actions: flap wings, scratch, peck

Shake, Shake, Shake (to the tune of "Do your ears hang low?", from Storytimes and More)
Can you shake your egg up high?
Can you shake your egg down low?
Can you shake it side to side?
Can you shake it by your toe?
Can you shake it really fast?
Can you shake it really slow?
Can you shake your egg?

I Know a Chicken (from Laurie Berker's CD "Whaddaya Think of That?") 

Little Chick, Little Chick (from Storytimes and More)
Little Chick, Little Chick,
Come out and play!
What color barn are you in today?

Making our chicken puppet "fly" on our parachute.

Craft:
We made chicken puppets out of paper bags.

Literacy tip of the week: Books with few words (like "Hurry, Hurry") are good choices for reading together because you can ask questions and help your child use the pictures to understand the story.
 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Baby Storytime 4/6/17

Book read:
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin Jr.

ASL Sign of the Week: Bear

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)

A hippopotamus got on a city bus (from Jbrary)
A hip, a hip, a hippotamus,
Got on, got on, got on a city bus.
And all, and all, and all the people said,
"You're squishing us!" (hug)

A sheep, a sheep, a sheep
Got on, got on, got on a a city bus.
And all, and all, and all the people said,
"Baaaack up!" (lean back)

A cow, a cow, a cow
Got on, got on, got on a city bus.
And all, and all, and all the pople said,
"Mooove over!" (rock from side to side)

The airplane song by Laurie Berkner

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: Sing with your baby as much as possible. It is both fun and beneficial to your little one's literacy development.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Letter A Storytime 4/4/17 and 4/5/17

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

Other book suggestions:
Hooray for Amanda and her alligator! by Mo Willems
Alphabet under construction by Denise Fleming

ASL sign of the week: Letter A

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.

The Alligator Jump (modified from Storytime with Ms. Tara)
Alligators jump, (jump)
Alligators slide, (slide back and forth)
All the alligators move from side to side.
Alligators jump, (jump)
Alligators giggle, (pretend to laugh)
All the alligators like to turn around and wiggle! (shake your behind)

The airplane song by Laurie Berkner

Way up high in the apple tree (modified from Literary Commentary)
Way up high in the apple tree, (lift arms)
10 little apples smiled at me!
I shook that tree as hard as I could, (shake back and forth)
Down came the apples, (wave hands towards ground)
Boy were they good!

Craft: We colored a picture of an airplane.

Literacy tip of the week: Rhyming words, such as those in "I ain't gonna paint no more", are great for helping your child isolate the sounds in language. This is an important skill when they are learning to read.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Baby Storytime 3/30/17

Book read:
Where is my baby? by Harriet Zeifert

ASL sign of the week: Cow

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 

Friend of Mine (to the tune of "Mary Had A Little Lamb", from Kelly's Kindergarten)
Will you be a friend of mine, friend of mine, friend of mine?
Will you be a friend of mine and (insert action) around with me?

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.

We wave our scarves (adapted from "We Hit the Floor Together" by Abby Librarian)
We wave our scarves together, together,
We wave our scarves together, together,
We wave our scarves together,
Because it's fun to do!
Other actions can include throwing, spinning, hiding, etc. 

Literacy tip of the week: Bouncing songs are another great way to help your baby physically feel the sounds in words.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Cow Storytime 3/28/17 and 3/29/17

Books read:
The cow who clucked by Denise Fleming
Moo! by David LaRochelle

Other book suggestions:
Cows to the rescue by John Himmelman
Chilly Milly Moo by Fiona Ross

ASL sign of the week: Cow

If You're a Cow and You Know It (to the tune of "If You're Happy and You Know It")
If you're a cow and you know it stomp your feet. (stomp feet)
If you're a cow and you know it stomp your feet.
If you're a cow and you know it and your face will surely show it.
If you're a cow and you know it stomp your feet.
Other verses include: shake you tail, eat grass, say "Moo!"

Cow Pokey (like Hokey Pokey except with hooves, tails, etc)

I'm a cow (by the Wiggles) 

A hippopotamus got on a city bus (from Jbrary)
A hip, a hip, a hippotamus,
Got on, got on, got on a city bus.
And all, and all, and all the people said,
"You're squishing us!" (hug)

A sheep, a sheep, a sheep
Got on, got on, got on a a city bus.
And all, and all, and all the people said,
"Baaaack up!" (lean back)

A cow, a cow, a cow
Got on, got on, got on a city bus.
And all, and all, and all the pople said,
"Mooove over!" (rock from side to side)

Hey Diddle Diddle (with stuffed cow on the parachute)

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom (bouncing cow on parachute, from Reading with Red)

Zoom, zoom, zoom!
We're going to the moon.
Zoom, zoom, zoom!
We'll be there very soon.
5 ,4, 3, 2, 1!  Blast off! 

Craft: We painted a cow template.

Literacy tip of the week: Let your child see your reading. It will help them see reading as a valuable and enjoyable activity.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Afternoon Storytime 3/27/17

Book read: 
Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner


Put your hands up high (from 2016 CSLP Manual)
Put your hands up high,
Put your hands down low,
Put your hands to the side,
And wiggle just so.
Put your elbows to the front.
Put your elbows in back.
Put your elbows to the side,
And "Quack, Quack, Quack!"

Pop Goes the Weasel (with parachute) 

Color matching (place parachute on ground, kids must place body parts on different colors)

Craft: We used torn paper to decorate a paper plate goldfish.

Literacy tip of the week: Talk with your child about the world around them. It is a great way to introduce new vocabulary!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Baby Storytime 3/23/17

Book read: 
Tip Tip Dig Dig by Emma Garcia

ASL sign of the week: Flower

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!

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)

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)

Bumping up and down my little red fire truck (modified from 2015 CSLP manual)
Bumping up and down my little red fire truck, (bounce on lap)
Bumping up and down in my little red fire truck,
Bumping up and down in my little red fire truck,
Through the streets we go!

Rolling down the street in my blue police car, (roll hands around)
Rolling down the street in my blue police car,
Rolling down the street in my blue police car,
Through the streets we go!

Swaying back and forth in my little tugboat, (rock back and forth)
Swaying back and forth in my little tugboat,
Swaying back and forth in my little tugboat,
Through the waves we go!

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 Elevator Song (with parachute, from Jbrary)
Oh the city is great and the city is grand.
There's a whole lot of people on a little piece of land.
And we live way up on the 57th floor.
This is what we do when we go out the door:
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
And we turn around.

Literacy tip of the week: Accommodate your baby's attention span by keeping reading time short and sweet when necessary. It is always okay to try again later!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Ms. Kelly's Favorites for Preschoolers 3/22/17

Book read:
Plant the tiny seed by Christie Matheson

ASL Sign of the Week: Happy

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)

Monkey See, Monkey Do (from Perry Public Library)
Monkey see, monkey do,
Little monkey in the zoo,
Little monkey in the tree,
Can you (insert action) like me?

Bananas Unite (from Jbrary)
Bananas unite! (hands connected above head)
Peel bananas, peel bananas! (move hands down)
Chop bananas, chop bananas! (chopping motion)
Mash bananas, mash bananas! (mashing motion)
Go bananas! Go bananas!

The Elevator Song (done with parachute, from Jbrary)
Oh the city is great and the city is grand.
There's a whole lot of people on a little piece of land.
And we live way up on the 57th floor.
This is what we do when we go out the door:
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
And we turn around.

Craft: We decorated a flower template with torn paper.

Literacy tip of the week: Your child will notice new things each time you read a book together, so don't be afraid to reread the same title more than once. 

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Ms. Kelly's Favorites for Toddlers 3/21/17

Book read:
Plant the tiny seed by Christie Matheson

ASL Sign of the Week: Happy

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)

I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)
Tick tock, tick tock, (rock)
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)  

The Freeze on "Kids in Motion" by Greg and Steve

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.

Craft: We decorated a flower template with torn paper.

Literacy tip of the week: When a child rocks back and forth, as in "I'm a little cuckoo clock", they are practicing balancing and are alternating which side of their brain is in charge.



Thursday, March 16, 2017

Baby Storytime 3/16/17

Book read: 
Peek-A-Moo! by Marie Torres Cimarusti

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!   

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

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 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.

Row Row Row Your Boat (with parachute)

Hickory Dickory Dock (with parachute)

Literacy tip of the week: Most babies understand object permanence around 6 months. It is at this point they realize you don't disappear when they can't see you. This makes peekaboo all the more fun!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

It's Not Easy Being Green Storytime 3/14/17 and 3/15/17

Books read: 
In the tall, tall grass by Denise Fleming
Snip, snap! What's that? by Mara Bergman

ASL sign of the week: Green

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!
Other actions can include stomp your feet, spin all around, etc.

The Alligator Jump (modified from Storytime with Ms. Tara)
Alligators jump, (jump)
Alligators slide, (slide back and forth)
All the alligators move from side to side.
Alligators jump, (jump)
Alligators giggle, (pretend to laugh)
All the alligators like to turn around and wiggle! (shake your behind)

Funny, Funny, Froggy (from Perry Public Library)
Funny, funny froggy,
Hop, hop hop!  (jump)
Funny, funny froggy,
Stop, stop, stop! (stop)
Funny, funny froggy,
Don't run away! (run)
Funny, funny froggy,
Stay and play!

Red Light, Green Light

Colored Eggs and Ham Game (with set of colored eggs, found at Jen in the Library)
I am Sam.
Sam I am.
I do so like (insert color) eggs and ham.

One green leaf (with scarves, adapted from Storytime Underground)
One green leaf, waiting for the wind to blow,
Wave it high, wave it low,
Throw it high!
Where did it go?

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

Craft: We decorated a print out of the Letter G with green stickers.

Literacy tip of the week: When you read to your child and talk to them about ideas in books you are building their understanding of the world. This will help them make sense of what they read in the future.


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Baby Storytime 3/9/17

Books read:
Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

ASL Sign of the Week: All Done 

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)

Come along and march with me (from Storytime Underground)
Come and march along with me,
Along with me.
Come and march along with me,
So early in the morning.
(Other actions can include spinning, hopping, bouncing, flying, 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)  

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.

Let's Go Riding in an Elevator (with parachute, from Jbrary)
Let's go riding in an elevator
An elevator, elevator. (lift chute up and down)
Let's go riding in an elevator!
First floor (lift chute, raise up on each floor)
Second floor,
Third floor,
Fourth floor,
Down, down, down! (bring chute down to ground)

Literacy tip of the week: Popping bubbles is a fun way to help develop the fine motor skills needed for writing!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Rhyme Time Storytime 3/7/17 and 3/8/17

Books read:
Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas

ASL Sign of the Week: Farm

Clap, Clap, Clap (to the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat, from Perry Public Library)
Clap, clap, clap your hands, clap them now with me,
Clap your hands, let me see,
Clap them now with me!
(other verses: tap your knees, shake your feet, touch your shoulders)

Game: If it rhymes, jump

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!

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)

Roly Poly (from Reading with Red)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, (roll hands)
Up Up Up! (lift hands high)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly (roll hands)
Down Down Down! (stomp feet)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly,  (roll hands)
Clap Clap Clap! (clap hands)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, (roll hands)
Lap Lap Lap! (touch lap)   

Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny (from Sunflower Storytime)
Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny
Turn around.
Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny,
Touch the ground.

Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny,
Find your nose.
Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny,
Dance on your toes.

Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny
Jump up now.
Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny
Take a bow.

Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny
Arms up high.
Dust Bunny, Dust Bunny
Touch the sky!

Craft: We decorated a printout of a barn with yarn.

Literacy tip of the week: Rhyme is an important element in children's books and songs. Hearing and repeating two words that sound alike in a story helps teach that words are made up of smaller parts. It will even help your child learn to sound out words as they get older.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Afternoon Storytime 2/27/17

Book read:
Chicken Storytime by Sandy Asher

Other book suggestions:
Cows to the rescue to John Himmelman
Chicken Butt by Erica Perl
Is that wise Pig? by Jan Thomas

ASL Sign of the Week: Happy

If you're wearing red today (to the tune of "The Muffin Man", from Green Bean Teen Queen)
If you're wearing red today,
Red today, red today,
If you're wearing red today,
Stand up and say "Hooray!"
(repeat with other colors)

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

Bubblegum (to the tune of "Lollipop" by the Chordettes, from SLC Book Boy)
Bubblegum, bubblegum,
Sticky, sticky, bubblegum.
Bubblegum!  (stick hands to various  body parts)

Wash your hands (with scarves, from Bayviews Storytimes)
Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Wash your hands today.
Rub and scrub, rub and scrub,
Germs go down the drain!
Continue with other body parts. 

Jack in the Box (with scarves, from Jbrary)
Jack in the box,
Sits so still.
Will he come out?
Yes he will!

Craft: We used craft feathers to decorate a template of a chicken.

Literacy tip of the week: When kids dance to songs that start and stop throughout they are practicing their self regulation skills. These skills are important to being able to focus and learn.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Baby Storytime 2/16/17

Book read:
Please baby please by Spike Lee

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

Roly Poly (from Reading with Red)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, (roll hands)
Up Up Up! (lift hands high)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly (roll hands)
Down Down Down! (stomp feet)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly,  (roll hands)
Clap Clap Clap! (clap hands)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, (roll hands)
Lap Lap Lap! (touch lap) 
 
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: Board books and tub books are a great way to provide your baby with books they can explore on their own.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Books And Songs We Love Storytime 2/14/17 and 2/15/17

Books read:
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
We're Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen

Other book suggestions: 
If You Give A Mouse A Cookie by Laura Numeroff
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin

ASL sign of the week: I love you

If you're happy and you know it (traditional version)

Head, shoulders, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes.
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes.
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes.
Knees and toes.
 

I'm a little teapot
I'm a little teapot.
Short and stout.
Here is my handle.
Here is my spout.
When I get all steamed up.
Hear me shout:
"Tip me over and pour me out!" 

Hokey Pokey 

Wheels on the bus

Old MacDonald had a farm (with animals on parachute)

Craft: We painted a heart template.   

Literacy tip of the week:  Try writing out your child's words for them to see in print. This will help reinforce the connection between written and spoken language.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Baby Storytime 2/9/17

Book read:
Baby Parade by Rebecca O'Connell

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.)

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Come along and march with me (from Storytime Underground)
Come and march along with me,
Along with me.
Come and march along with me,
So early in the morning.
(Other actions can include spinning, hopping, bouncing, flying, etc)


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

Literacy tip of the week: It is okay to stop reading when you child loses interest. Reading time should be a fun time so keep it as low stress as possible.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

February Funnies Storytime 2/7/17 and 2/8/17

Books read:
Spunky Little Monkey by Bill Martin
Is that wise pig? by Jan Thomas

Other book suggestions:
Cows to the rescue by John Himmelman
How to potty train your monster by Kelly DiPucchio

ASL Sign of the Week: Funny

Put your hands up high (from 2016 CSLP Manual)
Put your hands up high,
Put your hands down low,
Put your hands to the side,
And wiggle just so.
Put your elbows to the front.
Put your elbows in back.
Put your elbows to the side,
And "Quack, Quack, Quack!"

The Alligator Jump (modified from Storytime with Ms. Tara)
Alligators jump, (jump)
Alligators slide, (slide back and forth)
All the alligators move from side to side.
Alligators jump, (jump)
Alligators giggle, (pretend to laugh)
All the alligators like to turn around and wiggle! (shake your behind)

Milkshake Song (with shakers, from Jbrary
You take a little a little milk, pour some milk.
And you take a little cream, pour some cream.
You stir it all up,
You shake and you'll sing..a 1,2,3,4..

Milkshake, milkshake, shake it all up!
Milkshake, milkshake, shake it all up!
Milkshake, milkshake, shake it all up! 

Shake it to the east (with shakers, from Jbrary)
Shake it to the east, (shake to one side)
Shake it to the west, (shake to other side)
Shake it all around, (shake in a circle)
And take a rest.
Shake your shakers up, (shake high)
Shake your shakers down, (shake low)
Shake it, shake it, shake it!
And then settle down.

Big Underwear (from ALSC listserv)
Wake up in the morning.
Stretch your arms up in the air.
And then put on your big underwear!
You take a step to the left.
You take a step to the right.
Big underwear is never too tight!
You take a jump forward.
You take a jump back.
Big underwear is where it's at!

I feel so crazy I jump in my soup by Laurie Berkner


Craft: We decorated a funny hat template with torn paper.

Literacy tip of the week: Reading funny stories together helps your child associate fun with books!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Baby Storytime 2/2/17

Book read:
Do cows meow? by Salina Yoon

ASL Sign of the Week: Cat

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)

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

One little fish (with bubbles, from Jbrary)
One little fish,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble,
Pop, pop, pop!

Literacy tip of the week: Enthusiasm is important as you read with your child. It helps demonstrate a passion for books and reading.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Dragon Storytime 1/31/17 and 2/1/17

Books read:
Oh no Little Dragon! by Jim Averbeck
Dragons love tacos by Adam Rubin

Other book suggestions: 
Dragon was terrible by Kelly DiPucchio
Me and my dragon by David Biedrzycki

ASL Sign of the Week:
Dragon

If you're a dragon and you know it (stomp your feet, swing your tail, give a roar)

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

Dragon, Dragon (from Sunflower Storytime)
Dragon, dragon turn around.
Dragon, dragon, touch the ground.
Dragon, dragon fly so high.
Dragon, dragon touch the sky!

Dragon Pokey (version of Hokey Pokey)
You put your right claw in,
You put your right claw out,
You put  your right claw in,
And you shake it all about,
You do the Dragon Pokey
and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.
(other verses can include left claw, tail, dragon self, etc)

All around the castle walls (from Sturgis Kids, with parachute, to the tune of "Pop Goes the Weasel)
All around the castle walls,
The knight chased the dragon.
The knight thought was all in fun,
"Roar!"  went the dragon!

Craft: We made dragon puppets out of a printable pattern and paper lunch bags.

Literacy tip of the week: Coloring and crafts help build the fine motor skills your child will need when they learn to write.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Afternoon Storytime 1/30/17

Book read: 
Little Penguin gets the hiccups by Tadgh Bentley

Other book suggestions:
Chicken Storytime by Sandy Asher
Is that wise pig? by Jan Thomas 

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)

Bananas Unite (from Jbrary)
Bananas unite! (hands connected above head)
Peel bananas, peel bananas! (move hands down)
Chop bananas, chop bananas! (chopping motion)
Mash bananas, mash bananas! (mashing motion)
Go bananas! Go bananas!

Slippery Fish (from Jbrary, found here)
Slippery fish, Slippery fish, (move hands together like a fish)
Sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, Slippery fish,
GULP, GULP. GULP!  (clap three times)
Oh no! It been eaten by an..

Octopus, Octopus, (wiggle arms)
Wiggling in the water,
Octopus, Octopus,
GULP, GULP, GULP!
Oh no! It's been eaten by a...

Great white shark, Great white shark, (hand on head like shark fin)
Lurking in the water,
Great white shark, Great white shark,
GULP, GULP, GULP!
Oh no! It's been eaten by a...

Humongous whale, Humongous whale, (hands out to side)
Spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, Humongous whale,
GULP, GULP, GULP!
BURP!

Old MacDonald (with animals on parachute)

The Elevator Song (done with parachute, from Jbrary)
Oh the city is great and the city is grand.
There's a whole lot of people on a little piece of land.
And we live way up on the 57th floor.
This is what we do when we go out the door:
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
And we turn around.

Craft: We made a collage using alphabet and number stickers.

Literacy tip of the week: Talking about concepts such as authors and illustrators helps your child realize that maybe someday they can be an author too!

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Baby Storytime 1/26/17

Book read:
Hooray for Fish! 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.

Kangaroo Brown (from Perry Public Library)
Jump, jump Kangaroo Brown, (bounce baby)
Jump, jump off to town.
Jump, jump up and down,
Jump, jump Kangaroo Brown.
 
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.

The Elevator Song (done with parachute, from Jbrary)
Oh the city is great and the city is grand.
There's a whole lot of people on a little piece of land.
And we live way up on the 57th floor.
This is what we do when we go out the door:
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
And we turn around.

Literacy tip of the week:  Books with bright colors and solid outlines (like "Hooray for Fish") are great choices for little ones because they draw the attention of even the youngest babies.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Wonderful Winter Storytime 1/24/17 and 1/25/17

Books read:
Snowballs by Lois Ehlert
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

Other book suggestions:
Bear and Hare: Snow by Emily Gravett
Little Penguin Get the Hiccups by Tadgh Bentley

ASL Sign of the Week: Snow

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

Once there was a snowman (from Jbrary)
Once there was a snowman,
Tall, tall, tall.
In the sun he melted,
Small, small, small. 

Snowky Pokey (from Everything Preschool)
You put your right mitten in,
You take your right mitten out.
You put your right mitten in and you shake it all about.
You do the Snowky Pokey and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about!
Other verses can include boot, hat, whole self, etc. 


Snowflakes (to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", from Preschool Education)
Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around.
Snowflakes, snowflakes touch the ground.
Snowflakes, snowflakes in the air.
Snowflakes, snowflakes everywhere!
Snowflakes, snowflakes dance around.
Snowflakes, snowflakes, sit back down.

Five Little Snow People (from Jbrary)
Five little snowpeople all in a row.
Each with buttons.
And made of snow.
Out came the sun and stayed all day.
And one of the snowpeople melted away.

Craft: We made "melted" snowmen out of white squares of paper, cut out noses and eyes.

Literacy tip of the week: Practice recognition of print with your child whenever possible. Pointing out words and letters in your environment will help your child understand how print works.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Baby Storytime 1/19/17

Book read:
Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Wash your hands (with scarves, from Bayviews Storytimes)
Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Wash your hands today.
Rub and scrub, rub and scrub,
Germs go down the drain!
Continue with other body parts. 

Popcorn (modified from Library Meow)
I'm a piece of popcorn (rock)
Put me in the pot (drop down)
Shake me, shake me (wiggle)
Watch me POP! (jump in the air)  

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!

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: Song movements where hands or feet cross over to opposite sides of the body help connect the two halves of the brain and create new neural connections. 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Icky Sicky Storytime 1/17/17 and 1/18/17

Books read:
One cow coughs by Christine Loomis
Barnyard Song by Rhonda Gowler Greene

ASL Sign of the Week: Sick

If you're sick and you know it (cough, sneeze, take a nap)

Bandage Song (from One Little Librarian, to the tune of Farmer in the Dell)
Put a bandage on my knee,
Put a bandage on my knee,
Oh please take care of me,
Put a bandage on my knee.

Put a bandage on my head,
Put a bandage on my head,
Please put me to bed,
Put a bandage on my head. 

Wash your hands (with scarves, from Bayviews Storytimes)
Wash, wash, wash your hands,
Wash your hands today.
Rub and scrub, rub and scrub,
Germs go down the drain!
Continue with other body parts. 

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Flannel Activity: Bandages on Bear

Craft:
We made collages out of bandaids. 

Literacy tip of the week: Telling stories together is a great way to encourage your child's literacy development. Tell your child some of your stories and make sure to listen when they tell you their stories.


Thursday, January 12, 2017

Baby Storytime 1/12/17

Book read:
Is everyone ready for fun? by Jan Thomas

ASL Sign of the Week: Stars
 
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)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

My Little Baby (to the tune of Shortnin' Bread, modified from Verona Storytime)
My little baby loves bouncing, bouncing,
My little baby loves bouncing round.
My little baby loves bouncing, bouncing,
My little baby loves bouncing round.
Lean to the left, lean to the right, now hug that baby nice and tight!
Other actions include: jumping high, spinning round, dancing fast, flying high, etc)
 
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.

The Elevator Song (done with parachute, from Jbrary)
Oh the city is great and the city is grand.
There's a whole lot of people on a little piece of land.
And we live way up on the 57th floor.
This is what we do when we go out the door:
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down.
And we turn around.

Literacy tip of the week:  Parachute activities are great because they help your baby practice tracking objects. They can also help babies explore ideas about gravity, colors and other important concepts.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Letter N Storytime 1/10/17 and 1/11/17

Books read:
Dog's Noisy Day by Emma Dodd
Nanette's Baguette by Mo Willems

ASL Sign of the Week: Letter N

Frisky Squirrel (to the tune of "The Grand Old Duke of York", from HCPL Storytime)
Oh, the frisky squirrel,
He gathers nuts and seeds, (pretend to gather seeds)
He hides them for the winter months,
So he'll have all he needs!
Oh, up, up, up he goes! (reach up)
And down, down, down he comes. (reach down)
He runs around, goes up and down, (run, go up and down)
His work is never done!

Numbers Jump 

If you're sleepy and you know it (yawn, stretch, go to sleep)

Five Little Nails (from Mel's Desk, done with shakers)
Five little nails, standing straight and steady,
Here I come with my hammer ready!
Bam! Bam! Bam! The nails go down!
You can change the bams to slowly, faster, quickly, slowly, etc.

Mama's Sleeping (from Getting Giggles)
Mama's sleeping, don't wake her up. (shake shakers quietly)
Mama's sleeping, don't wake her up.
Mama's sleeping don't wake her up.
Mama's sleeping don't wake her up.
We must be very quiet!

Wake up Mama! It's time to play! (shake shakers loudly)
Wake up Mama! It's time to play!
Wake up Mama! It's time to play!
Let's be very noisy!  

Twinkle Little Star (because N is for Night)

Craft: We decorated paper plates (cut in half) with pieces of yarn and craft feathers to create a "nest".

Literacy tip of the week: Repetition of sounds (such as in Nanette's Baguette) help kids begin to identify the sounds that make up words.