Thursday, October 19, 2017

Baby Storytime 10/19/17

Book read:
Chugga Chugga Choo Choo by Emma Garcia

ASL sign of the week: Train

They're a part of me (to the tune of "Wheels on the Bus", from Miss Meg's Storytime)
I can make my hands go
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
Because they're a part of me.
Other verses: Feet go stomp, lips go kiss, 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)   

Baby Fell Into the Bathtub (modified from Perry Public Library)

Baby fell into the bathtub, (tip baby back as if falling)
Baby fell into the sink (repeat)
Baby fell into the raspberry jam (repeat)
And came out pink! (lift baby up)  

Itsy Bitsy Spider  

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!

Literacy tip of the week: Read anything and everything to your baby. No matter what you are reading material you choose they will benefit from it.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Cat Storytime 10/16/17 and 10/17/17

Books read: 
Cat Secrets by Jef Czekaj
I love cats by Sue Stainton

ASL sign of the week: Cat

If you're a cat and you know it (to the tune of "If you're happy and you know it")
If you're a cat and you know it say meow, (meow)
If you're a cat and you know it say meow.
If you're a cat and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you're a cat and you know it saw meow.

If you're a cat and you know it lick your paws, (pretend to lick hands)
If you're a cat and you know it lick your paws,
If you're a cat and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you're a cat and you know it lick your paws.

If you're a cat and you know it pounce like this, (pretend to pounce on hands and knees)
If you're a cat and you know it pounce like this,
If you're a cat and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you're a cat and you know it pounce like this.

Five Kittens
Five little kittens standing in a row
They nod their heads to the children so. (nod)
They run to the left, they run to the right (run to the left and then to the right)
They stand and stretch in the bright sunlight. (stretch tall)
Along comes a dog that's in for some fun.
MEOW! See those kittens run! (run)

My Little Kitty (to the tune of Shortin' Bread)
My little kitty loves running, running,
My little kitty loves running fast.
My little kitty loves jumping, jumping,
My little kitty loves jumping high.
Other actions can include: Spinning around, Shaking quick, etc.

I'm a little kitty cat (from Jbrary
I'm a little kitty cat,
Nice and sweet.
Here are my whiskers, (make whiskers by face)
Here are my feet. (touch feet)
When I go out hunting, mice beware.
Or you might just have a scare!

Five little lions (from Jen in the Library)
One little lion, roaring at the zoo.
Called for another: ROAR!
Then there were two.

Two little lions, underneath a tree.
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were three.

Three little lions who heard a distant roar.
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were four.

Four little lions, happy and alive.
Called for antoher: ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were five.

Five little lions.
ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Ran off to play
and then there were no more.

I've got a cat on my knee (with scarves, from Storytime Kids, to the tune of "Skip to my Loo")
I've got a cat on my knee,
I've got a cat on my knee,
I've got a cat on my knee,
Meow, meow, meow, meow!
Move to other body parts for additional verses.

Who has the ball?
One child sits facing the opposite way while a ball of yarn is hidden behind another child. They must guess who has it.

Craft: We decorated a cat template with torn pieces of yarn.

Literacy tip of the week: Connecting ideas in stories to things in your child's life will help them learn to make connections as they begin to read on their own.


Thursday, October 12, 2017

Baby Storytime 10/12/17

Book read:
Show me happy by Kathryn Madeline Allen

ASL sign of the week: Happy

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)

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!
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.

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.

Row row row your boat (with parachute) 

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: Grasping toys and props as you play and sing will help your baby develop the fine motor skills they need for writing.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ms. Kelly's Favorites Storytime: 10/9/17 and 10/10/17

Books read:
Mother Bruce by Ryan Higgins
Hi Pizza Man! by Virginia Walter

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

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) 


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..

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!"

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)

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 know a chicken by Laurie Berkner

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!  

Craft: We made turtles out of paper plate shells and construction paper decorations.  

Literacy tip of the week: Using shakers while singing is a fun way to emphasize the parts that make up words.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Baby Storytime 10/5/17

Book read: Rock-a-bye baby by Jane Cabrera

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)


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)

If you're happy and you know it

Peekaboo (with scarves, from Jbrary
Peekaboo, peekaboo,
I see you! I see you!
I see your button nose.
I see your tiny toes.
Peekaboo! Peekaboo!

Wave your scarf (to the tune of "Frere Jacques" from Jbrary)
Wave your scarf up and down,
Up and down, up and down.
Wave your scarf up and down.
Wave your scarf!
Other verses can include: fast and slow, high and low, around and around, left and right, 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.

Literacy tip of the week: Singable books are a great choice to read with your baby. Singing puts syllables on different notes, which helps little ones learn to identify them.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Letter O Storytime 10/2/17 and 10/3/17

Books read: 
I'm the biggest thing in the ocean by Kevin Sherry
Wow! said the owl by Tim Hopgood

Other book suggestions:
Old MacDonald's things that go by Jane Clarke
I'm not cute by Jonathan Allen

ASL sign of the week: Letter O

Just like an owl (to "London Bridges", from Literary Hoots)
Flap your wings and fly around, fly around, fly around.
Flap your wings and fly around, just like an owl.
Open your eyes big and wide, big and wide, big and wide.
Open your eyes big and wide, just like an owl.
Land on the ground and hop along, hop along, hop along.
Land on the ground and hop along, just like an owl.

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!

I can run as fast as you (from A Library Geek)
I can run as fast as you,
I can run as fast as you,
I can run as fast as you,
Running on the spot!

Other verses:
I can walk as slow as you.
I can jump as high as you.
I can crouch as low as you. 

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)

The Waves in the Sea (to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus", from AnnesLibraryLife)
The waves in the sea go up and down, (bend knees up and down)
Up and down, up and down,
The waves in the sea go up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The waves in the sea go up and down,
All day long.

Additional verses:
The shark in the sea goes snap, snap, snap (clap hands)
The fish in the sea go swish, swish, swish, (swish hands back and forth)
The boats in the sea go toot, toot, toot, (pretend to honk horn)

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

Craft: We made ocean collages using blue paper and fish stickers.
 
Literacy tip of the week: Making motions with fingers and hands during songs is great for your child's fine motor skills.
 

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Baby Storytime 9/28/17

Book read: Little White Fish is so happy by Guido Van Genechten

ASL sign of the week: Fish

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 some fall cheer!

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 apple, (wave hands towards ground)
Boy was it good!

Five Little Monkeys (as a bounce)

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 airplane song by Laurie Berkner

Literacy tip of the week: Songs and bounces can be done with a variety of different movements as your baby grows. For instance, bouncing songs can become jumping songs as they develop that skill.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Farm Storytime 9/25/17 and 9/26/17

Books read:
Stuck in the mud by Jane Clarke
Old MacDonald's things that go by Jane Clarke

Other book suggestions:
Click Clack Moo by Doreen Cronin
Hurry Hurry by Eve Bunting  

ASL sign of the week: Farm

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


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!"

This Little Cow (from I Read to Relax)
This little cow eats grass. (chomp with fingers)
This little cow stomps hay. (stomp feet)
This little cow dances round. (turn in a circle)
This little cow runs away. (run in place)
This little cow does nothing but lay and sleep all day! (put hands by face as if sleeping)
MOO! (jump up)

Cow Pokey

BINGO

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 

Literacy tip of the week: Practicing animal sounds is a great way to explore the sounds of speech. 

Craft: We made a sheep out of a paper plate, construction paper and cotton balls.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Baby Storytime 9/21/17

Book read:
Daytime Nighttime by William Low

ASL sign of the week: Book

Good Morning Everybody (adapted from Hello Everybody from Jbrary)
Well good morning everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well good morning everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose?

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

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: When you read stories with your baby you are teaching them facts about the world and building their background knowledge.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Night and Day Storytime 9/18/17 and 9/19/17

Books read: 
Hello Day! by Anita Lobel
The Napping House by Audrey Wood (big book version)

ASL Signs of the Week: Morning and Night

This Is The Way
This is the way we stretch in bed,
stretch in bed, stretch in bed.
This is the way we stretch in bed,
so early in the morning.
(repeat with brushing teeth, combing hair, etc)

Good Morning Everybody (adapted from Hello Everybody from Jbrary)
Well good morning everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose, touch your nose?
Well good morning everybody can you touch your nose, touch your nose?

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

Mama's Sleeping (with rhythm sticks, from Getting Giggles)
Mama's sleeping, don't wake her up. (tap sticks 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! (tap sticks loudly)
Wake up Mama! It's time to play!
Wake up Mama! It's time to play!
Let's be very noisy! 

I'm a little cuckoo clock

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

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

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star

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)

Ten in the Bed (traditional)

Hey Diddle Diddle (with stuffed cow on our parachute) 

Craft: We glued torn paper onto a template of the sun.  

Literacy tip of the week: Bedtime stories are a great way to incorporate books into your child's daily routine. The quality time you spend reading together now will help your child develop positive associations with books.

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.

Community Helpers Storytime for Toddlers: 7/25/17

Book read: 
Shh! Everybody's sleeping! by Julie Markes

Other book suggestions:
Hardworking Puppies by Lynn Reiser
Firefighters: speeding, spraying, saving! by Patricia Hubbell
Bark, George! by Jules Feiffer

 If you're a helper and you know it

Have you ever seen a policeman? (to "Have you ever seen a lassie?")Have you ever seen a policeman, policeman, policeman,
Have you ever seen a policeman drive this way and that?
Drive this way and that way, Drive this way and that way?
Have you ever seen a policeman drive this way and that?
(Substitute other actions, running, jumping, etc)

Fireman, Fireman (from Sunflower Storytime)
Fireman, fireman, turn around.
Fireman, fireman touch the ground.
Fireman, fireman, drive the truck.
Fireman, fireman, don't get stuck!
Fireman, fireman, hurry to the fire.
Fireman, fireman, spray the water higher.
Fireman, fireman, give a shout,
Fireman, fireman, you put the fire out!

Wheels on the Bus

Craft: We colored a mail carrier hat.

Literacy tip of the week: Talk about the pictures in the story as you read with your child. It is a great way to help them understand how the pictures and words in books can work together!

Build your Brain for Preschoolers 7/24/17: Sensory Fun

Book read: 
Five For A Little One by Chris Raschka

Touch Game (from Perry Public Library)
Touch your nose, touch your chin,
That's the way this game begins.
Touch your eyes, touch your knees,
No pretend you're going to sneeze!
Touch your hair, touch your eat,
Touch your two red lips right here.
Touch your elbows where they bend,
That's the way this touch game ends.

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.
(replace snowflakes with leaves, rain, etc.)

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!" 

Peekaboo with parachute

Sensory stations

Literacy tip of the week: Sensory activities provide great opportunities to introduce kids to new vocabulary. Many fun and unusual words often come up during sensory play, such as "squishy" and "gooey"!


Saturday, July 22, 2017

Build your brain for Preschoolers 7/17/17: Music

Books read: 
The Nuts: Keep Rolling by Eric Litwin

Other books suggestions:
Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz
If you're happy and you know it by James Warhola

ASL sign of the week: Music

"Keep Rolling

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.. 

Play with song cube

Dance your fingers (from Storytime Katie)
Dance your fingers up,
Dance your fingers down,
Dance your fingers side to side,
Dance them round and round,
Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head,
Dance them on your tummy,
And put them right to bed!

Music related stations

Literacy tip of the week: Music helps us hear the parts that make up words. Different sounds fall on different notes, making each more distinct!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Baby Storytime 7/20/17

Book: 
Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry

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.


Bumping up and down (from Deschutes Library)
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon, (bounce baby)
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Bumping up and down in my little red wagon,
Won't you be my darling? (hug baby)
One wheel's off and the axle's broken (tilt to one side)
One wheel's off and the axle's broken (tilt to other side)
Won't you be my darling? (hug baby)

Played with song cube
 
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.

Pop Goes the Weasel (with parachute) 

Literacy tip of the week: Song cubes are a fun way to fit in some singing with babies and toddlers. They are easy to make because all you need is a box and some song ideas. Try making one at home!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Color Storytime for Toddlers 7/18/17

Book read: 
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek

Other book suggestions:
Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Baby Bear Sees Blue by Ashley Wolff

ASL Sign of the Week: Butterfly

Grey Squirrel (first verse from Miss Meg's Storytime, others by me)
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tail!
Grey Squirrel, Grey Squirrel,
Shake your bushy tail!

Red Bird, Red Bird,
Flap your pretty wings!
Red Bird, Red Bird,
Flap your pretty wings!

Brown Dog, Brown Dog,
Wag your long tail!
Brown Dog, Brown Dog,
Wag your long tail!

Black Cat, Black Cat,
Crawl around the floor!
Black Cat, Black Cat,
Crawl around the floor!

Goldfish, Goldfish,
Swim around the room!
Goldfish, Goldfish,
Swim around the room!

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.

One little fish (with scarves, from Jbrary)
One little fish,
Swimming in the water, (wave scarf like fish swimming)
Swimming in the water,
Swimming in the water,
Bubble, bubble, bubble, (bunch scarf)
Pop, pop, pop! (throw scarf)

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. 

Craft: We made rainbows out of precut pieces and cotton balls.

Literacy tip of the week: Talk with your child about favorite colors. Can you find things that color as you go about your day?

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Baby Storytime 7/13/17

Book read:
Splash 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)

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)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

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 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: Popping bubbles is a fun way to help your baby develop the fine motor skills they will need for writing!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Construction Storytime for Toddlers 7/11/17

Book read: 
Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia

Other book suggestions: 
Construction Kitties by Judy Sue Goodwin Sturges
Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker

ASL Sign of the Week: Truck

Cranes (from Storytime Katie)
Cranes reach up,
Cranes reach down,
Cranes reach out,
And all around!

Construction Worker Song (from Everything Preschool)

This is the way we pound out nails, pound our nails (pound fists)
This is the way we pound our nails, so early in the morning.

Other verses:
Saw wood (move arms in sawing motion)
Shake paint (shake hands up and down)
Drill a hole (move hands in a circle)
Paint the walls (move hands side to side)  

Actions with Construction Movement Cards  

Old MacDonald Had a Truck
Wheels-Spin
Horn-Honk
Wipers-Swish

Literacy tip of the week: Books introduce new ideas and vocabulary. This week we learned some great words for different tools!

Craft: We colored tools and glued them to paper strips to make "tool belts".

Monday, July 10, 2017

Build Your Brain for Preschoolers 7/10/17: Stories

Book read:
Reading makes you feel good by Todd Parr

Other book suggestions:
Where are my books? by Debbie Ridpath Ohi
Mom, Dad our books and Me by Danielle Marcotte

If you love reading and you know it 

The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner (shows use of imagination!)


Story stew (modified from MCLS Kids, done with puppets on parachute)
Story stew, story stew!
Some for me, and some for you!
Who should we add to our story stew?

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: Reading together builds connections in a child's brain. When we read with those we love, those connections are strengthened even futher.

Post storytime activity: Scavenger hunt for our favorite book characters

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.