Thursday, August 8, 2019

Baby Storytime 8/8/19

Book read:
Baby Bedtime by Mem Fox

This Is The Way (with scarves, 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)

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!  

My Little Baby (to the tune of Shortin' 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

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) 
 

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: Repetition is an important way to build connections in your baby's brain.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

No Place Like Home Storytime 8/6/19

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

If you're happy and you know it

The ants go marching

Little Chick, Little Chick (from Storytimes and More)

Little Chick, Little Chick,
Come out and play!
What color barn are you in today? 

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Boing, boing, squeak (with puppets on parachute, modified from Storytime Katie)

Boing, boing, squeak! Boing, boing, squeak!
A bouncing mouse is in my house, he's been there for a week.
He bounces in the kitchen, he bounces on the floor,
He bounces up and up and down, and bounces out the door!
Repeat with other animals and appropriate sounds

Craft: We decorated paper bag houses and stuffed them with packing peanuts so they would stand.

Literacy tip of the week: Recognizing the difference between colors and shapes will prepare your child to recognizes the differences between letters.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Baby Storytime 8/1/19

Book read: 
Higher, Higher by Leslie Patricelli

Here we fly up, up, up (modified from Reading With Red)

Here we fly up, up, up! (reach up)
Here we fly down, down, down! (touch floor)
Here we fly back and forth! (sway side to side)
And here we fly round and round! (turn around)
 
Let's go riding in a rocket ship (modified from "Let's go riding in an elevator", with parachute)
Let's go riding in a rocket ship!
Let's go riding in a rocket ship!
Up, up, up we go!
Down, down, down we come!

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! 

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: Try to point out items in the pictures as you read with your baby. It helps them learn about the world and build their vocabulary.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Out of this world songs and stories 7/30/19

Book read: 
Firefly home by Jane Clarke

Other book suggestions:
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson
Old MacDonald's Things that Go by Jane Clarke
Don't let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

If you're a firefly and you know it 
Actions: Flap your wings (move arms), Blink lights (open and close hands), Make a trail (move finger through air)

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)

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)


Craft: We used bingo daubers to stamp fireflies in a jar printout. Then we added construction paper wings and heads to the fireflies. 

Literacy tip: Tracing the words and shapes in a book with their fingers will help prepare your child for making the shapes in letters.
 

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Baby Storytime 7/25/19

Book read: 
Five little chicks by Nancy Tafuri

Bumpin' up and down in my little space shuttle (from Jbrary)
Bumpin' up and down in my little space shuttle,
Bumpin' up and down in my little space shuttle,
Bumpin' up and down in my little space shuttle,
Won't you go to the moon with me?

Other verses:
My space suit's on and my boots are too...
We step on the moon and we bounce up and down...

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

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) 

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: Reading to your baby should not be stressful. Go with the flow and know that every minute counts!

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Letter U Storytime 7/23/19

Book read: 
The Underpants Zoo by Brian Sendelbach

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Underwear (from Miss Sarah's Storytime)
Head, shoulders, knees and underwear!
Head, shoulders, knees and underwear!
Eyes and ears and mouth and underwear!
Head, shoulders, knees and underwear!

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)

Up and down (from Storytime Katie)
Put your arms up,
Put your arms down,
Put them through the middle and move them all around.
One arm to the left,
And one arm to the right.
Give yourself a hug and hold on tight!

The Grand Old Duke of York
The grand old Duke of York,
He had ten thousand men.
He marched them up to the top of the hill (lift arms in the air)
And he marched them down again (touch ground)
And when they're up, they're up. (lift arms)
And when they're down they're down. (touch ground)
But when they're only halfway up (raise hands halfway)
They're neither up nor down. (reach up then down)

Leaky Umbrella by Jim Gill

Rain on the grass (with scarves, from Jbrary)
Rain on the grass (wave on ground)
Rain on the tree (wave in air)
Rain on the roof (put hands above head)
But not on me! (hands over head)

Literacy tip of the week: Directional concepts such as up and down are important when you child learns to write.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Baby Storytime 7/18/19

Book read: 
Star Baby by Margaret O'Hair

These little hands of mine (to the tune of "This Little Light of Mine", from 2019 CSLP manual)
These little hands of mine,
I'm going to make them clap!
These little hands of mine,
I'm going to make them clap!
Make them clap, make them clap, make them clap!
Other verses: feet stomping, body bouncing

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) 

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.

Rocketship version of "Motorboat, motorboat" (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: Songs and books are great for keeping baby distracted during diaper changing time.