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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Rockets and Space Storytime 7/16/19

Book read:
On the launch pad by Michael Dahl

Other book suggestions:
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm off to the moon! by Dan Yaccarino
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

I'm a little rocket (from Mel's Desk, to the tune of "I'm a little teapot")
I'm a little rocket, tall and thin. (reach hands up high)
Here is my nose cone. (make triangle with hands)
Here are my fins. (touch feet)
When I get all fired up, launch begins.
Watch me rise and see me spin!  (spin around)

Who is the astronaut (from CSLP manual, using puppets)
Who is the astronaut with ears so long and funny?
She hops around the rocket ship.
She's a bunny!
Who is the astronaut jumping on a long?
"Ribbit, Ribbit, Ribbit!"
It's a frog!
Who is the astronaut with the long tail of course?
"Neigh, neigh!"
It's a horse!
Who is the astronaut with four legs and a horn?
We rarely ever see one.
It's a unicorn!

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!

Rocketship version of "Motorboat, motorboat" (with parachute)

Craft: We made space collages with space stickers.

Literacy tip of the week: Peeling stickers is a great way to help your child develop the fine motor skills needed for writing.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Baby Storytime 7/11/19

Book read:
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (big book)

Twinkle Little Star

Wheels on the Bus

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.

Pretending countdown and "blastoff" into space

Literacy tip of the week: Babies have eyesight that is still developing, so larger books are a great way to help them see the pictures as you read with them.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Moon and Stars Storytime 7/9/19

Book read:
Journey to the Moon: A pop up lunar adventure by Andy Mansfield

Other book suggestions: 
Touch the Brightest Star by Christie Matheson
Zoom! Zoom! Zoom! I'm off to the moon! by Dan Yaccarino
The Way Back Home by Oliver Jeffers

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.

Bumpin' up and down
Bumpin' up and down in my little space shuttle, (bounce)
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: Flying all around among the stars, Stomping all around on the moon, etc.

When the moon comes up (from CSLP Early Literacy Manual)
The moon comes up when the night begins (make circle with arms)
Sometimes it's full (spread arms wide)
Sometimes it's thin (move arms close together)
It shines on the houses, it shines on the trees (flutter fingers)
It shines on you and it shines on me! (point)

Five Stars Counting (with flannelboard)
No little stars, next to the sun. One shoots by and then there is one.
One little star with nothing to do. Another shoots by and then there are two.
Two little stars, winking at me. Another shoots by and now there are three.
Three little stars, blinking once more. Another shoots by and then there are four.
Four little stars, wait for another to arrive. Another shoots by and now there are five.

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star 

Craft: We decorated a moon template with torn paper.  

Literacy tip of the week: Made up words like "bloop" are fun way to help kids learn to recognize the sounds that make up words.

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Baby Storytime 6/13/19

Book read: 
Hello Day by Anita Lobel

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)
 
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Wheels on the Bus

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.


Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Let's Fly Storytime 6/11/19 and 6/12/19

Book read: 
A plane goes ka-zoom by Jonathan London

Other book suggestions:
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek
I love planes! by Philemon Sturges
I love bugs! by Emma Dodd

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)

I'm a little airplane (to the tune of "I'm a little teapot", from here)
I'm a little airplane, in the sky!
Here is my left wing and here is my right (reach one arm up at a time)
First I speed to take off (run)
Then I fly!
I tip my wings as I soar by!

We're going on vacation in a plane (from Laura Armstrong)
Oh we're going on vacation in a plane (walk)
Oh we're going on vacation in a plane (walk)
Oh we're going on vacation!
Oh we're going on vacation!
Oh we're going on vacation in a plane.
Other verses: Flying oh so high, flying very low, landing very gently

Butterfly, Butterfly (from Perry Public Library)
Butterfly, butterfly dancing all around (hook thumbs and fly fingers up and down)
Butterfly, butterfly now you're on the ground (flutter fingers to the floor)
In a tree hard to see, now you've flown away (flutter fingers up and behind back)
Butterfly, butterfly please come back and play (flutter fingers to the front again)   

Craft: We made "planes" out of Popsicle sticks and decorated a picture with cotton ball clouds.

Literacy tip of the week: Imagining in songs and games is great preparation for the imagining required when reading.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Baby Storytime 6/6/19

Book read: 
Baby Party 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)

Popcorn, Popcorn (with parachute, from Storytime Katie)
Popcorn, popcorn, put it in the pot.
Shake it up! Shake it up! (shake baby)
Pop pop pop! (bounce three times)    

Wheels on the bus

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)

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)

Motorboat (with parachute)

Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Beach Fun Storytime 6/4/19 and 6/5/19

Book read:
Beach Day by Karen Roosa

Other book suggestions: 
Sandy Feet, Whose Feet? by Susan Wood
Penguin on vacation by Salina Yoon 

On our way to the beach (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 beach today!
Additional verses can include: running, tiptoeing, stomping, flying, etc.  

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)

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!

Sand Castle (from Pasadena Library)
Sand Castle at the beach, (hands over head)
I built you big and strong,
A wave washed up on the sand,
Whoosh! You were gone. (swing arms)

Craft: We decorated a seahorse template with torn paper.

Literacy tip of the week: Ask your child what they see in the pictures as you read together. It is a great way to promote conversation about the story.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Baby Storytime 5/30/19

Book read:
Besos for Baby by Jen Arena (board book set)

Clap your hands (to the tune of Frere Jacques, modified from Yogilibrarian)
Clap your hands, clap your hands,
Touch your toes, touch your toes.
Do a little jumping, do a little jumping.
Tap your nose, tap your nose. 

Wheels on the bus

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)

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: If English isn’t your first language, speak to your child in the language you know best. This allows you to explain things more fluently so your child will learn more.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Letter T Storytime 5/28/19 and 5/29/19

Book read:
Tap Tap Bang Bang by Emma Garcia

Other book suggestions: 
It's a tiger! by David LaRochelle
My truck is stuck! by Kevin Lewis
Dragons love tacos by Adam Rubin 

Turn around (To the tune of Frere Jacques, from Yogilibrarian)
Turn around, turn around,
Touch your toes, touch your toes.
Do a little jumping, do a little jumping,
Crouch down low, crouch down low. 

Tickle Toes by Jim Gill

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)
 

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!

Craft: We decorated a template of the letter T with bingo daubers.

Literacy tip of the week: Songs and books can be adapted to be done in different ways as your child gets older. It is a great way to provide some repetition and familiarity yet still keep things new.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Baby Storytime 5/23/19

Book read: 
Uh-oh! by Rachel Isadora

Friend of Mine (to the tune of "Mary Had a 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 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)

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.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Literacy tip of the week: Follow your baby's cues to know when it is time to stop reading.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Unicorn and Dragon Storytime 5/21/19 and 5/22/19

Book read:
Sophie Johnson: Unicorn Expert by Morag Hood

Other book suggestions:
Dragons love tacos by Adam Rubin
You don't want a unicorn by Ame Dyckman
Me and my dragon by David Biedrzycki

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!   

If you're a unicorn and you know it
If you're a unicorn and you know it shake your mane,
If you're a unicorn and you know then your magic will really show it.
If you're a unicorn and you know it shake your mane.
Other possible actions: Twitch tail, show your horn, prance around

We are dragons (from Pasadena Library)
We are dragons,
We have wings (wave scarves)
We can fly and do dragon things.
We can breathe fire (hold scarf to face and blow)
Swish our tails,
And travel for miles without leaving trails!

Craft: We painted dragons made of half paper plates and construction paper tails and heads.

Literacy tip of the week: Imagining creatures such as unicorns and dragons will help your kids develop their storytelling skills.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Baby Storytime 5/16/19

Book read: 
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

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.  

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)


Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes  

Wheels on the bus

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)

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: Books with bright pictures, such as "Hooray for Fish" will help hold your baby's attention.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pets Storytime 5/14/19 and 5/15/19

Book read:
Bark Park by Trudy Krisher

Other book suggestions: 
Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins
Gilbert Goldfish wants a pet by Kelly DiPucchio

If you're a pet and you know it (modified from Miss Meg's Storytime)
If you're a dog and you know it shake your tail!
If you're a dog and you know it shake your tail!
If you're a dog and you know it and you really want to to show it,
If you're a dog and you know it shake your tail!  
Other verses can include: cat/pounce like this, fish/move your fins, hamster/run in place) 

Funny Bunny Hop (from Preschool Education)
Funny little bunny goes hop, hop, hop!
Funny little bunny please stop, stop, stop!
Wiggle your ears and crinkle your nose.
Then wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, right down to your toes!

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!

Pet voices (with puppets, modified from Jen in the Library)
This is my (insert animal). It makes a sound like (insert animal sound).

Craft: We made cat puppets using a template and paper lunch bags.

Literacy tip of the week: Encourage your child when they "pretend" to read. It is actually showing you how much they enjoy and understand books!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Baby Storytime 4/18/19

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

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)


This is a Choo-Choo Train
This is a choo-choo train (bounce)
Puffing down the track.
Now it's going forward. (lean forward)
Now it's going back. (lean back)
Now the bell is ringing.
And the whistle blows.
What a lot of noise it makes,
Everywhere it goes!   

Wheels on the bus

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)

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

Motorboat (with parachute)

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

Literacy tip of the week: Singable books, such as "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" are a great way to change up your reading routine.

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Ms. Kelly's Favorites Storytime 4/16/19 and 4/17/19

Book read: 
It looked like spilt milk by Charles Shaw

Other book suggestions:
Is everyone ready for fun? by Jan Thomas
Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
Play this book by Jessica Young

If you're a cloud and you know it
If you're a cloud and you know it float around (raise arms and sway)
If you're a cloud and you know it then you'll really want to show it.
If you're a cloud and you know it float around.
Other actions: Make it rain (wave hands to floor), Make it thunder (stomp) 

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!"

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?

I've got rainbows in my bubbles (from Yogibrarian)
I've got rainbows in my bubbles yes I do.
I've got rainbows in my bubbles yes I do.
When I look up at the sun I've got rainbows everyone.
I've got rainbows in my bubbles yes I do.

Wheels on the bus

Popcorn, Popcorn (with parachute, from Storytime Katie)

Popcorn, popcorn, put it in the pot.
Shake it up! Shake it up! (shake baby chute)
Pop pop pop! (bounce chute three times)

Craft: We made cotton ball clouds.

Literacy tip of the week: Share your favorite books and songs with your little one! It will help them learn to place importance in books and words.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Baby Storytime 4/11/19

Book read:
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

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)


Baby Goes Bouncy Boo from Jbrary
Baby goes bouncy boo, (bounce baby on knees)
Baby goes bouncy by,
Baby goes bouncy be,
All upon my knee.

I'll bounce you to the left, (bounce to the left)
I'll bounce you to the right, (bounce to the right)
I'll bounce you up, (lift baby)
I'll bounce you down, (bring baby down)
I'll bounce you out of sight. (lift baby)

Wheels on the bus

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)

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.

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

Literacy tip of the week: No matter what you read to your baby the exposure to words and experience of time together will provide benefits later on.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Letter E Storytime 4/9/19 and 4/10/19

Book read: 
First the egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

Other book suggestions: 
What to do if an elephant stands on your foot by Michelle Robinson
Everybunny Dance! by Ellie Sandall
How do dinosaurs eat their food? by Jane Yolen

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)

Do your ears hang low? (with scarves)  

This is the way (from Miss Katie's Storytime Wiki)
This is the way I stomp my feet,
Stomp my feet, stomp my feet.
This is the way I stomp my feet,
Cause I'm an elephant!
Other actions can include: Wave trunk, shake tail, etc.

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.

Craft: We decorated a letter E with eye stickers.

Literacy tip of the week: Running your finger along text as you read helps your child learn the direction that words are read in English.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Baby Storytime 4/4/19

Book read:
Baby Day by Jane Goodwin and Davina Bell

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! 

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) 

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


Literacy tip of the week: Play is an important part of learning. It will introduce your baby to new words and ideas!

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Money and Counting Storytime 4/2/19 and 4/3/19

Book read: 
Benny's Pennies by Pat Brisson

Counting Pokey (from A-Z Kids Stuff)
You put one finger up, (finger up)
You put one finger down. (finger down)
You put one finger up and you shake it all around. (shake finger)
You give a shakey-shakey and turn it all about,
That's how you learn to count! (continue singing as many numbers as desired)

Numbers Jump

Pop Goes the Weasel (with parachute)

Hickory Dickory Dock (with parachute)

Craft: We colored a money themed coloring page.

Literacy tip of the week: Singing a song with numbers is a great way to expose your child to number related vocabulary.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Baby Storytime 3/28/19

Book read: 
Fiesta Babies by Carmen Tafolla 

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 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


Hippety Hop (from Perry Public Library)
Hip, hip, hippety hop, (bounce baby)
Hippety, hippety hop,
We'll hop around the room today,
Until it's time to stop! (stop) 

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)

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.

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

Literacy tip of the week: Babies need repetition to learn new words and concepts, so don't be afraid to repeat books and songs.

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Birds Storytime 3/26/19 and 3/27/19

Book read:
Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins

Other book suggestions:
Chicken in space by Adam Lehrhaupt
Birds by Carme Lemniscates
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

ASL Sign of the Week: Bird

Little Bird (from Storytime Katie)
I saw a little bird go hop, hop, hop. (hop)
I told the little bird to stop, stop, stop. (hold hand out for stop)
I went to the window to say "How do you do?" (handshake)
He wagged his little tail and away he flew. (shake tail and fly away)

Little Birds (from Storytime Katie)
Little birds, little birds, jump up and down. (jump)
Little birds, little birds, don't make a sound! (finger to lips)
Little birds, little birds, tiptoe to me. (tiptoe)
Little birds, little birds, bend your knees! (bend knees)
Little birds, little birds, peep, peep, peep. (peep)
Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep. (pretend to sleep)
Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves. (fly)
Little birds, little birds, sit down please. (sit) 

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?

Everyone can shake (with shakers, modified from Jbrary)
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
And now it's time to stop.
Additional verses: 
Everyone can tap, Everyone can clap, Everyone can wave, etc.

We made our chicken puppet "fly" on our parachute.

Craft: We decorated a bird template with bingo daubers.

Literacy tip of the week: If you child is interested in a topic you have read with them about it is a great opportunity to do a little further research with them.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Baby Storytime 3/21/19

Book read:
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz 

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.

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) 

Can you shake along with me? (from Jbrary)
Can you shake along with me,
Along with me, Along with me?
Can you shake along with me?
Put your shaker on your (insert body part)!  

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

Tick tock, tick tock,
I'm a little cuckoo clock!
Tick tock, tick tock,
It's two o'clock!
CUCKOO! CUCKOO! (jump twice)
 
Wheels on the bus


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

Literacy tip of the week: Songs and books are a great way to make diaper changing more fun.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Things That Grow Storytime 3/19/19

Book read:
Do you know which ones will grow? by Susan Shea

Other book suggestions:
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield
Plant The Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson

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

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)

If You're a Tree and You Know It
If you're a tree and you know it grow up high. (reach high)
If you're a tree and you know it grow up high.
If you're a tree and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you're a tree and you know it grow up high. 
Other verses: Touch your roots (touch toes), and Wave Your Leaves (wave arms)

Craft: We decorated a tree template with torn paper leaves.

Literacy tip of the week: Mentioning the author before reading will help your child make the connection that books are written by people.

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Baby Storytime 3/14/19

Book read:
A Kiss Means I Love You by Katherine Madeline Allen

We're clapping all together (to the tune of "Farmer in the Dell")
We're clapping all together,
We're clapping all together.
Hi-ho the derry-o.
We're clapping all together.
Other actions can include stomping, shaking, bouncing, etc.

If you're happy and you know it

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.

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

Literacy tip of the week: Books with pictures of other babies are a great way to hold your baby's interest as you read with them.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Rainbow Storytime 3/12/19 and 3/13/19

Book read: Duckie's Rainbow by Frances Barry 

Other book suggestions: 
Wow said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
Maisy's Rainbow Dream by Lucy Cousins  

The Rain is Falling Down (to the tune of "The Farmer in the Dell", from Storytime Katie)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down) SPLASH! (clap once)
The rain is falling down, (flutter fingers down) SPLASH! (clap once)
Pitter patter pitter patter, (tap legs)
The rain is falling down (flutter fingers) SPLASH! (clap once)

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.

Rainbow Stew (with parachute and flannel pieces, modified from Storytime with Ms. Jennifer)
Rainbow Stew, Rainbow Stew,
Some for me and some for you!
Take a (insert fruit) put it in the pot,
Stir it, stir it, stir it a lot.
When you stop, what will you it be?
The prettiest (insert color) you ever did see. 

I've got rainbows in my bubbles (from Yogibrarian)
I've got rainbows in my bubbles yes I do.
I've got rainbows in my bubbles yes I do.
When I look up at the sun I've got rainbows everyone.
I've got rainbows in my bubbles yes I do.

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)

Literacy tip of the week: A post reading puppet show is a great way for you child to show you their understanding of what you've read together.

Monday, March 4, 2019

Pajama Storytime 2/26/19

Book read: 
Good night Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Other book suggestions: 
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea
The Napping House by Audrey Wood

If you're sleepy and you know it
If you're happy and you know it with modified actions: yawn, stretch, go to sleep

See the Little Bunnies Sleeping (adapted from Jbrary)
See the bunnies sleeping til it's nearly noon.
Come and let us gently wake them with a merry tune!
(repeat with the kids pretending to be other animals)

The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Laurie Berkner (with scarves)

Craft: We made a "Tuck In Teddy" with a teddy bear pattern and a construction paper bed.

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Baby Storytime 2/15/19

Book read: 
Everything by Emma Dodd

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.


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)

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.

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) 

Literacy tip of the week: Pointing out pictures as you read with your baby will help introduce them to new vocabulary and new knowledge about the world.

 

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Books and Songs We Love Storytime 2/12/19 and 2/13/19

Book read: 
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Other book suggestions:
Going on a bear hunt by Micheal Rosen
Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown

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)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

The Freeze (on Kids in Motion)

The Wheels on the Bus

Craft: We decorated a butterfly template with pieces of tissue paper.

Literacy tip of the week: Sharing books and songs you love will help your child develop positive associations to them as well.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Baby Storytime 2/7/19

Book read: 
5 Little Ducks by Denise Fleming

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)

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

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

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

Wheels on the bus


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

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

Literacy tip of the week: Rocking and bouncing are great ways to help your baby feel the sounds that make up words.

Winter Storytime 2/4/19 and 2/5/19

Book read: 
One Snowy Day by Diana Murray

Other book suggestions:
Winter is here by Kevin Henkes
Snowy Blowy Winter by Bob Raczka
Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson

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. 

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.

Saw a snowflake (modified from Preschool Express, to the tune of "My Darling Clementine")
Saw a snowflake,
Saw a snowflake,
Saw a snowflake falling down.
It was floating,
It was twirling.
As it spun around and round.

Craft: We decorated a mitten template with torn yarn.

Literacy tip of the week: Label and describe things you see as you go about your day with your child. The more times they hear new words the more words will be in their vocabulary.
 

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Letter G Storytime 1/29/19 and 1/30/19

Book read: 
Go away Big Green Monster! by Ed Emberly 

Monsters Galore (modified from Storytime Katie)
Monsters galore, can you roar? (roar)
Monsters galore, can you soar? (fly)
Monsters galore, can you snore? (pretend to sleep)
Monsters galore, fall on the floor! (fall down)

The Goldfish by Laurie Berkner

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) 

Green Says Go (from Storytime Katie)
Green says "Go!" (march quickly)
Go! Go! Go!
Yellow says "Slow!" (march slowly)
Slow! Slow! Slow!
Red says "Stop!"
Stop! Stop! Stop! (stop)
Go! Go! Go!
Slow! Slow! Slow!
Stop! 

Craft: We decorated a print out of a gumball machine with round stickers.

Literacy tip of the week: Playing with letter sounds is a great way to prepare your child for learning to read.

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Baby Storytime 1/24/19

Book read:
Baby Love by Angela DiTerlizzi

We're clapping all together (to the tune of "Farmer in the Dell")
We're clapping all together,
We're clapping all together.
Hi-ho the derry-o.
We're clapping all together.
Other actions can include stomping, shaking, bouncing, etc.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Hippety Hop (from Perry Public Library)

Hip, hip, hippety hop, (bounce baby)
Hippety, hippety hop,
We'll hop around the room today,
Until it's time to stop! (stop) 

Let's Go Riding in an Elevator (from Jbrary)
Let's go riding in an elevator (hold baby in front of you)
An elevator, elevator. (rock back and forth)
Let's go riding in an elevator!
First floor (lift baby, raise up on each floor)
Second floor,
Third floor,
Fourth floor,
Down, down, down! (bring baby down to ground)
 
I'm a little cuckoo clock (from KCLS)

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

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

Wheels on the bus


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

Literacy tip of the week: Anything you read your baby exposes them to words and language. Feel free to read aloud to them from materials of all kinds.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Winter Blues Storytime 1/22/19 and 1/23/19

Book read: 
What's the matter Bunny Blue? by Nicola Smee

Other book suggestions: 
Baby Bear sees blue by Ashley Wolff
Have you seen my new blue socks? by Eve Bunting
Blue by Laura Vaccaro Seeger

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

The Boat on the Waves (to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus")
The boat on the waves goes rock, rock, rock,
Rock, Rock, Rock. (stand and rock back and forth)
The boat on the waves goes rock, rock, rock,
All around the lake.

The wind in the sails goes swish, swish, swish,
Swish, Swish, Swish. (swing arms back and forth)
The wind in the sails goes swish, swish,
All around the lake.

The waves on the lake go up and down,
up and down, up and down, (alternate bending knees and standing up)
The waves on the lake go up an down,
All around the lake.

Blueberry Roll (from Canton Public Library)
Five little blueberries sitting in a bowl,
One fell down and it started to ROLL!
It rolled off the table and under my seat.
How many blueberries are there left to eat? 
Repeat and count down to zero

My blue sailboat by Laurie Berkner

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!

Literacy tip of the week: Counting rhymes such as "Blueberry Roll" help prepare kids to understand sequences of events, such as those that occur in a story.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Baby Storytime 1/17/19

Books read: 
Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O'Connell (board book set)

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

Where oh where are baby's fingers? (from Jbrary)
Where oh where are baby's fingers?
Where oh where are baby's toes?
Where oh where is baby's bellybutton?
Round and round it goes!

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

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

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

Wheels on the bus


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

Literacy tip of the week: Singing is shown to release hormones that increase happiness so don't be shy to sing with your child as much as possible!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Letter S Storytime 1/15/19 and 1/16/19

Book read: 
Touch the brightest star by Christie Matheson

Other book suggestions:
One Snowy Day by Diana Murray
Are you sleeping? by Constanze von Kitzing
Pete the Cat: I love my white shoes by Eric Litwin

ASL Sign of the Week: Star

Eeny Meeny Miney Mo (from Storytime Out Loud)
Eeny Meeny Miney Mo,
Let me hear your hands go,
Clap, clap, clap clap!

Sounds so good, sounds so fine.
Let me hear it one more time!
Clap, clap, clap clap!

Dance like snowflakes (from Jbrary)
Dance like snowflakes,
Dance like snowflakes,
In the air, in the air.
Whirling, twirling snowflakes,
Whirling, twirling snowflakes,
Everywhere, everywhere.
Other verses: Spin like snowflakes, Fall like snowflakes

Everyone can shake (with shakers, modified from Jbrary)
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
Everyone can shake, shake, shake
And now it's time to stop.
Additional verses:
Everyone can tap, Everyone can clap, Everyone can wave, etc. 

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!

Itsy Bitsy Spider

Craft: We decorated an "S is for Spider" Bingo Dauber printable.

Literacy tip of the week: Fingerplays, such as the "Itsy Bitsy Spider", are a great way to develop the finger strength needed for writing.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Baby Storytime 1/10/19

Book read:
The littlest things give the loveliest hugs by Mark Sperring

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.

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 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.

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) 


Literacy tip of the week: The more you talk to and read with your baby the more their vocabulary will increase.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Bear Storytime 1/8/19 and 1/9/19

Book read:
Bear sees colors by Karma Wilson

Other book suggestions: 
Going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen
A library book for Bear by Bonny Becker
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see? by Bill Martin 

ASL sign of the week: Bear

If you're a bear and you know it 
If you're a bear and you know it clap your paws.
If you're a bear and you know it clap your paws.
If you're a bear and you know it and you really want to show it,
If you're a bear and you know it clap your paws.
Other verses include shake your fur and give a growl.

The bear went over the mountain
The bear went over the mountain
The bear went over the mountain
The bear went over the mountain,
To see what he could see.
Repeat with other actions: stomping, running, jumping, etc.

Bears are Sleeping (to the tune of "Frere Jacques") (from King County Library System)
Bears are sleeping,
Bears are sleeping (pretend to sleep)
In their lairs,
In their lairs.
Soon it will be springtime,
Soon it will be springtime.
Wake up bears! Wake up bears! (pretend to wake up

Two little black bears (from Jbrary)
Two little black bears, sitting on a hill.
One named Jack. One named Jill.
Run away Jack. Run away Jill. (hand behind back)
Come back Jack. Come back Jill. (bring hands to front)
Repeat with other actions and opposites

Craft: We decorated paper plate bear faces with yarn, cut out ears and stickers.

Literacy tip of the week: Fine motor games such as "Two little black bears" help develop the finger strength your child will need when they learn to write.