Monday, April 21, 2014

Wee Read - Baby It's Cold Outside

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Get your little one actively involved in telling the story by pointing to objects in the book and naming them.

Good Morning

Hello, How are You?

Boots, Jacket, Scarf, and Hat
Sung to: “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”
Boots, jacket, scarf, and hat,
Scarf and hat.
Boots, jacket, scarf, and hat,
Scarf and hat.
In wintertime we dress like that.
Boots, jacket, scarf, and hat,
Scarf and hat.

Open Shut Them

Book One 
No Two Alike by Keith Baker

Where is Baby? (with scarves)
Sung to: “Where is Thumbkin?”
Where is baby? Where is baby?
There you are! There you are!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!
--ALSC

If You're Happy and You Know It (with scarves)
Sung to: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
wave your scarf, throw your scarf
hide your scarf, scrunch your scarf in your hands

Mix a Pancake
--from Lapsit Services for the Very Young II by Linda L. Ernst. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc, 2001.

I Wiggle My Fingers

Book Two 

Four Little Snowflakes
One little snowflake with nothing to do,
Along came another and then there were… two!
Two little snowflakes laughing with me,
Along came another and then there were…three!
Three little snowflakes looking for some more,
Along came another and then there were…four!
Four little snowflakes having so much fun!
Out came the sun, and then there were none!

My Mittens
Mittens for the snow time,
          (Fingers flutter down like snow)
When the world is white,
Mittens for my two hands
          (Hold up two hands)
Mittens left and right,
(Wave left hand, then right hand)
Mittens with a thumb in place,
          (Thumbs up)
Mittens warm and snug,
          (Hug baby)
Mittens make me feel like
A bug inside a rug
          (Hug baby snug)

Read Together 
What’s On My Head? by Margaret Miller

The More We Get Together

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Storytime - Chinese New Year

Toddler



Books: My First Chinese New Year by Karen Katz and Ten Mice for Tet by Pegi Deitz Shea and Cynthia Weill

Songs / Rhymes: “Good Morning”, “Hello, How Are You?”, “Let’s Go Riding”, “Open, Shut Them”, “Chinese New Year”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Four Red Dragons” on the felt board, “I Wiggle My Fingers”, and “The More We Get Together”.

Craft: Horses for the New Year. Materials: Chinese New Year horses printout (on red paper), gold glitter, crayons, and glue. The toddlers colored in their horses and then covered their pictures in glue. I sprinkled gold glitter over the glue to make their horses festive for the new year. The horse printout came from OnColoring.com.

Preschool


Books: Max Celebrates Chinese New Year by Adria F. Klein and Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin

Songs / Rhymes: “Welcome to the Library”, “Hello, How Are You?”, “Hi There, So Glad You Came”, “Let’s Go Riding”, “Open, Shut Them”, “Chinese New Year”, “The Hokey Pokey”, “I Wiggle My Fingers”, and “The More We Get Together”.

Craft: Horses for the New Year. Materials: Chinese New Year horses printout (on red paper), gold sequins, crayons, and glue. The preschoolers colored in their horses and then covered their pictures in glue. They used their fine motor skills (developing their writing muscles!) to apply the sequins to the glue.

Songs/Rhymes

Let's Go Riding
Sung to: "Are You Sleeping?"
Let's go riding, let's go riding,
Saddle up. Saddle up.
Everybody ready? Everybody ready?
Giddyup! Giddyup!

Chinese New Year
Sung to “Mary Had a Little Lamb
See the dragon dance and prance
Dance and prance, dance and prance
See the dragon dance and prance
On Chinese New Year’s Day!
Hear the firecrackers pop, pop, pop
Pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop
Hear the firecrackers pop, pop, pop
On Chinese New Year’s Day!

Five Red Dragons
Five red dragons
Making such a roar
One danced away
And then there were four 
Four red dragons
Dancing 'round a tree
One danced away
And then there were three
Three red dragons
Dancing 'round you
One danced away
And then there were two
Two red dragons
Dancing in the sun
One danced away
And then there was one
One red dragon
Having lots of fun
She danced away
And then there were none


Monday, April 14, 2014

Wee Read - Snowflakes, Snowflakes

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Provide feedback - if a baby says "ma-ma-ma" answer her attempts at speech with "Yes, mama is right here."

Good Morning

Hello, How are You?

The Winter Pokey
Sung to: "The Hokey Pokey"
You put your mittens in,
you take your mittens out,
you put your mittens in
and you shake it all about.
You do the winter pokey
and you turn yourself around.
That's what it's all about.
Additional verses:
You put your boots in . . .
You put your hat in . . .
You put your snowsuit in . . .

Open Shut Them

Book One
Snow! by Christine Ford

Putting on Mittens
Sung to: "The Farmer in the Dell"
The Thumb in the Thumb place
Fingers all together
This is the song we sing
When it is mitten weather.

Warm Hands Warm
--from Lapsit Services for the Very Young II by Linda L. Ernst. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc, 2001.

Four Little Snowmen
Four little snowmen riding on a sled
One fell off and bumped his head
Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more snowmen riding on that sled!”
(Continue in this fashion until you get to zero)

I Wiggle My Fingers

Book Two
Baby Loves Winter! by Karen Katz

Two Little Snowflakes
Way up high in the winter sky,
Two little snowflakes caught my eye.
Down to the ground they fell without a sound.
And before very long,
It was snowing all around.

Snowflakes, Snowflakes
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
Dance around (wiggle fingers)
Touch the ground (touch floor)
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
In the air (flutter fingers upward)
Snowflakes, snowflakes,
Everywhere (flutter fingers outward)

Read Together
What Do You Do? by Mandy Stanley

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Storytime - Oh Baby!

Toddler


Books: Bouncing Babies by Mike Brownlow and How Do You Make a Baby Smile? by Philemon Sturges



Songs / Rhymes: “Good Morning”, “Hello, How Are You?”, “All the Little Babies Love Bouncing”, “Open, Shut Them”, “Patty Cake”, “Ten Little Babies” on the felt board, “I Wiggle My Fingers”, “Wind, Oh Wind” with scarves, “If You’re Happy and You Know It” with scarves, “Mix a Pancake” with scarves, and “The More We Get Together”.

Craft: There was no craft today. We played with scarves instead.

Preschool


Books: The Difference Between Babies and Cookies by Mary Hanson and First Brother or Sister by Monica Hughes (non-fiction title).

Songs / Rhymes: “Welcome to the Library”, “Hello, How Are You?”, “All the Little Babies Love Bouncing”, “Open, Shut Them”, “Patty Cake”, “Ten Little Babies” on the felt board, and “The More We Get Together”.

Special Activity: The preschoolers paired up to sing “Patty Cake”. They clapped each other’s hands and worked together to make the song even more fun! We also played a game with a giant, inflatable die. Each number represented an action that a baby would do. The preschoolers ate, crawled, talked, cried, had stinky diapers, and slept, just like babies!

Craft: There was no craft today. We played the game instead.

Songs/Rhymes

All the Little Babies
Sung to: “Short’nin’ Bread”
All the little babies love bouncing, bouncing
All the little babies just to love bounce!
All the little babies love bouncing, bouncing
All the little babies just to love bounce!
Lean to the left, lean to the right
Hug that baby nice and tight!
--Katie at Sharing Soda

Patty Cake
Patty cake, patty cake, baker’s man,
Bake me a cake as fast as you can
Roll it
And pat it
And mark it with a “B”
And put it in the oven for baby and me.
--Traditional

Ten Little Babies
Sing to: Ten Little Indians
One little two little three little babies
Four little five little six little babies
Seven little eight little nine little babies
Ten baby girls and boys!
*To make the song more interactive, change last line to ten little babies eating/crying/with stinky diapers/sleeping...shh!

Wind, Oh Wind
-- Mother Goose on the Loose by Betsy Diamant-Cohen. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2006.


If You're Happy and You Know It (with scarves)
Sung to: "If You're Happy and You Know It"
shake your scarf
wave your scarf
throw your scarf
play peek-a-boo
hide your scarf
scrunch your scarf in your hands
hide it behind your back

Mix a Pancake
--from Lapsit Services for the Very Young II by Linda L. Ernst. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc, 2001.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Wee Read - Shake Your Shakers

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Going for a walk and talking about all of the things you see, hear, and smell stimulates your baby’s language development, his attention span, and his observation skills. It will also strengthen your emotional connection. --TheBump.com

Good Morning

Hello, How are You?

I Touch My Eyes
--Mother Goose on the Loose by Betsy Diamant-Cohen. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2006.

Open Shut Them

Book One
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey

One, Two, Shake It On Your Shoe
One, two, shake it on your shoe.
Three, four, shake it on the floor.
Five, six, stir and mix.
Seven, eight, stand up straight.
Nine, ten, wave to all your friends.

Shake Your Egg With Me
Sung to: “London Bridge”
use shaker eggs
Can you shake your egg with me,
Shake your egg along with me
It’s as easy as can be
Now put it on your knee!
Repeat with head, tummy, etc.

Shake Your Shaker
Shake your shaker in the air, in the air,
Shake it here and everywhere.
Shake it up,
And shake it down.
Shake it, shake it all around the town.
Shake your shaker in the air, in the air.

I Wiggle My Fingers

Book Two
Hot, Cold, Shy, Bold by Pamela Harris

Reach for the Ceiling
--from Lapsit Services for the Very Young II by Linda L. Ernst. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc, 2001.

I’ll Touch My Chin
--Mother Goose on the Loose by Betsy Diamant-Cohen. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc., 2006.

Read Together
Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

The More We Get Together