Sunday, November 16, 2014

Fall 4 Weekly Programming

Welcome to Week 4 of our Fall programs!  We have lots of fun going on.  We also have a wonderful program coming up called Read, Create, Play on Saturday December 6th from 10:30-11:15 where we will be creating with Playdough for children age 3-Kindergarten.  This hands-on program will spark children's creativity, help develop fine motor skills, and lay the foundation for future readers by increasing children's early literacy skills.  Registration is open now for this program.  We hope you'll join us!

Baby Rhyme Time
This week our theme is yummy Food!  We read the books Red Pepper Yellow Squash by Rookie Toddler and Maisy’s First Colors by Lucy Cousins.  Continue the fun at home by pointing out the colors of your little one's favorite snacks!


Rhyme: Cracker Count
One cracker, two crackers,
Three crackers, four.
Five crackers, six crackers,
Seven crackers.  More!
Eight crackers, nine crackers,
Ten crackers. Then…
Eat up all the crackers and start again!

Rhyme: Food Bounce Song
If you were spaghetti, you’d wobble like this.
You’d wibble and wobble, and it would be bliss.
If you were hot water, and started to boil,
You’d bounce all around, and it would be joy.
But if you were popcorn, you’d jump in the air.
Pop pop pop pop pop pop pop!  Pop everywhere!


Wonderful Ones
In Wonderful Ones this week we are having fun reading the books We’ve All Got Bellybuttons! By David Martin and A Book of Babies by Il Sung Na.  At home, share your favorite childhood rhyme with your little one.  


Rhyme: Tickle you here (Twice)
Hug you here, hug you there,
Hug you, hug you everywhere.
Tickle you here, tickle you there,
Tickle you, tickle you everywhere.
Kiss you here, kiss you there,
Kiss you kiss you everywhere.
Bounce you here, bounce you there,
Bounce you, bounce you everywhere.

Rhyme: Five little ducks went out to play,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother duck said, “quack, quack, quack, quack,”
But only four little ducks came waddling back.
Four, three, two…
One little duck went out to play,
Over the hills and far away,
Mother duck said, “quack, quack, quack, quack,”
And five little ducks came waddling back.


Terrific Twos
This week's I Can is Play!  Who doesn't love to play?!  We read the books Play With Me by Michael Elsohn Ross and Playground Day! by Jennifer Merz.  At home, let your young one take the lead on play.  See what he or she wants to do and go along with it and have fun!

Action Rhyme:
One little, two little, three little children,
four little, five little, six little children,
seven little, eight little, nine little children,
ten little boys and girls.
They clapped and they clapped til the sun went down, (Sing 3 times)
those ten little boys and girls.
They stomped in puddles til dinner time, (Sing 3 times)
those ten little boys and girls.


Story Mix
We are having fun with Shoes this week in Story Mix!  We read the books Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin and Hello Shoes! By Joan Blos.  Continue the fun at home by pointing out how shoes can be the same and different.  See what ideas your child comes up with for each!

Action Rhyme:
Before I jump into my bed, before I dim the light
I put my shoes together so they can talk at night
I’m sure they would be lonesome if I tossed them here or there
So I put them close together for they’re a friendly pair

Action Rhyme:
Old shoes, new shoes
Who is wearing     (colors)    shoes?
1, 2, 3, 4
Now I stomp them on the floor!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Fall 3 Weekly Programming

Baby Rhyme Time
We are counting in Baby Rhyme Time this week!  We read the books Spot's First Numbers by Eric Hill and Counting Kisses by Karen Katz.  To add to our theme at home, do simple counting with your baby...count toys, fingers, toes, anything!


Rhyme: Tick-Tock (#2)
Tick-tock, tick-tock, (Swing side to side)
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick-tock, tick-tock,
Now I’m striking one o’clock.  (Up in air)
Cuckoo!  Cuckoo!
(Two, Three)

Rhyme: One to Five
One little nose,
Two little feet,
Three little tickles on your tummy so sweet!
Four little kisses on five little toes,
Then one more kiss for your sweet little nose


Wonderful Ones
We are having lots of fun in Wonderful Ones!  We read the books Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz and Peekaboo Morning by Isadora.  To extend at home, play or sing your little one's favorite action rhyme together!


Rhyme: Up, down, Turn Around
Up, down, turn around,
Touch the sky and touch the ground.
Wiggle your fingers, wiggle your toes, wiggle your shoulders,
Say “Hello!”

Rhyme:  Peek a Boo
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
I see you, I see you!
I see your little nose,
I see your little toes.
I see you! Peek-a-boo!


Terrific Twos
We're continuing our "I can..." series with "I Can Eat"!  This week we read the books I Like a Snack on a Iceberg by Ready Arno and How Do Dinosaurs Eat Their Food? by Jan Yolen.  To continue the fun at home, make your little one's favorite snack together!

Action Song:
Let's make some pizza, (For me and you)
We're making pizza, (And Mom helps too!).
Roll out some dough (go go go)
Spread out the sauce (of course!)
And put on the cheese (yes please)
Then place on some ham (yeah man!).
Mom turn on the oven (watch it cook)
I think the pizza's ready (let's take a look).
We've made some pizza (Try a slice)
We've made some pizza (mmm it's nice!).

Eating pizza - so much fun
Eating pizza - yum yum yum.

Action Song:
Apples on a tree, Apples on a tree
Pick them off, Eat them up
Apples on a tree
Carrots in the ground, Carrots in the ground
Pull them up, wash them off
Carrots in the ground
Food in your tummy, Food in your tummy
Lick your lips, Mmm Mmm Mmm
Yum yum yummy


1, 2, 3, Go!
We are having more Farm fun this week!  We read the books Old MacDonald Drives A Tractor by Don Carter and Down on The Farm by Merrilly Kutner.  At home, talk about what jobs the Farmer has on the farm.  Come up with some ideas and then pretend together and act them out in play.

Action Song: Hurry Hurry Drive The Tractor
Hurry hurry drive the tractor, Hurry hurry drive the tractor, Hurry hurry drive the tractor,Grrrr, Grrrr, Grrrr, Grrr, Hurry hurry plow the field, Hurry hurry plow the field, Hurry hurry plow the field,Grrrr, Grrr, Grrr, Grrr Hurry hurry cut the hay, Hurry hurry cut the hay, Hurry hurry cut the hay, Grrr, Grrr, Grrr, Grrr!

Flannelboard Rhyme: Five Little Farmers
Five little farmers get up early each day.
For there is work to be done and no time to play.
(Yawn and stretch.)
The first little farmer goes to milk the cow.
(Close both fists, make milking motions up and down.)
The second little farmer gets ready to plow.
(Grasp a steering wheel and pretend to drive.)
The third little farmer feeds the hens and chicks.
(Pretend to scatter corn.)
The fourth little farmer has gates to fix.
(Make hammering motions.)
The fifth little farmer sells vegetables in town.
(Cup hands around mouth as if calling out.)
Five busy little farmers work 'til the sun goes down.
(Yawn, stretch, sleep)


Story Mix
We're continuing the Fall fun in Story Mix!  We read the books Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri and Gingerbread Boy by Paul Galdone.  For more fun at home, retell the story with your preschooler and act out the Gingerbread Boy!  

Action Rhyme:
 This is the way we rake the leaves,    This is the way we jump in the leaves,
 Rake the leaves, rake the leaves.        Jump in the leaves, jump in the leaves
 This is the way we rake the leaves     This is the way we jump in the leaves 
When Fall is here!                                 When Fall is here!

Rhyme:
5 little gingerbread boys baking in a pan
1 jumped up and said, “Catch me if you can!”
I chased it and chased it and chased it some more,
Then the gingerbread boy ran out the door.   4,3,2,1

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall 2 - Weekly Programming

Baby Rhyme Time
This week we read the books Peek-a-Boo, You!  by Roberta Intrater and Read to Your Bunny by Rosemary Wells.  An early literacy activity to try at home with your baby is Follow the Leader Sounds which promotes Phonological Awareness  
• Make a sound that your child has made before (da-da-da) 
• Look at your child to see if he will repeat the sounds 
• Or if child begins to make a sound, repeat the sound and see if child will 
repeat sound back to you


Prop Rhyme:Two Little Babies
Two little babies,
Ready to play,
Jump up and down,
At the start of day.
Crawl to the left,
Crawl to the right,
Keep on playing till the night.

Rhyme: The Baby Hokey Pokey
You put your right hand in,
You put your right hand out,
You put your right hand in,
And you shake it all about.
You do the hokey pokey and you turn yourself about,
That’s what it’s all about.
(Left hand)


Wonderful Ones
This week we read together Duck & Goose Finds a Pumpkin by Tad Hills and I Love Fall! by Alison Inches.  For extra Fall fun with your little one, rake a small leaf pile and let them explore!


Opening Action Rhyme: Where Is Your Nose?
(Tune: “Where is Thumbkin?”)
Where is your nose? Where is your nose?
There it is, there it is!
Touch it with your finger; touch it with your finger,
Just like me, just like me.
Where are your hands?-Clap your hands together

Where are your feet? -Stamp your feet loudly

Rhyme: Two Green Apples
Way up high in a tree,
Two green apples smiled at me.
So I shook that tree as hard as I could,
And down fell the apples,
Mmmmm, they were good!


Terrific Twos
This week we are "Taking a Walk" in Terrific Twos.  We read the books I Went Walking by Sue Williams and Walking Through the Jungle by Debbie Harter.  Naturally, extend this theme at home by taking a walk with your little one!  Describe what you see while on your walk!

Rhyme: (With Puppet)
One foot (raise one leg)
now the other (raise other leg)
we walk down the street (march in place)
walking fast (march fast)
walking slow (march slowly) 
we walk on two feet! (march in place)


1, 2, 3, Go!
This week we are talking about Horses!  We read the books Rockabye Farm by Diane Hamm and Horses! Trotting! Prancing! Racing! by Patricia Hubbell.  Have more fun at home by pretending to play horses.  Talk about what they eat and why we have them as pets and more.

Action Rhyme:Horses in the Pasture
Horses in the pasture (point to one side)
Horses in the hay (point to other side)
Horses like to run and jump (run and jump in place)
Each and every day (clap along with words)

Action Rhyme:Clippity-Clop
Clippity, clippity, clippity-clop (alternately slap hands on lap)
This is the way the horses trot
Clippity, clippity, clippity-clop
Faster, faster, faster (slap hands faster and faster)
Until you…(even faster)
Drop! (slap both hands on ground)


Story Mix
This week we are talking about Scarecrows!  We read the books Scarecrows by Calvin Harris and Scarecrow's Hat by Ken Brown.  If you happen to visit the pumpkin farm with your child, count how many scarecrows you see while you are there!


Scarecrow    (tune: "Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear Turn Around")
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around.
Scarecrow, scarecrow, jump up and down
Scarecrow, scarecrow, arms up high
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, wink one eye
Scarecrow, scarecrow, bend your knee
Scarecrow, scarecrow, flap in the breeze
Scarecrow, scarecrow, climb into bed
Scarecrow, scarecrow, rest your head

Focus rhyme:
I’m a dingle-dangle scarecrow     
With a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this
I can shake my feet like that

When all the cows were sleeping and the sun had gone to bed
Up jumped the scarecrow and this is what he said:
I’m a dingle-dangle scarecrow…

When all the hens were roosting and the moon went behind a cloud,
Up jumped the scarecrow and shouted very loud:
I’m a dingle-dangle scarecrow…


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fall I - Week 6

Welcome to the last week of Fall I Programming!  We will 
pick up Fall II Programs the week of October 20th.
  Sign up begins October 6th.  
See you then!

Baby Rhyme Time
We "visited" with some animals this week in Baby Rhyme Time!  We read the books Baby Animal Farm by Karen Blair and Who Says Woof? by John Butler.  If you're comfortable, give your baby a real experience with a friendly pet of a friend or family members!  Remember to be gentle and friendly as well to the owner's pet.

Rhyme: Little Duck
I'm a little duck, a little yellow duck,
And I say "quack, quack, quack."
I'm a little duck, a little yellow duck,
With feathers on my back. (Tickle baby's back)

Rhyme: Milk the Cow (tune: Row, Row, Row, Your Boat)
Milk, milk, milk, the cow ("milk" baby's arms and legs with gentle strokes)
Milkings's what we do.
And when the milking is all done,
The cow says, "Mooooo!" (tickle baby's tummy!)

Wiggles 'N' Giggles (At our Rakow Branch)
We had lots of fun counting this week!  We read the books One Smiling Grandma by Ann Marie Linden and Island Counting 123 by Frane Lessac.  To extend at home, count together whenever you can and make it fun!  Count how many wheels you see, toys, doors, etc.!

Rhyme: I Can Count (tune: Frere Jacques)
I can count,
I can count,
One, two, three,
One, two, three.
I can count higher,
I can count higher,
Four, five, six,
Four, five, six.

Rhyme: Five Little Fingers (tune: Skip to my Lou)
What can I do with five little fingers?
What can I do with five little fingers?
What can I do with five little fingers?
What can I do today?
I can shake my five little fingers.
I can shake my five little fingers.
I can shake my five little fingers.
I can shake them all today.
(I can wave my five little fingers.
I can clap my five little fingers)

Terrific Twos
This week it's all about pumpkins!  We read the books I Like Pumpkins by Jerry Smath and Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall.  Continue the pumpkin fun at home by reading the traditional rhyme, 5 Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach.

Action Rhyme:Pumpkin Patch (tune: Mulberry Bush)
Clapping in the pumpkin patch, (clap hands)
Pumpkin patch, pumpkin patch,
Clapping hands in the pumpkin patch,
Early in the morning..
(repeat with stomping, and rolling (roll hands))

Rhyme: Pumpkin Vine
I looked out the window and what did I find?
Green leaves growing on my pumpkin vine.
I looked out the window and what did I find?
Yellow flowers growing on my pumpkin vine.
I looked out the window and what did I find?
Small green pumpkins growing on my pumpkin vine.
I looked out my window and what did I find?
Big orange pumpkins growing on my pumpkin vine.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Fall I Programming - Week 5

Baby Rhyme Time
We're having more fun with our babies this week!  We read the books Peekaboo, Puppy! by Beth Hardwood and Baby, Boo! by Emma Dodd.  Continue to play the game "Peekaboo" with your baby at home.  It helps with the concept of object permanence (the idea that something is still there even if you can no longer see it). Try the game with yourselves or a favorite toy.

Rhyme: Peekaboo Baby
Look and see,
One, two, three,
Boo!  It's me!

Rhyme: I uncover My Eyes
I uncover my eyes, and what can I see?
I can see you and I can see me.
I can see my fingers, and I can see my toes.
I can see my tummy, but I can't see my nose!


Wonderful Ones
This week we read the books Hello Day! by Anita Lobel and Farm Kisses, a Bedtime Story by Maryianne Richmond. To extend at home, enjoy singing the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star with your little one at home before bedtime.

Rhyme: Stars
At night I see the twinkling stars (open & close hands)
And a great big smiling moon (circle arms over head)
My mommy tucks me into bed
And sings a good night tune (rocking motions with hands)
(Repeat with: My daddy tucks me into bed and sings a good night tune)

Rhyme: What do the Farm Animals Say?
(Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Little pigs say oink, oink, oink
Oink, oink, oink, oink, oink, oink,
Little pigs say oink, oink, oink, oink all day long.
(Repeat with Baby Cows say moo, moo, moo and Horses gallop all around - they gallop all day long.)


Wiggles 'n' Giggles - at our Rakow Branch
We are moving and grooving at Wiggles 'n' Giggle this week!  We read the books Talk to Me! by Wells and Baby Dance by Ann Taylor.  Check out Baby Rhymes for more fun at home with your baby!

Rhyme: A-Bouncing We Will go
A-bouncing we will go,
A-bouncing we will go,
High ho the derry-o
A-bouncing we will go.
(Continue with A-tickling and A-kissing)

Rhyme: Where is Baby? (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Where is baby? Where is baby?
There he is!  There he is!
I'm so glad to see you,
I'm so glad to see you,
Peek-a-boo!
Peek-a-boo!


Terrific Twos
This week we are talking all about Fall Leaves!  We read the book I Know it's Autum by Eileen Spinelli and Leaf Jumpers by Carol Gerber.  To easily continue the fun at home, play in the leaves outdoors!!

Rhyme: All the Leaves are Falling Down (Tune: London Bridge)
All the leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down (Imitate leaves falling down)
All the leaves are falling down, it is fall.
Take the rake and rake them up, rake them up, rake them up (Imitate raking leaves)
Take the rake and rake them up, it is fall.
Make a pile and stomp the leaves, stomp the leaves, stomp the leaves (Children stomp feet)
Make a pile and stomp the leaves, it is fall!

Rhyme:
One little, two little three little leaves,
four little, five little six little leaves,
seven little, eight little, nine little leaves,
ten little leaves falling down.
(Whoosh comes the wind)
Ten little, nine little, eight little leaves,
seven little, six little, five little leaves,
four little, three little, two little leaves,
one little leaf on the ground.


Story Mix
We are talking all about Birthdays this week!  We read the books Happy Birthday Mouse by Richard Fowler and The Birthday Pet by Ellen Javernick.  To extend this theme at home, reminisce with your preschooler about what they like best about their birthdays!

Rhyme: Blowing out the Candles
7 little candles look like sticks
Danny went "wh" then there were 6
6 little candles, let's look alive
Danny went "wh" then there were 5
5 little candles, not one more
Danny went "wh" then there were 4
4 little candle, watch and see
Danny went "wh" then there were 3
3 little candles, red, while & blue
Danny went "wh" then there were 2
2 little candles we're almost done
Danny went "wh" then there was 1
1 little candle, aren't birthdays fun?
Danny went 'wh" then there were none.


1, 2, 3, Go!
We are continuing our Farm theme!  We read the books Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson and Lazy Daisy Cranky Frankie by Marry Ellen Jordan.  To continue the fun at home, try visiting a local apple orchard to pick apples!

Rhyme: Apples
Apple one two three
Apple for you, apples for me,
Apples big, apple small,
Apple trees tiny, apple trees tall,
Apples sour, apples sweet,
Apples, apples are nice to eat.

Rhyme: Farmer Brown had Five Green Apples
Farmer Brown had five green apples,
Hanging on his tree,
Farmer Brown had five green apples,
Hanging on his tree,
And he plucked that apple,
And ate it hungrily,
Repeat until one,
Farmer Brown had one green apple,
And he gave it just to me!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Fall Programming - Week 4

Baby Rhyme Time
This week we are having some traditional fun by reading Knock at the Door by Kemp and Humpty Dumpty by Annie Kubler.  To extend the fun at home, sing your favorite song or rhyme to your baby that you remember from your childhood!

Rhyme: To Market, to Market
To market, to market, to buy a fat pig.
Home again, home again, jiggety jig.
To market, to market, to buy a fat hog.
Home again, home again, jiggety jog.
To market, to market, to buy a plum bun.
Home again, home again, market is done.

Rhyme: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
My Bonnie lies over the ocean, (sway)
My Bonnie lies over sea,
My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.
Bring back, bring back, (Lift baby up and down)
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me, to me.
Bring back, bring back,
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me.

Wonderful Ones
We are passing our Hugs and Kisses to our little ones this week!  We had fun reading I Love You as Big as the World by David Van Buren and Baby Loves Hugs and Kisses by Michael Lawrence.  To continue at home read the books Mommy Hugs and Daddy Hugs by Karen Katz.

Rhyme: Hugs and Kisses Every Day
The baby at the house goes hug, hug, hug,
Hug, hug, hug, hug, hug, hug.
The baby at the house goes hug, hug, hug,
Every day.
(Continue next verse with Mom - kiss)

Rhyme: Tommy Thumbs Up
(Using thumbs, follow actions)
Tommy Thumbs up and Tommy Thumbs down,
Tommy Thumbs dancing all around the town.

Dance them on your shoulders,
Dance them on your head.
Dance them on your knees and
Tuck them into bed.

Wiggles 'n' Giggles - At our Rakow Branch
We are having more fun with our babies this week!  We read the books Silly Baby by Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick and We Have a Baby by Cathryn Falwell.  To continue the fun at home with your baby and help boost your baby's development ask, "Where's your nose?" in a singsong voice.  Then gently touch your baby's nose as you say "There's your nose!" with delight.  Repeating this fame and playing it with different parts of baby's body or even nearby objects will help your baby start to learn the meaning of different words.

Rhyme: Ten Little Babies (Tune: 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!

Rhyme: Baby Face Game
Two little eyes
To look around
Two little ears
To hear each sound.
One little nose
To smell what's sweet.
One little mouth
That likes to eat.

Terrific Twos
More fall fun this week with Apples! We read the book The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall and Ten Red Apples by Virginia Miller.  To extend at home, try out different types of thinly sliced apples with the family to see which you like best!

Rhyme: Away Up High in the Apple Tree
Away up high in the apple tree (point up)
Two red apples smile down at me. (hold up 2 fingers, then point to mouth)
I shook that tree as hard as I could (shake arms)
Down came the apples and mmmmm they were good! (down motion and then rub tummy)

Rhyme: Five little Apples
Five little apples sitting ina tree,
Teasing Mr. Slinky Worm, "can't eat me"
Along comes Mr. Slinky Worm as quiet as can be and
Crunched that apple right out of the tree!
(Repeat with four, three, two, one little apple)


1, 2, 3 Go!
We are continuing Farm-time fun!  This week we read the books All Kinds of Kisses by Nancy Tafuri and The Fairy Tale Cake by Mark Sperring.  A great local resource we have in the area is Randall Oaks Barn and Zoo.  To find out more information about visiting you can go here: Randall Oaks Barnyard Zoo.

Fingerplay: This Little Piggy Went to Market
This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy cried "Wee, wee, wee!"
All the way home.

Rhyme: Five Fat Peas
Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed,
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
The grew and grew,
And did not stop,
Until one day,
The pod went POP!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Fall Programming - Week 3

Baby Rhyme Time
This week we are cuddling with our babies!  Cuddling makes your baby feel secure and loved!  Make sure to spend time every day cuddling with your little one.  This week we read the books Hugaboo, I Love You by Hans Wilhem and Snuggle Wuggle by Jonathon London.

Rhyme: Baby Love
Lovey dovey kissy cuddly, I bounce my baby slow,
Lovey dovey kissy cuddly, I bounce my baby los.
Lovey dovey kissy cuddly, I bounce my baby high.
I bounce and bounce until I stop, then lift baby to the sky!

Rhyme: Baby Tickles
Give baby a hug,
Give baby a squeeze,
Give baby a tickle on his knees!
Give baby a kiss,
Give baby a drum, (drum fingers on baby's knees)
Give baby a tickle on his tum!

Wonderful Ones
This week we are playing with our hands!  Body identification is an important step in early literacy for little ones.  Play games or sing songs together that help identify body parts.  A great song to start with is Heads, Shoulder Knees and Toes.  We read the books Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox and Look at the Baby by Kelly Johnson.

Rhyme: This little hand
This little hand is a goodl ittle hand
And this little hand is his brother
Together they wash and they wash and they wash
one hand washes the other.

Rhyme:Here Are the Babies
Here are the babies, babies, babies
Here are the babies
Snug in their bed.
How many are there?
Are there, are there?
How many are there?
One, two, three.

Wiggles 'n' Giggles - At our Rakow Branch
Three cheers for Grandma and Grandpa this week!  We read the books Grandma Loves Me! by Marianne Richard and The Grandpa Book by Todd Parr.  As an extension at home, make a photo book for your children of close family relatives.  When it's time for some quiet time, look at it together!

Rhyme: Hugs and Kisses Every Day
The grandma at the house goes hug, hug, hug
Hug, hug, hug,
Hug, hug, hug
The grandma a the house goes hug, hug, hug,
Every day.
(second verse: Grandpa - kiss)

Rhyme: Grandma's Glasses
These are Grandma's glasses.
This is Grandma's hat.
And this is the way she folds her hands,
And lays them in her lap.

Terrific Twos
This week's theme is about Rabbits!  We read the books Little Rabbit Couldn't Sleep by Wes Shoshan and Watch Animals Grow: Bunnies by Colleen Sexton.  Have fun with your little one by reading a family favorite, Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney.

Rhyme/Finger Play: 5 Little Bunnies
Five little bunnies standing by the door,
One hopped away, and then there were four.
Four little bunnies sitting near a tree,
One hopped away, then there were three.
Three little bunnies looking at you,
One hopped away and then there were two.
Two little bunnies enjoying the sun,
One hopped away, there there way one.
One little bunny, sitting all alone,
He hopped away, then there was none!


1, 2, 3, Go!
We're continuing our Barnyard theme with Cows this week!  We read the books Cows in the Kitchen by June Crebbin and Millie Wants to Play! by Janet Pederson.  Talk to you child about why they think cows are on the farm.  What do they give the farmer that is helpful to us?  :)

Fingerplay: Three Friendly cows
Three friendly cows went moo, moo, moo
One walked away and then there were two.
Two friendly cows standing in the sun,
One walked away and then there was one.
One friendly cow wanted to have some fun,
She went to find the others and then there was none!

Rhyme:
The cow is big,
The cow says moo,
The cow makes mild for me and you!

Story Mix
This week we are talking about Boo-Boo's.  We all get hurt sometime, this is a great opportunity to talk with your child about how we might feel when we get hurt.  Brainstorm together on what you can do after you get hurt; ie. Wash, dry, band-aid, etc.  The books we read this week include Boo Hoo Bird by Jeremy Tankard and Soo's Boo-Boo's, She's Got 10! by Tilda Balsley.

Rhyme: (Point to parts as you go)
Band-Aid on my elbow
Band-Aid on my shoulders
Band-Aid on my nose
Band-Aid on my knees
Band-Aid on my finger
Band-Aid on my tummy
Band-Aid on my toes
Band-Aid all over me!

Rhyme/Song: (Sing like "If You're Happy and You Know It")
If you're sad and you know it, cry out loud...
If you're mad and you know it, stamp your feet...
If you're scared and you know, shiver and shake...
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands...