Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 14th,   2014 Blog
Spring Session, Week 5
Welcome to the Spring 2014 Session of our Ready, Set Read! Blog, Week 5!  We have lots of things to share from our different programs for you to try with your little ones at home. 

Baby Rhyme Time!
We are having Easter fun with your little one this week!  We read the books Where Are Baby’s Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz and Hoppity Hop Peekaboo! by Dawn Sirett.
Here are some songs that we used in our program for you to use at home… 

Rhyme: Easter Bunny Hippity Hop

(Tune: Pop! Goes the Weasel)

Easter bunny, hippity hop,
Hide ‘til Easter morning.
Easter bunny, hippity hop,
Up pops the bunny!

Rhyme: Furry little Easter Bunny (using bunny as prop)
Furry little Easter bunny,
Hopping low and hopping high,
Landed on my head,
And then hopped into the sky!
(Foot, Hand)

To continue the fun, go on a mini egg hunt with your baby.  Talk about the colors of the eggs found and describe where they are hidden.

Wonderful Ones
This week we are having fun with our little ones!  Some books that we read this week This is my Duck by Sam Tablin and Kipper’s Book of Weather by Mick Inkpen.
Here are some songs that we used in our program for you to use at home… 

Rhyme: Ducks
I see ducks.
Ducks see me.
I like the ducks.
The ducks like me.
Big yellow ducks.
One, two, three.
I like the ducks
and the ducks like me.

 

Rhyme: Raindrops, raindrops
(Tune –Twinkle, Twinkle little star)
Raindrops, raindrops, dance around
Raindrops, raindrops touch the ground
Raindrops landing on my nose
Raindrops landing on my toes
Raindrops, raindrops dance around
Raindrops, raindrops, touch the ground.

 

Continue the fun at home by checking out the song 6 Little Ducks on the cd More Singable Song by Raffi. 
  

Terrific Twos!

This week is all about Bears!  Here are some books to read to with your child that goes along with our theme: Scare a Bear by Kathy-jo Wargin and If You Were a Panda Bear by Wendell and Florence Minor. 

Here are some songs and rhymes we used in our program this week….

Rhyme: Bears (Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb)
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
big and brown, big and brown.
Grizzly bears are big and brown,
And live in the woods.
Polar bears are soft and white,
soft and white, soft and white.
Polar bears are soft and white,
 And live where it’s cold.
Panda bears are white and black,
white and black, white and black.
Panda bears are white and black,
And live in the forest.

Rhyme:
If you’re a panda and you know it, clap your paws.
If you’re a polar bear and you know it, show your teeth.
If you’re a grizzly bear and you know it, growl real loud.

To extend our theme at home, sing the traditional song, We're Going on a Bear Hunt"!

1, 2, 3, Go!
This week we are talking about Easter! We read the following during our story time: I Need an Easter Egg by Harriet Ziefert and Chester’s Colorful Easter Eggs by Theresa Smythe
Rhyme:  I wish I Were a Bunny
I wish I were a bunny,
A bunny, a bunny.
I wish I were a bunny
‘Cause bunnies can hop.
They hop and hop,
And hop and hop.
I wish I were a bunny,
‘Cause bunnies can hop.

Rhyme: If You’re Hoppy and You Know It
If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around
If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around
If you’re hoppy and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you’re hoppy and you know it, hop around.
(shake your tail, stomp your feet, wiggle your nose)

To extend our Easter theme at home, talk more about bunnies and where they are.  What do they do?  Where do they live and what do they eat?

Story Mix for 3-6
We are having Springtime fun this week!  A couple of books we read are: Rabbits and Raindrops by Jim Arnosky and The very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. 

Rhyme: (Prop Rhyme with baby chick puppet)
A  perfect white egg sat on by Mother Hen
To keep it warm and then,
Crack, crack, crack
Peep, peep, peep
A baby chick softly cheeps

Rhyme: 5 Little Bunny Rabbits Went Out To Play   
(5 Little Elephants Went Out To Play)
1 little bunny rabbit went out to play
Out on a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun
He called on another bunny rabbit to come
(2, 3, 4, 5…)
All the bunny rabbits went out to play,
Out on a spider’s web one day.
They had such enormous fun,
They didn’t see the web break -
      (clap hands)
And they all fell down!
Continue the Easter fun by taking plastic eggs and writing upper case and lower case letters on each half.  Have your child match the correct letters together and put the egg back together!

Spanish Family Story Time
Actividad con marionetas: “¿Qué dicen los animales?” en Learning in Two Languages/Aprendidiendo en dos idiomas por Hap Palmer 

Rima:
Yo camino en la primavera, yo camino por la vecindad
Yo camino y disfruto del clima,  miro arriba y allí están
luna y estrellas
miro arriba y allí están
luna y estrellas
miro arriba y allí están

Activitad con libro: Counting ovejas (contando ovejas) por Sarah Weeks
Beautiful Moon, Bella Luna por Dawn Jeffers
Stars por Mary Lyn Ray
Seven Stars More por Kathy Mallat

Rimas:
Por la noche yo veo las estrellas
Y una grande luna sonriendo
Mamá me lleva a la cama
Allí es donde me da sueño
Mamá me canta, una cancion
Duérmete, mi niño,
duérmete, mi amor,
duérmete, pedazo de mi corazón. (2)

Yo miro a las estrellas, cuando de noche salen
Y pregunto: ¿Cómo es qué brillan?
Brillan, brillan, tan bonitas.
Yo no pienso que se van a caer
Por eso yo las alcanzo y me las llevo en mis manos.                                                                                                                 
Música con instrumentos: Raffi “De Colores” 

Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7th, 2014 Blog
Spring Session, Week 4

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Session of our Ready, Set Read! Blog, Week 4!  We have lots of things to share from our different programs for you to try with your little ones at home.

Baby Rhyme Time!
We are having Spring fun with your little one this week!  We read the books, Planting Seeds by Nancy Wallace and Round and Round the Garden by Moira Kemp.
Here are some songs that we used in our program for you to use at home… 

Rhyme: Flowers

Flowers tall, flowers small,
Count them one by one,
Blowing with the breezes,
In the springtime sun.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

Rhyme: Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, (Walk fingers over baby)
Creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly,
Up the wooden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly,
Runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly,
Round about the house.

To continue the fun, bring some of the outdoors inside.  Bring your favorite flowers to share and explore with your baby! 

Wonderful Ones
This week we are having fun with our little ones!  Some books that we read this week are:  Shhh…by Guido Van Genechten and Show Me! By Tom Tracy.
Here are some songs that we used in our program for you to use at home… 

Rhyme: One, Two
One, two, one, two
I have two eyes, so do you.
One, two, one, two
I have two ears, so do you.
One, two, one, two,
I have two lips, so do you.
One, two, one, two,
I have two hands, so do you!

 

Rhyme: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream.

(Sway your boat, Bounce, Wiggle)

 

Continue the fun at home by singing the traditional song, Heads, Shoulders Knees and Toes at home.  Make it fun and exaggerate the movements as you go!

Terrific Twos!

This week is all about Monkeys!  Here are some books to read to with your child that goes along with our theme Cha-Cha Chimps by Julia Durango and Monkey See, Look at Me! by Lorena Siminovich

Here are some songs and rhymes we used in our program this week….

Rhyme: Monkey see, monkey do,
Monkey does the same as you. 
When you clap, clap, clap your hands
The monkey claps, claps, claps his hands.
Monkey see, monkey do,
Monkey does the same as you.
(stamp your feet, make a funny face)

Rhyme: Five little monkeys swinging in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Crocodile: “You can’t catch me!” “You can’t catch me!”
Along came Mr. Crocodile as quiet as can be and…
SNAPPED that monkey right out of that tree!
Four, three, two, one (HA HA MISSED ME!)

To extend our theme at home, sing the traditional “5 Little Monkeys
Jumping on the Bed” song. 

1, 2, 3, Go!
This week we are talking about Bedtime! We read the following during our story time: Flora’s Blanket by Debi Gliori and Kiki’s Blankie by Janie Bynum.  

Rhyme: Bedtime for Piggies (Twice)

(Use toes or fingers)
“It’s time for all piggies to go to bed,”
Mother Piggie said.
“I will count them up to see,
If all of my piggies came back to me.
One little piggy, two little piggies,
Three little piggies, dear,
Four little piggies, five little piggies,
Yes, they are all here.
You are the dearest little piggies alive,
One, two, three, four five.”

Rhyme: My blanket (twice)
I once had a blanket, it was fluffy and new,
I once had a blanket, and its color was blue.
I once had a blanket, the prettiest I’ve seen,
I once had a blanket, and its color was green.
I once had a blanket, as soft as a pillow,
I once had a blanket, and its color was yellow.
I once had a blanket, at the foot of my bed,
I once had a blanket, and its color was red.

To extend our Bedtime theme at home, sing the song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star together with your child. 

Story Mix for 3-6
We are talking about the Princes and Princesses this week!  A couple of books we read are A Dragon Moves In by Lisa Falkenstern and George, the Dragon and the Princess by Chris Wormell.
Rhyme: “Curtsy Like A Princess”  (tune: Skip To My Lou)
From Story Time Secrets
Curtsy like a princess just like so
Curtsy like a princess just like so
Curtsy like a princess just like so
Curtsy like a princess.
(Bow like a prince, juggle like a jester, roar like a dragon, fly like a fairy)

Rhyme:
I shut the door and locked it tight
And put the key out of sight
I found the key to open the door
And turned and turned and turned some more
And then I opened the door to see
A beautiful kingdom in front of me.


Castles and Royalty are an excellent theme for imaginary play!  Continue the fun at home with imaginary play as Royalty and Dragons!  

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April 1st, 2014 Blog
Spring Session, Week 3

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Session of our Ready, Set Read! Blog, Week 3!  We have lots of things to share from our different programs for you to try with your little ones at home. 

Baby Rhyme Time!
We are having fun with your little one this week!  We read the books, Lola at the Library by Anna McQuinn and Book! by Kristine O'Connell George.
Here are some songs that we used in our program for you to use at home… 

Rhyme: Just Like Me
Make your legs go bend bend bend,
Bend bend bend,
Bend bend bend.
Make your legs go bend bend bend,
Just like me.
(Arms go stretch stretch stretch)

Rhyme: At the Library (Bouncing)
We do a lot of reading,
We do a lot of listening,
We do a lot of playing,s
At the library.

To continue the fun read your little one’s favorite book together. 

Wonderful Ones
This week we are having some Music and Movement fun with our little ones!  Some books that we read this week are:  Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes by Annie Kubler and Maisy’s First Numbers by Lucy Cousins.

Here are some songs that we used in our program for you to use at home… 
Rhyme: Stretching Fun
I stretch and stretch and find it fun,
To try to reach up to the sun.
I bend and bend to touch the ground,

Then I twist and twist around


Rhyme: One, Two, Three, Four, Five
One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
Then I threw it back again. 
Why did you let it go?  Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
This little finger on the right.

 

Continue the Music and Movement fun at home by singing and dancing to a favorite song.  Act out the movements as you go along!


Terrific Twos!

This week is all about Lions!  Here are some books to read to with your child that goes along with our theme: If I were a Lion by Sarah Weeks and Dear Zoo (done by story cards) by Author Unknown. 

Here are some songs and rhymes we used in our program this week….

Rhyme: (tune:10 Little Indians)
Zebras are running through the grass, 
Monkeys are swinging from the trees.
We are going to the zoo,
Join us if you please.
Snakes are crawling over the rocks,
Elephants stomping on the ground.
Parrots flying, lions roaring
Stop and look around.

Rhyme: I love to sleep out in the sun
and chase other animals just for fun.
In all the jungle, I’m number ONE
I’m a LION!

To extend our them at home, move and roar like a lion.  Also, see 
what facts you remember about lions!

1, 2, 3, Go!
This week we are talking about the Jungle! We read the following during our story time: Walking Through the Jungle by Debbie Harter and Mommy, Carry Me Please! by Jane Cabrera.

Rhyme: Monkey See, Monkey Do
The monkey claps his hands
The monkey claps his hands
Monkey see, monkey do
The monkey does the same as you!
(Turns around/Covers his eyes/Jumps up and down)

Rhyme: If You’re an Elephant and You Know It (Tune: If You’re Happy and You Know It) (With Puppets)
If you’re an elephant and you know it, STOMP your feet
If you’re an elephant and you know it, STOMP your feet
If you’re an elephant and you know it, then your face will surely show it,
If you’re an elephant and you know it, STOMP your feet.
(Monkey – JUMP up and down/Crocodile – SNAP your jaws/Lion – give a ROAR)

To extend our Jungle theme at home, talk about which animals live in the jungle and who does not.  Sort pictures if you can!

Story Mix for 3-6
We are talking about the Farm this week!  A couple of books we read are Big Red Barn by Margaret Wise Brown and The Cow Who Clucked By Denise Fleming. 

Rhyme:
Three friendly cows went moo, moo, moo
One walked away and then there were 2
Two friendly cows standing in the sun
One walked away and then there was 1 
One friendly cow wanted to have some fun
She went to find the others and then there were none

Rhyme: (Action Rhyme)
Two mother pigs lived in a pen
Each had four babies and that made ten
These four babies were black as night
These four babies were black and white
But all eight babies loved to play
And they rolled and rolled in the mud all day
At night with their mother
They curled in a heap
And squealed and squealed till
They went to sleep

To extend our Farm theme at home, check out the book Click, Clack Moo, Cows that Type By Doreen Cornin. It’s a fun and silly way to look at farm animals differently.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

March 27th,   2014 Blog
Spring Session, Week 2
Welcome to the Spring 2014 Session of our Ready, Set Read! Blog, Week 2!  We have lots of things to share from our different programs for you to try with your little ones at home. 

Baby Rhyme Time!
We are having fun with your little one this week!  We read Peek-a-Moo by Marie Torres Cimarusti and That’s Not My Teddy by Fiona Watt.
Here are some songs that we used in our program for you to use at home…  

Rhyme: Hands Up High (Tune: London Bridge)
First we wave our hands up high,
Hands up high, hands up high.
First we wave our hands up high,
Then we clap them.
Then we wave our hands down low,
Hands down low, hands down low.
Then we wave our hands down low,
Then we hide them!

Rhyme: I See You (Tune: Frere Jacques)
Baby is hiding, baby is hiding,
Away from me, away from me.
Where can he be?  Where can he be?
Peekaboo.  I see you.

To continue the fun at home, explore different movement games and rhymes such as the traditional song “Where is Thumbkin”. 

Wonderful Ones
This week we are having some Springtime fun with our little ones!  Some books that we read this week are:  Who’s Hiding? by Sebastien Braun and A Garden of Opposites by Nancy Davis. 
Here are some songs that we used in our program for you to use at home… 

Rhyme: Sun is peeking out. Peek!

Sun is peeking out. Peek!

Sun is peeking our. Peek
Peeking here, peeking there,
Sun is peeking out, peek! 

Rhyme: Rain is falling down. Splash!
Rain is falling down. Splash!
Pitter patter, pitter patter
Rain is falling down. Splash!

Continue the fun at home by singing the traditional fingerplay, The Itsy Bitsy Spider!

 

Terrific Twos!

This week is all about Kagaroos!  Here are some books to read to with your child that goes along with our theme: Who Are You Baby Kangaroo? by Stella Blackstone and Pouch! By David Ezra

Here are some songs and rhymes we used in our program this week….

Rhyme: Kangaroo (fingerplay)
Jump, jump, jump (jump 2 fingers on other hand)
Goes the kangaroo (jump)   
I thought only one (hold up one finger)            
but now I see two! (hold up two fingers)            
Mommy and her baby 
with his head popping out (wiggle thumb from fist)
He holds on tight (hug self)
As they jump all about! (jump 2 fingers again)

Rhyme: If I were a kangaroo baby (use puppets) 
I’d stay with my mommy all day.
Curled up in her little pouch
as we hopped along our way.
Everyone would call me joey,
until I got bigger – then they would stop
because I would come out of my mommy’s pouch
with a hop, hop, hop.

To extend our theme at home, talk about how Kangaroos move.  Have fun with your little one hopping around like Kangaroos!

1, 2, 3, Go!
This week we are talking about Colors! We read the following during our story time: Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and the prop story, Little Mouse, Little Mouse are you in the red house?

Rhyme: Colors (twice)
If your clothes have any red
Put your finger on your head
If your clothes have any blue
Put your finger on your shoe.
If your clothes have any green
Wave your hand so you'll be seen
If your clothes have any yellow,
Smile like a happy fellow
If your clothes have any brown,
Turn your smile into a frown.
If your clothes have any black,
Put your hands behind your back.
If your clothes have any white,
Clap your hands with all your might

Rhyme:
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for the master,
One for the dame,
And one for the little girl
Who lives down the road.

To extend our theme at home read the book, What Makes a Rainbow by Betty Schwartz.

Story Mix for 3-6
We are talking about Bears this week!  A couple of books we read are We Were Tired Of Living In a House by Liesel Moak Skorpen and Where Is Bear? by Leslea Newman. 

Rhyme:
The little bears are sleeping, sleeping, sleeping
The little bears are sleeping in their caves.
The little bears all open their eyes, open their eyes, open their eyes
The little bears all open their eyes and look around.
The little bears all sit up, sit up, sit up
The little bears all sit up and stretch out their arms
The little bears all stand up, stand up, stand up
The little bears all stand up and peek out of their cave.
The little bears all creep out, creep out, creep out
The little bears all creep out and look for something to eat.
The little bears all pick up berries, pick up berries, pick up berries
The little bears all pick up berries and put them in their mouths.  

Rhyme:
Here is the beehive, where are the bees?  (Hold two hands together.)
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Now they come creeping out of the hive:
One, two, three, four, five, buzzzzzzz

To extend our Bear theme at home, pretend to be a bear waking up from Winter’s hibernation!  What would a bear do when they wake up?  What would they eat?  Have fun play acting this activity!