Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Seven

It's hard to believe that this is the final week of summer storytimes.  We hope you've been having as much fun as we have!  There are still numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)


Instead of our usual program we welcomed Kate Taylor of Creative Childbirth Concepts for a wonderful, interactive musical performance.  Miss Kate entertained us with her singing, guitar playing, and some more unusual noise makers.  Parents and caregivers were interested to learn how to make music part of their child's daily routine, whether it be calming a fussy baby, settling down for bedtime, distinguishing sounds, or exposing them to many different kinds of music. 



Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and an adult caregiver)


Books
Rub-s-Dub Sub - Ashman
Hooray for Fish - Cousins


Action Rhyme: Did You Ever See a Fishy?

Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way, and that way and this way
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?

This week we listened to stories and sang rhymes about fish.  Show your toddler pictures of other animals and tell him what they are called.

Preschool Story Time with the Readership (For children 3 years - Kindergarten)


Books

We're Roaming in the Rainforest: An Amazon Adventure - Krebs 
Where's My Mom? - Donaldson 
Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree - Peck
The Parrot Tico Tango - Witte
Splendid Spotted Snake - Schwartz 

Rhyme: Rainforest Rainbow
Deep in the rainforest
The world can be as red as the red-eyed tree frog
As orange as the spots on a jaguar
As yellow as a toucan's beak
As green as an emerald tree boa
As blue as the blue morpho butterfly
As purple as a tropical flower, and
As bright as a rainbow

Does your preschooler know all of his colors?  Play an "I spy with my little eye something that is .... (color)" game in your house or outside.  Take turns with your preschooler.     


Sing Me A Story (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)


Book

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Big Book) 

Music
Can't Sit Still on Kids In Action CD 
List of Dances on Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise, Idaho
You Are My Sunshine on Kids Country Song & Dance (with egg shaker instruments)

Our final week of storytime concluded with an Instrument Petting Zoo for the children.  All were invited to stay after the program to "meet" the instruments and have a turn to play and learn about seven different instruments.  



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Seven

Welcome to the seventh week of summer storytimes.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
The Wheels On The Bus - Child's Play (Big Book)

If you'd like to listen to a simple version of this song at home with your baby, click on the following video:




Action Rhyme: Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
(Rock your boat/bounce your boat)


This week's theme was transportation - buses, boats, and firetrucks complete with ringing bells for the little ones to make some noise with!  Row Your Boat is a fun action rhyme to repeat at home.  Can you think of other verses to add?  Wiggle your boat, tickle your boat, bump your boat....?  

Be sure to attend our final program next week when we will have a musical performance by Kate Taylor of Creative Childbirth Concepts!  


Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Little Bird - Pirotta  
Early Bird - Yuly

Action Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

This week we listened to stories and sang rhymes about birds.  Point out birds when you are outside with your little one.  What can you say about them?  Do they fly?  Do they have wings?  What colors are they?  


Preschool Story Time with the Readership (For children 3 years - Kindergarten)


Books
I Love Cats - Stainton
I See Kitty - Surovec
Cat's Colors - Cabrera
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy buttons - Litwin

Rhyme: I Know a Cat

(Tune: B-I-N-G-O)
I know a cat with perky ears
And Kitty is her name-o
K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y, K-I-T-T-Y
And Kitty is her name-o

Sing this rhyme at home with your preschooler and practice spelling out loud!  Repeat until your child can sing along.  Can your child write the word also?  Show your child the connection between the spoken word and written word.   

Sing Me A Story (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Gossie - Dunrea (Big Book) 
Dance Away - Shannon (With Puppet)

Action Rhyme: I Gave My Horse
I gave my horse an apple
And she gave me a neigh
I gave my horse a carrot
And she moved her head this way
I gave my horse a sugar lump
She gave me a smile
And then she took me for a ride
For more than half a mile

Can your child draw a picture of a horse.  What words can he use to describe his picture?  What other "horse" words can you think of together? Gallop, mane, saddle, hoof...?   








Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Six

Welcome to the sixth week of summer storytimes.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Beach Party! - Ziefert
Summer Beach Day - Slegers

Action Rhyme: The Waves In The Ocean
The waves in the ocean go in and out (swing arms back and forth)
In and out, in and out
The waves in the ocean go in and out
All through the day
(The swimmers in the ocean go splash, splash, splash)

This week's action rhyme emphasizes opposites through words and actions, giving your baby a more solid understanding of "in" and "out".  

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
No Nap!  Yes Nap! - Palatini 
Yawn - Symes


Action Rhyme: Where Is Bear?
Where is bear?  Where is bear?
Here I am, here I am
How are you this summer?
Very tired, thank you
Go to sleep!  Go to sleep!

Sharing rhymes and books about daily routines with your toddler reinforces them for your child.  

Preschool Story Time with the Readership (For children 3 years - Kindergarten)

Books
My Dog - Joy
Dear Zoo - Campbell
Bark, George - Feiffer
Digger Dog - Bee

Rhyme: Three Little Puppies
Three little puppies in a basket lay
Wake up little puppies, it's time to play
One little, two little, three little puppies
All awake now and ready for their day

Animals are a popular theme with preschoolers.  Do you have a dog or another kind of pet at home?  If yes, consider checking out some books or other materials relating to this theme.  If you don't have a pet, what kind of pet would your preschooler like? 


Sing Me A Story (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Big Fat Hen - Baker (Big Book)
Dancing In My Bones - Andrews (performed as an add-on song each week)

Prop Rhyme: When Ducks Get Up In the Morning
When ducks get up in the morning, they always say good day
When ducks get up in the morning, they always say good day
Quack, quack, quack, quack, that is what they say, they say
Quack, quack, quack, quack, that is what they say  

Does your preschooler know what sounds other animals make?  What other animals could your preschooler incorporate into this rhyme?   







Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer, 2015, Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of summer storytimes.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Dancing Feet - Craig
Dance With Me - Smith 

Action Rhyme: I Love To Dance (Tune: Skip To My Lou)
I love to dance, how about you?
I love to dance, how about you?
I love to dance, how about?
Dance with me, my good friends.
(I love to swing/wiggle/clap)

This week we brought many animal puppets to add to the fun of Dancing Feet.  They sure help a book come alive!  Remember, the words on the pages are just the start of reading a book with your child - try to relate the book to real life experiences, talk about the pictures, ask questions.....

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
One Naked Baby - Smith 
Faster, Faster - Patricelli

Action Rhyme: Five Little Babies
One little baby rocking on a knee (rock your child)
Two little babies splashing in the sea (splashing motion)
Three little babies crawling on the floor(walk fingers)
Four little babies knocking at the door (knock with hand)
Five little babies playing hide and seek (cover eyes)
Don't look, don't look until I say peek!

Never let an opportunity to reinforce counting pass you by.  Count going up the stairs, count green cars as you drive around town, count food items that you put in your grocery cart...... Practice, practice, practice!  

Preschool Story Time with the Readership (For children 3 years - Kindergarten)

Books
Sheep On The Family Farm - Stiefel 
One Sheep, Blue Sheep - Wiley
The Sheep Will Follow - Wellington
Can't Sleep Without Sheep - Hill

Rhyme: Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
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 boy who lives down the lane

Besides Baa, Baa, Black Sheep, do you and your child know any other nursery rhymes?  Consider checking out a nursery rhyme book, puzzle, or CD.  Nursery rhymes are important for young children because they help develop an ear for language. Both rhyme and rhythm help kids hear the sounds and syllables in words, which helps kids learn to read. 

Sing Me A Story (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Itsy Bitsy Spider (Big Book)
Dancing In My Bones - Andrews (performed as an add-on song each week)

This week our movie was There Was An Old Lady Who Swallowed A Fly.  
There are many versions of this story in book form, such as the ones by Taback and Rashin.  Did you know that Gail Borden Public Library also has other variations on this traditional cumulative rhyme?  See below for just a few. 

Checking out something similar to what is read in storytime is an easy way to continue the learning at home.  







Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of summer storytimes.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Fourth of July, Sparkly Sky - Holub

Action Rhyme: Beat a Drum (Tune: London Bridge)
Beat a drum, march along, march along, march along (tap on legs)
Beat a drum, march along
It's America's birthday!
Wave a flag, sing a song, sing a song, sing a song (wave hand up high)
Wave a flag, sing a song
It's America's birthday!

"Gently tapping on your child during rhymes helps her sensory skills develop and allows her to sense the rhythm of language."  
Baby Storytime Magic - MacMillan and Kirker

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear - Hague
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Cabrera

Action Rhyme: Twinkling Stars
At night I see the twinkling stars (wiggle fingers)
And the great big shining moon (arms circle overhead)
My mama tucks me into bed (fists under chin)
And sings a goodnight tune

Before bedtime or naptime is a good time to establish a routine of reading to your little one.  It's an opportunity to quiet down and enjoy some closeness and snuggling.  


Preschool Story Time with the Readership (For children 3 years - Kindergarten)

Books
Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! - Barner
Some Bugs - DiTerlizzi
In the Tall, Tall Grass - Fleming

Puppet Rhyme: Ladybugs Fly (Tune: Three Blind Mice)
Fly, ladybugs, fly
Ladybugs fly
Fly over here
Fly over there
They fly up high and they fly down low
Around and around and around they go
They fly so fast, and they fly so slow
Oh, fly ladybugs fly

Can you and your preschooler perform the ladybug movements in the rhyme?   High and low, fast and slow - they are of course opposites.  Can you think of any more opposites?  

Sing Me A Story (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Jamberry - Degen
Dancing In My Bones - Andrews

In addition to stories, music, and rhymes, our storytime features a weekly puppet show.  Click on the links below if you'd like to enjoy them again with your preschooler.

Sing Me A Story #1

Sing Me A Story #2

Did you know that you can also check out puppets from the library?  There are many fun ways to include puppets in your child's learning, for example -

* Some of our puppets are accompanied by a rhyme to use along with them
* Choose a book to check out and find a puppet to match the theme
* Read a favorite book to a puppet
* Have a puppet read a book to your child in a suitably playful voice

If you have any questions about puppets and how to include them in your at home reading, please ask at the Help Desk.


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Three

Welcome to the third week of summer storytimes.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
One Hot Summer Day - Crews

Action Rhyme: Summer Dance
Hop like a bunny
Fly like a bee
Twirl like the wind round the apple tree
Open like a daisy in the morning sun
Pretend you're a river
And run, run, run!

We read and sang about summer this week - sun and rain, and many things you associate with the season.  When you are outside with your little one be sure to point out some of the things you see, hear, touch, and smell.  Do you see any animals, insects, plants?  Use descriptive words and  phrases.

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Jump Up! - Zanes
Jump - Fischer

Action Rhyme: See How I am Jumping
See how I am jumping, jumping, jumping
See how I am bouncing like a ball
You didn't know I could jump so high!
You didn't know I could sit so still
See how I am jumping, jumping, jumping
When I am tired, down I fall

Toddlers are full of energy and there's no better way to use it than by running and jumping around.  Visit your local park and encourage your toddler to run around. Help him by making up games you can play together. For example, you could play at being different animals. See if your toddler can run like a dog, pounce like a cat, or slither like a snake.

Tots' Tunes (For toddlers 18-36 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Big Red Barn - Brown
Are You a Cow? - Boynton
Shake It Up Baby! - Katz
Barynard Dance! - Boynton

Rhyme:This Little Cow
This little cow eats grass (wiggle pinkie finger)
And this little cow eats hay (wiggle ring finger)
This little cow looks over the fence (wiggle middle finger)
And this little cow runs away (wiggle pointer finger)
And this BIG cow does nothing but sit in the fields all day (wiggle thumb)
We'll chase her, we'll chase her, we'll chase her!  (run fingers up child's arm)

Be sure to check out some books and other materials if you'd like to learn more about farm animals.  In addition to stories many of our books for preschoolers contain factual information and are a great resource for you.  Please ask us if you'd like help finding some of them.

Preschool Story Time with the Readership (For children 3 years - Kindergarten)

Books
Green/Verde - Schuette
Open Very Carefully - O'Byrne
Wide-Mouthed Frog - Faulkner
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Carle

Rhyme: Green
There is a color we all know
And Green is its name-o
G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N, G-R-E-E-N
And Green is its name-o

After this week's storytime your child is sure to recognize the color green!  Does he know his other colors?  Does he recognize the color words?  There are so many fun ways to help  your child learn his colors - using crayons, playing board games such as Candy Land, talking about the colors of the fruits and vegetables in a grocery store.....

Sing Me A Story (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed - Christelow
Dancing In My Bones - Andrews

Storytime features lots of great music and rhymes.  If you love dancing to Jim Gill's List of Dances during the program, check out the YouTube link below to see Jim Gill performing his song in concert! 

List of Dances on Jim Gill Makes It Noisy In Boise, Idaho by Jim Gill

Like most preschoolers, your child probably already loves music and has favorite songs.  This may have happened with little encouragement from you beyond simply playing music on long car trips. Kids who grow up hearing music, singing songs, and moving to the beat are enjoying what experts call "a rich sensory environment."  They are exposed to a wide variety of  sounds.  Research shows that kids who are actively involved in music (who play it or sing it regularly): 

- do better in reading and math when they start school
- are better able to focus and control their bodies
- play better with others and have higher self-esteem

(Adapted from an article at www.kidshealth.org)

Remember, you can check out many more of Jim Gill's CD's at the library!





Thursday, June 18, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Two

Welcome to the second week of summer storytimes.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
I'm a Little Teapot - Lakeshore Learning (Big Book unavailable for checkout, but we have other versions available for customers, such as the one pictured at right)

Rhyme: Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
Humpty Dumpty fell in a puddle
Humpty Dumpty needs a big cuddle

"Children learn best when they feel safe and loved.  Cuddly rhymes like this one reduce stress and help your child develop mental resilience."  Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker


Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Fiesta Babies - Tafolla
Watch Me Dance - Pinkney

Rhyme: We're Having a Party
We're having a party today
Let's celebrate this way
Let's clap our hands
And shout ole!
(Let's shake our legs/Let's twirl around)

This is an active rhyme to repeat at home with your toddler to encourage learning of body parts.  What other verses can you and your toddler add?  Swing your arms?  Tap your toes?

Tots' Tunes (For toddlers 18-36 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Say Hello Like This! - Murphy
Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop - White
Time to Play! - Gray

Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again!

In order to develop writing skills a child's hand and finger muscles need to be strong and work well together.  This rhyme is a great one to practice with your toddler for muscle development and  coordination.   

Preschool Story Time with the Readership (For children 3 years - Kindergarten)

Books
The Color Box - Dodds
A Monkey Among Us - Horowitz
Soon Baboon Soon - Horowitz
Curious George Goes to the Zoo - Rey

Rhyme: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed
One fell off and bumped his head
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more monkeys jumping on the bed!"
(Repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1, 0)

Monkeys are a popular theme with preschoolers.  They are so much fun! Be sure to check out more materials on this theme and continue the learning - books, puzzles, puppets, CD's and DVD's.  

Sing Me A Story (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Books
This Old Man (Big Book)
Dancing in my Bones - Andrews

Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
Dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy
And put them to bed

This week our stories are about dancing and moving to the music.  Turn on some music at home and have fun dancing together!  If you need some new CD's for toddlers and preschoolers, take a look at the CD's available for check out in the Early Learning Center.