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.    





Thursday, June 11, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week One

School is out and summer is finally here!  We are so excited to begin our storytimes this week.  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.  We hope that you'll be joining us and continue to make a visit to the library part of  your summer routine.   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
Bom! Went The Bear - Greenberg
I Make Music - Greenfield

Rhyme: The Finger Band (Tune: Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush)
The finger band has come to town, come to town, come to town (wiggle fingers)
The finger band has come to town so early in the morning
This is the way we play the drums, play the drums, play the drums (pat on legs)
This is the way we play the drums so early in the morning
(Guitar/Trumpet/Piano)
The finger band has gone away, gone away, gone away (wiggle fingers)
The finger band has gone away so early in the morning

After we read stories about instruments and pretended we were playing them, the babies were each given a shaker instrument.  They had fun "shaking" and dancing along with Shake It Up on Hunk-Ta-Bunk-Ta-Funsies Vol. 2 by Dines.  Did you know that dancing and singing along to a song with a strong rhythm enables your child to hear and feel the rhythm of spoken language?  


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

Books
Hooray For Fish - Cousins
Rub-A-Dub Sub - Ashman

Rhyme: I'm A Little Fishy
I'm a little fishy, watch me swim
Here is my tail, here is my fin
When I want to have fun with my friends
I wiggle my tail and dive right in!

Although this may seem like a simple rhyme, it teaches many concepts.  The rhythm and rhyme help babies develop a sense of the smaller parts of words.  The fish theme teaches about the natural world.  Relate this to a real life experience when you next visit the the Early Learning Center at the Main Library.  Do the fish in our large tank swim?  Do they have a tail and fin?  What else can you say about them? 

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

Books
Dancing With the Dinosaurs - Clarke
Dinosaur Roar! - Stickland
The Dinosaurs Are Having a Party! - Jones and Parsons
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors? - Yolen and Teague

Rhyme: Five Dinosaurs
One dinosaur went out to play
On a bright and sunny day
He had such ENORMOUS fun
That he called another dinosaur to come
(Call very loud) DI-NO-SAUR!
Thump!  Thump!  Thump! (Pat hands on lap)
(Repeat for two dinosaurs, three dinosaurs, etc.)
Instead they heard their mother
And she was calling "Dinner"
And they all went home for dinner!

This is a fun counting rhyme to repeat at home with your child.  Use a big, loud voice and exaggerated movements.  Show him that learning is enjoyable!  

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

Books

Animal Strike at the Zoo, It's True! - Wilson
Ziggy the Zebra - Ellis
Peek-a-Zoo - Cimarusti

Rhyme: One Friendly Zebra
One friendly zebra with nothing to do
She found another and then there were two
Two friendly zebras looked behind a tree
They found another and now there are three
Four friendly zebras looking so alive
They found another and then there were five
Five friendly zebras played in the sun
They all ran home and now there are none

Repetition is crucial for learning to count.  Singing about counting makes it fun, which motivates your child to repeat and practice.   

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

Books
Listen To The Desert - Mora
All The Way Home - Segal

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

We read about animal noises this week in storytime.  Play an animal guessing game with your child at home.  Meow like a cat and see if your child can guess the correct animal.  Take turns pretending to be an animal.  Guessing games help your child develop listening skills.  Most of all, have fun together!    








Monday, June 1, 2015

Online Educational Fun For Preschoolers




If you've never taken a look at TumbleBooks, we highly recommend it. TumbleBooks is an online collection of animated, talking picture books which teach kids the joys of reading in a format that they'll love.  In addition to picture books, you will also find chapter books, nonfiction books, videos, puzzles and games.  Just click on the TumbleBooks link in the left hand sidebar of our Home Page, sign in with your Gail Borden Public Library card and you are good to go!  You can access TumbleBooks without a card when you are at the library.



Also, new on the internet computers in the Early Learning Center and Youth Room is
DK Find Out!
This is a visually appealing website to help you and your child see, learn, and explore almost everything.  Topics covered include, but are not limited to, animals, nature, dinosaurs, science, space, music, art, and many more!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Dialogic Reading Method - Involve Your Preschooler in his Learning

A child’s experience with books is crucial when it comes to school readiness.  Reading provides a child with many necessary skills:
  • Vocabulary
  • Sound Structure
  • Meaning of print
  • Structure of stories and language
  • Sustained attention
  • Enjoyment of learning
How you read to your preschooler is just as important as reading often and from an early age.  Children learn from books when they are actively involved.  In The Dialogic Reading Method, the adult helps the child become the storyteller.  The fundamental technique involves choosing a book together, looking through it, the adult reading it and doing most of the talking, and pointing out names of things.

On the second reading, do the following:

Comment and wait - Comment on an object or ask a question of the child, and wait for their answer. Children need time to think and put their thoughts into language.

Ask questions and wait - Point to an object in the book and ask, "What's this?" or another appropriate question.  Avoid questions that can be answered with a simple "yes" or "no".
   
Respond by adding a little more - Repeat what your child says and then expand with one or two more words.  For example, if the child says “elephant”, the adult adds, “elephant, grey elephant”.  This reinforces the child’s words and provides new information.

Dialogic reading is simply children and adults having a conversation about a book.  You probably already do this but have never thought about it before.  Preschoolers will enjoy dialogic reading more than traditional reading as long as you alternate your questions with straight reading.  Vary what you do from book to book, and follow the child's interests.  Keep it fun!

Dialogic Reading is a method developed by The Stony Brook Reading and Language Project


Monday, May 18, 2015

Summer Reading 2015 Has Begun! - May 17 to August 10

Even if your child hasn't started preschool yet, a good way to encourage him to look at books over the summer is through participation in our summer reading program. Summer readers of all ages get started by:

  • Picking up a reading log in person at the Main Library or Rakow Branch or
  • Printing a log at home at www.gailborden.info/Read2015
  • Students at District U-46 schools will receive their logs at school in May

Reading = Prizes!


Baby & Me (Birth - 23 Months)
Reading Together (2 Years - K)
Readers (Grades 1 - 5)
Zone (Grades 6 - 8)
High School Teens
Adults


Take a look at our fun summer reading video featuring members of our local community!