Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Storytime Programs - Spring 2016, Week Seven

Welcome to the final week of spring storytime programs.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.  Thank you for joining us over the past few months.  We hope you've had as much fun as we have!  

Our weekly summer storytimes begin the week of June 6.  Be sure to check our Events Calendar for information on these and numerous special events happening over the summer.  Click on the following link, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp,  

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Planting Seeds by Wallace
What Happens Next? Seed to Plant by Rookie Toddler

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

Children internalize numbers by hearing counting again and again in rhymes and songs.  So, count toes at diaper changing time, count items as you put them in the grocery cart, count toys in the bath tub. Find opportunities to count every day!

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

Books
My Bear Griz by McGinness
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, And The Big Hungry Bear by Wood

Action Rhyme: Arms
Arms go up,
Arms go down,
Arms go reaching way out wide,
Arms can rock you side to side.
Hands are to hold,
And pat and clap,
Hands are to hide behind your back.

What other things can your toddler with his hands?  Help him think of all the things he uses them for during the day.

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
In The Small, Small Pond by Fleming

Action Rhyme: I Wish I Was A Slippery Snake (Tune: If You're Happy And You Know It)
Oh, I wish I was a slippery snake,
Oh, I wish I was a slippery snake.
Oh, I'd slither across the floor,
And I'd slip under the door.
Oh, I wish I was a slippery snake.

Snake starts with the letter "s" which makes the "ssss" sound.  What other things can you and your toddler think of that begin with the same sound?

1, 2, 3, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Who Took The Farmer's Hat? by Nodset
What's The Magic Word? by DiPucchio (presented as a prop story)
Kite Day by Hillenbrand

Action Rhyme: I See The Wind
I see the wind when the leaves dance by, (dance hands around)
I see the wind when the clothes wave "Hi!" (wave hand)
I see the wind when the trees bend low, (bend arms over and down)
I see the wind when the flags all blow, (wave arms high)
I see the wind when the kites fly high, (raise arms high)
I see the wind when the clouds float by (wave hand gently)
I see the wind when it blows my hair, (lift hair with hands)
I see the wind 'most everywhere. (hold hands out, palms up)

Look for the wind when you are outside walking or driving in your car.  Can you feel it on your face? How do you notice it?  

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Little Pink Pig by Hutchins
How Kind! by Murphy
Rock-A-Bye Farm by Hamm

Action Rhyme: Five Little Piggies
"It's time for my piggies to go to bed," the great big mother piggie said.
"So I will count them first to see if all my piggies came back to me.
One little piggy, two little piggies, three little piggies dear,
Four little piggies, five little piggies, - yes, they're all here!"

Repeat this rhyme at home using fingers.  Moving fingers independently of each other helps your preschooler strengthen muscles that are essential  for holding a pencil and writing.  Provide your child with finger-strengthening opportunities on a regular basis - using scissors, picking up small items like cheerios or buttons, coloring, etc.  

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Story of Ferdinand by Leaf
The Nose Book by Perkins (shown as a YouTube Video To watch again, click here.)
Nosy Rosie by Keller

Action Rhyme: My Five Senses (Tune: Farmer In The Dell)
I use my five senses to see,
I use my five senses to see,
And when I want to see a star,
I use my eyes to see.

I use my nose to smell,
I use my nose to smell,
And when I want to smell a flower,
I use my nose to smell.

I use my tongue to taste,
I use my tongue to taste,
And when I want to taste a peach,
I use my tongue to taste.

I use my ears to hear,
I use my ears to hear,
And when I want to hear a bird,
I use my ears to hear.

I use my hands to touch,
I use my hands to touch,
And when I want to touch a cat,
I use my hands to touch.

Choose a familiar object in your home such as a sock, pencil, or a piece of fruit.  Use words to describe what it looks like.  Use words to describe how it feels and smells.  Can you hear and taste it too?  

  

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Storytime Programs - Spring 2016, Week Six

Welcome to the sixth week of spring storytime programs.  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.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Baby Loves Visiting by Lawrence
Play Baby Play! by Janovitz

Action Rhyme: I Am (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star)
I am kicking my little feet,
I am keeping quite a beat.
I am stretching my arms high,
I am reaching up to the sky.
I am patting my little tum,
I am playing on my drum.

When you add body movements, such as stretching, reaching and kicking, to rhymes, you reinforce your baby's understanding of concepts.  

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

Books
Goodnight Engines by Mortensen
Red Light, Green Light by Suen

Action Rhyme: The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
Round and round, round and round,
The wheels on the bus go round and round,
All through the town.
The wipers on the bus go swish swish ...
The horn on the bus goes beep beep ...
The babies on the bus go wah wah ...

If your toddler has toy vehicles, line them up and talk about them. Can you count them?  What color are they? Find the wheels.

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
One Little Blueberry by Salzano
Beetle Bop by Fleming

Action Rhyme: I'm a Little Beetle
I'm a little beetle,
And I wiggle all day.
If you get too close to me,
I'll fly away.

Act out this beetle rhyme with your toddler.  Show your child bugs and creepy crawlies while outside!  What words can you use to describe them?

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Hooray For Spring! by Hubbell
I'm a Hop Hop Hoppity Frog by Northey

Action: Rhyme: Croak Said The Frog
Croak said the frog (make croaking sound)
With his golden eyes (fists up to eyes)
Sitting on a lily pad (crouch down)
Catching flies (grab air with hand)
I have a sticky tongue (stick out tongue)
It's as fast as can be...
And I catch mosquitoes (grab air with hand)
1, 2, 3! (count on fingers)

Repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler.  How high can you and your toddler count?

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
No, No, Titus! by Masurel
Fluffy and Baron by Rankin
Lazy Daisy, Cranky Frankie by Jordan

Action Rhyme: Five Little Puppies
Five little puppies were playing in the sun
This one saw a rabbit, and he began to run
This one saw a butterfly, and he began to race
This one saw a cat, and he began to chase
This one tried to catch his tail, and he went round and round
This one was so quiet, he never made a sound

Ask your preschooler to draw a picture of a real or imaginary dog.  Tell him how to spell the word "dog" and help him write it on his piece of paper.

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Five Senses: Taste by Ruis
Lunch by Fleming (presented as a prop story)
Pete the Cat and the Bad Banana by Dean

Action Rhyme: Jumping Beans (Jump or bounce)
One, two, three, four
Beans came jumping through the door
Five, six, seven, eight
Jumping right on to my plate!

We sang along to a funny song about broccoli flavored ice cream!  If you'd like to listen to it again, click on the link below.




Repeat the Jumping Beans rhyme again at home.  Count how many times you can jump.  Who can jump the most times?


  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Storytime Programs - Spring 2016, Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of spring storytime programs.  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.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Baby Loves Peekaboo by Sirett
Peek-a-Moo by Cimarusti

Action 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!

Sing this rhyme or make up your own "peekaboo" words to play this little game with your baby - it's sure to generate a lot of smiles and giggles.  This is a great distraction in line at the store, in the pediatrician's waiting room, or anywhere else if your baby gets a little fussy.

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

Books
Someone's Sleepy by Rose
Can You Cuddle Like A Koala? by Butler

Action Rhyme: Goodnight Me
Goodnight two ears,
Stop sniffling nose.
Stay quiet mouth,
And don't move toes.
Goodnight two hands,
Stop fiddling around.
Goodnight two eyes,
Time to shut down.

Toddlers thrive on routine.  If you don't already have a bedtime routine, now is a good time to establish one.  Be sure to include activities that calm and soothe, such as gentle music, snuggling up on a lap with a  favorite book, a simple rhyme as you put on pajamas, etc. 

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Peck, Peck, Peck by Cousins
Baby Bird by Dunbar

Action Rhyme: Three Baby Birds
Three little birds sitting in their nest,
Waiting for their mother and taking a rest.
Said the first little bird with a peep cheep peep,
I wish I could eat a little brown seed.
Said the second little bird with a peep cheep peep,
I wish I could fly among the trees.
Said the third little bird with a peep cheep peep,
I wish I could build my own nest.
Back flew the mother with a worm in her beak,
And she fed her babies and put them to sleep.

Pretend you and your toddler are birds.  Can you peep, cheep, squawk and hoot?  Can you flap your wings?  Can you fly?  Have fun playing together!

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Raindrop Plop! by Lewison
Dimity Duck by Yolen

Action: Rhyme: In the Rain
We're stomping in the rain,
We're stomping in the rain,
We can't go yet,
We must get wet,
We're stomping in the rain.
(clapping/hopping/running/turning/sitting)

Toddlers love to play in water.  Bath time is a great opportunity to do so!  Provide cups to pour, ducks to float, washcloths to soak and toys to squirt.  Talk with your toddler as he plays.

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Crash Bang Donkey! by Newton
Who's In My Bed?  by Piers (shown as storycards)
Giddy-Up!  Let's Ride!  by McDonnell

Action Rhyme: I'm a Little Cowboy (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little cowboy, here is my hat (point to head)
Here are my spurs and here are my chaps (point to feet and pat legs)
When I get up, I work all day (jump up)
Get on my horse and ride away. (galloping motion)

Does your preschooler know how many legs a horse has?  Think of other animals with the same number of legs.  Ask him to draw his favorite one.

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Five Senses: Touch by Ruis
Forest Friends' Five Senses by Garelli
I can Tell by Touching by Otto

Action Rhyme: My Senses
My senses are a part of me,
A nose to smell and eyes to see,
Ears to hear and hands to touch,
A tongue to taste good food and such,
My senses are a part of me,
Working all in harmony.

Play a family game using your sense of touch.  Find two similar shaped items, such as an orange and a small ball. Have everyone close their eyes while one person gently touches the orange to the other people's knees.  Touch their arms with the ball.  See if they can tell the difference between the orange and ball.  Now put the orange and the ball in their hands.  Can they tell right away which item is which?   


  



Thursday, April 7, 2016

Storytime Programs - Spring 2016, Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of spring storytime programs.  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.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Baby Loves Spring by Katz
Raindrops - A Shower of Colors by Urban

Action Rhyme: Where's the Butterfly? (Tune: Where is Thumbkin?)
Where's the butterfly?
Where's the butterfly?
Here it is!  Here it is!
What a pretty butterfly.
What a pretty butterfly.
Happy spring!  Happy spring!

Sing this rhyme at home with your baby hiding a favorite toy or stuffed animal behind your back.  Then move it into baby's view.  Play a game of peekaboo together too.  Learning the concept of object permanence (the idea that the object is still there even when you can no longer see it) is an important developmental step.  

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

Books
Time for a Hug by Gershator
Are You My Mommy? by Wan

Action Rhyme: The Hug Song (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet.
Give your mom a great big hug,
Because she is so neat.
Clap, clap, clap your hands,
Stomp, stomp, stomp your feet.
Give your mom a great big hug,
And then you take your seat.

There's always time for a hug, and if you can make a game out of it, well that's even better!  Sing this rhyme and hug mom, dad, grandma......

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Fish Had a Wish by Garland
Little White Fish by Van Genechten

Action Rhyme: Did You Ever See a Fishy? (Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie?)
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 this way and that way,
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?

Make this week's storytime come alive by observing and talking about everything that you and your toddler can see in the library's large fish tank in KidSpace!  Count the fish together.  What do they look like?  Do they have legs and arms?

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Instead of our storytime this week we enjoyed a live concert presented by Miss Carole and Clarence.  Customers sang and danced along to some of Carole Stephens' well-known songs.  Click on the link below to check our catalog for her CD's to enjoy at home!

Carole Stephens' CD's

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
This and That by Sykes
Farmyard Beat by Craig
Looking for Susie by Cook
 

Action Rhyme: I Know a Cat (Tune: BINGO)
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.

She makes a sound and it's "meow",
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.

What a great rhyme to teach spelling!  Repeat again and again until your preschooler can spell "Kitty" aloud.  Help your child write the word too.  Show him the connection between the spoken and written word - letters really do mean something!

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Walking Through the Jungle by Lacome
Through the Heart of the Jungle by Emmett 
The Snake Who Said Shhh by Parachini

Action Rhyme: I Went to the Jungle One Day (Tune: London Bridge)
I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day
I saw a monkey on the way and this is what he said, "oh-oh-oh-oh"
I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day
I saw a lion on the way and this is what he said, "roar"
I went to the jungle one day, jungle one day, jungle one day
I saw a snake on the way and this is what he said he said, "hiss"

Can your child think of other animals that live in the jungle?  What noises do they make?  Add them to the rhyme.  


  







Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Storytime Programs - Spring 2016, Week Three

Welcome to the third week of spring storytime programs.  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.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Lola at the Library by McQuinn
Book! by George

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

Make up songs or rhymes about routines or activities with your baby. As he gets older, encourage him to do the same. Singing and chanting rhymes are ways of practicing and exploring language.

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

Books
Mommy's Best Kisses by Anastas
Llama Llama Night-Night by Dewdney

Action Rhyme: Five in the Bed
There were five in the bed and the littlest one said, "Roll over, roll over,"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.
There were four in the the bed and the littlest one said, "Roll over, roll over,"
So they all rolled over and one fell out.
Repeat until you get down to one.
There was one in the bed and the little one said, "Good night!"

Reading with your toddler is a perfect activity to calm your toddler as you prepare for bedtime or naptime.  Your child will look forward to snuggling up with you as you read a book or two together.  If you discover a favorite book during this time, all the better!   

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Hi, Harry! by Waddell
Melvin and the Boy by Castillo (shown as a flannel story)

Action Rhyme: The Turtle
This is my turtle (make a fist and extend thumb)
He lives in a shell (hide thumb)
He likes his home very well
He pokes his head out when he wants to eat (extend thumb)
And pulls it back in when he wants to sleep (hide thumb)

We learned some fun facts about turtles in storytime this week. Where do they live?  Are they fast or slow movers?  Talk with your toddler about them.   

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
I Love Bugs by Dodd
Creepy Crawly Calypso by Langham (shown as a YouTube video)

Action Rhyme: Roly-Poly Caterpillar
Roly-poly caterpillar (wiggle right pointer finger)
Into a corner crept (place right pointer finger in left cupped hand)
Spun himself a blanket (spin around)
Then for a long time slept. (place head on folded hands)
Roly-poly caterpillar (wiggle right pointer finger)
Wakening by and by (stretch right pointer finger)
Found himself with beautiful wings
Changed to a butterfly (flutter arms like wings)

Pretend you have wings and fly like a butterfly.  Can you think of other things that fly?  An owl, an airplane.....?

If you'd like to listen to Creepy Crawly Calypso by Langham again, click on the image below. 


StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
The Gobble Gobble Moooooo Tractor Book by Alborough
The Sheep Follow by Wellington (shown as storycards)
Where is the Green Sheep? by Fox

Action Rhyme: Five Sheep
Five sheep as happy as can be.
Take one away, the rest of them stay.
Four sheep as happy as can be.
Take one away, the rest of them stay.
Repeat with three, two, one...
One sheep as happy as can be.
Let him stay, bring one to play.
Two sheep as happy as can be.
Let him stay, bring one to play.
Repeat with three, four, five...

This is a fun way to practice subtraction and then addition.  Use your fingers, stuffed animals, toy cars or whatever you want to make it more visual.

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Ear Book by Perkins (shown as a musical YouTube book)
Shhh! by Gorbachev
The Noisy Counting Book by Schade and Buller (shown as a YouTube book)

Action Rhyme: Loud and Quiet
Quietly, quietly, not a sound,
I'm listening and I'm listening,
As I look around.
No sounds as I nod,
No sounds as I clap,
No sounds as I tap my hands on my lap.
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap,
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap,
Loudly, loudly, stamp and clap,
All that noise, well fancy that!

Go on a listening walk in your neighborhood.  What sounds can you hear?  Birds tweeting, dogs barking, wind blowing, footsteps tapping.....?


If you'd like to listen to The Noisy Counting Book by Schade and Buller again, click on the image below.  





Thursday, March 24, 2016

Storytime Programs - Spring 2016, Week Two

Welcome to the second week of spring storytime programs.  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.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
Hello Day! by Lobel
Baby Animals by Greening

Action Rhyme: Clippity, Clippity, Clop (Bouncing on Lap)
Clippity, clippity, clop,
The horses go clip, clop.
They gallop and gallop,
They start and they stop,
Clippity, clippity, clop.

Pretending to be animals and imitating their sounds and movements helps your child's language and physical development.  

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

Books
Roar - A Big-Mouthed Book of Sounds! by Litton
Dogs by Gravett

Action Rhyme: I put My Arms Up High
I put my arms up high,
I put my arms down low.
I put my arms out to the side,
And then I let them go.

What other actions can you perform with your arms?  Swing them? Bend them?  Wiggle them?     

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Cold Little Duck, Duck, Duck by Peters
Duck! Rabbit! by Rosenthal (Shown as a flannel story)

Action Rhyme: The Duck Song
I see some ducks,
The ducks see me.
I like the ducks,
The ducks like me.
Big green ducks,
One, two, three.
I like the ducks,
And the ducks like me!

Make reading fun for your toddler.  Read with enthusiasm and involve your child by asking questions about pictures and words.  If you're reading about ducks, can you and your child quack and waddle like a duck?   Turn it into a fun game of Duck, Duck, Goose!  

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Stoeke
Farmyard Jamboree by MacDonald (Shown as an online video)

If you'd like to watch Farmyard Jamboree with your toddler again, click on the image below.


Action Rhyme: Galloping Horses
Ten galloping horses came through town,
Five were white and five were brown.
They galloped up and they galloped down,
Ten galloping horses came through town.

Use your fingers to count out five white horses and five brown horses.  Can your toddler count to ten?  Count toes too!

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack! by Baddiel
Wee Little Chick by Thompson
One More Egg by Burg

Action Rhyme: Five Eggs and Five Eggs
Five eggs and five eggs, that makes ten,
Sitting on top is a mother hen.
Crackle, crackle, crackle,
What do you see?
Ten fluffy chicks as yellow as can be.

Ask your child to tell you about one of the books we read today.  Who was the main character?  Where did the story take place?  Can he remember what happened in the story?

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
My Five Senses by Aliki
Last One is a Rotten Egg! by DeGroat
The Little Gray Bunny by McGrath

Action Rhyme: Did You Ever See a Bunny?
(Tune: Did You Ever See a Lassie?)
Did you ever see a bunny, a bunny, a bunny?
Did you ever see a bunny that hops so slow?
He hops, and hops, and hops, and hops,
Did you ever see a bunny, that hops so slow?
Additional verses:
That hops so fast?
That hops backwards?
That hops on one foot?

Practice hopping or jumping at home.  Count how many times you can hop!

If you'd like to listen to The 5 Senses Song by Dr. Jean Feldman again, click on the image below.  




Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Storytime Programs - Spring 2016, Week One

Welcome to the first week of spring storytime programs.  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.   Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books
What Can You Do in the Rain? by Hines
This Little Baby Goes Out by Breeze

Prop Rhyme: Wind (with Scarf)
Wind can be a gentle breeze,
Gentle breeze, gentle breeze,
Wind can be a gentle breeze in the spring.
Wind can help you fly a kite,
Fly a kite, fly a kite,
Wind can help you fly a kite in the spring.

Show your baby the meaning of the word "wind" by repeating this rhyme at home using a silky scarf, ribbon or something similar to gently wave in the air.  Young babies will track it with their eyes and older babies will want to reach out and grasp it.

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

Books
Who's in the Farmyard? by Gershator
Guess Who Eats What by Slegers

Action Rhyme: The Animals on the Farm
(Tune: The Wheels on the Bus)
The cows on the farm go moo, moo, moo,
Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo.
The cows on the farm go moo, moo, moo,
All day long.
Horses - neigh
Pigs - oink
Duck - quack

This is a such a fun and easy rhyme to sing at home or in the car.  Repeat using as many different farm animals you can think of!   

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Leap Back Home to Me by Thompson
A Frog in the Bog by Wilson

Action Rhyme: Five Little Froggies
One little froggy goes HOP!
Along comes another and they just can't stop.
So two little froggies go HOP!  HOP!
Along comes another and they just can't stop.
So three little froggies go HOP!  HOP! HOP!
Along comes another and they just can't stop.
So four little froggies go HOP!  HOP!  HOP!  HOP!
Along comes another and they just can't stop.
So five little froggies go HOP!  HOP!  HOP!  HOP!  HOP!
HOP!  DROP!  STOP!
Time to stop!

When your toddler has oodles of energy, sing this rhyme with him!  Count the five frogs on fingers, count hops or jumps on the floor.  Whew!

1, 2, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Lucky Tucker by McGuirk
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Fox

Action Rhyme: Spring is Here!
(Tune: Jingle Bells)
Spring is here!  Spring is here!
Winter's gone away.
When the sun is shining bright,
Outside we run and play - yay!

Spring is here!  Spring is here!
Let's all give a cheer.
We see lots of shamrocks,
St. Patrick's Day is near!

We read and sang about lots of green things today!  Find and count green things in your house, in your yard, in the grocery store.

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
The Cow Who Clucked by Fleming
Millie Wants to Play by Pedersen
Cows in the Kitchen by Crebbin

Action Rhyme: 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 there was one.
One friendly cow wanted to have some fun,
She went to find the others,
And there were none.

Repeat this rhyme at home and try moving individual fingers to count down the cows.  Every time your child practices movements like this, he is strengthening the hand muscles needed for writing as he gets older.

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Barnyard Song by Greene
Mary Had a Little Lamb by Hale

Action Rhyme: Little Red Tractor
Bouncing up and down in my little red tractor,
Bouncing up and down in my little red tractor,
Bouncing up and down in my little red tractor,
Bouncing all day long!
Scooping up some dirt...
Lifting dirt up high...
Waving to my friends...

Find pictures of tractors in books or on the internet if your child has never seen one before.  How many wheels do they have?  Do they have an engine to make them go?