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 hwat 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...

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Fall 1 - Week 2

Baby Rhyme Time
Our theme this week is Bedtime.  We read the book Almost Bedtime by Stephen Gass.  To extend our theme at home, to help your baby settle down rub baby's back and hum or sing a favorite lullaby.

Rhyme: The Moon is Round
The moon is round, (draw circle on baby’s cheek)
The moon is round.
It has two eyes,
A nose,
But knows no sound.

Rhyme: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle little star,
How I wonder what you are.


Wonderful Ones
We are having tons of fun with our Ones!  This week we read I Love You as Big as the World by David Van Buren and Baby Loves Hugs and Kisses by Michael Lawrence.  

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.                        (Mom – kiss)

Rhyme: Shaker song (twice)
Shake it high and shake it low;
Shake it high, shake it low,
Shake it high and shake it low
This is how the rattle goes.
Shake it fast; now shake it slow;
Shake it fast; shake it slow;
Shake it fast; now shake it slow;
This is how the shaker goes

Terrific Twos
We are having fun with Leaves!  We read the books Leaves In Fall by Wes Rustad and Fall Leaves Fall!  Wes Hall.  To continue the fun at home, see if you can find some leaves with your little ones and make leaf rubbings using crayons and paper over the leaf on a hard surface.


Pretty Leaves are Falling Down (Tune: "London Bridge")
Pretty leaves are falling down, falling down, falling down.
Pretty leaves are falling down, all around the town.
(wiggle fingers)
Let's rake them up in a pile, in a pile, in a pile.
Let's rake them up in a pile, all around the town.
(make raking motions)
Let's all jump in and have some fun,
have some fun, have some fun.
Let's all jump in and have some fun, all around the town.
(jump into circle)

Rhyme/Flannel: Five Little Leaves
Five little leaves so bright and gay
went dancing about on a tree one day
the wind came blowing through the town
o-o-o-o     o-o-o-o
One little leaf came tumbling down.
(repeat with 4, 3, 2, 1 little leaf). 

1, 2, 3, Go!
We are continuing our Barnyard Fun with our Feathered Friends at the farm!
This week we read the books Quack and Count by Keith Baker and Cock-a-Doodle Quack 
Quack by Ivor Baadiel and Sophie Jubb.  To continue the fun at home, try taking a walk 
own by our Fox River and try spying some ducks or geese.



Around The Farmyard
All around the farmyard,
(Hold hands walk in a circle)
The animals were sleeping,
The rooster thought it was time to wake up
Shhhh!
1-2-3 (hold up fingers)
Cock-a-doodle (flap wings)
Up jumped the animals! (jump high)

Song with Puppets: Barnyard Song
(Tune: If You’re Happy And You Know It)
If you’re a rooster and you know it say
“Cock-a-doodle-doo”,
If you’re a rooster and you know it say
“Cock-a-doodle-doo”,
If you’re a rooster and you know it, then you really ought to show it,
If you’re a rooster and you know it say
“Cock-a-doodle-doo.”
(Repeat with pig, cow, duck, lamb)


Story Mix for 3-6
This week we are talking about Clothes!  We read the books A Pocket for Corduroy by 
Don Freeman and Mrs. Mopple's Washing Line by Anita Hewitt.  As an extension at
home, ask our child what their favorite thing to wear is and why!  




There’s something in my pocket
Could it be a moose? (hands into antlers)
Could it be a train with a bell and a caboose?  (train arms)
Could it be a snake?  (wiggle)
Or some sticky icky glue?
Right here in my pocket is…
A KISS from me to you! (blow kiss)

Action Rhyme: 
Down in the valley where nobody goes
The Hoochie Koochie Washer people are washing their clothes
They go ooh aah, aah, aah. They go ooh aah, ahh, ahh
That’s how the washer people wash their clothes

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fall I Programming - Week One!

Welcome to Fall I programming for the Gail Borden Public
Library District!  We have lots of fun planned for everyone.  Enjoy taking these ideas and using them at home with your
children!


Baby Rhyme Time
This week in BRT we read the books Look at You! by Kathy Henderson and Bedtime Peekaboo by Dawn Sirett.  We had fun doing the following rhymes...


Rhyme: I Have a Baby (Tune: Bingo)
I have a baby sweetie pie (Bouncing)
And he is cute all over!
Hands, head, nose and toes,
Hands, head, nose and toes,
Hands, head, nose and toes,
And he is cute all over!

Rhyme: My Fingers
My fingers can stand up straight and tall,
My fingers can bend and be very small.
My fingers can clasp my hands in a ball,
My fingers can jump, my fingers can fall.

Literacy tip:Learning the words for body parts is an important step in vocabulary development, and it also helps babies learn that they are separate from their caregivers.

Wiggles 'n' Giggles - At our Rakow Branch
We read the books That’s Not My Car… by Fiona Watt Say Hello Like This! by Mary Murphy.  We are talking about beginning "greeting" words.  Learning the motions and words is a big step in literacy for babies!  Practice, practice, practice at home and while you are out and about with your little one.  

Rhyme: The Baby Is Trying to Sleep
The chicks say, “Cheep, cheep,”
The puppies say, “Woof, woof,”
The mommies say, “Shh, shh, the baby is trying to sleep.”
The birds say, “Tweet, tweet,”
The kittens say, “Meow, meow,”
The daddies say, “Shh, shh, the baby is trying to sleep.”

Rhyme: Let's Say Hello to Our Toes
Hello toes!  Goodbye toes.
Hello toes!  Goodbye toes.
My toes are feeling shy today, but now they're feeling better!
Hello hands!  Goodbye hands.
Hello hands!  Goodbye hands.
My hands are feeling shy today, but now they're feeling better!


Wonderful Ones
This week we read the books The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O’Connell and What Does Baby Say? By Karen Katz.  We played "word" games with our little ones.  Developing everyday language is key to early literacy so singing songs repetitively is important!  Enjoy the songs below as well as favorites of yours from your childhood that you recall! 

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!
Let’s count them slowly!
Let’s count them quickly!

Rhyme: Shaker song (twice)
Shake it high and shake it low;
Shake it high, shake it low,
Shake it high and shake it low
This is how the rattle goes.
Shake it fast; now shake it slow;
Shake it fast; shake it slow;
Shake it fast; now shake it slow;
This is how the shaker goes.


Terrific Twos
This week we are learning about Squirrels.  We read the books Nuts To You by Lois Ehlert  and The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri.  To continue the fun at home check out the video and song Grey Squirrel.  Here are the words below to sing along:

Grey squirrel, grey squirrel swoosh your bushy tail. Grey squirrel, grey squirrel swoosh your bushy tail.  Hold a nut between your toes.  Wrinkle up your little nose.  Grey squirrel, grey squirrel swoosh your bushy tail.

Busy, Busy Squirrels Tune: "Ants Go Marching”
The squirrels are busy running 'round, today, today. (run fingers on palm of hand)
They are hiding all their nuts - away, away. (hide face)
Up in trees, and in the ground. (point up, then pat the ground)
Hiding nuts all around. (make circle with arms)
Oh, they work so hard. (march motion)
So later, they can play. (wave excitedly)


1,2,3, Go!
This week we read the books Little Apple Goat By Caroline Jayne Church and Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown.  Our theme is all about the Apples and the Farm.  At home, continue the fun by brainstorming what animals live on the farm!  

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

FingerplayFive Red Apples
Five red apples ( Hold up five fingers)
Hanging on a tree,
The juicest apples you ever did see!
The wind came past,
And gave an angry frown,
(Fingers flutter downward),
And one little apple came tumbling down,
(One finger falls)
Four red apples,
Three red apples,
Two red apples……One red apple.


Story Mix
This week we read the books Peek in my Pocket by David Carter and A Piece of Chalk by Ericsson.  Our theme is about what we keep in our pockets.  To add on at home, ask your child what things they like to place in their pockets!  Make a list together!

Prop rhyme:  (with animal puppets) 
The things in my pocket are lots of fun 
I will show you one by one   
In my pocket is a frog
I found him sitting on a log
In my pocket is a cat
Give his head a little pat
In my pocket is a mouse
He was hiding in my house
In my pocket is a bunny
She twitches her nose and looks so fun
In my pocket is a dog
He is a friend of my little frog.

The Smile Song
There’s something in my pocket
It’s been there a long long while
I’ll take it out and put it on 
It’s a great big story time smile!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Week 6 - Paws to Read Summer Programs!
July 14th-18th

Tiny Tales - Birth-23 Months
This week we are talking about Bears!  We read the book Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears by Harriet Zinfried.

Rhyme: My Bear (using stick bear puppets)
My bear is looking all around.
My bear is sniffing at the ground.
My bear is looking at my toes.
My bear can kiss me on the nose.
My bear can whisper in my ear.
What's he saying? Can you hear?
My bear can hide behind me,
But wherever I go, my bear can surely find me.

Continue the fun at home by saying the rhyme above using a teddy bear with your baby.  

Wiggles n Giggles - 9 Months- 23 Months
This week we are talking about Bugs!  We enjoyed reading I Like Bugs by Lorena Siminovich and Who is in the Garden? by Phillis Gershator.

Rhyme: Here is A Bee Hive
Here is a bee hive, (Make fist with one hand)
But where are all the bees? (Palm of other hand up)
They're hiding inside, (point to fist)
Where nobody sees.  (Shake head)
Watch them come out of the hive,
1-2-3-4-5, (Unfold fingers to count)
Buzzzzz!  (Fly fingers around)

If you can, visit a local butterfly garden.  It's a wonderful way to experience bugs for everyone!  Brookfield Zoo has one during the Summer and down in Geneva, Peck Farm has a butterfly house to visit!

Puppy Dog Tales - Age 2- Kindergarten 
We met a new animal friend this week, a squirrel!  We also read the big book, Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin.

We added a new verse to our Old MacDonald song with our animal friend, the snake!
Old MacDonald had a Snake, E-I-E-I-O
And that snake, he has a tongue, E-I-E-I-O
With a hiss, hiss here
And a hiss, hiss, there
Here a hiss, there a hiss
Everywhere a hiss, hiss
Old MacDonald had a Snake, E-I-E-I-O!

For Puppy Dog Tales, we have been posting to YouTube our puppet show portion of our programs!  We have the first 3 weeks you can check out by clicking the links below: