Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Storytime Programs - Week Four, Winter 2015

Welcome to the fourth week of our winter storytime programs.  It's hard to believe that we are already half way through the session!  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
One Sleepy Night - Braun 
Sleep Tight, Teddy! - Kubler

Action Rhyme - Rock the Baby (Tune: London Bridge)
Rock the baby side to side,
Side to side, side to side.
Rock the baby side to side,
Just like this.

Swaying activities such as in this rhyme help little ones develop balance.  This could be a slow, calming down rhyme before bedtime or a rather energetic playtime one!

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

Books
I Can Fly - Krauss 
Peek-A-Moo! - Cimarusti

Rhyme: Old McDonald
Old McDonald had a farm, EIEIO
And on his farm he had a cow, EIEIO
With a moo moo here and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo
Old McDonald had a farm, EIEIO
(Repeat with other animals) 

Everyone knows the song Old McDonald.  This is a great one to sing at home with your child.  Why not check out some of our puppets to make it even more fun and interactive?  If you need help finding some, please ask at the desk in the Early Learning Center.

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

Books
Bear Snores On - Wilson 
Snow Rabbit, Spring Rabbit - Na
Winter Friends - Sams

Action Rhyme: Here Is a Cave
Here is a cave, inside is a bear (fist with thumb in)
Now he comes out to get some fresh air (thumb out)
He stays out all summer in sunshine and heat (raise arms for sun and fan face for heat)
He hunts in the forest for berries to eat (hands like glasses)
When snow starts to fall, he hurries inside (wiggle fingers then thumb in)
His warm little cave and there he will hide (hide face)
Snow covers the cave like a fluffy rug (cover fist)
Inside sleeps the bear, all cozy and snug (hands folded next to cheek)

Fingerplays provide an opportunity for young children to explore language and increase the number of words they know in a fun way.  This is very important for developing their literacy skills.

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

Books
Whose Hat Is That? - Bijsterbosch 
A Hat For Minerva Louise - Stoeke

Action Rhyme: Silly Hat Song
On my head, I wear my hat
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?
(Repeat using foot, elbow, knee)

Silly rhymes make learning so much fun!  This is a great way to learn and reinforce the names of body parts.  How many crazy verses can you and your child make up?

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

Books 
The Way To the Zoo - Burningham
Harry's Box - McAllister
My Cat Likes To Hide In Boxes - Sutton

Action Rhyme: This Little Boy/Girl

This little boy is ready for bed
Down on the pillow he lays his head
Wrap the covers around him tight
And that's the way he sleeps all night
 

This week StoryMix is all about rectangles.  A box can be a rectangle shape and boxes can be lots of fun!  You can hide in a box or pretend that the box is many different things.  A box could be a bed for a doll or stuffed animal.  Get your baby ready for bed and sing the rhyme above.  Perhaps you know some other lullabies you can sing?  Hush Little Baby?  Rock-A-Baby?  Are You Sleeping?  If you need some more song ideas, check out the CD collection in the Early Learning Center. 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Storytime Programs - Week Three, Winter 2015

Welcome to the third week of our winter storytime programs.  We hope you and your little ones are enjoying being part of the fun!  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's Bathtime - Watt 
Bathtime Peekaboo! - Sirett

Action Rhyme - Three Bubbles
A small bubble, (make small circle with hands)
A medium sized bubble,
A great big bubble I see.
Now let's count them,
Are you ready?
One, two, three,
Pop, pop, pop!  (clap hands)

The babies know all about bubbles since we are using the bubble machine each week during this session.  Their faces are a delight to see!  This is an activity that many families are sure to continue at home.

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

Books
This Little Chick - Lawrence
Piggies - Wood

Rhyme: Head and Fingers
Head and fingers, tummy and toes, tummy and toes,
Head and fingers, tummy and toes, tummy and toes,
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head and fingers, tummy and toes, tummy and toes.

As well as teaching the names of body parts, rhymes such as this one can be a welcome and amusing distraction at diaper-changing time!

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

Books
Snowmen at Night - Buehner 
Winter Is - Dixon
Sledding - Winthrop

Action Rhyme: Here's a Hill
Here's a hill (tilt left arm so that it forms a hill)
And here's a hill (tilt rhyme so that it forms a hill)
All covered with snow (raise hands up and bring down in slow motion)
I'll put on my coat (put coat on)
And jump on my sled (hold rope of sled)
And ZOOM, down the hill I will go! (clap hands, then slide hands down)

Sharing rhymes and songs that tell stories will help your toddler develop sequencing skills which is the ability to put the events of a story in the order in which they occur. This is important because logical order of thinking is fundamental to reading. 

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

Books
Little Owl's Orange Scarf - Feeney
Under My Hood I Have a Hat - Kuskin 


Action Rhyme: One Cold and Frosty Morning
One cold and frosty morning,
When stormy was the weather,
A birdie peeked out of his nest,
And ruffled up his feathers.
He fluffed them up, he fluffed them down,
He flapped his wings together,
And then crawled back into his bed,
And said I DON'T LIKE THIS WEATHER!

It's always fun to take a rhyme home from storytime!  Repeat the rhyme and actions with your toddler.  

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

Books 
Should I Share My Ice Cream? - Willems
Hooray For Hat! - Won

Action Rhyme: Hats (to the tune of Frere Jacques)
H-A-T-S
H-A-T-S
That spells hats
That spells hats
Everybody wears them
Everybody wears them
When they're cold
When they're cold

We are continuing our shape theme with triangles this week.  Host a triangle picnic.  Cut paper plates in triangles and sit on a blanket folded into a triangle.  Eat triangular-shaped foods, such as pizza or triangle sandwiches.  What fun!  Talk about other foods that are triangular.  Did you know that talking is how children learn new vocabulary?   

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Interactive Learning Center


Have you and your preschooler noticed our colorful new canopy and signage in the Early Learning Center?  It's our newly re-designed Interactive Learning Center!  This is a great space for you and your child to complete either the literacy or science activity - or both! Just ask at the Help Desk for the materials you will need.  Your child will get to choose a sticker afterwards.   

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New to the Early Learning Center!


Ready…Set…Read! Early Literacy Kits

Looking for something fun to do with your preschooler that will improve his pre-reading skills?  Check out one of our new themed Literacy Kits!  Each kit contains five activities based on the Ready...Set...Read! skills:

 Talking
Singing
Reading
Writing
Playing

Inside each kit you will find a variety of materials ranging from books and CD's, to puzzles, puppets, crafts, and more.  Also included is a an activity sheet for you to follow and reward stickers to earn.  Enjoy!   


Storytime Programs - Week Two, Winter 2015

Welcome to the second week of our winter storytime programs.  If you are looking for something fun to do with your child, there are still a few openings.  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
Choo Choo - Horacek
That's Not My Tractor - Watt

Action Rhyme
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!
(People - up and down/Horn - beep, beep) 

Did you know that when you bounce your baby on your lap while singing a song with a strong beat,  such as The Wheels on the Bus, your child both hears and feels the rhythm of spoken language?

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

Books
Mommy's Best Kisses - Anastas
Books Always Everywhere - Blatt

Rhyme: All Kinds of Kisses
Butterfly kisses are soft, gentle things.  Flutter your lashes like butterfly wings.
Eskimo kisses come down from the north.  Place nose to nose and move back and forth.
A kiss on the hand is welcomed by all and works very well when someone is tall.
Whiskery kisses tickle your chin.  You wiggle and laugh 'cause you can't hold it in.
Goodbye kisses are shared when you put a kiss in your hand, and then gently blow.

Storytimes at the library and at home are the perfect opportunity for some closeness and cuddling with your child.  Reading together at home is also a soothing and calming routine to enjoy before naptime or bedtime.

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

Books
Snow Party - Ziefert
Mouse's First Snow - Thompson

Action Rhyme: If You're Happy When It Snows
If you're happy when it snows, clap your hands,
If you're happy when it snows, clap your hands.
Oh, it's fluffy and it's white,
Such a lovely, snowy sight,
If you're happy when it snows, clap your hands.
(Stomp your feet/Nod head/Shout hurray)

Get creative, add more verses to the rhyme!  Ask your child to think of different actions and sing the rhyme again. 

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

Book
Ella Sarah Gets Dressed - Chodos-Irvine 

Action Rhyme: Penguin Shuffle
Penguins shuffle, shuffle to the left, left, left
Penguins shuffle, shuffle to the right, right, right
Give a little wiggle,
Give a little hop,
Waddle around the iceberg,
Never want to stop.

Some fun penguin rhymes are being introduced at storytime this week. Why not check out some fiction or nonfiction books about penguins or other favorite animals?  Ask us at the Early Learning Center Help Desk if you need some recommendations. Storytimes are always full of fun, learning opportunities for your child!   

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

Books 
Clancy and Millie and the Very Fine HouseThe Line Up - Russo
Clancy & Millie and the Very Fine House - Gleeson

Action Rhyme: Block Play (Using puppets and blocks)
One little friend came to school one day,
He went to the blocks and began to play.
A second little friend said, "Can I play too?"
The first little friend said, "I'll share with you!"
So they worked together and built a big town.
Then when they were finished, they knocked it all down!

We are continuing our shape theme with squares this week.  Can you and your child find any squares in your kitchen?  In your family room?  In your child's bedroom?  How many can you count?   










Friday, January 2, 2015

Storytime Programs - Week One, Winter 2015

Welcome to our first week of storytime programs in 2015.  We offer storytimes for babies from birth on up. Some of our programs require pre-registration, others are drop-in.  

Please 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 you are able to join us and share in the fun!  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
Snowflake Baby - Broach
Spot's Snowy Day - Hill

Rhyme: Snow Is Falling Down
Snow is falling down, (tickle down baby's body)
Shhhhh!
Snow is falling down,
Shhhhh!
Slowly, very slowly,
Snow is falling down,
Shhhhh!

This is a simple rhyme to sing to your little one at home too, not just at the library.  Add to the fun by naming the body parts that you tickle!

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

Books
Under My Hood I Have a Hat - Kuskin
Millions of Snowflakes - Siddals

Rhyme: Snowflake, Snowflake
Snowflake, snowflake dance around,
Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground.
Snowflake landing on my nose,
Snowflake landing on my toes.
Snowflake, snowflake dance around,
Snowflake, snowflake sit right down.

Next time you bundle up and go outside for a walk with your toddler, talk about what you see and do.  Point out objects and name them.  The more words your child hears, the more words he learns. 

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

Books
All You Need For a Snowman - Schertle
When Winter Comes - Van Laan

Action Rhyme: The Clouds Roll In
The clouds roll in, the earth grows white (roll hands)
The snow keeps falling through the night (flutter fingers down)
With morning sun the earth starts glistening (wiggle fingers in air)
And children play with mothers listening (cup hand to ear)
Now inside, all warm and snug (hug self)
Dad tucks in covers, snug as a bug (tuck in covers)

Fun finger exercises such as in this rhyme can help develop and improve your child's fine motor skills. 

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

Book
Winter Is the Warmest Season - Stringer

Action Rhyme: Put Your Pants On
Let's all put our pants on, pants on, pants on
Let's all put our pants on 1,2,3
(Repeat with jackets, hats, shoes)
Now that you're all dressed, all dressed, all dressed
Now that you're all dressed, let's go out and play

Relating rhymes to your child's everyday routine is a great way to introduce some fun into what can sometimes be a difficult time!

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

Books
Riley and Rose in the Picture - Gretz
Round is a Pancake - Baranski

Action Rhyme: Draw a Circle
Great big ball rolling down the street
Great big ball landing at my feet
How it got there I don't know
Great big ball made of snow
Medium-sized ball rolling down the street...
Teeny tiny ball rolling down the street...
Three round balls made of snow
Now just watch my snowman grow
Up go the balls 1,2,3
They make a snowman you can see

Continue the circle theme at home.  Cut circles out of white paper and make a paper snowman.  Or go outside and make real snowballs and then a real snowman.   How big can you make it?












   

Monday, December 29, 2014

Start the New Year Off Right: Resolve to Raise a Reader!


Many New Year's resolutions focus on developing healthy habits.  Here's one that is important to make and keep: provide a regular diet of books and reading for your preschooler.

You feed and care for your child every day so that he will grow into a healthy, happy preschooler. Similarly, you also need to provide experiences that will enhance language development and stimulate learning skills.  Try this menu of reading activities:


  • Read every day
  • Do things, and then talk about them
  • Read everywhere you go
  • Be a reading role model 
  • Be aware of your child's progress and abilities
Adapted from an article at Reading Rockets.  Click on the following link to read the article in full. http://www.readingrockets.org/article/start-new-year-right-resolve-raise-reader

Our regular weekly storytimes begin the week of January 5th.  We offer storytimes for children from birth on up.  Some of our programs require advance registration.  Please click on our Explore Events tab at the top of this page for more information.  Be sure to join us for a good start to your New Year's Reading Resolution!