Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Storytime Programs - Spring 2015, Week Two

Welcome to our second week of storytime programs in Spring 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
Time For Bed - Horacek
Say Goodnight - Oxenbury

Rhyme: The Baby Is Trying To Sleep
The chicks say, "Cheep, cheep,"
The puppies say, "Woof, woof,"
The mommies say, "Shhh, shhh, the baby is trying to sleep."
The birds say, "Tweet, tweet,"
The kittens say, "Meow, meow,"
The daddies say, "Shhh, shhh, the baby is trying to sleep."

Make up silly rhymes and encourage your baby to imitate the words and sounds he hears.  This helps your child develop phonological awareness, or an understanding of the smaller parts of words.
Baby Storytime Magic - MacMillan & Kirker

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

Books
Playtime For Twins - Weiss
Baby Parade - O'Connell

Rhyme: Ten Little Children
One little, two little, three little children,
Four little, five little, six little children,
Seven little, eight little, nine little children,
Ten little boys and girls.

Repetition is key when it comes to learning anything.  Teach your toddler numbers by counting everywhere - count toys as you help your child put them away, count the items you put in your cart at the store, count toes while changing a diaper...

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

Books
The Very Lonely Firefly - Carle
Sun Is Falling, Night Is Calling - Leuck
Night Lights - Gal

Action Rhyme: The Moon
Do you want to go up with me to moon?
Let's get in our rocket ship and blast off soon!
Faster and faster we reach to the sky
Isn't it fun to be able to fly?
We're on the moon, now all take a look
Sit back down, and I'll read you a book.

This is a fun action rhyme to share again with your toddler at home.  If, like many of our youngest customers, your child shows an interest in rocket ships and all kinds of transportation, be sure to check out some titles from our Rigs & Digs section in the Early Learning Center.   

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

Books
I'm The Biggest Thing In The Ocean - Sherry
Ten Little Fish - Wood

Action Rhyme: I'm A Little Fishy
I'm a little fishy
Watch me swim
Here is my tail
Here are my fins
When I want to have fun with all my friends
I wiggle, wiggle, wiggle my tail and dive right in!

Your child is surely fascinated by all the creatures in the fish tank in the Early Learning Center.  On your next visit ask him about what he can see.  Do all the fish look the same?  Do they have arms and legs like your child?  Can he spot the turtle?  


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

Books
Fire Engines - Rockwell
Alphabet Rescue - Wood
"Fire!  Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire - Martin

Action Rhyme: Put Out The Fire
(Tune: Good Night Ladies)
Drive the fire truck
Drive the fire truck
Drive the fire truck
Let's all put out the fire.
Sound the siren...
Climb the ladder...
Squirt the hose...
Fire is all out (wipe forehead - Whew!)
Fire is all out
Fire is all out
We all put out the fire.
Drive the fire truck...
We all put out the fire (softly)

Your child is bound to enjoy repeating this rhyme with you at home!  If you'd like to read more about firefighters with your preschooler, be sure to check out some books in our Rigs & Digs section.  Just ask at the Early Learning Center Desk if you'd like some help.  Did you know we also have fire fighter themed puzzles available for check out?




This week's handout to the preschoolers included some information about an upcoming program here at the library - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  Beginning April 18th, the Gail Borden Public Library is encouraging families to join this simple reading incentive program.  Stay tuned for more information!














Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Useful Literacy Tips from Reading Rockets


Letters are all around us! Here are some ideas from Reading Rockets on how to use print found in your everyday environment to help develop your child's reading skills. Click on the link below.

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/environmental-print

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Storytime Programs - Week One, Spring 2015

Welcome to our first week of storytime programs in Spring 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

Peekaboo!  Who Are You? - Birkett
Beautiful Babies - Wilson

Rhyme: Bumblee Buzz
Bumblebee, bumblebee, buzzing around,
Up to the sky and down to the ground.
Buzz in a circle, in a wiggly line too,
Then he buzzes right down and tickles you!

This is a simple rhyme to sing to your little one at home, not just at the library.  In storytime we use a colorful bumblebee puppet to add to the fun, but a tickling finger works just at well!  Did you know that we have puppets available for our customers to check out too?

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

Books
In the Spring - Brown
5 Busy Ducklings - Rookie Toddler

Rhyme: Rain on the Grass
Rain on the grass,
Rain on the tree,
Rain on the house top,
But not on me.

We are continuing to introduce some simple theme-related American Sign Language words in Wonderful Ones.  Did you know that there are several benefits to its use?  
  • The child's ability to communicate decreases frustration.
  • It increases a child's ability to recognize the world around him.
  • It increases a child's vocabulary and verbal skills.
  • It's an opportunity for bonding between parent and child.
 Adapted from Lifeprint.com

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

Books
The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog! - Willems
In the Small, Small Pond - Fleming

Action Rhyme: Here's the Scoop
I eat it on a summer day (Fan self)
Ice cream!  Ice cream! (Pretend to lick cone)
I eat it any kind of way. (Hands up)
I love to eat ice cream.  (Pretend to use spoon)
Scoop it in a bowl. (Pretend to scoop in bowl)
Scoop it in a cup. (Pretend to scoop in cup)
Add some sprinkles to an ice cream cone, (Sprinkle)
And I'll eat the ice cream up. (Pretend to lick cone)

During spring storytimes our theme is Opposites.  This week we are talking about hot and cold.  Hot dogs, cold ice cream.....Can you and your child think of any more hot or cold things in your home?  Outside?  This could be an excellent opportunity for a mini age-appropriate safety lesson too.      

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

Books

Scoot! - Falwell
The Birthday Pet - Javernick (Presented as a puppet story)

Action Rhyme: Turtle, Turtle
Turtle, turtle moves so slow,
Crawling, crawling, watch him go.
At the pond he looks around,
See his head move up and down,
Turtle, turtle wants to swim,
Now he slides and dives right in!

Sing this rhyme at home with your toddler.  Can he move slowly like a turtle?  Can he move his head up and down?  Talk about other animals that live in water too.  Better yet, check out some books on this theme!


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

Books
Which Hat Is That? - Hines
My Doctor - Rockwell
Too Many Lollipops - Quackenbush

Rhyme: This Is The Way
(Tune: Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we wash our hands, wash our hands, wash our hands
This is the way we wash our hands, so early in the morning.

This is the way we eat our breakfast ...
This is the way we brush our teeth ...
This is the way we get dressed ...


Sing this rhyme at home with your preschooler.  Can he think of other "early morning" actions and add more verses?  What about some silly or mixed up ones?  Be creative!




This week's handout to the preschoolers included some information about an upcoming program here at the library - 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.  Beginning April 18th, the Gail Borden Public Library is encouraging families to join this simple reading incentive program.  Stay tuned for more information!










 

Monday, March 9, 2015

More Literacy Apps For Your Preschooler

We've added to our list of recommended literacy apps for preschoolers.  For more recommendations, just click on the apps link on the Resources for Parents page.


iPhone Screenshot 1
A Story Before Bed https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/story-before-bed-recordable/id364887654?
Record a book.  Create a memory.  The first and only service that lets you record a children's book with audio and video.





But Not The Hippopotamus 
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/but-not-hippopotamus-boynton/id691346849?mt=8
But YES the Hippopotamus!  A shy hippopotamus is hesitant to join in the fun that the other animals are having. But little by little, the hippo finds her courage. A fine and funny classic, with over two million copies in print, But Not the Hippopotamus is a favorite anytime book for little readers and their parents.  But Not the Hippopotamus is the fifth instalment in the multiple award-winning Boynton Moo Media app series. 


Felt Board https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/felt-board/id492342753?mt=8
Design scenes, dress up characters and let your imagination soar as you invent your own stories with Felt Board. Especially designed for imaginative play, storytelling and learning, Felt Board is perfect for children, families, teachers and therapists. 





Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/felt-board-mother-goose-on/id734913054?mt=8
Felt Board - Mother Goose on the Loose is a nursery rhyme flannel board app designed for young children to use together with parents and caregivers. Children can move felt pieces, sing, and tap along with popular nursery rhymes and songs.





Good Night, Good Night, Construction Site  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id926597014
As the sun sets behind the big construction site, all the hardworking trucks get ready to say goodnight. One by one, Crane Truck, Cement Mixer, Dump Truck, Bulldozer, and Excavator finish their work and lie down to rest— so they'll be ready for another day of rough and tough construction play! Explore animated pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. With irresistible artwork by best-selling illustrator Tom Lichtenheld and sweet, rhyming text, this book will have truck lovers of all ages begging for more.   

Metamorphabet https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/metamorphabet/id858010121?mt=8
Metamorphabet is a playful, interactive alphabet for all ages. Poke, prod, drag, and spin the letters of the alphabet to reveal surprising and luminous transformations. With an easy-to-use interface and responsive, organic design, Metamorphabet is a wonderful educational tool for children, inviting them to playfully explore the alphabet and expand their vocabulary. 


My A - Z
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/my-a-z/id396455473?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
My A-Z is more than just alphabet flashcards for your preschooler: It’s an exploratory learning project for everyone to do together!  Every child begins building their ability to read and write by       learning the letters in their name and their surrounding environment: S is for Salt, M is for Mommy, B is for Butterfly. My A-Z provides a fun way to personalize this process for your child. 


                                                  
Wee You Things

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wee-you-things/id631615431?mt=8 
Meet the Wee You-Things in an interactive book and happy app designed to encourage kids (ages 3-7) to appreciate differences.  Wee Society's newest crew of characters celebrates "you things" - those little and big things that, together, make you special and like no one else in the world.  "Ruth has a purple tooth. Little Dot gets scared a lot.  Brad has two dads.  Ling pretends that she's a king." What's your special you-thing?  Take part in the story and uncover surprises on every page.


Zero to Three-Let's Play https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/zero-to-three-lets-play/id807952060?mt=8 

Let's Play provides parents and grandparents with fun ideas for keeping children entertained and learning, especially during daily routines like commuting time, chores, bedtime and bathtime, mealtime, shopping.  There are also "boredom busters" for any time.  Parents can search activities by age, tag favorites, and share activities via social media.  All of the activities reflect children's typical skills at each age and are designed to support development in the context of play and family routines. 


Monkey Preschool Lunchbox https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/monkey-preschool-lunchbox/id328205875?mt=8
Learn and have fun by helping monkey pack lunch! Monkey Preschool Lunchbox is a collection of seven exciting educational games for your preschooler (ages 2 to 5)






                       
                   
                       

Elmo Loves ABCs https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/elmo-loves-abcs-for-ipad/id426747278?mt=8      This is an app full of games and videos, which will help teach your child about words, letters and sounds.


   
ABCmouse https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/abcmouse.com-early-learning/id586328581?mt=8
Welcome to ABCmouse.com - for ages 2-7.  ABCmouse.com is proven to accelerate learning, with children developing early literacy and math skills two to three times faster as a result. 






































Monday, March 2, 2015

In the Early Learning Center - There's more to picture books than you may know!

ABC's and 123's

We often have customers asking for alphabet or number books for their preschooler.  Did you know that we have a selection of them to the right of the Help Desk in the Early Learning Center?  Just ask us if you'd like to see more. 




Fun Facts

We've added a display of nonfiction books on the other side of the desk.  This display is called
Fun Facts and features three categories which will be changed from time to time.  We've started out with animals, art, and science.

Of course, this is just a small selection of what we have on our bookshelves.  Please let us know if we can help you find additional titles!



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Storytime Programs - Week 8, Winter 2015

Welcome to the eighth and final week of our winter storytime programs.  We hope you and your child have enjoyed spending time with us.  We are all looking forward to spring and some better weather! The spring session of storytimes begins March 16 (registration opens March 2 for any of our storytimes which require pre-registration).  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 Day! -  Wallace 
How Do I Put It On? - Watanabe

Rhyme - I'm Going To Wear  A Jacket
I'm going to wear a jacket, a jacket, a jacket,
I'm going to wear a jacket when I go out today.
When I go out today, when I go out today,
I'm going to wear a jacket when I go out today.
(Hat, Scarf, Boots)

Narrative skills include being able to understand and tell stories.  When you narrate events in your child's day, you help him build this skill, and many others.  It is never too early to start.  Talk, talk, talk to your child!

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

Books
Overboard - Weeks 
Bunny And Me - Greenspun

Rhyme: Five Plump Peas
Five plump peas in a pea pod pressed, (Hold up one fist)
One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest. (Open fist one finger at a time)
They grew and they grew and they never stopped,
(Put both hands together and move them apart on each "grew")
They grew so big that the pea pod popped! (Clap hands on "pop")

This simple rhyme is just plain fun for your toddler!  He is sure to enjoy listening for and anticipating the loud "pop" at the end!

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

Books
Winter Is The Warmest Season - Stringer 
Winter Blanket - Brimner
Snowballs - Ehlert

Action Rhyme: This Is The Way 
This is the way we put on snowpants,
Put on snowpants, put on snowpants,
This is the way we put on snowpants on a cold and snowy morning.
(Boots/Coat/Hat/Mittens)

Just like with the babies in Baby Rhyme Time this week, this rhyme is an effective way of developing your child's narrative skills - the ability to understand and recount stories.  A great skill builder!


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

Books 
Aliens Love Underpants - Freedman and Cort 
What Color Is Your Underwear? - Lloyd

Action Rhyme: Once There Was A Snowman
Once there was a snowman, snowman, snowman,
Once there was a snowman, tall, tall, tall.
In the sun he melted, melted, melted,
In the sun he melted, small, small, small.

Sing the rhyme at home with your toddler making sure he understands the concept of  "tall" and "small".  Can he find other things/people at home that are tall or small?  

Story Mix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books  

Jo MacDonald Saw A Pond - Quattlebaum 
Whose Chick Are You? - Tafuri
Little Lumpty - Imai

Rhyme: Down At The Pond
Down at the pond
What do you hear?
Ribbit, ribbit
What do you think it is?
A frog must be near!
(quack, quack - duck/buzz, buzz - bee/tweet, tweet - bird)


This week Story Mix is all about ovals, like eggs and ponds!  In the book Jo MacDonald Saw A Pond, we sing the Old MacDonald song but with different words to fit the story.  "Jo MacDonald saw a pond, E-I-E-I-O, And in that pond she saw some ducks, E-I-E-I-O.  With a quack-quack here and a quack-quack there..."  Make up your own verses using this familiar song!  Did you know singing and rhyming increases children's awareness to sounds in words.  This helps prepare children to decode written language.    

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Storytime Programs - Week Seven, Winter 2015

Welcome to the seventh week of our winter storytime programs.   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
Ten Tiny Tickles - Katz
How Do You Make A Baby Smile? - Sturges

Rhyme -You Be The Ice Cream
You be the ice cream, (touch baby on chin)
And I'll be the freezer. (hug)
You be the lemon, (touch baby on chin)
And I'll be the squeezer. (hug)
You be the hotdog, (pretend to take a bite somewhere)
And I'll be the bun. (hug)
You be the baby, (tap baby on chin)
And we'll have some fun! (end with a tickle)


Interacting and being silly with your child will help him feel safe and secure.  How do you make your baby smile?  Does he love to be tickled, bounced...?  

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

Books
Ten Tiny Babies - Katz
One Beautiful Baby - Oborne

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

Who doesn't love a fun rhyme that involves rolling and falling?  Sit your little one on your lap and repeat this one at home.  For even more fun, line up five stuffed animals and sing the rhyme again!

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

Books
Under My Hood I Have A Hat - Kuskin
A Hat For Minerva Louise - Stoeke
Sneezy The Snowman - Wright


Action Rhyme: Magic Hat
Put on your magic, put on your magic hat,
You can do almost anything in your hat.
You can clap and clap and clap,
You can stamp and stamp and stamp,
You can hop and hop and hop,
You can bend your knees,
You can nod your head,
You can wiggle all around,
You can sit so still

Does your child have a "magic hat" that he can wear while singing this rhyme with you at home? What else can your toddler do in his "magic hat"?    

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

Books
Ooh La La Polka Dot Boots - Olson-Brown 
Snowy, Blowy Winter - Raczka

Action Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Snowflake
(Tune: Itsy bitsy spider)
The itsy bitsy snowflake 
Fell down from the sky.
It landed on my nose
And bounced upon my eye.
It slid down to my chin
And it landed on my tongue.
Then it melted all away
My snowflake song is done. 

Show your toddler snow, whether you are outside and able to touch it or inside your warm home and looking at it through the window.  Talk to your child about snow.  Is it cold or hot?  What color is it? Does it make a noise when you step on it with your boots?  What can you do in the snow? 

Story Mix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books  
When The Moon Smiled - Horacek
One Starry Night - Butler
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star - Cabrera

Action Rhyme: Spaceship
Ring around the spaceship, (walk in circle)
Try to grab a star. (reach up high)
Stardust, stardust, (wiggle fingers)
Fall where you are. (fall down)

This week Story Mix is all about stars.  Play Shape of the Day Hunt.  Look around your house and see if you can find things in the shape of a star (maybe on a toy or in a book).  Now choose another shape from your StoryMix Shape Scene and look for that shape.  Good hunting!