Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2015 Week Two

Welcome to the second week of  storytimes.  Some of our programs only have a few remaining spaces, so contact us soon if you would like to join in the fun!  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening - 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 join us and make a visit to the library part of  your year-round routine.   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
Maisy's Train - Cousins
Trucks - Powell

Rhyme: This is the Way the Car Goes
This is the way the car goes (Bounce baby on lap)
Bumpity, bumpity, bump
This is the way the car goes
Bumpity, bumpity, bump
Uh-oh, there's a bump in the road
Bumpity, bumpity, bump! (Let baby gently down to floor through legs)

Relate rhymes and books to your baby's experiences.  Use our storytime theme to have a conversation with your baby about riding in a car seat, stroller, etc.  It doesn't matter if your baby can answer you or not.  Most importantly, your baby needs to hear your words!

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

Books
Baby Says "Moo!" - Macken
I Went Walking - Williams

Puppet Rhyme: The Animals on the Farm
(Tune: 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)

Storytime was made even more fun this week with the addition of farm animal puppets!  Repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler and see if he can help out with the animal sounds.  Does he know what sounds other animals make?

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

Books
My Bike - Barton
New Red Bike! - Ransome

Action Rhyme: My Bike (Tune: Farmer in the Dell)
Pedal round and round (Roll hands around each other)
I steer my bike (Pretend to steer)
To where I like
Pedal round and round

A bike ride can be a great time to expand your child's vocabulary. Point out what you see and hear in your neighborhood as you ride or toddle along.   

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

Books
Corduroy's Day - Freeman
Two at the Zoo - Smith

Action Rhyme: Grr Grr Went the Big Brown Bear
Grr grr went the big brown bear one day
Grr grr went the big brown bear
Grr grr went the big brown bear one day
And they all went grr grr grr
BUT, we know bears go huggy huggy hug
Huggy, huggy, hug, huggy, huggy hug
We know bears go huggy, huggy hug
They don't go grr grr grr

Sing this rhyme at home with your toddler - it's a good opportunity to have fun and cuddle up together at the same time too!  Does your toddler have a favorite teddy bear to sing with also?    

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

Books
Gladys Goes Out To Lunch - Anderson
The Boy Who Loved Bananas - Elliot (Storycards)
Little Gorilla - Bornstein

Action Rhyme: Five Little Bananas
Five little bananas
Swinging in the trees
If a monkey picks one
And carries it away
How many bananas
Will be left to sway?
(Four little bananas, three .....)

This fingerplay is a fun introduction to subtraction.  Find other ways to incorporate the lesson into your day.  Subtract toys when you put them away or grapes when you eat them at snack time.  Make a long line of shoes and play a game of addition and subtraction.  What other things can your preschooler think of?





Thursday, August 27, 2015

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2015 - Week One

School is back in session and we are so excited to welcome your children to the start of fall storytimes this week!  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us and make a visit to the library part of  your year-round routine.   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
Hey Little Baby! - Leigh
Baby Love - Di Terlizzi

Rhyme: If You're Bouncy and You Know It (Tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)
If you're bouncy and you know it, give a bounce
If you're bouncy and you know it, give a bounce
If you're bouncy and you know it, then your bounce will surely show it
If you're bouncy and you know it, give a bounce
(If you're wiggly/If you're cuddly)

When you bounce and sing along to rhymes such as this one your baby both feels and hears the rhythm of language.  Sing other "bouncy" rhymes that you may know too - Humpty Dumpty, Bumpin' Up and Down in my Little Red Wagon etc.

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

Books
Animal Sounds - Carpenter
The Cuddle Book - Genechten

Rhyme: The Hug Song (Tune: 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

What toddler doesn't love a rhyme with big actions and big sounds?  Show him how to clap and stomp loudly.  Then show him how to clap and stomp quietly.  

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

Books
I Love Trains - Sturges
Down by the Station - Stockham

Action Rhyme: This is a Choo Choo Train
This is a choo choo train
Puffing down the track
Now it's going forward
Now it's going back
Now the bell is ringing
Now the whistle blows
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere it goes!

This is a fun, active rhyme to repeat at home with your toddler!  Can he pretend to be the train in the rhyme?  Show him the meaning of  "forward" and "backward".  Can he jump forward and backward? Crawl?  Walk?     

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

Books
Ten Little Caterpillars - Martin
The Very Hungry Caterpillar - Carle

Prop and Action Rhyme: Caterpillar, Caterpillar
Caterpillar, caterpillar, nose so red
Pat your legs and nod your head
Caterpillar, caterpillar,  nose so blue
Touch your knee and then your shoe
Caterpillar, caterpillar nose so white
Clap your hands with all your might
Caterpillar, caterpillar, nose so green
Jump up like a jumping bean
Caterpillar, caterpillar, nose so yellow
Wiggle like a funny fellow
Caterpillar, caterpillar, nose so black
Touch your tummy and then your back
Caterpillar, caterpillar nose so pink
Make your eyes go blink, blink, blink

The toddlers enjoyed this rhyme with a green velcro caterpillar and colored pom poms in storytime but you can certainly repeat this one at home.  Practice the actions, find something in your home for all of the colors, talk about the rhyming words.  Have fun with this educational rhyme!


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

Books
Look! - Lewin
Splash! - McDonnell
Sam Who Never Forgets - Rice

Action Rhyme: The Elephant
The elephant has a great big trunk (Pretend arm is trunk)
That goes swinging, swinging so (Swing trunk)
He has tiny, tiny eyes that show him where to go (Point to eyes)
His huge long ears go flapping, flapping up and down (Pretend hands are ears)
His great big feet go stomping, stomping on the ground (Stomp with feet)

Talk with your preschooler about elephants.  Has he seen them at the zoo?  If yes, what does he remember about his visit?  Does he remember any of the things mentioned in our books during storytime?  What words would your child use to describe elephants?





Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Benefits of Storytime at the Library

We all know the value and importance of reading to children at home and allowing them to explore books on their own.  Did you know that your child also benefits from attending group storytimes at our library?  Here are just a few of the reasons to take advantage of the group storytime programs we offer:
  • Children watch others become engaged in a storytime and learn from each other.
  • They are exposed to a wide variety of authors and writing styles.
  • They learn vital school readiness skills - sitting still for a period of time, how to pay attention to an adult other than a parent, how to take turns, and how to be reasonably quiet. 
More surprisingly perhaps, storytimes are also helpful to parents and caregivers.
  • Adults learn songs and rhymes to support their child's learning.
  • Fun, engaging, and educational ways of reading to a child are modeled.
  • They offer an opportunity to meet and connect with other parents and caregivers. 
Attending a library storytime ensures that a trip to the library will be fun and something special to look forward to.  While you're at the library, allow your child to check out some books as a special take home treat.

We are excited to welcome you and your child to a new session of storytimes beginning on August 24!  For full details about all of our programs, please click on the following link:
http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp






        

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Using Songs and Books to Boost Your Child's Pre-Literacy Skills

In early childhood, the brain is uniquely receptive to learning new sounds.  Long before they speak, children understand.  They learn by hearing lots and lots of repetition.  Engaging your little one through songs is a fun way to expose them to new sounds and words, and to boost their language skills.  Here are some ways that a parent or caregiver can do that: 
  • Read singalong books.  These types of books enable younger children to learn with visuals, and older children to make the connection between sounds and printed words.  By learning the song first, children will begin reading the words on the page.  Try to choose singalong books and songs that are relevant to your child's daily experience, such as I Love My Hat or Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush
  • Find songs that use repetition.  The Wheels on the Bus is an excellent choice - it has a repeating structure, and refers to moms, dads, and babies.
  • Notice how your child responds to different types of music and follow his lead.  Try something different too!
  • Take advantage of your child's innate ability to learn an additional language.  You don't need to be multi-lingual yourself - learn together!  This is a great gift you can give your child - it is much easier to learn a new language at an early age.  Some suggestions are Oh, the Colors or Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes (English and Spanish) 
  • Encourage your child to make hand and body movements to represent lyrics.  When we move our bodies while learning, we put the learning into long-term memory.  For example, when singing Mr. Sun, making a big sun with arms overhead will help connect the word "sun" to something big and circular.  Plus, it's fun! 
  • Sing, sing, sing with your child!  Singing releases stress, brings people together, and is a powerful learning tool.  Don't worry whether you're a good singer or not, kids don't care if you're off-key.  Just sing!
Gail Borden Public Library is a wonderful resource for singalong books.  Ask at the desk in the Early Learning Center if you'd like help selecting some.

Adapted from an article written by Stefanie Paige Grossman, M.S. Ed at BarefootBooks.com

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Summer Reading Ends August 10!



Our summer reading program is almost over!  Remember to turn in your completed log at the Main Library or Rakow Branch no later than August 10 to claim your prizes!

Be sure to keep reading with your child.  Read every day!  Track your books on your 1000 Books Before Kindergarten sheet.  Ask at the Help Desk in the Early Learning Center if you'd like more information.










Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Eight

It's hard to believe that this is the final week of summer storytimes.  We hope you've been having as much fun as we have!  There are still numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)


Instead of our usual program we welcomed Kate Taylor of Creative Childbirth Concepts for a wonderful, interactive musical performance.  Miss Kate entertained us with her singing, guitar playing, and some more unusual noise makers.  Parents and caregivers were interested to learn how to make music part of their child's daily routine, whether it be calming a fussy baby, settling down for bedtime, distinguishing sounds, or exposing them to many different kinds of music. 



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


Books
Rub-s-Dub Sub - Ashman
Hooray for Fish - Cousins


Action Rhyme: Did You Ever See a Fishy?

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 that way and this way
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?

This week we listened to stories and sang rhymes about fish.  Show your toddler pictures of other animals and tell him what they are called.

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


Books

We're Roaming in the Rainforest: An Amazon Adventure - Krebs 
Where's My Mom? - Donaldson 
Way Up High in a Tall Green Tree - Peck
The Parrot Tico Tango - Witte
Splendid Spotted Snake - Schwartz 

Rhyme: Rainforest Rainbow
Deep in the rainforest
The world can be as red as the red-eyed tree frog
As orange as the spots on a jaguar
As yellow as a toucan's beak
As green as an emerald tree boa
As blue as the blue morpho butterfly
As purple as a tropical flower, and
As bright as a rainbow

Does your preschooler know all of his colors?  Play an "I spy with my little eye something that is .... (color)" game in your house or outside.  Take turns with your preschooler.     


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


Book

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Big Book) 

Music
Can't Sit Still on Kids In Action CD 
List of Dances on Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise, Idaho
You Are My Sunshine on Kids Country Song & Dance (with egg shaker instruments)

Our final week of storytime concluded with an Instrument Petting Zoo for the children.  All were invited to stay after the program to "meet" the instruments and have a turn to play and learn about seven different instruments.  



Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Seven

Welcome to the seventh week of summer storytimes.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
The Wheels On The Bus - Child's Play (Big Book)

If you'd like to listen to a simple version of this song at home with your baby, click on the following video:




Action Rhyme: Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
(Rock your boat/bounce your boat)


This week's theme was transportation - buses, boats, and firetrucks complete with ringing bells for the little ones to make some noise with!  Row Your Boat is a fun action rhyme to repeat at home.  Can you think of other verses to add?  Wiggle your boat, tickle your boat, bump your boat....?  

Be sure to attend our final program next week when we will have a musical performance by Kate Taylor of Creative Childbirth Concepts!  


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

Books
Little Bird - Pirotta  
Early Bird - Yuly

Action Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack, one named Jill
Fly away, fly away Jill
Come back Jack, come back Jill

This week we listened to stories and sang rhymes about birds.  Point out birds when you are outside with your little one.  What can you say about them?  Do they fly?  Do they have wings?  What colors are they?  


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


Books
I Love Cats - Stainton
I See Kitty - Surovec
Cat's Colors - Cabrera
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy buttons - Litwin

Rhyme: I Know a Cat

(Tune: B-I-N-G-O)
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

Sing this rhyme at home with your preschooler and practice spelling out loud!  Repeat until your child can sing along.  Can your child write the word also?  Show your child the connection between the spoken word and written word.   

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

Books
Gossie - Dunrea (Big Book) 
Dance Away - Shannon (With Puppet)

Action Rhyme: I Gave My Horse
I gave my horse an apple
And she gave me a neigh
I gave my horse a carrot
And she moved her head this way
I gave my horse a sugar lump
She gave me a smile
And then she took me for a ride
For more than half a mile

Can your child draw a picture of a horse.  What words can he use to describe his picture?  What other "horse" words can you think of together? Gallop, mane, saddle, hoof...?