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

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:

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Week 5- Paws to Read Summer Programs!
July 7th - 10th

Tiny Tales - Birth-23 months
This week we are playing Peek-a-Boo with our babies!  We read the books Whose Tail is This? by Claire Belmont and Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden.

Rhyme: Peekaboo - With Scarves
Peekaboo baby, (hide eyes behind scarf)
Look and see,
One, two, three,
Boo! It's me!

To extend at home, play peek-a-boo in other ways!  Try using stuffed animals or hiding behind a pillow.

Wiggles n' Giggles - 9 months-23 months old
We are having Summertime fun in Wiggles n' Giggles!  We read the books What Can you do in the Sun? by Anna Hines and Baby Loves Summer by Karen Katz.

Mr. Sun - Traditional Rhyme
Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Please shine down on me.
Oh, Mr. Sun, sun, Mr. golden sun,
Hiding behind the tree

These little children are asking you
To please come out and we can play with you
Oh, Mr. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun
Please shine down on me!

To extend the summer fun at home, try a Grassy Hide and Find game with your baby.  Place some brightly colored toys in a soft grassy play area.  Have your baby "find" the toys.  Be excited with them!  Some children will play with the first item they find, while others will continue the hunt.

Puppy Dog Tales - Age 2- Kindergarten

This week's animal we are adding to our theme is the Rabbit!  We read the big book Huggly Snuggly Pets by David Kennett.  

Here is our add-on verse for Old MacDonald:
Old MacDonald had a Rabbit, E-I-E-I-O
And on that rabbit, ther were some feet, E-I-E-I-O
With a hop, hop, here
And a hop, hop, there, 
Here a hop, there a hop
Everywhere a hop, hop
Old MacDonald had a Rabbit, E-I-E-I-O!

For fun at home, act like bunnies!  Talk about what they do and what they like to eat.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Week 4 - Paws to Read Summer Programs!
June 30th-July 4th

We have lots of fun coming up here at GBPL!  On Monday July 16th we have our Touch-a-Truck Family Picnic at 6pm.  We will have a variety of vehicles to explore and a dessert of snow cones for everyone!  On Monday August 11th at 6pm will be our last family picnic for the summer.   We will have the talents of Rick Kelley performing his Musical Zoo!  Come dressed up as your favorite animal!  We will also provide a dessert for all.

On Monday July 28th at 2pm come have fun with favorite TV friends!  We will have lots of games and activities with some our favorite characters such as Barbie, Toy Story, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more!

Looking for some good books to share with your preschooler?   Sign up now to receive regular email newsletters with age appropriate reading suggestions.   It’s easy!  Just go to the Gail Borden Public Library homepage , click on Good Reads, Reading Suggestions, and Newsletters.  Select KidSpace – Reading Together for the book list for preschoolers - make other selections too if they interest you.  You can hover your mouse over any newsletter category to read its description or click on it to view the latest issue.  Then just provide us with your name and email address and you are good to go.  Happy reading! 

Tiny Tales - Birth-23 months old
This week we are talking about Horses!  We read the books Giddy up!  Let's Ride! by Flora McDonald and The Artist who painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle.  

Trot, Trot, Trot - A bouncing rhyme
Trot, trot, trot to Boston
Trot, trot, trot to Lynn.
Trot, trot, trot back home again,
But don't fall in!

To extend our theme at home, try the traditional action rhyme:
Shoe a Little Horse 
Shoe a little horse (tap lightly on 
Baby’s feet)
Shoe a little mare.
But let the little colt
Go bare, bare, bare!
(As Baby gets older, teach her to 
tap the feet of a favorite 
stuffed animal, doll, or friend!)

Puppy Dog Tales - Age 2-Kindergarten
We are adding on to our animal fun with Chipmunks/Hamsters this week!  We adapted the story The Mouse and the Apple by Butler to the Chipmunk and the Apple!

We also added on to our Old MacDonald tune with this verse:
Old MacDonald had a Hamster, E-i-e-i-o
And in it's cage there was a wheel, E-i-e-i-o
With a run, run, here
And a run, run there,
Here a run, there a run
Everywhere a run, run
Old MacDonald had a Hamster

To continue the fun at home, take a field trip to your local Pet store to go watch the hamsters!  Feel free to come up with some questions about hamsters to ask a friendly employee at the store. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Week 3 - Paws To Read Summer Programs!
June 23-27th

Tiny Tales - Birth-23 months old
This week we are talking about dogs!  We had fun reading the book Where's Spot? by Eric Hill.  

My Pet Dog, Rover - Action Rhyme
This is Rover's dog house and (make teepee with fingertips touching)
And this is Rover's bed. (lay one hand on top of the other)
This is the bowl that hold his water, (cut hands)
And other good things he's fed.
This is the collar that goes round his neck (make circle, thumbs and index fingers touching)
All bright shiny and new.
This is his ball - just five it a toss (cup hand and "throw" ball)
And he'll bring it right back to you. (reach down to retrieve ball)

To continue the fun at home, play act "pets" with your little one!

Wiggles n' Giggles - 9-23 months old
We are talking about kittens this week!  We read the book That's Not my Kitten! by Fiona Watt.

Soft Kitty
Soft kitty,
Warm kitty,
Little ball of fur
Happy kitty, sleepy kitty,
Purr, purr, purr

If you know someone with a cat, visit them and talk about how to gently pet the kitty!

Puppy Dog Tales -Age 2-Kindergarten
This week we are talking about Frogs.  We read the book What Hops? by Katie Davis.

We are adding on to our Old MacDonald rhyme each is this week's verse!

1)Old MacDonald had a (DOG) E-I-E-I-O                              2)   Old MacDonald had a (FISH) E-I-E-I-O
   (And on that dog, there were some paws) E-I-E-I-O     (And on that fish, there were some fins) E-I-E-I-O
    With a (dig, dig) here                                                                  With a (swim, swim) here
    And a (dig, dig) there                                                                 And a (swim, swim) there
    Here a (dig), there a (dig)                                                         Here a (swim), there a (swim)
    Everywhere a (dig, dig)                                                             Everywhere a (swim, swim)
    Old MacDonald had a (DOG) E-I-E-I-O                                  Old MacDonald had a (FISH) E-I-E-I-O

3) Old MacDonald had a (TURTLE) E-I-E-I-O
    (And on that turtle, there was a shell) E-I-E-I-O
    With a (hide, hide) here
    And a (hide, hide) there
    Here a (hide), there a (hide)
    Everywhere a (hide, hide)

    Old MacDonald had a (TURTLE) E-I-E-I-O       

Monday, June 23, 2014

Week 2 of Paws To Read!
June 16-20th

Tiny Tales - Birth-23 months old
This week we're talking about Cats! We read the book, The Black Cat by Richard Powell as part of our program.

I Have Fur - Action Rhyme
I have fun upon my back (pat back)
I have whiskers just like that (trace whiskers on cheeks)
I have ears - I flick them twice (hold up 2 fingers for ears)
I have paws for catching mice! (clap hands when you say "catching")

To continue the fun at home, say the Three Little Kittens rhyme with your little one.  You can find the traditional poem here:

Wiggles n' Giggles - 9-23 months old
This week we are moving and grooving.  We read I Can, Can You? by Marjorie Pfitzer.

We Can
We can jump, jump, jump,
We can hop, hop, hop.
We can clap, clap, clap,
We can stop, stop, stop.
We can nod our heads for yes,
We can shake our heads for no.
We can bend our knees a tiny bit,
And sit down low.

To continue the fun, look into listening to a CD with some traditional nursery rhymes to share with your little one!

Puppy Dog Tales -Age 2-Kindergarten
We read the books Animals on Parade by Jack Prelutsky and the flannel story Little White Duck.

Old MacDonald’s Pets
 Old MacDonald had a (DOG) E-I-E-I-O
(And on that dog, there were some paws) E-I-E-I-O
With a (dig, dig) here
And a (dig, dig) there 
Here a (dig), there a (dig)
Everywhere a (dig, dig)
Old MacDonald had a (DOG) E-I-E-I-O

Old MacDonald had a (FISH) E-I-E-I-O
(And on that fish, there were some fins) E-I-E-I-O
With a (swim, swim) here
And a (swim, swim) there
Here a (swim), there a (swim)
Everywhere a (swim, swim)
Old MacDonald had a (FISH) E-I-E-I-O

Continue the fun at home by talking some more about ducks!  If you have a chance, go down to the Fox River to watch the ducks in their natural environment!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Welcome to Summer 2014!
Paws to Read programs 
for ages Birth-Kindergarten

We hope you enjoy taking a look at the different things we are doing this summer with the children.  Feel free to use these ideas to continue the fun at home!

Tiny Tales - Birth-23 months old
This week in Tiny Tales we are talking about Pets.  There are all kinds of pets to talk about from dogs and cats to rabbits and hamsters!  A couple of the books we read include Huggly Snuggly Pets by Gwen Pascoe and Tails are Not for Pulling by Elizabeth Verdick.  

My pet rabbit goes hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop
My pet rabbit goes hop, hop, hop
All day long...
(Dog - wags his tail/Cat-cleans his fur/Snake- goes hiss/Turtle - goes snap/Bird - goes flap)

To extend the theme at home, introduce the sounds different pets make to your little one!

Wiggles n' Giggles - 9-23 Months
This week in Wiggles n' Giggles we are talking all about Puppies!  We read Hello, Puppy! by Jane Cowen-Fletcher and Puppy by Michael Twinn.  

After a Bath
After my bath, I try, try, try
To wipe myself 'til I'm dry, dry, dry
Hands to wipe, and fingers, and toes,
And two wet legs and a shiny nose.
Just think, hos much less time I'd take,
If I were a dog, and could shake, shake, shake!

Three Little Puppies

Three little puppies in a basket lay.
Wake up little puppies it’s time to play.
One little, two little, three little puppies,
All awake now and ready for their day.

Another extension for home, try play acting "doggie" with your little one.  Make the different sounds dogs make to introduce dogs to your baby.

Puppy Dog Tales -Age 2-Kindergarten
We started the program talking about Dogs!  We read the book Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Emma's Pet by David McPhail.  

At the Dog Park
Five big dogs walking in the park,
Running with their masters, 
Bark, bark, bark.
One dog goes home, 
It's almost dark!
(Continue counting down, 4, 3, 2, 1)

To extend the theme at home, talk about what dogs like to do!  If you have a chance to visit with a friendly pooch do so, but make sure to go over "dog" etiquette!  Ie. Always ask the owner before petting, tales are not for pulling, etc.