Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Story Mix for Three to Six: Silly Songs and Stories

Our silly song about "ants in your pants" will definitely put a smile and a laugh on everyone's' faces!  Children love to move their feet and arms by dancing, jumping and marching.  Clapping, tapping and bouncing to rhythms allows children to also hear syllables and improves motor skills, as well as connect words with movements. 

Reading together is an important activity to do too because as children hear and see the words, they develop essential early literacy skills.  Make sure you check out the books in our list below for stories about silly kids and dogs. 

There Are Ants in My Pants Song (sung to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell)

There are ants in my pants!
There are ants in my pants!
Oh no, what should I do?
There are ants in my pants!
   
Perhaps I should dance
Perhaps I should dance
That is what I should do
Perhaps I should dance.

There are ants in my pants!
There are ants in my pants!
Oh no, what should I do?
There are ants in my pants!
   
Perhaps I should jump
Perhaps I should jump
That is what I should do
Perhaps I should jump.

Repeat the song using other motions such as twisting, marching or stretching. 
 
Take a look at these stories we read at Story Mix:

“Time To Paint, Biscuit!” in Biscuit Storybook Collection by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
A collection of ten previously published stories featuring Biscuit, a small and mischievous yellow dog.
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Oh, Were They Ever Happy by Peter Spier
One Saturday morning while their parents are away, the three Noonan children decide to paint the house.
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Are You Sleepy Yet, Petey?  by Marie Hodge
Petey the puppy doesn't want to go to bed at bedtime. How will his little boy make sure Petey gets enough sleep?
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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Terrific Twos: Bicycles Go ROUND AND ROUND!

It's Terrific Two Year Old time!  We are concluding our winter theme of 'things that go' with BICYCLES!  The topic of wheels, things that go, motion and sound is one every child can enjoy.  As we approach the spring season in the coming months, encourage your child to get outside and ride a bicycle or pull a wagon.  This week's selection of rhymes and stories engage your child to use their hands and feet to mimic pedaling and steering along with making sounds like a bell.  Through making sounds and motions, children learn the letters and sounds words make, engages children's imaginations and helps them get Ready to Read!


One Wheel Rhyme   
One wheel, two wheels,  (make circles with fingers)
On the ground.
My feet make the pedals
Go round and round.  (pretend to pedal)
The handlebars help me
Steer so straight.   (pretend to steer)
Down the sidewalk and out the gate.

One wheel, two wheels,  (make circles with fingers)
On the ground.
My feet make the pedals
Go round and round.  (pretend to pedal)
The handlebars help me
Steer so straight.   (pretend to steer)
Down the sidewalk and out the gate.


My Bear is in the Wagon Rhyme
My bear is in the wagon waiting for a ride.
The sun is shining and it’s fun to be outside.
Here we go, I’ll pull him around fast.
And we’ll make this ride last and last and last.

My bear is in the wagon waiting for a ride.
The sun is shining and it’s fun to be outside.
Here we go, I’ll pull him around fast.
And we’ll make this ride last and last and last.


We read these books at Terrific Twos this week:

Sophie's Wheels by Debora Pearson
As Sophie grows and changes, her wheels change, too. Then one day Sophie is ready to try out a special set of wheels. They will carry her on a small but important journey unlike any she has been on before. 
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At the Supermarket by Anne Rockwell
A mother and child fill a cart at the supermarket with everything from grapes to paper towels, finishing off with some very special items.
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Check these books out for more bicycle riding fun!

Sally Jean, the Bicycle Queen by Cari Best
When Sally Jean outgrows her beloved bicycle, Flash, she experiments with various ideas for acquiring a new, bigger one. 
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Madison and the Two Wheeler by Vanita Braver
When Madison tries to ride her bike without training wheels, she feels discouraged at how hard it is, but with determination and the help of her parents, she finally succeeds. 
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New Red Bike!  by James Ransome
Tom enjoys the thrill of riding his brand new bicycle, and then shares it with a friend. 
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Monday, February 27, 2012

Wonderful Ones: Rhyming With Baby

This week at Wonderful Ones, we bring together several interactive rhymes that will help your little one learn eye-hand coordination, flexibility and even critical thinking skills.  Games such as these also help baby learn to associate sounds and words with objects.  Communication tools used by babies such as, sounds, hand motions and movements are essential to babies learning speech and spoken language.  Children who develop strong vocabulary and speech skills as infants and babies often have an easier time learning how to read.  It's never too early to get ready to read!     

Cheek, Chin Rhyme
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, NOSE.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, TOES.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin –
UP baby goes!

Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, NOSE.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, TOES.
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin –
UP baby goes!

Bouncing We Will Go Rhyme
A bouncing we will go,
A bouncing we will go,
High ho the derry-o,
A bouncing we will go.

A rocking we will go,
A rocking we will go,
High ho the derry-o,
A rocking we will go.

A hugging we will go,
A hugging we will go,
High ho the derry-o,
A hugging we will go.

Face Game Rhyme
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.

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.

We read these rhyming books at Wonderful Ones this week: 

1 Teddy Bear:  A Counting Book by Bernette Ford
Simple text and playful, brightly-colored illustrations introduce numbers and numerals. 
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Play time Puppy! by Annie Kubler
Puppy wants to play, and is ready for a chat! Talking with your baby fosters the early development of basic language and communication skills, and promotes emotional closeness and well being.
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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Story Mix Week for Three to Six: Favorite Characters Max and Ruby

This week in our Story Mix post, we are devoting rhymes and books about a lovable brother and sister pair, Max and Ruby!  Max and Ruby are two bunny children who love to invent and imagine.  Ruby is the older sister who often teaches her little brother Max important lessons such as sharing and playing. 

Incorporate playtime into your daily routine!  Such active play helps elevate children's imaginations and allows them to embrace their creativity.  Share and read a Max and Ruby book together! 

For more Max and Ruby, visit their site on Nick, Jr. 
Get more information on their creator, author and illustrator, Rosemary Wells

Ants Fingerplay (sung to the tune of 'Are You Sleeping?')
Big ants, little ants
Big ants, little ants
See them crawl
Up the wall
Creepy, creepy crawling
Never, never falling
Ants, ants, ants
Ants, ants, ants

Cake Batter Action Rhyme
Mix the batter
Stir the batter   
Shake some flour in
Mix the batter
Stir the batter
Pour it in a tin
Sprinkle raisins in it
Pop it in to bake
Open wide the oven door
And out comes a cake!


For more Max and Ruby Fun, check out these books by Rosemary Wells:

Click here for a full list of books by Rosemary Wells at the library.

Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells
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Max's ABC by Rosemary Wells
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Max and Ruby's Bedtime Book by Rosemary Wells
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Ruby's Tea for Two by Rosemary Wells
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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Terrific Twos: Trains Go CHOO CHOO!

It's Terrific Two Year Old time!  We are continuing with our fast moving theme of 'Things that GO!' and sharing rhymes and books about TRAINS!  Our selection of rhymes, songs and stories encourages active play and thoughtful fun for kids who like motion and movement.  Children will use hands and feet throughout the rhymes to create activity, such as making chugging motions.  Through making whistle sounds and other train noises such as the whoosh of a steam engine, children learn the letters and sounds words make.  Such simplicity of motion and sounds engages children's imaginations and helps them get Ready to Read!

I'm a Choo Choo Train Rhyme   
I’m a choo choo train chugging down the track.  (make chugging motions)
First I go forward, then I go back.
Now my bell is ringing, hear my whistle blow,  (make whistle noise)
What a lot of noise I make everywhere I go.
   
I’m a choo choo train chugging down the track.  (make chugging motions)
First I go forward, then I go back.
Now my bell is ringing, hear my whistle blow,  (make whistle noise)
What a lot of noise I make everywhere I go.

If I were a..... Rhyme
If I were a bus or a car,
I would roll down the road.  (roll hands)
If I were a truck,
I would dump my heavy load.  (let hands fall)
If I were an airplane,
I would fly up to the sky.  (spread arms like wings)
If I were a boat,
I would make waves as I went by.  (make waves)
If I were a train,
I would chug along the track.  (train motions)
But I am a person,
So I will walk there and back.

For more train fun, check out these books we read at Terrific Twos this week: 

A Train Goes Clickety Clack by Jonathan London
Trains are fast. Trains are sleek. Trains make wonderful sounds as the wheels clatter, boilers hiss, and couplings clang. This playful picture book captures the excitement of trains through evocative language and vibrant illustrations. 
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I Love Trains by Philemon Sturges
A boy expresses his love of trains, describing many kinds of train cars and their special jobs. 
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Monday, February 20, 2012

Wonderful Ones: We Love Animals!

Do you have a wonderful one-year old who loves animals and animal sounds and games?  Then you and your baby both will love the animal themed songs, rhymes and stories we enjoyed at this week's class.  Singing and rhyming not only allows baby to hear and learn new words, it also assists in developing listening skills. By listening to the different sounds animals make, babies will be able to decipher syllables in spoken language.

I Went to the Zoo Rhyme (Sung to the tune of London Bridge)
I went to the zoo one day, zoo one day, zoo one day,
I saw a lion in a cage and this is what he said – ROAR!

I went to the zoo one day, zoo one day, zoo one day,
I saw a Snake in a cage and this is what he said – HISS!

I went to the zoo one day, zoo one day, zoo one day,
I saw a Monkey in a cage and this is what he said – OOH OOH AHH!

I went to the zoo one day, zoo one day, zoo one day,
I saw a Tiger in a cage and this is what he said – GRRRRR!


Repeat the rhyme using other zoo animals!

Ten Wild Horses Rhyme
(Bounce baby on lap)
10 wild horses came galloping through town,
5 were white and 5 were brown.
They galloped up,
And they galloped down.
They galloped away,
And out of town.

10 wild horses came galloping through town,
5 were white and 5 were brown.
They galloped up,
And they galloped down.
They galloped away,
And out of town.


Little Mouse Rhyme
(Creep fingers up baby’s back)
See the little mouse
Creeping up the stair,
Looking for a warm place,
There oh there.  (Tickle baby’s neck)

(Creep fingers up baby’s back)
See the little mouse
Creeping up the stair,
Looking for a warm place,
There oh there.  (Tickle baby’s neck)

Enjoy these stories we read at Wonderful Ones this week: 

Peekaboo, Puppy! By Beth Harwood
Join puppy and his farmyard friends for a game of peekaboo. 
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Shhh… By Guido Van Genechten
Various animals gesture the need to be quiet because a baby is sleeping. 
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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Story Mix for Three to Six: Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is a great day to explore colors with your little one!  Red and Pink are often colors associated with Valentine's.  Colors can be both useful and expressive ways for children to not only learn new words, but also identify objects and feelings.  Using such skills, children can begin to learn about colors in books and get ready to read!

These are two great resources to use for learning more about how colors help children learn and grow:
Purdue University College of Consumer and Family Sciences
Kennesaw State University Educational Technology Center

There is also a Valentine themed rhyme in which you can pretend to make a Valentine!  Or for more fun, bring out the craft supplies and make real Valentine's for everyone your child loves!  Crafts are a great way for your little one to enhance their imagination, as well as, engage important hand and eye coordination for improving fine motor skills. 


Let's Make a Valentine Rhyme
Snip, snip, snip the paper.  (scissor motion)
Glue, glue glue the paper.   (glue stick motion)
Press, press, press the paper.  (pressing motion)
Here’s a valentine for you!  (give valentine away)

Valentine Kisses Rhyme
1 little, 2 little, 3 little kisses
4 little, 5 little, 6 little kisses
7 little, 8 little, 9 little kisses
10 little kisses on Valentine’s Day.

We read these Valentine themed books at Story Mix this week:

Clifford's First Valentine's Day by Norman Bridwell
Clifford spends his first Valentine's Day going to the post office with Emily Elizabeth to mail valentines, but he gets lost in the carts full of letters. 
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My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall
Depicts in rhyming text how love can be many different things, such as eager as a beaver, steady as a yak, or silly as a seal. 

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Hug Me by Patti Stren
More than anything in the world, Elliot the porcupine wants a friend who will hug him. 
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Never Too Little to Love by Jeanne Willis
Tiny Too-Little loves someone who's very, very tall, and Tiny wants a kiss. What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a thimble? What if he stands on his tiptoes on top of a matchbox on top of a thimble?
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1, 2, 3 Go! Counting, Colors, Clothing

This week's 1, 2, 3 Go! class incorporates many different learning themes including counting, rhyming, repetition, colors and clothing.  Counting aloud not only introduces new sounds and words to help build vocabulary, but also creates a stimulating learning environment.  Rhyming helps young children remember these important concepts and reinforces what they are learning in a positive manner.  Playing dress up and learning about clothing items helps elevate children's imaginations and allows them to embrace their creativity.  Taking these games and including color elements enriches the concept even more.  

For example, when you count evergreens talk about trees and what colors they are throughout the seasons.  When you sing the colorful noses rhyme, children are already using colors in addition to learning new words such as shoe and jumping.  Rhyming is included in almost every rhyme, and it reinforces the ideas in the songs. 

Six Little Evergreens Rhyme
Six little trees standing in a row,
Their prickly needles all covered with snow.
The first tree is short.
The second tree is tall.
The third tree looks like it just might fall.
The fourth tree is skinny.
The fifth tree is stumpy.
The sixth tree’s bark is rough and bumpy!
Six little trees standing in a row,
Their prickly needles all covered with snow.

Colorful Noses Rhyme
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so black, rub your tummy and touch your back.
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so red, pat your legs and nod your head.
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so blue, touch your knee and then your shoe.
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so green, jump up like a jumping bean.
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so pink, close your eyes and make them blink. 
Brown bear, brown bear, nose so white, hide your hands out of sight.   

Bears Are Sleeping Rhyme
Bears are sleeping, bears are sleeping,
In their lairs, in their lairs.  (Pretend to sleep)
Soon it will be springtime, soon it will be springtime,
Wake up, bears!  Wake up bears!  (Pretend to wake up)

Bears are sleeping, bears are sleeping,
In their lairs, in their lairs.  (Pretend to sleep)
Soon it will be springtime, soon it will be springtime,
Wake up, bears!  Wake up bears!  (Pretend to wake up)

It’s Not That Cold Outside Song 
I don’t want to wear my coat, wear my coat, wear my coat.
I don’t want to wear my coat.
It’s not that cold outside.

I don’t want to wear my hat, wear my hat, wear my hat.
I don’t want to wear my hat.
It’s not that cold outside.   

(Repeat verse with other items such as scarf, boots or gloves)

We read these books at 1, 2, 3 Go! this week: 

Kate's Surprise by Ann Burg
Pete wants to play out in the snow, but he doesn't feel well until his sister cheers him up.
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Kitten's Winter by Eugenie Fernandez
A young kitten explores the woods on a cold winter day as other animals shelter from the weather or engage in their usual seasonal activities.
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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Terrific Twos: Boats go ZOOOOOM!

It's Terrific Two Year Old time!  We are continuing with our animated theme of 'Things that GO!' and sharing rhymes and books about BOATS!  Our selection of rhymes, songs and stories encourages active play and thoughtful fun for kids who like motion and movement.  Children will use hands and feet throughout the rhymes to create activity, such as pretending to row a boat or moving their arms and hands like waves in the water.

There is also a Valentine themed rhyme in which you can pretend to make a Valentine!  Or for more fun, bring out the craft supplies and make real Valentine's for everyone your Terrific Two year old loves!  Crafts are a great way for your little one to enhance their imagination, as well as, engage important hand and eye coordination for improving fine motor skills.


Waves, Waves Rhyme
Waves, waves, back and forth, (move hands like waves)
Rock the boat all day.
We row and row so we can go (pretend to row)
Somewhere far away.  (look with “binocular hands”)   

Five Little Boats Rhyme (From our friends at King County Library System)
The first little boat went chug, chug, chug.
The second little boat went tug, tug, tug.
The third little boat went row, row, row.
The fourth little boat went ohhh sooo slowww.
Here comes the sailboat,
Watch it GO!

Row, Row, Row Your Boat (From our friends at King County Library System)
Row, row, row your boat
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.

Row row row your boat
gently down the stream.
If you see a crocodile
Don't forget to scream!


To make this rhyme even more fun, turn it into a game in which you sit down holding hands, and rock back and forth like a boat as you sing the song.

Let's Make a Valentine Rhyme
Snip, snip, snip the paper.  (scissor motion)
Glue, glue glue the paper.   (glue stick motion)
Press, press, press the paper.  (pressing motion)
Here’s a valentine for you!  (give valentine away)

We read these books at Terrific Twos this week: 

My Blue Boat by Chris L. Demarest
While playing with a blue boat in the bathtub, a young girl imagines she is on an ocean voyage.
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Boats by Anne Rockwell
Depicts boats and ships of varying sizes and uses.
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Mouses's First Valentine by  Lauren Thompson
Mouse watches his sister making a valentine and wonders what it is. 
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Monday, February 13, 2012

Wonderful Ones: Mommies and Daddies

Mommies, daddies, and caregivers play a very important role in helping baby begin to develop early literacy skills as a child's first teacher!  These rhymes and stories help baby learn such words as 'mommy' and 'daddy', along with the concept of love and family.  Have some fun with these interactive rhymes that will help your little one learn eye-hand coordination, flexibility and even critical thinking skills. 

Mother, Father, and Uncle John Rhyme
(Bounce baby up and down on lap)
Mother, Father, and Uncle John,
Went to town one by one.
Mother fell off and…(Lean to side)
Father fell , but…(Lean to other side)
Uncle John went on and on…

(Bounce baby up and down on lap)
Mother, Father, and Uncle John,
Went to town one by one.
Mother fell off and…(Lean to side)
Father fell , but…(Lean to other side)
Uncle John went on and on…

My Mommy Told Me Rhyme
My mommy told me to tell you
To clap your hands
Just like I do.
(…Shake your head, …Tap your feet, …Blow a kiss)

The Kissing Rhyme
(Lift baby up and down)
Up, up, up in the sky like this,
Down, down, down, for a great big kiss,
Up like this, down like this,
You’re my special baby!

(Lift baby up and down)
Up, up, up in the sky like this,
Down, down, down, for a great big kiss,
Up like this, down like this,
You’re my special baby!

We read these books at Wonderful Ones this week: 

Giggles with Daddy by Elizabeth Hathon
Text and photographs portray babies and their fathers laughing and giggling together. 
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Mommy Loves Me by John & Wendy
Mommy kisses, and Mommy hugs. But what else does she do? You and your little one will love turning the pages of this adorable book to find out what Mommy does best.
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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Story Mix for Three to Six: Clothing and Counting Books

We read several books this week at Story Mix all around the theme of clothing and counting. One of the first learning concepts children are exposed to are numbers and counting.  Counting aloud not only introduces new sounds and words, but also creates a stimulating learning environment.  Learning about clothing items also prepares children to dress themselves as they go to school, in addition to hearing new sounds and words, which increases vocabulary.

Send us your suggestions for clothing and counting books and we might include it in a future posting!


That Pup by Lindsay Barrett George
After having fun digging up acorns, a little dog decides to bury them all again. 
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Dog in Boots by Greg Gormley
After reading "Puss in Boots," an adventurous dog sets out to find the perfect pair of shoes to suit his every need. 
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How Many Feet in the Bed? by Diane Johnston Hamm
Count the feet as a family of five tumble in and out of bed on a Sunday morning. 
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Whose Shoes? by Anna Grossnickle Hines
A mouse tries on the shoes of various family members, from Daddy's great big clompy shoes and Mommy's clappy high-heeled shoes to those of Brother and Baby, but only one pair is just right.
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Together by Hazel Hutchins
Explores what keeps clothing and other things together in everyday life. 
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Pete the Cat:  I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin
Pete the Cat gets into colorful adventures while out walking in his new white shoes. 
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Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London
Rambunctious Froggy hops out into the snow for a winter frolic but is called back by his mother to put on some necessary articles of clothing. 
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Chicka, Chicka, 1, 2, 3 by Bill Martin, Jr.
Numbers from one to one hundred climb to the top of an apple tree in this rhyming chant. 
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New Socks by Bob Shea
A chicken is filled with excitement and self-confidence when he dons a new pair of orange socks. 
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Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed by Mo Willems
Wilbur, a naked mole rat who likes to wear clothes, is forced to go before the wise community elder, who surprises the other naked mole rats with his announcement.. 
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Terrific Twos: Buses go BEEP! BEEP!

It's Terrific Two Year Old time!  We are continuing with our animated theme of 'Things that GO!' and sharing rhymes and books about BUSES!  Our selection of rhymes, songs and stories encourages active play and thoughtful fun for kids who like motion and movement.  Children will use hands and feet throughout the rhymes to create activity, such as wheels going around in a circle, waving arms like airplane or walking back and forth.  Such simplicity engages children's imaginations.

If I Were a Bus or a Car Rhyme
If I were a bus or a car,
I would roll down the road.  (roll hands)
If I were a truck,
I’d dump my heavy load.  (let hands fall)
If I were an airplane,
I would fly up in the sky.  (spread arms like wings)
If I were a boat,
I’d make waves as I went by.  (make wave motions)
If I were a train,
I’d chug along the tracks.  (pump arms like train)
But since I’m a person,
I will walk there and back.  (walking motion)

The Wheels on the Bus (From our friends at the King County Library System)
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.

The people on the bus go up and down,
Up and down, up and down,
The people on the bus go up and down,
All through the town.
The money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink,
Clink, clink, clink, clink, clink, clink,
The money on the bus goes clink, clink, clink,
All through the town.

Repeat the song using other elements of the bus such as the wipers or the horn:
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish…
The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep…
The babies on the bus go wah, wah, wah…
The driver on the bus says move on back…
The doors on the bus go open and shut…
The grandmothers on the bus go knit, knit, knit…
The grandfathers on the bus go ZZZ, ZZZ, ZZZ…
The mothers on the bus say I Love You…
The fathers on the bus say I Love You Too…
All through the town.

We read these stories about buses at Terrific Twos: 

Maisy Drives the Bus by Lucy Cousins
Maisy the mouse picks up an assortment of passengers as she drives her bus. 
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Bus Stop by Janet Morgan Stoeke
Kindergartners gather for their exciting first ride on the school bus.
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Monday, February 6, 2012

Wonderful Ones: Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are a great way to introduce language to your  baby.  These rhymes make it easy to hear comparisons and contrasts between different speech sounds. The rhyme, repetition, and rhythm of the language also makes nursery rhymes such as these fun to read and sing over and over again.  

Baa, Baa, Black Sheep
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full.
One for my master,
One for my dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

Humpty Dumpty  (Bounce baby on lap)
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses and all the King's men,
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the King's horses and all the King's men,
Couldn't put Humpty together again!

Clap With Me Rhyme
Come along and clap with me,
Clap with me, clap with me.
Come along and clap with me,
This bright and sunny morning.
(Tap your feet, stretch up high)


We read these nursery rhyme books at Wonderful Ones:

Little Bo Peep by Tracey Campbell Pearson
Little Bo Peep lost her sheep and then found them. 
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This Little Piggy by Annie Kubler
Presents an illustrated version of this traditional nursery rhyme. 
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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

1, 2, 3 Go! Peppy Little Penquins

This week at 1, 2, 3 Go! we have rhymes and stories about those lovable creatures called Penguins!  In this week's rhymes and stories, children will also learn important concepts through repetition and singing.  Learning such words as 'wobbly' or 'shuffle' challenge children to learn new words, as well as learn the motions and movements.  Singing about clapping hands and stamping feet also helps children make connections between actions and thoughts.  Incorporating such activity helps children put together ideas in order to make connections and understand words in print so they can get Ready to Read!

I’m a Little Penguin Rhyme (sung to the tune of I’m a Little Teapot)
I’m a little penguin
Black and white
Short and wobbly
A real cute sight.
I can’t fly at all, but I love to swim.
So I’ll waddle to the water and dive right in.

Penguin Shuffle Rhyme
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 round the iceberg
Never want to stop.

What Do You See With? (sung to the tune of Frere Jacques)
What do you see with?
What do you see with?
Tell me now, tell me now.
These are what you see with,
These are what you see with,
These are your eyes!

What do you clap with?
What do you clap with?
Tell me now, tell me now.
These are what you clap with,
These are what you clap with,
These are your hands!

Repeat the rhyme with other actions such as stamping with your feet or hugging with your arms.


We read these Penguin books at 1, 2, 3 Go!   

Penguins by Liz Pichon
Penguins at the zoo have an exciting afternoon when one finds a camera left behind by a visitor.
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If You Were a Penguin by Wendell and Florence Minor
If you were a penguin . . . You could swim really fast and toboggan on ice. Sing a happy duet, once or twice.  You could live on land but dive under the sea.  There's a lot penguins can do, just like you and me!
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Story Mix for Three to Six: Playing Dress Up

Boys and Girls both love to play dress up, whether it be in a fancy princess costume or pretending to be a crime fighting superhero.  This week's Story Mix offers stories for children to incorporate dressing up at playtime! Such active play helps elevate children's imaginations and allows them to embrace their creativity.

Children also love to count and compare, as displayed in the Fancy Valentine rhyme below,  which help them continue to learn. Incorporate such counting and color games into dress up playtime by asking questions such as how many shoes we wear or what color is our hat?  Such games help children get ready to read!


Fancy Valentines Fingerplay Rhyme
5 fancy valentines waiting in the store,
Fancy Nancy bought one,
And then there were 4
4 pretty valentines for you and me,
Fancy Nancy bought one,
And then there were 3
3 pretty valentines wondering what to do,
Fancy Nancy bought one,
And then there were 2
2 pretty valentines thinking up some fun,
Fancy Nancy bought one,
And then there was 1
1 pretty valentine said “buy me and run!”
Fancy Nancy did that,
And then there were none

The Kettles Get New Clothes by Dayle Ann Dodds
When the small town store where they usually buy their clothes changes hands, the Kettles are in for a surprise on their annual shopping trip. 
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Fancy Nancy by Jane O’Connor
A young girl who loves fancy things helps her family to be fancy for one special night. 
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Ooh La La Polka-Dot Boots by Ellen Olson-Brown
Illustrations and brief rhyming text sing the praises of polka dot boots, which add panache to any outfit. 
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Too Purpley! by Jean Reidy
A young girl rejects many outfits before finding the perfect clothes to wear. 
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