Baby Storytime 11/17/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read Mouse is Small by Mary Murphy and Up Hamster, Down Hamster by Kass Reich.

Rhyme of the Week:
Round and round the garden, (circle belly with finger)
Goes the teddy bear.
One step, two step (walk fingers up chest),
Tickle ’em under there! (tickle under chin)

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Sing! Get a music CD that everyone likes and dance and sing along to your favorite songs with your child. Talk about it.

Baby Storytime 11/10/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora and Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig.

Rhyme of the Week:
Roly poly roly poly up, up, up.
Roly poly roly poly down, down, down.
Roly poly roly poly clap, clap, clap.
Roly poly roly poly lay them in your lap.

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Play! Use blocks or empty boxes to build with your child. Explore what happens as buildings gt taller or wider?

Baby Storytime 11/3/2017

Books of the Week:
Today we read All About Me! By Dawn Sirett and Trucks Go! by Steve Light.

Rhyme of the Week:
(point and tickle)
These are baby’s fingers, these are baby’s toes.
This is baby’s belly button,
Round and round it goes.
These are baby’s eyes, and this is baby’s nose.
This is baby’s belly button,
Round and round it goes!

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Read! Involve your child in reading. Say “where do I start?” “Let’s turn the page, etc.”

Baby Storytime 10/20/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read Little You by Richard Van Camp and Snuggle Puppy by Sandra Boynton.

Rhyme of the Week:
Davey Dumplin’ (bounce along to the rhyme)
Davey, Davey Dumplin’,
Boil him in a pot.
Butter him, sugar him,
And eat him while he’s hot! (fake gobble up baby!)

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Talk! Even though babies will not actually understand number words and concepts, rhymes with numbers prepare them for the idea of numbers and for counting by rote or imitation. Later they will connect to the words.

Baby Storytime 9/15/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read Baby Colors by Rachael McKenna which features photographs of adorable babies and their favorite colors and the wonderful book Birds by Kevin Henkes.

Rhyme of the Week:
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake, as fast as you can.
Roll it, and pat it, and mark it with a B.
And put it in the oven for Baby and me!

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Sing! To the tune of Farmer in Dell, sing what you are doing: “We’re going to the store, we’re going to the store…” etc.

Baby Storytime 9/8/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read Let’s Read! by Carol McDougall and Ten Little Fingers by Annie Kubler.

Rhyme of the Week:
Two little blackbirds, sitting on a hill.
One named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away Jack, fly away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Play! As young ones handle toys and objects describe how the items feel, look, and sound.

Baby Storytime 9/1/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read Baby Play by Carol McDougall and Whose Toes Are Those by Jabari Asim.

Rhyme of the Week:
Wake up hands, wake up hands,
Wake up hands and wiggle, wiggle, wiggle.
Wake up hands, wake up hands,
Wake and Wiggle in the morning.
(feet, nose, etc.)

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Read! Wordless picture books develop narrative skills. Talk to your baby about what’s going on in the picture, point things out and ask questions.

Baby Storytime 8/25/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read I Kissed the Baby! by Mary Murphy and More Blueberries! by Susan Musgrave.

Rhyme of the Week:
Pizza, pizza pumpernickel,
My little guy (gal) shall have a tickle.
One for his (her) nose,
One for his (her)toes,
And one for the belly where the hot dog goes! (tickle!)

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Talk! An early introduction to the senses helps children make connections between parts of their bodies, the words that represent them, and the things they do. This self-awareness is important to the development of young children’s self-confidence and self-esteem.

Baby Storytime 8/18/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read an adorable new board book called Making Faces by Molly Magnuson, as well as a new color board book called My Color: Early Birds Book.

Rhyme of the Week:
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John,
Went to bed with his stockings on. (tickle baby’s feet)
One shoe off, one shoe on, (lift each foot separately)
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son John.

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Sing! The language of nursery rhymes is different from the language of conversation. Rhymes often have one or two unusual words, ones that children don’t hear in regular conversation, which is great for building their vocabulary.

Baby Storytime 8/11/2017


Books of the Week:
Today we read Train Go by Steve Light and Go Baby Go! by Marilyn Janovitz.

Rhyme of the Week:
Slowly, slowly, very slowly, (slowly move hands along baby’s arms)
Creeps the garden snail.
Slowly, slowly, very slowly,
Up the wooden rail.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly, (tickle baby all over)
Runs the little mouse.
Quickly, quickly, very quickly,
To his little house!

Early Literacy Tip of the Week:
Musical rhythms and rhymes encourage spontaneous movement that strengthens the child’s body and helps to develop sensory control. Large movements, like bouncing baby on your lap, helps grow gross motor skills.