Time for Twos Storytime – Friday, September 27, 2013 – 1, 2, 3, Count with Me!

Chances are, your toddler is really good with the number TWO.  They are always so show that they are “this many” years old (and how we practice to get them to hold up two fingers!).  Kids love to count, and this week’s Storytime is all about counting!

We are reading

Our toddlers will be great with our first rhyme, which uses just TWO little fingers!

TWO LITTLE BLUE BIRDS

Two little blue birds, sitting on a hill,
one named Jack, the other named Jill.
Fly away, Jack!
Fly away, Jill!
Come back, Jack!
Come back, Jill!

Our song is a classic example of one of the many “Five Little” rhymes that we use in storytime.  Although these may seem repetitive at times, they are so important to help reinforce the early counting skills your toddler needs to practice.  Some of these rhymes will count UP to five, while others will count DOWN from five to one.  It’s important for toddlers to practice both ways – these are the basics of addition and subtraction!

Song – FIVE LITTLE DUCKS WENT OUT ONE DAY

Five little ducks went out one day,
over the hill and far away.
Mother Duck said “Quack, quack, quack, quack!”
But only four little ducks came back.

We are shaking our shakers to Hap Palmer’s version of 1, 2 Buckle My Shoe.  Hap Palmer’s music is so wonderful for children!  His voice is calm and gentle, and many of his songs incorporate important early learning concepts.  I use them frequently in our storytimes.

Lapsit Storytime – Thursday, September 26, 2013 – 1, 2, 3 Count with Me!

This week at storytime we are working with numbers.  While some of our older babies may be able to count, most of them are still learning.  Our simple counting rhymes, songs and fingerplays will help to reinforce the earliest mathematical concepts that your baby will use for the rest of her life!

This week we are reading:

Our simple Bounce Rhyme will help with early counting skills:

JUMPING BEANS

1 2 3 4
Beans come jumping through the door!
5 6 7 8
Jumping up onto my plate!

We use “Five Little” rhymes quite a bit in storytime.  I can usually find several to go with any of our themes!  Some count from one to five, while others count backwards from five to one.  It’s great for babies to hear us count UP and count DOWN!

Song – FIVE LITTLE DUCKS WENT OUT ONE DAY

Five little ducks went out one day,
over the hill and far away.
Mother Duck said “quack, quack, quack, quack!”
But only FOUR little ducks came back.

One of the best things to use for counting at home is fingers and toes!  We can start with five, and then move to ten, fifteen, and twenty.  Any of the “Five Little” rhymes we use in storytime can easily be done while counting fingers or toes, but my favorite for babies is the classic “This Little Piggy.”

THIS LITTLE PIGGY

This little piggy went to market.
This little piggy stayed home.
This little piggy had roast beef.
This little piggy had none.
This little piggy cried “Wee, wee, wee!” all the way home!

 

What can you count with your baby this week?  Falling leaves?  Dogs in the park?  Cheerios on the high chair tray?

See you next week for more Lapsit Storytime fun! Continue reading

Family Storytime – 1, 2, 3… Count with Me! – Wednesday, September 25, 2013

1, 2, 3 – Read to me!

This week we are learning about numbers.  We are reading these books (Miss Lisa is so excited to FINALLY use Pete the Cat in storytime!):

“Five Little” rhymes are an easy and fun way to reinforce counting with your child.  This week, we are singing Five Little Ducks and using puppets with Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree.

If you have older children at home, math skills can be practiced through games found on educational websites.  Try some of these number games at www.funbrain.com!

Time for Twos Storytime – Friday, September 20, 2013 – Animal Sounds

Welcome to Time for Twos!  I am so glad you and your toddler will be joining us for the fall storytime session.

Each week, we will start our time together with our “Hello!” song.  This is sung with a recording, but it is very simple and both you and your toddler will know it soon.  Our weekly rhyme is Open, Shut Them:

Open, shut them,Open, shut them.
Give a little clap, clap, clap!
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Put them in your lap.

Creep them, creep them,
creep them, creep them,
Up to your little chin.

Open up your little mouth,
but do not put them in!

This week we are learning about animal sounds.  By learning about the sounds animals make, your toddler is learning about all the different, unique sounds humans make when speaking the English language.  Being exposed to these animal sounds today will help your child be better prepared to read in the future!

We are reading these books:

We will have fun singing When Ducks Get Up in the Morning and finding the baby mice in Where Are the Baby Mice?

If you aren’t already familiar with Laurie Berkner, please borrow some of her music from the library!  We are using her fun song I Know A Chicken during Shaker Time today!

Routine is very important to toddlers, so we close storytime with the same rhyme and song each week.

Closing Rhyme – This is Big, Big, Big

This is big, big, big.
This is small, small, small.
This is short, short, short.
This is tall, tall, tall.
This is fast, fast, fast.
This is slow, slow, slow.
This is yes, yes, yes.
This is no, no, no.

Closing Song – We Wave Goodbye Like This  (to The Farmer in the Dell)

We wave goodbye like this.
We wave goodbye like this.
We clap our hands with all our friends,
We wave goodbye like this.

Thanks for coming to storytime this week!  We’ll see you and your toddler next Friday for more fun!

Lapsit Storytime – Thursday, September 19, 2013 – Animal Sounds

Welcome to our first Lapsit Storytime for the fall session!

Each week, we will start our time together singing “We Clap and Say Hello!”  The tune is the same as The Farmer in the Dell.  If you aren’t familiar with it, don’t worry!  You’ll learn it quickly after just a week or two.

We Clap And Say Hello

We clap and say hello.We clap and say hello.
With our friends at storytime
We clap and say hello!

After our song, we will do the fingerplay Baby’s Game.  It’s very simple – just let the words direct your actions with your baby!

Baby’s Game

Touch your ears, pat your nose,
Tickle baby’s little toes.
Hide your eyes, where are you?
Baby’s playing Peek-A-Boo!

We will open our Lapsit storytime in the same way every week.  Babies love repetition!

Today we are learning about “Animal Sounds.”

We are reading these books:

Each week, we will share a “bounce rhyme” with the babies.  Young babies (and toddlers who want to sit) can sit in your lap for these rhymes; toddlers on the move can share in hand clapping along with the rhythm.  Here is this week’s rhyme:

A farmer went trotting upon his gray mare,
With his daughter behind him so rosy and fair.
Then a duck cried out “QUACK!”
And the all tumbled down,Off of the horse and upside down!

We will also sing this song and recite this rhyme.

Look for these other books about animals in our collection!

Thanks for coming to Storytime – see you next week!

Family Storytime – Wednesday, September 18, 2013 – Animal Sounds

Welcome to our Family Storytime!  I am so pleased to be able to offer a story program that is available for multiple ages and stages!  This program is open to all members of your family, and no registration is required (so feel free to bring a friend too!).

We will start our storytime with the same song each week.  It is to the tune of If You’re Happy and You Know It, so most people should be familiar with it.

If You’re Ready for a Story

If you’re ready for a story take a seat!
If you’re ready for a story take a seat!
Clap your hands and stomp your feet!
Make your hands all nice and neat.
If you’re ready for a story take a seat!

Each week will feature a different theme.  This week we are learning about animal sounds, and I hope that we can make plenty of noise pretending to be different animals!

We will be reading these books:

We will be shaking our shakers to a great Laurie Berkner song, I Know A Chicken.  If you aren’t familiar with Laurie Berkner’s music, borrow one of her CDs from the library!  Her music makes both children and parents want to sing and dance!

We will end storytime with the same song each week, so that the children know that storytime is ending.  We sing this to the tune of The Farmer in the Dell.

We Wave Goodbye Like This

We wave goodbye like this,
We wave goodbye like this,
We clap out hands for all our friends,
We wave goodbye like this.

Thanks so much for coming to our family storytime.  I look forward to seeing you again next week!