Welcome back to Lapsit storytime! I hope you are having a great new year. After all the holiday excitement, it’s nice to settle back into our routine.
This week, we are welcoming winter.
Millions of Snowflakes (Mary McKenna Siddals) – This story is a simple description of a toddler playing in the snow. The illustrations are soft and comfortable, and the text is in simple rhyme. It is a great introduction to winter and snow for little ones who may not have experienced it before (or may not remember it).
Under My Hood I Have A Hat (Karla Kuskin) – This is one of my favorite toddler books for winter! I love rhyming stories, and this is an adorable poem about being out in winter weather. The illustrations are colorful and simple, and will catch the attention of young readers. Bonus – this book is a way to reinforce parts of the body too!
Bounce Rhyme – For any new families, each week we do a “bounce rhyme,” where babies can bounce on your lap (or, if your baby is already up and running, clapping along is fine too!). These rhymes help us develop an important pre-literacy skill: phonological awareness. That’s a fancy way of saying that your baby is able to hear the different sounds that make up words. By bouncing to the rhythm of the rhyme, we easily break words into syllables, making it easier for little ears to hear all the different sounds in the English language.
Peas Porridge Hot
Peas porridge hot
Peas porridge cold.
Peas porridge in the pot, nine days old.
Some like it hot.
Some like it cold.
Some like it in the pot, nine days old.
Nursery Rhyme – we also recite at least one Nursery Rhyme each week. Nursery Rhymes also help develop phonological awareness, but it also helps to build vocabulary skills (teaching new words to babies).
The North Wind
The North Wind doth blow, and we will have snow.
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He’ll sit in a barn, and keep himself warm,
And hide is head under his wing, poor thing.
Reading Together Time – Often in storytime, I will bring out a basket of books and encourage your baby to choose a book to read with you. Not only is this a great time for snuggles, but it also helps with print motivation. Let your baby choose a book they like, and be patient while he handles the book. Let him try to hold the book the right way, turn the pages, and understand that the words on the page tell the story you are reading to him.
Be sure to visit our Pintrest page too – I pin lots of crafts and activities to go with each week’s theme. These activities can help you extend our storytime theme throughout the week, and give you and your baby some special time together!