This is Week #2 in our Winter Storytime session, and we are reading about numbers today.
Why are we talking about numbers to babies and young toddlers? Because we want to build those early math and reading skills! We don’t expect babies and young toddlers to be able to count with fluency yet, but when we read books about numbers, we are helping them learn concepts like counting, one-to-one correspondence (that when there is a picture of one teddy bear, we count 1), and more/less.
Try to incorporate numbers into your daily routine with your child. Count fingers and toes during bath time, count Cheerios on the tray of the highchair, or count the stairs as you go up or down. My Pintrest page has lots of activities you can do with numbers, including quite a few mealtime counting activities!
Our books this week:
Ten Tiny Tickles (Karen Katz) – I adore Karen Katz’s books for babies! The illustrations are so sweet and colorful. Parents will love the sweet, family-centered text. Babies will love being tickled!
Who’s Counting (Nancy Tafuri) – This simple book is great for introducing counting/numbers, as well as talking about animals. Kids will enjoy the illustrations of the animals, and finding the puppy on each page.
We will be using Baa Baa Black Sheep as our nursery rhyme this week, and our bounce rhyme is Tick Tock:
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock,
Now it’s one o’clock.
Repeat for two and three o’clock.