Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Storytime Programs: Winter, 2018 - Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of Winter I storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books 
Daddy Hugs 123 by Karen Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Kisses For Mommy! by Elizabeth Hathon Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Rock the Baby (Tune: London Bridge)
Rock the baby side to side
Side to side, side to side
Rock the baby side to side
Just like this

When babies feel loved and secure, they feel more confident to explore the world around them.

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: The Color Song
Red, red, red touch your head
Blue, blue, blue, touch your shoe
Brown, brown, brown, touch the ground
White, white, white, take a bite
Black, black, black, touch your back
Purple, purple, purple, draw a circle
Brown, brown, brown, sit right down

There are so many easy ways to practice colors with your child every day.  Say, "We're putting on your blue pants today," or "Let's use your red cup at snack time."

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books 
The First Snowfall by Anne and Harlow Rockwell Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Flannel Kisses by Linda Crotta Brennan Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Llama, Llama, I Love You by Anna Dewdney Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Snowballs
A great big snowball
A middle-sized snowball
A little snowball I see
Now let’s count the snowballs
Can you help me?
1, 2, 3

Find a great big toy, a middle-sized toy, and a little toy!   

1, 2, 3, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Baby Boo, I Love You by Sheryl Haft Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Love by Emma Dodd Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Heart-Shaped
There is a shape and it means love
And heart is its name-o
H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T, H-E-A-R-T
And heart is its name-o

Write the letters HEART on a piece of paper.  Point to each letter as you say them.  Tell your child what the letters spell.  Then draw a heart shape on the same piece of paper.  Show your child that the letters and the shape mean the same thing, that there is a connection between printed letters and the world around him.  Do this as you read books together too.  

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Listen to the Desert by Pat Mora Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Hug Me by Simona Ciraolo Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Click, Clack Moo, I Love You! by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Help your child make a Valentine's Day card to give to someone special like Little Duck in the book Click, Clack Moo, I Love You!  What would he like to write?Help him with the letters.    





                       

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Storytime Programs: Winter I, 2018 - Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of Winter I storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books 
Baby's World: A First Book of Senses from the Sassy series Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Dinosaur Big, Dinosaur Small by Martina Hogan Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Birdie's Feather
Birdie flies away from her nest
While her feather falls and tickles my chest
Birdie lands in a nearby tree
Her feather tickles both of my knees
Birdie glides in the air nice and slow
Then her feather tickles my toe

Repeat the rhyme at home using a baby sock, tissue, or other small item.  Just make up some words yourself!  The visual tracking helps your baby practice using both eyes together, an important developmental skill for reading later on.  

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Dance With Me by Charles R. Smith Click here to find the book in the catalog.
We've All Got Belly Buttons by David Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Round and Round the Garden
Round and round the garden
Like a teddy bear
One step, two steps
Tickle you under there!

Music helps in the development of a child's speech.  Singing nursery rhymes and simple songs teaches children how language is constructed, teaches them about tone, beat and rhythm.   Sing and dance with your toddler often!

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books 
Four Black Puppies by Sally Grindley Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Domino by Claire Masurel Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Where's Spot by Eric Hill Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: How Many Boots?
How many boots should a puppy buy
To keep his feet nice and dry?
Let's count his feet and then we'll know
I can count, watch me go!
One, two, three, four
Four new boots is what he should buy
That will keep the puppy dry!

Dogs have four feet.  How many tails?  Eyes?  

1, 2, 3, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
A Hat For Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke Click here to find the book in the catalog.
One Mitten by Kristine O' Connell George Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Mittens (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
The mittens on my hands 
Keep me warm, warm, warm
Warm, warm, warm
The mittens on my hands
Keep me warm
All winter long.
          
Mittens go on hands.  Does your toddler know where a hat goes?  A scarf?  Boots?

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee (presented as a prop story) Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Giddy Up! Let's Ride! by Flora McDonnell Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Cowboy Pokey
You put your right boot in
You put your right boot out
You put your right boot in
And you shake it all about
You do the cowboy pokey
And you turn yourself about
That's what it's all about
(Repeat with left boot/lasso/hat/horse)

                       
Who doesn't love to sing and dance?  Join in and have fun playing with your preschooler!  Get silly!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Storytime Programs: Winter 1, 2018 - Week Three

Welcome to the third week of Winter I storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books 
Pigs Have Piglets by Graeme Base Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Maybe My Baby by Marilyn Janovitz Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: Kitty, Kity
Kitty, kitty (lightly "pet" or stroke your baby's "fur")
Soft and white
Likes to sleep
All through the night
Wake up kitty
It's morning now
Wake up kitty
Meow, meow

Lightly "stroking" or massaging your baby stimulates his circulatory system and enhances bonding.  

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Bubbles, Bubbles by Kathi Appelt Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bouncing Babies by Mike Brownlow Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Bath Time
After a bath, I try, try, try
To rub myself dry, dry, dry
Hands to dry, fingers and toes
Two wet legs and a shiny nose
Just think how much less time it would take
If I were a dog and could
Shake, shake, shake

Make bath time a fun ritual for your baby!  Name body parts as you wash them, sing a favorite rhyme or song.  Enjoy some quality time together.

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books 
Three Kittens by Mirra Ginsburg Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Mice Squeak, We Speak by Arnold Shapiro Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Everyone Is Yawning by Anita Bijsterbosch Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme:  I've Got a Cat (Tune: Skip To My Lou)
I've got a cat on my knee
I've got a cat on my knee
Meow, meow, meow, meow
(Repeat with other body parts)

Sing this song at home substituting the word "cat" for whatever you have on hand, a teddy bear, car, doll, etc.).  Instead of "meow", make an appropriate sound.   Repeat the song and ask your toddler to suggest other body parts instead of "knee".  

1, 2, 3, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Bears in the Snow by Shirley Parenteau Click here to find the book in the catalog.
10 on the Sled by Kim Norman Click here to find the book in the catalog. (presented as a prop story)
Sledding by Elizabeth Winthrop 

Action Rhyme: Five Little Snowmen
Five little snowmen riding on a sled
One fell off and bumped his head
Frosty called the doctor and the doctor said,
"No more snowmen riding on that sled!"
Four little snowmen......
Three little snowmen...
Two little snowmen...
One little snowman...
Put on
Five fingers, five toes.  Count to five using spoons, toys, chairs, whatever else you can find.  Repetition is key when it comes to learning how to count.  

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
I Love My Hat by Douglas Florian Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Green Pants by Kenneth Kragel Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Froggy Gets Dressed by Jonathan London Click here to find the book in the catalog. (presented as a flannel story)

Action Rhyme: Wiggles Out
A wiggle, wiggle here
A wiggle, wiggle there
Wiggle your hands up in the air
Wiggle your shoulders
Wiggle your hips
Wiggle your knees
And wiggle your lips
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
And wiggle and bend
Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle
And this is the end!
                       
This is a great rhyme to get those wiggles out before your preschooler has to sit still - at mealtime, in the car, etc.  Can he think of any other things to wiggle?  Knees?  Toes?  

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Storytime Programs: Winter I, 2018 - Week Two

Welcome to the second week of Winter I storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books 
Sleepyheads by Sandra J. Howatt Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Tickle, Tickle by Helen Oxenbury Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: All of Baby
Start at your head, then go down to your nose
Touch your shoulders, your tummy, your toes
When you get to to your feet, no tickling, please!

"Rhymes about body parts allow children to begin to gain awareness of themselves as individuals separate from their caregivers."
Baby Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Llama Llama Mad at Mama by Anna Dewdney Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love My Mommy by Sebastien Braun Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Clap Our Hands for Momma
Let's clap our hands for Momma
For Momma, for Momma
Let's clap our hands for Momma
Let's clap them this way
Clap up high and down low
Clap up high and down low
Let's clap our hands for Momma
Let's clap them this way

How else can you clap hands?  Fast?  Slow?  Near your feet?  Under the table?

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books 
The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel Click here to find the book in the catalog.
A Hat for Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Mitten Matching
Mittens, mittens
You need two
Mittens, mittens
Red, green, or blue
Mittens, mittens
Good for cold weather
Mittens, mittens
Always keep them together
Who's got a mitten just like me?
Hold it up, let me see

This week's mitten rhyme was presented as an interactive color matching game for the toddlers.  What items can you match at home?  Socks?  Shoes?  Cups?  Crayons?

1, 2, 3, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Colors in the Cold by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Lisa and the Snowman by Coby Hol Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Jeffrey Burton Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I'm a Little Snowman (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I'm a little snowman short and fat
Here are my buttons, here is my hat
When the sun comes out, I cannot play
I just slowly melt away
Put on
Count buttons today!  On shirts, pants, jackets, and more!

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
I Wanna Be a Cowgirl by Angela DiTerlizzi Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Holly's Red Boots by Francesca Chessa Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa by Erica Silverman Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I'm a Little Cowboy/Cowgirl (Tune: I'm a Little Teapot)
I’m a little cowboy
Here is my hat   (touch head)
Here are my boots (feet)
And here are my chaps (legs)
As soon as I get up
I work all day
I get on a horse  (swing leg over pretend to saddle)
And ride away (gallop)                                 

Ask your preschooler to draw a horse and tell you a story about it!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Storytime Programs: Winter 1, 2018 - Week One

Welcome to the first week of Winter I storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Baby Rhyme Time (For babies 0-11 months and a caregiver)

Books 
Hat On, Hat Off by Theo Heras Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Snow by Carol Thompson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Snow Is Falling Down
Snow is falling down (Tickle down baby's body)
Shhhhhh
Snow is falling down
Shhhhhh
Slowly, very slowly
Snow is falling down
Shhhhhh

Singing to your baby is a wonderful way to comfort and soothe him.  Sing to him anytime - when changing a diaper, feeding, rocking, etc.  Sing whatever you know, or make up the words!

Wonderful Ones (For babies 12-23 months and a caregiver)

Books
Red Light, Green Light by Anastasia Suen Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love Trains by Philemon Sturges Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Choo-Choo Train
This is the choo-choo train
Puffing down the track
Now it’s going forward
Now it’s going back
Now the bell is ringing
Now the whistle blows.
What a lot of noise it makes
Everywhere it goes

This is a good, loud rhyme to repeat at home with your toddler!  Show him pictures of trains and count the wheels together.  Can you find the whistle and bell?  Where are the tracks?  

Terrific Twos (For toddlers 2-3 years and a caregiver)

Books 
Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats Click here to find the book in the catalog.
What Can You Do in the Snow? by Anna Grossnickle Hines Click here to find the book in the catalog. 
Under My Hood I Have a Hat by Karla Kuskin Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: Crunch, Crunch, Crunch, Crunch
Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch
Up the hill so slow (Walk fingers up arm)           
Sliding, sliding, sliding, sliding (Slide fingers down arm)
Down the hill we go

Crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch are such fun-sounding words!  Are there any other words that you and your toddler like to say?  

1, 2, 3, Go!  (For children 1-3 years and a caregiver)

Books
Winter is the Warmest Season by Lauren Stringer Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Ooh La-La Polka Dot Boots by Ellen Olson-Brown Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Winter Wear
The day is cloudy and the wind is cold
Dress up warmly, you mustn't get cold!
Put on your coat and zip it up tight
Put on your left boot, put on your right
Put on your scarf and put on your hat
Put on your mittens and clap-clap-clap!
Go outside and play and play
Come in again and then we'll say - 
Take off your coat that was zipped up tight
Take off your left boot, take off your right
Take off your scarf, take off your hat
Take off your mittens, and then take a nap!
Put on
Rhymes like this one help your toddler adjust to everyday situations.  Practice putting on clothes, outerwear, and footwear every day.  Practice using zippers and buttons too.   

StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Don't Touch My Hat by James Rumford Click here to find the book in the catalog.
A Wild Cowboy by Danna Smith Click here to find the book in the catalog.
A Hat for Minverva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: Hats for Animals
Four funny winter hats (count on fingers)
A red one to adore
A monkey came and bought it
And now, there are three
Three funny winter hats
The yellow should please
A kangaroo bought it-
And now there are two
Two funny winter hats
The green one’s good for you
A giraffe came and bought it
And now there’s only one
One funny winter hat
It’s very, very small
A mouse came and bought it
The last one of all.

Animals don't wear hats to keep warm in winter!  How do animals keep warm in cold weather?  Discover what your child knows about this subject.  Check out some books and read more! 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Storytime Fun!


Regular weekly storytimes for children from birth through Kindergarten begin next Monday, January 8, and we're hoping you'll join us!   Click on this link for days, times, and registration information. 


Storytime at the library is so much more than books.  You won't want your child to miss out on all the fun and learning that we are planning!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Simple Literacy Activities To Do Together!

The busy holiday season is here and it's always helpful to have some fun activities to keep your child busy.  Here are a few simple ideas to get you started:



  • Ask your child to draw a picture and tell what he loves about Christmas or another holiday celebrated in his family.
  • Write out the word "Christmas" or any other word and see if your child can identify all the letters.
  • Write out the word "Winter" and see if your child can copy the letters.
  • Read a holiday book, or another favorite book, to your child and ask him to tell you the story.
  • Sing a holiday song together!  Add some dance moves!