Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week Six

Welcome to the sixth week of Winter 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 1-2-3 by Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Marvelous Mom by Sterling Children's Books Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Have A Baby (Tune: Bingo)
I have a baby sweetie pie
And he is cute all over
Hands, head, nose and toes (tap body part)
Hands, head, nose and toes
Hands, head, nose and toes
And he is cute all over!

"A secure environment helps your child develop trust.  That sense of security will give her the courage to explore the world and eventually become more independent."
Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker

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

Books
Sleepyheads by Howatt Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Busy Lizzie by Berry Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Good Night
One fluffy quilt on my bed
Two little pillows on my head
Three teddy bears to hold tight
Four kisses from mom for a restful night
Five hugs from dad and off goes my light
Good night!

Little children thrive on routine, especially at bedtime.  Be sure to include some snuggling on a lap along with a book or two at this time.  Perhaps your child has a favorite book that will make reading together at this time an even more greatly anticipated activity.     

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

Books
From Head To Toe by Carle Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bunny Slopes by Rueda Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: I Can Jump High!
I can jump high
I can jump low
I can bend and stretch like so
I can run fast
I can run slow
Or do a wibble wobble melt like so

Play an animal game together at home.  Show your toddler how to move (fly) like a bird and ask him to copy you.  Slither like a snake, jump like a kangaroo, run fast like a cheetah, and more! 

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

Books
Splat The Cat Goes To The Doctor by Scotton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Llama Llama Home With Mama by Dewdney Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: All The Little Germs
All the little germs, dirty and mean
Hiding on your palms (point to palms)
Where they cannot be seen
Wash them (rub hands together)
Scrub them (rub knuckles together)
Rinse them away (whisk hands across each other)
Then we'll have clean hands (hold hands out palms up)
Hip, hip, hooray! (clap)

Your child is never too young to learn good hygiene.  Sing a familiar song from start to finish as you wash hands to extend the time spent at the sink.  Singing the alphabet, for example, will ensure this time is well spent! 

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

Books
How To Share With A Bear by Pinder Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Lily And Bear by Stubbs Click here to find the book in the catalog.
You Can Do It, Sam by Hest Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Three Little Bears
Three little bears (hold up three fingers)
With wishes for you
One of them ran away
And then there were two (put one finger down)

Two little bears
With wishes for fun
One of them ran away
And then there was one (put one finger down)

This little bear
He's the last one
He says, "Happy Valentine's Day"
And then there are none

Rhymes like this one are an opportunity for your preschooler to practice moving his fingers independently of each other and strengthen muscles necessary for many developmental skills, such as writing, using scissors, and many more.

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Peanut Butter And Cupcake! by Border Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Be Mine, Be Mine, Sweet Valentine by Weeks Click here to find the book in the catalog.


YouTube Video
Sesame Street: Pentatonix Counts (&Sings) to Five

Find fun opportunities to practice counting with your child every day.  How many times can you hop on one foot?  How many sit ups can you do?  Who can do the most in your family?













Thursday, February 9, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of Winter 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 storytime 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 Bathtime by Watt Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Wild! Bathtime by Dicmas Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: This Is The Way We Wash (Tune: Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we wash our arms
Wash our arms, wash our arms
This is the way we wash our arms
So early in the morning
(Tummy/Legs)

"Songs and rhymes about body parts allow children to begin to develop their sense of self and make associations between words and parts of the body."  
Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan & Kirker

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

Books
Can You Growl Like A Bear? by Butler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Teddy Bears, Teddy Bears by Ziefert Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground
Teddy bear, teddy bear, reach up high
Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch one eye
Teddy bear, teddy bear, pat your knees
Teddy bear, teddy bear, sit down please

Have fun repeating this rhyme at home with your toddler.  Use a teddy bear or other favorite toy for more fun!

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

Books
Do Crocs Kiss? by Yoon Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Plant A Kiss by Rosenthal Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Heart
I put my hands together (hands together as if praying)
This is how I start
I curve my hands right around (curl fingers and pull hands slightly apart)
And I can make a heart

Draw a heart shape on paper for your toddler.  Ask him to copy it.  


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

Books
Stanley The Mailman by Bee Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Biggest Kiss by Walsh Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You Love Me
If you love me and you know it
Blow me a kiss
If you love me and you know it
Blow me a kiss
If you love me and you know it
And you really want to show it
If you love me and you know it
Blow me a kiss
(Give me a hug, Say "I love you!")

Who doesn't enjoy a rhyme that encourages hugging and kissing? Hug and kiss your toddler every day!  

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

Books
Goldilocks And The Three Bears by Gorbachev Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Littlest Family's Big Day by Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Welcome Home, Bear by Na Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Finger Rhyme: Counting Bears
One little, two little, three little bears
Four little, five little, six little bears
Seven little, eight little, nine little bears
Ten bears in the snow
Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two
One little bear sound asleep

Repeat this rhyme at home using fingers to count up and down.  For more fun, count using toes!

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
The Three Silly Billies by Palatini Click here to find the book in the catalog.
No Bears by McKinlay Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Movement
Fake-Believe on Here Come The ABC's CD by They Might Be Giants

Do you know any of the classic fairy tales, such as Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Jack and The Beanstalk, or others?  Do you tell your children any traditional stories from your culture?  Check some out at the library if you would like to share some of these.
















Thursday, February 2, 2017

New in February in the Early Learning Center!

  Valentine's Day is coming soon!  Stop in the Early Learning Center and enjoy our valentine-themed dramatic play area.  Sort the packages, write a sweet note to a loved one, and more!

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of Winter 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 storytime 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 

Counting Kisses by Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
All Kinds of Kisses by Tafuri Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Rhyme: A Great Big Hug (Tune: Wheels on the Bus)
Oh, I just love your hugs and kisses
Hugs and kisses, hugs and kisses
Oh, I just love your hugs and kisses
Come and give me some
A great big hug and lots of kisses
Lots of kisses, lots of kisses
A great big hug and lots of kisses
Ready?  Here I come!

Children learn best when they feel safe and loved.  Cuddly rhymes like this one reduce stress and help your child develop resilience.  Yet another good reason to snuggle up with your child and read a good book every day!

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

Books
Meeow and The Little Chairs by Braun Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love Trains by Sturges Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Stop, Look, and Listen!
Stop! (hands in front, palms out)
Look! (hands shade eyes)
And listen! (hands cup ears)
Before you cross the street (look both ways)
Use your eyes (point to eyes)
Use your ears (point to ears)
And then use your feet (point to feet)

Sing this rhyme at home with your toddler and perform all the actions too.  Not only does this rhyme teach body parts, but repetition will reinforce safety when crossing the street on foot or riding in a stroller.  It's never too early to start!

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

Books
Red Truck by Hamilton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Red Sled! by Thomas Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Can Jump High
I can jump high
I can jump low
I can bend and stretch like so
I can run fast
I can run slow
Or do a wibble wobble melt like so!

Help your child draw a snowman.  What shapes do you use to make a snowman?  


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

Books
Who Made This Cake? by Nakagawa Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Lunch by Fleming Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Make A Cake
Mix the batter, stir the batter (pretend to mix and stir with one hand)
Shake some flour in (shake one hand)
Mix the batter, stir the batter (pretend to mix and stir with one hand)
Pour it in a tin (pretend to pour)
Sprinkle in some sprinkles (use fingers to sprinkle)
Pop it in the oven (pretend to put in oven)
Open wide the door (pretend to open the door)
And out comes the cake ((take cake out of oven)

When preparing food in the kitchen, talk to your child about what you are doing even if he won't understand all the vocabulary you use - recipe, mix, cut, pan, etc.    The first step in learning new words is hearing them over and over again.  

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

Books
Don't Wake Up The Bear! by Murray Click here to to find the book in the catalog.
Mother Bruce by Higgins Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bear and Squirrel Are Friends...Yes, Really! by Pilutti Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Little Groundhog
Little groundhog, little groundhog
Underground, underground
Do you see your shadow?  Do you see your shadow?
Down you run!  Down you run!

Does your preschooler know what shadows are?  Help him find his own shadow outside on a sunny day.  What happens to his shadow if the jumps? Play a "shadow" game together - clap your hands and ask your child to do the same as if he were your shadow.  Think of more actions and take turns being the "shadow".  

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books 
Polar Bear's Underwear by Tupera Click here to find the book in the catalog.
More Bears! by Nesbitt Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Movement: I'm A Gummy Bear by Just Dance Kids 2
Click on the image below if you'd like to enjoy the song again!





How many different kinds of bears can you think of together?











Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week Three

Welcome to the third week of Winter 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 storytime 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
Colors In The Cold by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Favorite Color Is...by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Prop Rhyme: Can You See The Colors?
Can you see the color red
The color red, the color red?
Can you see the color red?
I'll hold it in the air (hold up a sock or something else "red")

A baby's color vision is not fully developed till he is about 4 months old, but reinforce color learning every day - at the store, while looking at a book, getting dressed, etc.  Start with bright, bold colors first as they are the most easily recognizable by a baby.

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

Books
Ten Little Fingers, Two Small Hands by Dempsey Click here to find the book in the catalog.
We've All Got Bellybuttons! by Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You're Happy And You Know It
If you're happy and you know it
Clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it
Clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it
Then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it
Clap your hands
(Stomp your feet/Stick out your tongue)

Sing this rhyme at home and add more fun verses with your toddler!

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

Books
Bear & Hare Snow! by Gravett Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Little Penguins! by Rylant Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Boots, Jacket, Scarf, And Hat
Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat
Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat
In wintertime we dress like that
Boots and jacket, scarf and hat, scarf and hat!

Let your toddler practice getting himself dressed in the morning or putting on his cold weather gear before going outside.  Show him how to fasten buttons and zippers.


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

Books
My Heart Is Like A Zoo by Hall Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Two At The Zoo by Smith Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Can Stretch Like A Kitten
I can stretch like a kitten (perform actions of animals)
I can hop like a frog
I can swim like a turtle
I can shake like a dog
I can sway like a snake
I can flap like a bat
I can reach like a monkey
I can move like that! (clap hands)

Read a book about animals and talk about what you see.  What sounds do the animals make?  What colors are they?

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

Books
Our Love Grows by Pignataro Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Please, Mr. Panda by Anthony Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Panda Pants by Davies Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Here Is A Cave
Here is a cave (close fist to make cave)
Inside is a bear (put thumb inside fist to represent "bear")
Now he comes out
To get some fresh air

He stays out all summer
In sunshine and heat
He hunts in the forest
For berries to eat

When snow starts to fall
He hurries inside
His warm little cave
And there he will hide

Snow covers the cave
Like a fluffy white rug
Inside sleeps the bear
All cozy and snug

What other animals hibernate in winter?  Check out some books and learn more!  

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Waiting For Winter by Meschenmoser Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Snowball Fight by Fallon Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Blizzard by Rocco Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Have some winter fun inside.  Ball up some socks and have a snowball fight, drink hot chocolate, make a cave out of blankets and pretend to be hibernating bears.  Dance to some music, pause it and "freeze" in place!




Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week Two

Welcome to the second week of Winter 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 storytime 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
How Do You Make A Baby Smile? by Sturges Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Funny Face, Sunny Face by Symes Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: If You're Happy And You Know It
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it, then your face will surely show it
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
(Pat your head/wiggle your fingers)

The more language your baby hears, whether it be reading a fun book or simply naming body parts as you change a diaper or describing things you see on a neighborhood walk, the better it is for his brain growth and development.

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

Books
Bears! Bears! Bears! by Barner Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Two At The Zoo by Smith Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: I Can Wiggle My Bear Claws
I can wiggle my bear claws
I can wiggle my bear paws
I can wiggle my bear shoulders
I can wiggle my cold bear nose
Now all my wiggles are out of me
And I can sit quiet as can be

Play a wiggling game with your toddler.  Wiggle hands, feet, arms and bodies.  Wiggle fast, wiggle slow.  Have fun wiggling together!


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

Books
Dancing Feet! by Craig Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love To Dance by Walker Click here to find to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers Up
Dance your fingers up, dance your fingers down
Dance them to the side and dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders, dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy, and put them all to bed

Turn on some music and dance with your toddler.  Moving to music is an excellent way for your child to build motor skills and express himself.  And it's just plain fun!

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

Books
Police Officers On Patrol by Hamilton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
This Is The Firefighter by Godwin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Am A Police Officer
I am a police officer with my star
I help people near and far
If you have a problem, call on me
And I will be there, 1, 2, 3!

How high can your toddler count?  Practice every day!

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

Books
Where Bear? by Henn Click here to find the book in the catalog.
There's A Bear On My Chair by Collins Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Ice In The Jungle by Hofmann-Maniyar Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Let's Put On Our Mittens
Let's put on our mittens
And button up our coats
Wrap a scarf snugly
Around our throats

Pull on our boots
Fasten the straps
Tie on tightly
Our warm winter caps

Then open the door
And out we go
Into the soft
And feathery snow

Have your child practice putting on his outerwear every time you go outside.  Have him fasten buttons and zippers and pull on mittens and gloves.  Can he fasten his own shoes?   


Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Can You Make A Scary Face? by Thomas Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Glad Monster/Sad Monster by Emberley
I Want A Monster! by Gravel Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Creepy Monsters, Sleepy Monsters by Yolen Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Families enjoyed movement and dancing along to the Sesame Street: Me Want It (But Me Wait) YouTube video.  Click on the following link if you'd like to enjoy it again.




We read about monsters this week.  Describe you own monster and draw it!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Storytime Programs - Winter, 2017 - Week One

Welcome to the first week of Winter 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 storytime 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
The Itsy Bitsy Snowman by Burton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love You Snow Much by Magsamen Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Making A Snowman
Roll it, roll it, get a pile of snow (roll hands)
Rolling, rolling, we will go
Pat it, pat it, face it to south (pat with hands)
Now my little snowman's done
Eyes, nose, and mouth (point to features)

Your baby loves to hear the sound of your voice!  He won't understand all of your words, but hearing your voice stimulates an interest in sounds and exposes him to the rhythm of language.


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

Books
What Does The Rabbit Say? by Hall Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Honk by Demarest Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Baby Is Trying To Sleep
The chicks say, "Cheep, cheep"
The puppies say, "Woof, woof"
The mommies say, "Shh, shh, the baby is trying to sleep"
The birds say, "Tweet, tweet"
The kittens say, "Meow, meow"
The daddies say, "Shh, shh, the the baby is trying to sleep"

Toddlers love animals!  Be sure to check out some books about your child's favorite ones and read, read, read!


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

Books
Up & Down by Teckentrup
Penguins, Penguins, Everywhere! by Barner Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Waddling Penguins (Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
Penguins, penguins having fun
Waddling in the shining sun
Waddling fast and waddling slow
Waddling to and waddling fro
Penguins, penguins having fun
Waddling in the shining sun

We read and sang about penguins this week in storytime.  What did your toddler learn about them?  Have a conversation about them. What colors are they?  Do they like to swim? 

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

Books
Peep And Ducky by Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Higher! Higher! by Patricelli Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Saw A Little Duck
I saw a little duck go hop, hop, hop (hop/jump 3 times)
I told the little duck to stop, stop, stop
I went to the window to say, "How do you do?"
He wagged his little tail and away he flew! (wiggle and fly)

Between 2 and 3 years of age, toddlers learn how to jump off low structures, and eventually how to jump from a standing position. Both of these skills require bilateral coordination, or the ability to use both sides of your body to do something different. Practice this large motor skill.

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

Books
Bear Sees Colors by Wilson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Blackberry Banquet by Pierce Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bear's Big Breakfast by Reed Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: All Around The Strawberry Fields
(Tune: Pop Goes The Weasel)
All around the strawberry fields (clap hands)
We picked some juicy berries
We brought them home and washed them off
Pop, go the berries!  (jump when saying "pop")
(Other verses: blueberry, blackberry, huckleberry, raspberry)

Repeat this rhyme at home.  Preschoolers will love the anticipation of the "pop" at the end of the rhyme!  


Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Snappy Little Dinosaurs by Steer
Dinosaur Rap by Foster Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! by Bardhan-Quallen Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Families enjoyed movement and dancing along to the Koo Koo Kanga Roo YouTube video.  Click on the following link if you'd like to enjoy it again. 



The word "dinosaur" begins with the letter "d".  What else can you find in your home that begins with the same letter?