Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Storytime Programs: Spring, 2018 - Week Three

Welcome to the third week of Spring 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 
Caterpillar Dance by Will Grace (not available for check out)
Little Miss Muffet by Joni Jacobs Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Now We Fly Up
Now we fly up, up, up
Now we fly down, down, down
Now we fly up, up, up
Now we fly round-and-round

Rhymes such as "Now We Fly Up" emphasize opposites through words and actions, giving your baby a more concrete understanding of up and down.

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

Books
A Book of Sleep by Il Sung Na Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Funny Face, Sunny Face by Sally Symes Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: This Little Child
This little child is going to bed
Down on the pillow he lays his head
He wraps himself in a blanket tight
And this is the way he sleeps all night

Make up songs or rhymes about your child's daily routine.  Encourage him to sing with you.  Singing and chanting rhymes are ways of practicing and exploring language.

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

Books 
Are You My Brown Bear? by Harriet Ziefert Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Baby Bear, Baby Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin Click here to find the book in the catalog.
One Bear All Alone by Caroline  Bucknall (not available for check out)

Action Rhyme: One, Two
One, two, where's my shoe?
Three, four, on a kangaroo?
Five, six, on a slippery snake?
Seven, eight, on a fish in the lake?
Nine, ten, look and see
Here they are, right on me!

What a fun rhyme to repeat at home with your child!  How high can your child count?  

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

Books
Frank the Seven-Legged Spider by Michael Razi Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Keith Chapman Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Spider, Spider
Spider, spider spin around
Spider, spider touch the ground
Spider, spider in a tree
Spider, spider don't land on me!
Spider, spider climb so high
Spider, spider say goodbye

Show your toddler spiders, caterpillars, ladybugs, worms, and all the other creepy crawlies you see when you are outside.  Be sure to tell him what they are and talk about them too.   
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StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
Norman the Slug with the Silly Shell by Sue Hendra Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Bugs Galore by Peter Stein Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: D-O-N-U-T (Tune: Bingo)
I know a treat that has a hole
And is very tasty!
D-O-N-U-T
D-O-N-U-T
D-O-N-U-T
Save a bite for me!
Chomp!

Sing this song at home with your child.  Repeat it again slowly and help him write the letters on paper.  Tell him, "Look, now you know how to spell "Donut."    

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Storytime Programs: Spring, 2018 - Week Two

Welcome to the second week of Spring 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 
Where Is My Mommy? by Julie Downing Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Mother Is Mine by Marion Dane Bauer Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: A Hugging We Will Go
A hugging we will go (bouncing and hugging)
A hugging we will go
Heigh-ho the derry-o
A hugging we will go

"When you bounce and sing to a song with a strong rhythm, your child both hears and feels the rhythm of spoken language."  From the book Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan

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

Books
Nose to Toes, You Are Yummy! by Tim Harrington Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Busy Toes by C. W. Bowie Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider
Crawled up the water spout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider
Crawled up the spout again

Make this rhyme, or another familiar one, a frequent opportunity to sing and play with your toddler.  Draw a spider on a piece of paper and count its legs with your child.  

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

Books 
Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear? by Nancy White Carlstrom Click here to find the book in the catalog.
You'll Soon Grow Into Them, Titch by Pat Hutchins Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Baby Cakes by Karma Wilson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme:  This Is The Way (Tune: Mulberry Bush)
This is the way we wash our bears
Wash our bears, wash our bears
This is the way we wash our bears
So early in the morning
This is the way we feed our bears...
This is the way we hug our bears...
This is the way we hold our bears....And listen to a story!

How fun!  Be sure to repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler and a favorite bear or friend.  Be sure to include the "storytime" verse too of course!

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

Books
The Very Lazy Ladybug by Isobel Finn Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Beetle Bop by Denise Fleming Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Abracadabra, It's Spring by Anne Sibley O'Brien Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme:  I'm A Little Ladybug (Tune: I'm A Little Teapot)
I'm a little ladybug on the go
Landing on an arm, now on an elbow
See me fly around and around your hand
Now watch as on your thumb I land
I'm a little ladybug searching for some toes
But watch me quickly land on your nose
Now I look around and head for your hair
I muss it up a bit, then pat it down with care
I'm a little ladybug looking for a knee
Now I land on your tummy - 1, 2, 3
Now I am heading for your chest
This little ladybug needs some rest

Repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler to reinforce learning of body parts.  Where else might that ladybug land?
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StoryMix For 3 to 6 (For children 3-6 years without caregiver)

Books
The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain Click here to find the book in the catalog.
It's a Firefly Night by Dianne Ochiltree Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Life of a Butterfly (Tune: Skip to My Lou)
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me
I'm a caterpillar, wiggle with me
What'll I be my darlin'?
A chrysalis, now sleep with me...
A butterfly, come fly with me...

YouTube Video: Butterfly Driving a Truck by Caspar Babypants
Click on the link below to hear the song again, or check out the Sing Along CD by Caspar Babypants. Click here to find the CD in the catalog.



Learn about caterpillars, butterflies and other insects by checking out some books on the theme.  Expose your child to some new words and be sure to explain their meaning.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Storytime Programs: Spring, 2018 - Week One

Welcome to the first week of Spring 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 
Where Is Baby's Home? by Karen Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Chicks by Laura Ellen Anderson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Three Birds
See, see, see
Three birds up in a tree (hold up three fingers)
One can chirp
One can sing
And one is just a tiny thing

Singing songs or chanting rhymes helps your little one to learn the smaller sounds in words.  This is a necessary building block for reading later on. 

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

Books
Cat's Colors by Jane Cabrera Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Baby Parade by Rebecca O'Connell Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Hands Are Clapping
Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap
Hands are clapping, clap, clap, clap
Clap your hands my darling
Eyes are hiding...Peekaboo
Bodies are sitting...Sit right down my darling


Repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler.  Show him how to do the actions.  Add even more verses if you'd like!

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

Books 
Sleepy Bear by Lydia Dabcovich Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Bear Griz by Suzanne McGinness Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Old Teddy by Dom Mansell (not available for check out)

Action Rhyme: Children Put Your Clothes On
Children put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Children put your pants on 1 – 2 – 3 
Children put your shirts on, shirts on, shirts on
Children put your shirts on 1 – 2 – 3 
Children put your shoes on, shoes on, shoes on
Children put your shoes on 1 – 2 – 3 

What better way to make getting dressed fun than by singing this rhyme?  If you can't remember the words, make up your own!  Just sing and enjoy some quality time with your toddler!

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

Books
Butterfly, Butterfly by Petr Horacek Click here to find the book in the catalog.
First The Egg by Laura Vaccaro Seeger Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Chooky-Doodle-Doo by Jan Whiten Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Butterfly, Butterfly
Butterfly, butterfly flutter around
Butterfly, butterfly touch the ground
Butterfly, butterfly fly so free
Butterfly, butterfly land on me
Butterfly, butterfly reach the sky
Butterfly, butterfly say goodbye
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Look for things that fly when you are on a walk with your toddler.  Can you find a bird, an insect, a plane?  A kite?  A helicopter?  What else can fly?     

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

Books
Catty Jane Who Hated The Rain by Valeri Gorbachev Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Rain by Manya Stojic Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Big Umbrella by Amy Jane Bates Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Raindrops Are Falling (Tune: London Bridge)
Little raindrops are falling down (wiggle fingers down like rain)
Falling down, falling down
Little raindrops are falling down
Falling to the ground
Bigger raindrops/Giant raindrops/Fast raindrops/Slow raindrops

Repeat this rhyme at home with your preschooler using the different vocabulary words.  This is a fun way to teach your child new words and their meaning.  Hearing new words is an important step in learning to read them.





Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Spring Storytimes!

Spring is in the air, and with the new season come new storytimes!  Stories, rhymes, puppets, and more with brand new themes to appeal to our young and enthusiastic audience!  Here's a simple rhyme to get you in the mood for spring.

   

Fingerplay: During the Spring
During the spring, it often showers (flutter fingers down)
Or the sun shines for many hours (form circle in the air with arms)
Both are good for the flowers! (cup hands and extend arms like flowers)
Credit: SurLaLune Storytime

Storytimes for all ages begin the week of April 2.   Remember, some storytimes require registration.  Be sure to register soon before spots fill up.  Click here to find storytime information.   

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Storytime Programs: Winter II, 2017 - Week Four

Welcome to the final week of Winter II 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 
Where Are Baby's Easter Eggs? by Karen Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
That's Not My Bunny by Fiona Watt Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Easter Baskets
Two Easter baskets under a tree
One for you and one for me
I peeked in one basket
And what did I see?
A new baby chick smiling at me!
Then I looked in the other
And what do you think?
Out popped a bunny
Quick as a wink!

Your baby sees color from birth but has difficulty recognizing similar tones, such as red and orange.  For the next few months, her brain is at work learning to distinguish colors.  Encourage this development by showing her pictures, photos, books, toys, or colored Easter eggs!

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

Books
Busy, Busy Mouse by Virginia Kroll Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Who Says Woof? by John Butler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Everybody Has a Face (Tune: Old McDonald)
Everybody has a face, EIEIO
And on our face we have two eyes, EIEIO
With a blink, blink here
And a blink, blink there
Here a blink, there a blink
Everywhere a blink, blink
Everybody has a face, EIEIO
(Mouth - kiss/Nose - sniff)

Count eyes!  Count noses, ears, mouths, and more! 

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

Books 
Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Ten Puppies by Lynn Reiser Click here to find the book in the catalog.
One Two, That's My Shoe! by Alison Murray Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Ten Little Doggies
Ten little doggies went out one day
To dig in the dirt and play, play, play
Five were spotted, and five were not
And at dinner time they ate a lot!

Repeat this rhyme at home being sure to use ten fingers or ten other items to illustrate the math concepts in this rhyme.  

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

Books
Wee Little Lamb by Lauren Thompson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox Click here to find the book in the catalog.

YouTube Video: Farmees Presents Five Little Sheep Jumping on the Bed
Click on the image below to watch the counting video from this week's storytime.


Make learning fun!  Practice jumping and counting with your toddler as you sing this song together! 

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

Books
Armadilly Chili by Helen Ketteman Click here to find the book in the catalog.
If an Armadillo Went To a Restaurant by Ellen Fischer Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Home on the Range by Brian Ajhar Click here to find the book in the catalog.

YouTube Video: Disney Presents Every Cowboy Needs a Horse
Click on the image below to watch the fun video from this week's storytime!

Can you child illustrate the song?  Can he draw a cowboy and all the other items mentioned?  Horse, rope, song, hat, spurs, and boots?  Ask your child to color his picture and help him label some of the items.      




Thursday, March 15, 2018

Storytime Programs: Winter II, 2018 - Week Three

Welcome to the third week of Winter II 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 
Hands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Heads & Tails by Carli Davidson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Clap Your Hands
Clap your hands, one-two-three
Play a clapping game with me
Now your hands have gone away (hide baby's hands)
Find your hands so we can play

Clapping rhymes stimulate the nerves of palms and help babies develop muscles that will later be used in writing.  Every quality moment you spend with your baby is a valuable learning experience.  

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

Books
I Can Fly by Ruth Krauss Click here to find the book in the catalog.
How Do You Make a Baby Smile? by Philemon Sturges Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row, your boat
Gently down the stream
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily
Life is but a dream
Rock, rock, rock your boat
Gently down the stream
If you should see a crocodile
Don't forget to scream!

This is such a fun rhyme to repeat at home with your toddler!  Follow the words of the song and row and then rock your boat.  Then, add other words too.  Can you bounce your boat, wiggle your boat, race your boat?  Increase your child's vocabulary!

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

Books 
Splish, Splash, Ducky! by Lucy Cousins Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Chick and The Duckling by Mirra Ginsburg Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Silly Little Goose! by Nancy Tafuri Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Rain Is Falling Down
The rain is falling down
SPLASH! (clap)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs)
The rain is falling down
SPLASH! (clap)
Pitter patter pitter patter (tap legs)

We read about ducks today in storytime -  yellow ducks.  Go in search of yellow things in your house!  What can you find?


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

Books
Down on the Farm by Merrily Kutner Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Old MacDonald Had A Farm
Old MacDonald had a farm
E, I, E, I, O
And on his farm he had a horse
E, I, E, I, O
With a neigh, neigh here, and a neigh, neigh there
Here a neigh, there a neigh
Everywhere a neigh, neigh
Old MacDonald had a farm
 E, I, E, I, O

Everyone knows this song!  Sing it good and loud with your little one and add in other farm animals too!  What a fun way to learn about animals!

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

Books
Sakes Alive, A Cattle Drive! by Karma Wilson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Let's Sing A Lullaby with The Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Too Many Pears! by Jackie French Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Ride 'em Cowpokes (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
Ride, ride, ride the range
Round up all the cows
Yippee-ki-yi-yo, yippee-ki-yi-yo
Let me show you how
(pretend to ride horse)

Ask your child to draw a picture of a cow and color it.  Help him write the word "cow" on his paper.  



Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Storytime Programs: Winter II, 2018 - Week Two

Welcome to the second week of Winter II 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 
Time to Say Bye-Bye by Maryann Cocca Leffler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Wave Hello, Wave Bye-Bye by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Hands Up High
First we wave our hands up high
Hands up high, hands up high
First we wave our hands up high
Then we clap them
Then we wave our hands down low
Hands down low, hands down low
Then we wave our hands down low
Then we hide them!

Babies start communicating long before they can talk.  Waving is just one form of non-verbal communication.  Encourage your baby to wave by demonstrating how to do it.  Baby Rhyme Time is the perfect time to practice this skill!

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.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr. Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: The Animals on the Farm (with puppets)
The cows on the farm go moo, moo, moo
Moo, moo, moo, moo, moo, moo
The cows on the farm go moo, moo, moo
All day long
Horses - neigh
Pigs - oink
Ducks - quack

Children love puppets!  Check out some farm animal puppets from the library and repeat this rhyme at home.  Or check out different puppets and make up your own silly rhymes and songs.  Encourage your child to imitate the words and sounds he hears.

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

Books 
The Itsy Bitsy Spider (Big Book by Lakeshore Learning)
Walter's Wonderful Web by Tim Hopgood Click here to find the book in the catalog.
 I Love Bugs by Philemon Sturges Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider climbed 
up the spout again

(Use paper spiders)    
The great big spider climbed up the waterspout…

The teeny tiny spider climbed up the waterspout…

If you'd like, sing this rhyme using the paper spider handed out at storytime, or draw and cut out one.  Talk about sizes with your toddler.  Ask him to find something small, medium, and big in your home.  


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

Books
Millie in the Meadow by Janet Pedersen Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Cow Loves Cookies by Karma Wilson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Is Everybody Ready for Fun?  by Jan Thomas Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: This Little Cow (use fingers)
This little cow eats grass
This little cow eats hay
This little cow drinks water
This little cow runs away
And this little cow does nothing
But sit and sleep all day

Repeat this rhyme at home using fingers.  Ask your child to hold up all fingers and thumb on one hand and help him point to, and try to wiggle, each one as you say the rhyme.  Rhymes and activities that encourage your child to move his fingers independently of each other will strengthen the muscles needed to hold a pencil later on.    

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

Books
Way out in the Desert by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward Click here to find the book in the catalog.

There Was a Coyote Who Swallowed a Flea by Jennifer Ward Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Duck, Duck, Goose! (A Coyote’s on the Loose!) by Karen Beaumont  Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Coyotes 
Five coyotes up on the hill
Just a sittin’ and a’howlin’ at the moon
One coyote said, "I’m gettin’ kinda hungry
It will be dinner time soon
I’m off to find some rabbit stew!"    
Repeat with four, three, two and one.
Last verse: 
Then down in the valley five little rabbits said
"We hear the coyotes are gettin’ kinda hungry," 
"and we don’t plan to be around" 
So hopped into a hole in the ground 

Your child probably already knows how to to count pretty well, but does he know how to count down or subtract?  Practice this skill with your child regularly.  Ask him to line up ten toys, take one away and then count how many are left.  Continue until he gets to zero.