Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Storytime Programs: Fall I, 2017 Week Six

Welcome to the final week of Fall 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 
Early Bird by Toni Yuly Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Say, You Say Animal Sounds! by Tad Carpenter Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Rhyme: Where, Oh Where Are Baby Fingers?
Where, oh where are baby's fingers?
Where, oh where are baby's toes?
Where's the baby's belly button?
'Round and round it goes.
Where, oh where are baby's ears?
Where, oh where is baby's nose?
Where's the baby's belly button?
Round and round it goes.

Babies learn through repetition.  Each time they hear a rhyme, song, or book they remember something more.  So don't worry if you read the same books or sing the same rhymes!

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

Books 
Time For Bed by Mem Fox Click here to find the book in the catalog. 
Are You Sleepy Yet, Petey? by Marie Hodge Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: Bedtime for Piggies(Count with toes or fingers)
“It’s time for all piggies to go to bed,”
Mother Piggie said.
“I will count them up to see,
If all of my piggies came back to me.
One little piggy, two little piggies,
Three little piggies, dear,
Four little piggies, five little piggies,
Yes, they are all here.
You are the dearest little piggies alive,
One, two, three, four five.”


Repetition is key when it comes to learning to count, so practice every day with your toddler.  Count toes and socks as you get dressed, count toys in the bath tub, count chairs at the table.

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

Books 
Jack and Jill by Liza Woodruff Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Cookie's Week by Cindy Ward Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Piggies in the Pumpkin Patch by Mary Peterson Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Roly-Poly Pumpkin (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)
Oh, the roly-poly pumpkin 
Went rolling down the hill.
Once it started rolling
It couldn't keep still.
It rolled and rolled
Until it bumped into a rock.
Then the roly-poly pumpkin
Rolled to a stop. 
                 
Do you have a pumpkin at home or have you pointed them out to your toddler in the grocery store?  What words can your toddler use to describe them?  Orange?  Big?  Smooth?  Bumpy?

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

Books
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Boats For Bedtime by Olga Litowinsky 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!

Toddlers love this action song!  Sit down and row together and "Don't forget to scream!"


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

Books
The Snake Who Said Shhh by Jodie Parachini Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Wally Wants To Hug by Barbara Joosse Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Little Snakes (using fingers)
Five little snakes hid under Mom’s chair
My brother grabbed one
Leaving four there

Four little snakes swinging in a tree.
One slipped and fell
Leaving only three

Three little snakes wondered what to do
One took a nap
Leaving just two

Two little snakes basking in the sun
One slithered off,
Leaving only one

One little snake lonely as could be
He went looking for some fun and
Came and played with me!

Repeat finger rhymes at home with your preschooler so that he can practice moving his fingers independently of each other.  Movements like this develop and strengthen the muscles needed for writing.  









Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Storytime Programs: Fall I, 2017 Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of Fall 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 
What Is Yellow? by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Dive In, Ducky! by Kubler, A. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Prop Rhyme: Color, Color
Yellow, yellow up and down
Yellow, yellow all around
Yellow, yellow on your knees and toes
Yellow, yellow on your nose
Yellow, yellow on your tummy
Yellow, yellow on your mommy
(Repeat with other colors)

Your baby's brain is at work learning to distinguish colors.  Encourage this development by showing him objects and books.  Repeat this rhyme at home for fun using any items you have - a yellow duck, a red apple, a green sock...

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

Books 
A Hop Is Up by Dempsey, K. Click here to find the book in the catalog. 
Whose Tail Is This? by  Belmont, C. Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: 
Arms
Arms go up
Arms go down
Arms go reaching way out wide
Arms can rock you side to side
Hands are to hold
And pat and clap
Hands are to hide
Behind your back

What else can you put up?  Hands, feet, head....?  What else can you put down?

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

Books 
Humpty Dumpty by Kubler, A. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Big Fat Hen by Baker, K. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme:  Humpty Dumpty
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall
Humpty Dumpty fell in a puddle
Humpty Dumpty needs a big cuddle!
                                              
What a fun rhyme to repeat at home with your toddler!  The more cuddles in his day, the happier he'll be! 

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

Books
Pete the Cat: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Dean, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Touch the Brightest Star by Matheson, C. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Bend and Stretch
Bend and stretch, reach for the stars
There goes Jupiter, here comes Mars
Bend and stretch and reach for the sky
Stand on tip-e-toe, oh so high!

There are tons of fun and simple ways to promote gross motor skills in your toddler.  And the great thing about toddlers is that they are curious about everything, which makes it easy to get their attention and engage in exploration, climbing, and learning about how their bodies move in space.


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

Books
Good Night Tiger by Knapman, T. Click here to find the book in the catalog.  
Tiny Little Fly by Rosen, M.  Click here to find the book in the catalog.
It's A Tiger! by LaRochelle, D. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Little Tigers
One little tiger, roaring in the jungle
Called for another: ROAR!
Then there were two.

Two little tigers, underneath a tree
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR!  
Then there were three.


Three little tigers, heard a distant roar.
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were four.

Four little tigers, happy and alive.
Called for another: ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
Then there were five.

Five little tigers, ran off to play
Called out again
ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR! ROAR!
But there were no more.

Everyone loves to roar loudly so repeat this rhyme at home!  Count on your fingers.  Can you add more tigers and count up to ten fingers?








Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Storytime Programs: Fall I, 2017, Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of Fall 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 
Where To Sleep by Radzinski, K. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Ten Sleepy Sheep by Root, P. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Kissy Game
Kissy, kissy fingers
Kissy, kissy toes
Kissy, kissy baby
On your kissy, kissy nose
I love to kiss your fingers
I love to kiss your toes
I love to kiss my baby
On his kissy, kissy nose

"Make up songs or rhymes about everyday activities with your child.  As she gets older, encourage her to do the same.  Singing and chanting rhymes are ways of practicing and exploring language."  Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan, K.

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

Books 
Time To Say Bye-Bye by Cocca-Leffler, M. Click here to find the book in the catalog. 
Naptime  with Theo and Beau by Shyba, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Going to Bed

This little child is going to bed  (Point to self)
Down on the pillow he lays his head  (Rest head on hands)
He wraps himself in a blanket tight (Hug yourself)
And this is the way he sleeps all night

Children thrive on routine throughout their day.  A routine lets them know what to expect.  A routine is calming and provides them with a sense of security.  So sing rhymes, read books, and talk about everyday activities.  

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

Books 
Lola Plants a Garden by McQuinn, A. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
A Handful of Sunshine by Eclare, M. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Flower Garden by Bunting, E. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Dig a Little Hole
Dig a little hole, plant a little seed
Pour a little water, pull a little weed
Chase a little bug, hi-ho, there he goes
Give a little sunshine, grow a little rose

Do you have a yard?  Talk about what you see in it with your toddler.    

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

Books
Over in the Meadow by McDonald, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Over on the Farm by Gunson, C.  Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Rain Is Falling Down
Rain is falling down, splash!
Falling to the ground, splash!
Pitter, patter, pitter, patter
Rain is falling down, splash!
Sun is peeking out, peek!
Sun is peeking out, peek!
Peeking here and peeking there
Sun is peeking out, peek!

Look out the window with your toddler, or better yet go outside, and see what the weather is today.  Is it warm, cool?  Raining, sunny?  What weather-related words can you use with your toddler? 

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

Books
Two Little Monkeys by Fox, M. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Maxwell the Monkey Barber by Atkinson, C. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Itsy Bitsy Monkey (Tune: Itsy Bitsy Spider)
The itsy bitsy monkey climbed up the coconut tree (Make climbing motions)
Down came the coconut and bopped him on the knee (Slap knee)
Along came his mama who kissed away the pain (Blow kiss)

Then the itsy bitsy monkey climbed up the tree again (Make climbing motions) 

Most preschoolers already know The Itsy Bitsy Spider rhyme.  Repeat
this monkey version at home for added singing fun!








Thursday, September 21, 2017

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2017: Week Three

Welcome to the third week of Fall 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 
Corduroy by Freeman, D. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear by Scott, S. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Give a Bear Hug
Do you have a moment, please
To give this baby a bear hug squeeze?
Because babies need bear hugs to live
So don't you have just one to give?

Babies need a lot of  sensory stimulation for normal development.  Physical touch such as hugging and kissing, is important to grow a healthy brain and strong body.  Hugs are good for baby and you!

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

Books
One Ted Falls Out Of Bed by Donaldson, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Blocks by Dickson, I. 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

Repeat this rhyme at home.  What else could teddy do?  For more fun, use a teddy bear too if you have one.  

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

Books 
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Fleming, D. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
When The Moon Smiled by Horacek, P. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: My Kitten
My kitten was hiding under my chair
I looked and I looked for him everywhere
Under the table and under the bed
I looked in the corner, but when I said,
“Come Kitty, come Kitty, here’s milk for you!”
 My kitten came running crying “mew, mew, mew”

Turn this rhyme into a fun game with your toddler by playing a simple game of hide and seek together!   

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

Books
Hickory Dickory Dock by Baker, K. Click here to find the book in the catalog.


YouTube Video : Hickory Dickory Dock

Talk about time of day with your toddler.  Say, "It is morning, let's get dressed", or "At 3 o'clock we have to pick up your sister from school".  

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

Books
Through the Heart of the Jungle by Emmett, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Little Elliot: Fall Friends by Curato, M. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Tweak Tweak by Bunting, E. Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: Down In The Jungle
Down in the jungle where nobody goes
There's a big elephant washing his toes
With a rub-a-dub here and a rub-a-dub there 
That's the way he washes his toes!
 Down in the jungle where nobody goes
There's a great big lion washing his hair
With a rub-a-dub here and a rub-a-dub there
That's the way he washes his hair!
Down in the jungle if you look in the trees
There's a cheeky monkey washing his knees
With a rub-a-dub here and a rub-a-dub there
That's the way he washes his knees!

Children love animals!  Check out some books, puppets and puzzles to take home for 
more fun!









Thursday, September 14, 2017

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2017: Week Two

Welcome to the second week of Fall 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 
One Sunny Day by Salzano, T. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
You Are My Sunshine by Church, C. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Weather Bounce (Tune: London Bridge)
We move slowly when it is hot (rock baby slowly)
When it is hot, when it is hot
We move slowly when it is hot
On a hot, hot day

How the rain comes falling down (bounce baby on lap)
Falling down, falling down
How the rain comes falling down
On a rainy day

Feel the way the wind does blow (sway baby back and forth)
Wind does blow, wind does blow
Feel the way the wind does blow
On a windy day

"Rhymes about the natural world will help your child make language connections to the things she is experiencing every day."  Baby Storytime Magic by MacMillan, K.

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

Books
Monkey See, Look At Me! by Siminovich, L. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Books Always Everywhere by Blatt, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Here Is...
Here is my book, I can open it wide
To show the pictures that are inside
Here is my ball so big and round
That I toss in the air or roll on the ground
Here is my umbrella that keeps me dry
When the raindrops fall from the cloudy sky
Here is my kitty - just hear her purr
As I gently stroke her soft warm fur

Talk, talk, talk when you are with your toddler!  When you put apples in your grocery cart at the store, tell your toddler what they are.  When you give him a bath, show him the soap.  When you get him dressed, name the clothing items.  Remember, in order to learn a new word, your toddler has to hear it first.  

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

Books 
Mary Had a Little Lamb by Hale, S. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Wee Little Lamb by Thompson, L. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Sheep Asleep by Rothstein, G. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Lamb
The lamb went…
Around the cow in the corn (trace circle in palm)
Under the haystack (go under the hand)
Up the hill and down the hill (go up and down the arm)
Over the fence (go above the hand)
Through the door (slide hands and clap)
And back in time to meet Mary (trace circle in palm)

Repeat this fun rhyme at home to help your toddler learn positional words such as under, up, and over.  Find other silly ways to practice the meaning of positional words too, such as putting a familiar object on a table, behind your back, under a chair, etc.     

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

Books
Ten in the Den by Butler, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Hines, A. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: One, Two
1, 2 buckle my shoe
3, 4 shut the door
5, 6, pick up sticks
7, 8 lay them straight

9, 10 a big mother hen

Practice counting with your toddler by repeating this rhyme at home.  What can you find to count in your house?  Toy cars, chairs, plates on the table at lunchtime......?

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

Books
Hilda Must Be Dancing by Wilson, K. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
That's What Makes a Hippopotamus Smile! by Taylor, S.  Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Big Little Hippo by Gorbachev, V. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Hippo Hop (Tune: Hokey Pokey)
You put your clean foot in            
You put your dirty foot out
You put your clean foot in 
And you squish it all about
You do the hippo hop
And you hop down in the mud
That’s how a hippo cools off!

This rhyme is just plain fun to repeat at home! Help your preschooler learn right and left by singing  the rhyme again substituting "right" for "clean".  Then sing again using "left".  








Friday, September 8, 2017

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2017: Week One

Welcome to the first week of Fall 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 
I Am a Baby by Allen, K.  Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Sweet Child of Mine by Church, C. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The Baby in the Cradle
The baby in the cradle goes rock, rock, rock (rock baby on lap)
The clock on the dresser goes tick, tick, tock (move finger back and forth)
The rain on the window goes tap, tap, tap (gently tap fingers on baby)
Now out comes the sun, so let's clap, clap, clap!

Babies love clapping!  Did you know that clapping stimulates the nerves of their palms and helps them develop the muscles that they will need for writing later on?

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

Books
Two at the Zoo by Smith, D. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Peek-a-Boo Zoo! by Cabrera, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Peek-a-Boo
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
I see you! I see you!
I see your button nose
I see your tiny toes
I see you! Peek-a-boo!

Peek-a-boo is a great game to play with toddlers!  It reinforces the idea that you still exist even when you are out of sight and promotes a sense of security.  A game of peek-a-boo is bound to elicit giggles!       

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

Books 
Old Mother Hubbard by Cabrera, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Pots and Pans by Rockwell, A. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Meeow and the Pots and Pans by Braun, S. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Nursery Rhyme: Old Mother Hubbard 
Old Mother Hubbard went to the cupboard
To fetch her poor dog a bone
But when she got there, the cupboard was bare
And so the poor dog had none.

Dogs love to chew on bones!  They have a tail.  They bark.  What does your toddler know about dogs?  Have a conversation together. 

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

Books
Aaaarrgghh! Spider! by Monks, L. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Little Miss Muffet by Jacobs, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme:Spiders (Tune: Farmer in the the Dell)
Spiders crawl around (crawl around)
Spiders up and down (arms up and down)
Spiders make a web (make a circle with hands)
Spiders circle around (walk in a circle)
Spiders in and out (crawl fingers up and down arm)
Spiders all about (crawl around)
Spiders, spiders make a web (make a circle with hands)
Spiders now sit down (time to rest!)

Repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler.  Practice up and down with hands, arms, and whole bodies.  Repeat with familiar items in your home too, such as a soft ball or blanket, to further demonstrate the meaning of the words "up" and "down".

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

Books
The Wheels on the Bus by Cabrera, J. Click here to find the book in the catalog.
If You Were a Parrot by Rawson, K.  Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Five Little Parrots
One little parrot not knowing what to 
Along came another and then there two!
Two little parrots as chipper as could be
Along came another and then there were three!
Three little parrots sitting by the door
Along came another and then there were four!
Four little parrots glad to be alive  
Along came another and then there were five!
Five little parrots, no room for more
One flew away and then there were four!
Four little parrots getting quite hungry
One flew away then there were three!
Three little parrots, red green and blue
One flew away and then there were two!
Two little parrots when the day is done
One flew away and then there was one!
One little parrot, far away did roam
He was lonely, so he went home!

What a fun way to practice counting up and down!  Repeat this rhyme at home using fingers, toys, or anything you would like!









Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Storytime Fun Begins September 5!

Are you and your little one ready to get back into some storytime fun?  We hope so! Weekly storytimes begin at the library the week of September 5.  Remember, we have something for everyone from birth on up, so be sure to check us out!

For more information and to register, click on the link below, give us a call at
847-429-4597, or stop at the Help Desk in KidSpace.
Click here for more information about storytimes and more!

We look forward to seeing your smiling face soon!