Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2016 - Week Six

Welcome to the final week of Fall I storytime programs.  What a lot of fun we have had!  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.  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
Naptime With Theo & Beau by Shyba Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Happy Dog Sad Dog by Lloyd Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Puppet Rhyme: The Dog Says Woof Woof
The dog says woof woof,
The kitty says meow meow,
The cow says moo moo,
The sheep says baa baa,
And the baby says I love you!

Make up silly rhymes and encourage your baby to imitate the words and sounds he hears.  This helps your child develop an awareness and understanding of the smaller parts of words. 

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

Books
A Lullaby For Little One by Casey Click on the link to find the book in the catalog.
Whose Eyes Are These? by Belmont Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Bedtime For Bunnies
(Count on toes or fingers)
"It's time for all bunnies to go to bed," Mother bunny said.
"I will count them up to see,
If all of my bunnies came back to me.
One little bunny, two little bunnies,
Three little bunnies dear,
Four little bunnies, five little bunnies,
Yes, they are all here.
You are the dearest little bunnies alive,
One, two, three, four, five."

Repeat this rhyme at home and practice counting with your little one.  Count toes, fingers, toys in a line - you can count all kinds of things.  Practice, practice, practice!


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

Books
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready For Bed? by Saltzberg Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Feeney Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Here Is Baby
Here is a baby, (index finger)
Ready for a nap,
Lay her down in her mother's lap. (place finger in palm of hand)
Cover her up so she won't peek, (curl finger around index finger)
Rock her till she's fast asleep (rock)

If you haven't done so already, establish a routine of reading with your child before bedtime.  Reading to children is beneficial to their brain development, encourages speech and language acquisition and teaches literacy skills in an enjoyable way.  What better way to settle down for a good night's sleep than snuggling with a loved one and a good book!  

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

Books
What In The World: Numbers in Nature by Day Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Shape By Shape by MacDonald Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Green says GO! 
Green says, "Go!" (march quickly)
Go!  Go!  Go!
Yellow says, "Slow!" (march slowly)
Slow...Slow...Slow,
And red says, "Stop!" (stop and freeze)
Go!  Go!  Go! (march fast)
Slow...Slow...Slow (march slowly)
and STOP! (stop)

This is a fun game to repeat with your toddler.  As your child's understanding of the words "Go", "Slow" and "Stop" improves, hesitate before saying these words and encourage your child to say them with you.  When your child becomes even more confident in this skill, replace the color words with green, yellow, and red objects.  Then, ask your child what action goes with each color.      

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

Books
Emma's Pet by McPhail Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Some Pets by DiTerlizzi Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Giant Pop-Out Pets by Chronicle Books

Action Rhyme: Hop Like Your Bunny
Hop, hop, hop like your bunny,
Run, run, run like your dog,
Walk, walk, walk like your cat,
Jump, jump, jump like your frog,
Swim, swim, swim like your fish,
Fly, fly, fly like your bird,
Sit right down and don't say a word.

Do you have a family pet?  If yes, talk with your child about it.  What does it look like?  What does it like to do and eat?  Where does it sleep?  If you don't have a family pet, what kind of pet does your child think would be fun?   

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Giant Pop Out Ocean by Chronicle Books
Octavia And Her Purple Ink Cloud by German Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Octopus's Garden by Starr Click here to find the book in the catalog.

YouTube Video: Five Little Octopi
Click on the image below if you'd like to watch this fun counting video again!

Octopus starts with the letter "O".  Does your child know what sound this letter makes?  Go on a letter "O" search in your house and find other things that start with the same sound!  Who can find the most?

We hope you enjoyed this session of storytimes and will be joining us for Fall II storytimes which begin the week of October 17!

Remember, although there will be no scheduled storytimes next week, we will be hosting Playful Learning Centers for you and your preschooler to enjoy together in the Story Rooms.  Times will be offered Monday through Thursday.  For more information please check our Events Calendar by clicking on the link at the beginning of this post.   

 










Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2016 - 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.   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
Zoom, Zoom, Baby! by Katz Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Babies On The Move by Canizares

Action Rhyme: Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat, (sit baby on lap and "row" back and forth)
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.
Rock, rock, rock your boat, (rock baby on lap)
Gently to and fro.
Look out, give a shout,
In the water you go. (gently drop baby between your knees)  

Rhymes and songs that involve movements such as swaying, bouncing, and rocking help children develop balance.

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

Books
What Shall We Do With The Boo Hoo Baby? by Cowell Click here to find the book in the catalog.
What Do You Say? by Stanley Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Tickle You Here
Hug you here, hug you there,
Hug you, hug you everywhere.
Tickle you here, tickle you there,
Tickle you, tickle you everywhere.
Kiss you here, kiss you there,
Kiss you, kiss you everywhere.
Bounce you here, bounce you there,
Bounce you, bounce you everywhere.

Repeat this rhyme at home with your toddler.  Then, help him sing it again using a teddy bear, doll or favorite stuffed animal on his lap.  Show him how to hug, tickle, kiss, and bounce his toy.  What fun!

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

Books
Big Red Tub by Jarman Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Time For A Bath by Gershator Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme:Five Elephants In The Bathtub
One elephant in the bathtub,
Going for a swim,
Knock, knock, (clap twice)
Splash, splash, (pat knees)
Come on in! (beckon with hand)
(Count up to five)

Make bath time literacy time!  Plastic books are great to read in the tub.  Introduce foam letters and bath crayons for even more alphabet fun.  

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

Books
Vincent Paints His House by Arnold Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Mix It Up! by Tullet Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Paint
This is the way we paint our picture,
Paint our picture, paint our picture.
This is the way we paint our picture,
PAINT! PAINT! PAINT!
(mold the clay, dance on our toes, paste and glue)


Who doesn't love to paint, use crayons, glue, and cut?  Provide your toddler with age appropriate opportunities to practice these skills at home, or come to the library and make the craft together at the counter in the Early Learning Center.  The fine motor skills needed to complete these activities are essential for your child's development.    

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

Books
My Family Is A Zoo by Gerrard Click here to find the book in the catalog.
What Baby Wants by Root
Whoa, Baby, Whoa! by Nichols Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: One Little Hug
One little, two little, three little hugs,
Four little, five little, six little hugs,
Seven little, eight little, nine little hugs,
Ten little hugs for baby.
One big, two big, three big hugs,
Four big, five big, six big hugs,
Seven big, eight big, nine big hugs,
Ten big hugs for baby.

Little and big are of course opposites.  Help your preschooler find more little and big things around your house.  Little shoes and big shoes, little spoons and big spoons, little hands and big hands.....    

Family Jam (For families with young children)


Books
Wee Little Bunny by Thompson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Guess How Much I Love You by McBratney Click here to find the book in the catalog.
A Boy And His Bunny by Bryan Click here to find the book in the catalog.
We're Rabbits! by Peters Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Here Comes A Bunny
Here comes a bunny - hippity hop, (hop)
With ears so funny - floppity, flop. (wiggle ears)
When in danger - he sniffity, sniffs, (wiggle nose)
Then hides in his hole - jiffity, jiff! (place hands over head to hide)

Rabbits and other animals start with the letter "R".  Does your child know what sound the letter "R" makes?  Help him find other things in the house, or outside, that begin with the same letter.














Thursday, September 15, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2016 - 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.   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 Your Nose? by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes... by Kubler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: One to Five
One little nose,
Two little feet,
Three little tickles on your tummy so sweet!
Four little kisses on five little toes,
Then one more kiss for your sweet little nose!

Babies' strongest sense is the sense of touch.  Using touch in simple rhymes like this one increases security and bonding.

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

Books
All Of Baby, Nose To Toes by Adler Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Whose Nose And Toes? by Butler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Head And Fingers
Head and fingers, tummy and toes, tummy and toes.
Head and fingers, tummy and toes, tummy and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose,
Head and fingers, tummy and toes, tummy and toes.

This is a simple rhyme to sing with your toddler at diaper changing time or bath time when you might need a distraction to tame a wiggly child!

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

Books
No Haircut Today! by Savdier Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Book-O-Bears by Lemke  Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme:Ten Little Mustaches
One little, two little, three little mustaches,
Four little, five little, six little mustaches,
Seven little, eight little, nine little mustaches,
Ten little mustaches under your nose!

What color hair does your toddler have?  Does everyone in your family have the same color hair?  What other words can you use to describe it?  Straight, curly, short, long?  Do you know anyone without hair?  

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

Books
Construction by Sutton Click here to find the book in the catalog.
We All Go Traveling By by Roberts (shown as a video) Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Tap Tap Bang Bang by Garcia Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Open The Truck
Open the truck door, climb inside.
I get to help my Mommy drive!
Fasten the seat belt and shut the door.
Start the engine, hear it roar.
Turn the corner and step on the gas.
If the road is clear, we may pass.

When books and rhymes relate to your child's experiences, such as riding in a car, use them as a springboard to talk with him about things that he will understand. What do you and your toddler do when you go for a ride in the car?  Do you help your toddler get into his car seat and fasten his seat belt?  Do you shut the door?  Do you start the engine? 

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

Books
Beatrice Doesn't Want To by Numeroff Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Whose Shoes? by Hines Click here to find the book in the catalog.
One Busy Day by Schaefer Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Some Have Fathers
Some have fathers,
Some have mothers,
Some have sisters,
Some have brothers,
In some houses,
There are others,
Every family's special.

Repeat this rhyme at home using your fingers to list each family member.  How many people are in your family?  Can your child count them all?     

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
Ribbit! by Folguiera Click here to find the book in the catalog. 
Oink-A-Doodle Moo by Czekaj Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Oink? by Palatini Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Musical Activity: Pig On Her Head by The Laurie Berkner Band
Customers enjoyed a YouTube video of this fun song!  Click on the link below if you'd like to watch it again.  Remember, Gail Borden Public Library has a large music collection for you and your family to enjoy together.


         
This week's storytime was full of lots of silly stories and songs!  Family time should be fun time - find opportunities to play and act silly with your child as often as you can.  











Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2016 - 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.   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, Two, Buckle My Shoe by Yoon Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Knock At The Door by Kemp Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Diddle Dumpling (Tap knees or clap hands)
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son, John,
Went to bed with his trousers on.
One shoe off and one shoe on,
Diddle diddle dumpling, my son, John.

Traditional rhymes and songs such as this one often contain vocabulary that you wouldn't hear day to day.  But that's fine though - children need to hear vocabulary in many different contexts.

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

Books
Sheep Go To Sleep by Shaw Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Goodnight, Goodnight, Sleepyhead by Krauss Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action RhymeMy Blanket
I once had a blanket, it was fluffy and new,
I once had a blanket, and its color was blue.
I once had a blanket, the prettiest I’ve seen,
I once had a blanket, and its color was green.
I once had a blanket, as soft as a pillow,
I once had a blanket, and its color was yellow.
I once had a blanket, at the foot of my bed,
I once had a blanket, and its color was red.

When you get your toddler dressed each day talk about the colors of his clothes.  What color are his pants?  Does his shirt have stripes, spots, or a picture perhaps?  

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

Books
Harry Hungry by Salerno Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Watermelon Seed by Pizzoli Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Bananas Unite!
Peel bananas, peel, peel bananas.
Chop bananas, chop, chop bananas.
Mash bananas, mash, mash bananas.
Eat bananas, eat, eat bananas.
Go bananas, go, go bananas.

Does your toddler love to eat bananas?  When you see them at the store or in your house, ask your child some questions about them. What color are they? - on the outside, and on the inside?  Are they hard or soft?  Yummy?     

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

Books
Lola Loves Stories by McQuinn Click here to find the book in the catalog.
We Are In A Book! by Willems Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: These Are My Glasses
These are my glasses,
This is my book,
I put on my glasses and open up the book.
Now I read, read, read and I look, look, look.
I put down my glasses and
Whoop! Close up the book.
 
Make books readily available to your toddler if you haven't already! Include sturdy books in toy boxes, on low shelves or tables, pack one in a diaper bag to read at the doctor's office or whenever you might need a distraction.  And of course make reading together part of your daily routine!  

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

Books
You're All My Favorites by McBratney Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Tin by Judge Click here to find the book in the catalog.
What Brothers Do Best by Numeroff Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Have A Brother
I have a brother who lives with me,
We play together happily.
We ride our bikes and throw a ball,
In winter, summer, spring and fall.

Ask your preschooler what he likes to do with his sibling, mom, dad or other special friend.  What do they like to do together inside and outside?  What about when the weather is warm, or cold?                 














Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2016, 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.   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 Like Black and White by Hicks Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Black-and-White Animals by Rookie Toddler Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Itsy-Bitsy Spider
The itsy-bitsy spider,
Climbed 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,
Climbed up the spout again.

Songs, rhymes, and fingerplays help children learn the smaller sounds in words, a necessary building block for reading.

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

Books
Bath Time by Spinelli Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love My Baby Because by Simons Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Splash!

Rain is falling down, SPLASH! (clap hands loudly)
Falling to the ground, SPLASH!
Pitter patter, pitter patter,
Rain is falling down, SPLASH!

Make sure to pause briefly before the "Splash" in each line to build suspense!  When you blend the expected continuation of the rhyme with unexpected pauses you lay the foundation for humor.  Your toddler will definitely respond with giggles!

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

Books
Maggie and Michael Get Dressed by Fleming Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Like Myself by Beaumont Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.
Eyes and ears,
Mouth and nose,
Head, shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

Does your toddler know where his shoulders and knees are?  Repeat this rhyme at home and practice!  Go slow, then go fast.  Substitute other body parts for even more fun!

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

Books
Touch the Brightest Star by Matheson Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Beep! Beep! Go To Sleep! by Tarpley Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon, 
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon, 
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship.
Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon.
5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Blast off!       

Practice counting with your toddler by singing this rhyme.  Count up from one through five, and then count down again.  Count fingers, count toes, count chairs in the room.  Find opportunities to practice counting every day!  

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

Books
A Mother for Choco by Kasza Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Mother, Mother, I Want Another by Robbins Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Night Owl by Yuly Click here to find the book in the catalog
Benny's Pennies by Brisson (presented as a prop story) Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Some Families
Some families have fathers, (raise each finger one by one)
Some families have mothers,
Some families have sisters,
Some families have brothers.
In some houses,
There are others,
Every family is special.

Who is in your family?  Help your child count family members using fingers, and even toes if necessary!  Can your child write any of their names?                 

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Wide Mouthed Frog by Faulkner
Jump! by Fischer Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Don't Want To Be a Frog by Petty Click here to find the book in the catalog.

This week we talked about animals that begin with the letter "F".  
Frog, Falcon, Flamingo, Ferret, Fish, Fox
Think of some more words that begin with the same letter.  Help your child write some of them. 












Thursday, August 25, 2016

Storytime Programs - Fall I, 2016, 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.   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
To Baby With Love by Ormerod Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Where is Baby? by Rippin Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Rhyme: All The Little Babies
All the little babies love bouncing, bouncing,
All the little babies just love to bounce!
All the little babies love bouncing, bouncing,
All the little babies just to love bounce!
Lean to the left,
Lean to the right,
Hug that baby nice and tight!

Babies love bouncing on your lap!  Did you know that when you sing while bouncing your baby, you are actually helping him develop an understand of the rhythm of speech?


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

Books
Who's in the Forest by Gershator Click here to find the book in the catalog.
On Our Way Home by Braun Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: The bears in the forest
The bears in the forest say roar, roar roar,
Roar, roar, roar, roar, roar, roar,
The bears in the forest say roar, roar, roar,
All day long.
(Owls say whoo, whoo, whoo)

Point out different animals to your toddler - on a walk, at the zoo, or simply in picture books.  Make the animal noises and see if your toddler can repeat them back to you. Talk about the animals, count their legs, find their eyes, etc.  Remember, Gail Borden Public Library is a great resource for animal-themed books, puppets, puzzles, CD's and more!

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

Books
Clarabella's Teeth by Vrombaut Click here to find the book in the catalog.
My Nose, Your Nose by Walsh Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Brush Your Teeth by Raffi
If you get up in the morning at quarter to one,
And you want to have a little fun,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch,
And you want to find something to do,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch,
And you want to hum a tweedle dee dee,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch ch,
And you think you hear a knock at the door,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch,
You brush your teeth ch ch ch ch ch,
(If you get up in the morning at a quarter to 2,
If you get up in the morning at quarter to three,
If you get in the morning at a quarter to four,
If you get up in the morning and it’s quarter to five, 
And you just can’t wait to come alive.)

Storytime this week is a great opportunity to talk with your toddler about his teeth.  Help him count them.  Ask him how he takes care of them and why.  What does he use his teeth for?

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

Books
Finding Wild by Lloyd Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Whose Tail Is This? by Belmont Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I'm The Biggest Thing In The Ocean by Sherry Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Slippery Fish 
(Put your palms together to resemble a fish and wiggle them together as if swimming)
(                                               Slippery fish, slippery fish, sliding through the water,
Slippery fish, slippery fish, 
Gulp, gulp, gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by an …

(Wave your arms up and down like the flailing arms of an octopus.)
Octopus, octopus, squiggling in the water
Octopus, octopus, 
Gulp, gulp, gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

(Place one hand, with fingers straight upwards, on top of your head.)
Great white shark, great white shark, lurking in the water,
Great white shark, great white shark,
 Gulp, gulp, gulp!
Oh, no! It’s been eaten by a …

(Make a large circle with your arms to make yourself into a humongous whale.)  
Humongous whale, humongous whale, spouting in the water,
Humongous whale, humongous whale,
Gulp! … gulp! … gulp! … BURP!
(Cover your mouth.) Excuse me!

Children of all ages love to learn about creatures that live in water.  The fish tank in the Early Learning Center is a great place to relate our storytime to your child's experiences. Have a conversation about what you can see.  Talk about the colors of the fish and what they are doing, count them.  Can you find the turtle?

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

Books
One Big Family by Harshman Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Best Part of Daddy's Day by Alexander Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Daddies Are Awesome by Costain Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: I Have A Very Special Friend
I have a very special friend and Daddy is his name-o
D-A-D-D-Y, D-A-D-D-Y, D-A-D-D-Y,
And Daddy is his name-o.
                 
Repeat this rhyme at home and practice spelling Daddy aloud.  If you'd prefer, substitute another family member, such as Mommy, Grandma, or even a name.  Next, show your child the connection between spoken language and the written word by helping him write the letters on a sheet of paper. Say the letters aloud as you and your child write them.  Ask him to trace the letters with his finger as he says them aloud again.   

Family Jam (For families with young children)

Books
The Chick and The Duckling by Ginsburg Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Interrupting Chicken by Stein Click here to find the book in the catalog.
The Most Wonderful Egg in The World by Heine (presented as a prop story)

Families enjoyed singing along and moving to the following version of The Chicken.  If you'd like to dance again, click on the following link:



We talked about things that begin with the letter "C".   Find some more at home or next time you're on a walk together. 
CHICKEN  = cat cougar caterpillar chameleon  chipmunk coyote crocodile crow cow crab crane chickadees!  Chimpanzee chinchilla cheetah







Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Storytime Programs - Summer 2016, Week Eight

Welcome to the final week of of our summer storytimes.  We hope you and your child have had as much fun as we have!  It's hard to believe that Fall I storytimes will be starting soon - the week of August 22.  For those storytimes requiring registration, the first day to register is August 8.  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.   

Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales  (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Scrubba Dub by Van Laan
Click here to link to the book at the library.

Action Rhyme: Here I Have A Big Balloon
Here I have a big balloon,
Watch me while I blow.
Small at first, then bigger,
Watch it grow and grow.  (Expand arms)
Do you think it’s big enough?
Maybe I should stop.
For if I blow much longer,
My balloon will surely pop! (Big clap!)

At home repeat this rhyme slowly and pause at the end of each line to build suspense! Blending the expected continuation of the rhyme with the unexpected pauses lays the foundation for humor.  So don't be surprised if your baby reacts with smiles and giggles, especially with the big clap at the end! 

Starry Time Stories (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

This week Fun with Favorite Friends was offered in place of Starry Time Stories. Our customers celebrated their favorite characters with games and activities by visiting our drop-in stations.

We hope you and your child enjoyed Starry Time Stories this summer.  You've been a wonderful audience for our programs!  If you'd like to watch our puppet shows again, click on the following link Nedrob Puppet Shows