Friday, January 2, 2015

Storytime Programs - Week One, Winter 2015

Welcome to our first week of storytime programs in 2015.  We offer storytimes for babies from birth on up. Some of our programs require pre-registration, others are drop-in.  

Please check our Events Calendar, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information. We hope you are able to join us and share in the fun!  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)

Snowflake Baby - Broach
Spot's Snowy Day - Hill

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

This is a simple rhyme to sing to your little one at home too, not just at the library.  Add to the fun by naming the body parts that you tickle!

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

Under My Hood I Have a Hat - Kuskin
Millions of Snowflakes - Siddals

Rhyme: Snowflake, Snowflake
Snowflake, snowflake dance around,
Snowflake, snowflake touch the ground.
Snowflake landing on my nose,
Snowflake landing on my toes.
Snowflake, snowflake dance around,
Snowflake, snowflake sit right down.

Next time you bundle up and go outside for a walk with your toddler, talk about what you see and do.  Point out objects and name them.  The more words your child hears, the more words he learns. 

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

All You Need For a Snowman - Schertle
When Winter Comes - Van Laan

Action Rhyme: The Clouds Roll In
The clouds roll in, the earth grows white (roll hands)
The snow keeps falling through the night (flutter fingers down)
With morning sun the earth starts glistening (wiggle fingers in air)
And children play with mothers listening (cup hand to ear)
Now inside, all warm and snug (hug self)
Dad tucks in covers, snug as a bug (tuck in covers)

Fun finger exercises such as in this rhyme can help develop and improve your child's fine motor skills. 

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

Winter Is the Warmest Season - Stringer

Action Rhyme: Put Your Pants On
Let's all put our pants on, pants on, pants on
Let's all put our pants on 1,2,3
(Repeat with jackets, hats, shoes)
Now that you're all dressed, all dressed, all dressed
Now that you're all dressed, let's go out and play

Relating rhymes to your child's everyday routine is a great way to introduce some fun into what can sometimes be a difficult time!

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

Riley and Rose in the Picture - Gretz
Round is a Pancake - Baranski

Action Rhyme: Draw a Circle
Great big ball rolling down the street
Great big ball landing at my feet
How it got there I don't know
Great big ball made of snow
Medium-sized ball rolling down the street...
Teeny tiny ball rolling down the street...
Three round balls made of snow
Now just watch my snowman grow
Up go the balls 1,2,3
They make a snowman you can see

Continue the circle theme at home.  Cut circles out of white paper and make a paper snowman.  Or go outside and make real snowballs and then a real snowman.   How big can you make it?


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