Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Storytime Programs - Summer 2015, Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of summer storytimes.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar, 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)

Fourth of July, Sparkly Sky - Holub

Action Rhyme: Beat a Drum (Tune: London Bridge)
Beat a drum, march along, march along, march along (tap on legs)
Beat a drum, march along
It's America's birthday!
Wave a flag, sing a song, sing a song, sing a song (wave hand up high)
Wave a flag, sing a song
It's America's birthday!

"Gently tapping on your child during rhymes helps her sensory skills develop and allows her to sense the rhythm of language."  
Baby Storytime Magic - MacMillan and Kirker

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

Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear - Hague
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - Cabrera

Action Rhyme: Twinkling Stars
At night I see the twinkling stars (wiggle fingers)
And the great big shining moon (arms circle overhead)
My mama tucks me into bed (fists under chin)
And sings a goodnight tune

Before bedtime or naptime is a good time to establish a routine of reading to your little one.  It's an opportunity to quiet down and enjoy some closeness and snuggling.  

Preschool Story Time with the Readership (For children 3 years - Kindergarten)

Bugs! Bugs! Bugs! - Barner
Some Bugs - DiTerlizzi
In the Tall, Tall Grass - Fleming

Puppet Rhyme: Ladybugs Fly (Tune: Three Blind Mice)
Fly, ladybugs, fly
Ladybugs fly
Fly over here
Fly over there
They fly up high and they fly down low
Around and around and around they go
They fly so fast, and they fly so slow
Oh, fly ladybugs fly

Can you and your preschooler perform the ladybug movements in the rhyme?   High and low, fast and slow - they are of course opposites.  Can you think of any more opposites?  

Sing Me A Story (For children 2 years -Kindergarten with adult caregiver)

Jamberry - Degen
Dancing In My Bones - Andrews

In addition to stories, music, and rhymes, our storytime features a weekly puppet show.  Click on the links below if you'd like to enjoy them again with your preschooler.

Sing Me A Story #1

Sing Me A Story #2

Did you know that you can also check out puppets from the library?  There are many fun ways to include puppets in your child's learning, for example -

* Some of our puppets are accompanied by a rhyme to use along with them
* Choose a book to check out and find a puppet to match the theme
* Read a favorite book to a puppet
* Have a puppet read a book to your child in a suitably playful voice

If you have any questions about puppets and how to include them in your at home reading, please ask at the Help Desk.

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