Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Baby & Me Storytime

Presented at Bellevue Public Library on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.

Play Baby Play! by Marilyn Janovitz


Hello, Friends!
(tune: "Goodnight Ladies")
Hello friends.

Hello friends.
Hello friends.
We're glad you came today!

(After singing the song I invite an adult to introduce him/herself and their child. We repeat the song, substituting the child's name for the word "friends". We do this until everyone has been introduced and all the children have been serenaded!)

My Little Baby
(tune: "Someone's in the Kitchen With Dinah")

My little baby is (baby's name),
Cutest little baby I kno-o-o-oh.
My little baby is (baby's name),
And I love you so!

This is the Way We Take a Bath

This is the way we take a bath,
Take a bath, take a bath.
This is the way we take a bath
So early in the morning.

2) This is the way we take a nap...
3) This is the way we peek-a-boo!...
4) This is the way we give a hug...
5) This is the way we clap our hands...


Good Morning, Toes
Good morning toes, good morning toes.
And how are you today?
I trust you had a good night’s sleep
And now you’re ready to play.
(lay baby in front of you and touch each of baby’s body parts)

Good morning knees…tummy…hands…cheeks…

When Cows Get Up In The Morning

When cows get up in the morning,
They always say "good day!"
When cows get up in the morning,
They always say"good day!"

"Moo, moo, moo",
That's how they say "good day!"
Moo, moo, moo,
That's how they say "good day!"

(Have fun gently bouncing or rocking with your little one as you enjoy this rhyme together!)

Our Hands Say Goodbye

Our hands say goodbye with a clap, clap, clap.
Our feet say goodbye with a tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap,
Tap, tap, tap.
We roll our hands around and say... "Let's do it again!"

Our hands say goodbye with a clap, clap, clap.

Our feet say goodbye with a tap, tap, tap.
Clap, clap, clap,
Tap, tap, tap.
We roll our hands around and say... "Goodbye!"

Today's ECRR Activity Highlight: TALKING!

Your little one will hear millions of words before she starts uttering them herself. It is important to expose her to lots of conversations as she learns the sounds, cadence and inflections of her language! Enjoy talking to your child as though you are having a two-way conversation. At first, she will just listen intently. Later, she will try to converse with you by cooing when you stop talking. Be sure to leave a few pauses as you talk. She will learn that this is her cue to "talk"!  These "conversations" make for delightful experiences with your child!

Educator and best-selling author Jim Trelease shares some very convincing evidence
here on the importance of reading and talking to your children. Of particular interest to me were the statistics found in the diagram "Total words (in millions) heard by child by age 4 (by family income)" and in the surrounding paragraphs.

Our ExploreTime Activity today was Bean Bags!
Our bean bag playtime can also be a great opportunity to talk with your child.  As you are playing, ask your child questions such as, "Can you put the bean bag on your head?", "Look! Mommy has a bean bag on her nose!", "You have 2 red bean bags and one yellow bean bag!" "This bean bag is a rectangle."  Lots of repetition is important in cementing these concepts in his mind, so talk, talk, talk away!  Repetition will also help him understand the organization of our language.  For example, your English-speaking child will learn that the acceptable way to describe this:

would be to say, "a black cat", while a child raised in France will look at the same picture and learn to say, "un chat noir" (a cat black).   The reason English-speaking children do not say, "Mommy! Look at that cat black!", is because he has heard enough descriptive words to know that he should say black cat, red ball, blue book, yellow banana, etc.

Library News:

No Baby & Me Storytime tomorrow, Wednesday, March 13. Instead, I hope you can join us at 10:30 AM as Brian Henning from the Urban Prairie Puppet Company presents "Little Red Riding Hood". The show is free and open to everyone!

Our next Baby & Me Storytime will be on March 19 & 20, 2013!

Each Baby & Me Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA)

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

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