Baby Time: July 17, 2019

Books
Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown, illus. by Loren Long
Pajama Time! by Sandra Boynton

Music
“Under the Sea” from Disney: The Music Behind the Magic (with bubbles)

Baby Sign Language
Sleep

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Hello Song
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Everybody smile and wave,
Smile and wave,
Smile and wave.
Everybody smile and wave,
I’m so glad you’re here.
Repeat

Pat-a-Cake
Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake just as fast as you can.
Pat it and roll it and mark it with a “B.”
And put it in the oven for Baby and me.

A Hippopotamus
A hip, a hip, a hippopotamus
Got on, got on, got on a city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“You’re squishing us!”
A cow, a cow, a cow got on the city bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Moooooove over!”
A sheep, a sheep, a sheep got on the bus
And all, and all, and all the people said,
“Baaaaaack up!”

Tick Tock
Caregivers can rock kids back and forth (older kids can rock themselves, sitting or standing)
Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now I’m chiming one o’clock.
Cuckoo! (Lift baby into the air)
Continue with two, three, four and five o’clock. (For each o’clock add a cuckoo at the end)

The Grand Old Duke of York
The grand old duke of York
He had 10,000 men
He marched them up to the top of the hill
And marched them down again
And when they’re up, they’re up
And when they’re down, they’re down
And when they’re only halfway up,
They’re neither up nor down

Did You Ever See a Fishy? (with sea puppets)
Sway back and forth
Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy?
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way,
And this way and that way.
Did you ever see a fishy swim this way and that?

Yes, I’ve seen a fishy, a fishy, a fishy.
Yes, I’ve seen a fishy swim this way and that.
Swim this way and that way,
And this way and that way.
Yes, I’ve seen a fishy swim this way and that

Roly Poly Song
Tune: Frere Jacques
Roly poly, roly poly.
Up, up, up. Up, up, up.
Roly roly poly. Roly roly poly.
Down, down down. Down, down, down.
Roly poly … Out and in.
Roly poly . . . Front and back.
Roly poly . . . Left and right.
Roly poly . . . Fast and slow.

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July 17, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

STEAM Storytime- Art!

July 16, 2019

Books: 
What If… by Samantha Berger
Viva Frida! by Yuyi Morales

Music:
My World (Paint Me, Paint You!)” by Zinghoppers
Ribbons in the Air” by Pam Schiller (We danced with ribbons)

Question of the Week: What is art?
Each week we ask a different question to get a discussion started about our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) theme of the week.

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: The More That we Learn Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bold words)
The more that we learn science, learn science, learn science,
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be.
We’ll know things and do things,
And explore many new things.
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be!

You Are My Sunshine
We signed the bold words using ASL while singing
You are my sunshine my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear how much I love you
So please don’t take my sunshine away

This is the Way
(Tune: Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush. We used ribbons to act out the motions)
This is the way we stir the paint, stir the paint, stir the paint.
This is the way we stir the paint,
So early in the morning.

//Dip our brush
//Paint the picture
//Blow it dry

Scat the Rat
I introduced my friend, Scat the rat, and explained that every time we snap or clap, he changes colors. I use a folder for this activity that has a rat silhouette cut out of the front of the folder and several colors of paper inside of the folder. To make Scat change colors, I just pull a sheet of paper out of the folder revealing the new color behind it that sheet. We say:

“Hey everyone, I’m Scat the rat.
I can change colors just like that! (snap or clap)”

Exploration Time
During the last 30 minutes of storytime, have fun with guided play, sensory elements, and experiments! For today’s theme, we had the following activities:

Paper Collages

Free Play

July 16, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: July 10, 2019

Books
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by David Ellwand
Summer Supper by Rubin Pfeffer, illus. by Mike Austin

Music
“You Are My Sunshine” from Wiggleworms Love You
“Bluegrass Jamboree” by Hap Palmer, So Big

Baby Sign Language
Change (diaper)

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Hello Song
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Everybody smile and wave,
Smile and wave,
Smile and wave.
Everybody smile and wave,
I’m so glad you’re here.
Repeat

Wiggle Song
Tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain
My hands are starting to wiggle,
My hands are starting to wiggle,
My hands are starting to wiggle,
Around and around and around.

Jump in the Rocket
Jump in the rocket (bounce baby on knee)
We’ll blast off soon!
We’re taking a trip
Up to the moon
Up, up, up we climb (lift baby higher and higher)
Up to the sky (hold baby high in the air)
Isn’t it a lot of fun (bring baby back down, resume bouncing)
To be able to fly?!

Astronaut, Astronaut
Astronaut, astronaut, put on your suit (touch baby’s tummy or clothing)
Astronaut, astronaut, put on your boots (touch baby’s feet)
Astronaut, astronaut, ready to fly (lift baby’s hands overhead)
Astronaut, astronaut, up in the sky (wave baby’s hands gently back and forth)
Astronaut, astronaut, flying through the stars (clap baby’s hands together)
Astronaut, astronaut, past the moon and Mars (use your finger to circle the perimeter of baby’s face)
Astronaut, astronaut, wave your hands (wave baby’s hands)
Astronaut, astronaut, ready to land! (touch baby’s feet)

Baby Put Your Pants On (diaper changing song)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Legs to the left (wiggle left leg)
Legs to the right (wiggle right leg)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight (wiggle baby’s legs)
Legs to the left (wiggle left leg)
Legs to the right (wiggle right leg)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)

If You’re Happy and You Know It, Play Your Instrument (with instruments)
If you’re happy and you know it . . .
Play your instrument
Play up high
Play down low
Play them softly

July 10, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

STEAM Storytime- Math!

July 9, 2019

Books: 
Balance the Birds by Susie Ghahremani
How to Two by David Soman

Music:
Mother Gooney Bird” by Eric Litwin
The Number Dance (Disco)” by Eric Litwin
Jumping and Counting” by Jim Gill (We danced with shakers)

Question of the Week: What is the highest number you can thing of?
Each week we ask a different question to get a discussion started about our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) theme of the week.

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: The More That we Learn Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bold words)
The more that we learn science, learn science, learn science,
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be.
We’ll know things and do things,
And explore many new things.
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be!

Flutter, Flutter Butterfly
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, using ASL for the word “butterfly”
Flutter, flutter butterfly, flying in the summer sky
Watch it fly from high to low
Watch it come and watch it go
Fluttery, flutter butterfly flying in the summer sky

We also counted the butterflies on the screen using ASL.

Exploration Time
During the last 30 minutes of storytime, have fun with guided play, sensory elements, and experiments! For today’s theme, we had the following activities:

Play Dough Shapes

Questions:
What shapes, letters, and numbers can you make?
How does the play dough feel?
What color is the play dough?

How to Two Comprehension Activity

Comprehension: the understanding and interpretation of what is read. To be able to accurately understand written material, children need to be able to (1) decode what they read; (2) make connections between what they read and what they already know; and (3) think deeply about what they have read.

Questions:
What was your favorite animal from the story?
There were ten different animals shown in the story. Can you draw the ones you remember?
What games did you see the kids playing? Have you ever played those games?
What was the weather like in the story?
How high did we count to?
Where were the kids playing? Where was it located?
Did you learn any new words?

July 9, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

STEAM Storytime- Gravity!

July 2, 2019

Books: 
I Fall Down by Vicki Cobb
Gravity by Jason Chen

Music:
Spin Again” by Jim Gill
Gravity” by Robbert Bobbert and the Bubble Machine (We danced with bubbles)
The Bean Bag” by Hap Palmer (We danced with bean bags)

Question of the Week: What is gravity?
Each week we will ask a different question to get a discussion started about our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) theme of the week.

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: The More We Learn with Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bold words)
The more that we learn science, learn science, learn science,
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be.
We’ll know things and do things,
And explore many new things.
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be!

Gravity
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb, using ASL for the word earth
Gravity pulls us to Earth, us to Earth, us to Earth
Gravity pulls us to Earth so we don’t float away!

Exploration Time
During the last 30 minutes of storytime, have fun with guided play, sensory elements, and experiments! For today’s theme, we had the following activities:

Gravity painting
Directions:
Carefully squirt paint onto your paper using the pipette.
Watch as the colors drip and blend together.

Questions:
What new colors do you see as the colors mix?
Why is the paint dripping down?
What do you like or dislike about the painting?

Drop, Drop, Drop
Activity from the book, I Fall Down by Vicki Cobb

Directions:
Choose some objects to drop.
Compare the objects you’re dropping. What makes them the same or different?
Which object do you think will land first, why?
Drop the objects at the same time.

Questions:
What did you observe when they both fell?
Did one fall faster than the other?

Rubber Band Weight Test
Did you know pull of gravity on an object is called weight?

Directions:
Tie two different-sized objects (like a kids show and adult shoe) to separate rubber bands.

Questions:
Which object weighs more?
How can you tell?

July 2, 2019 at 10:30 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: June 26, 2019

Books
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes

Music
“Mr. Sun” by Raffi, Singable Songs for the Very Young
“Fly Me to the Moon” by Laurie Berkner, Rocketship Run (with scarves)

Baby Sign Language
Change (diaper)

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Hello Song
Tune: Mary Had a Little Lamb
Everybody smile and wave,
Smile and wave,
Smile and wave.
Everybody smile and wave,
I’m so glad you’re here.
Repeat

Wiggle Song
Tune: The Bear Went Over the Mountain
My hands are starting to wiggle,
My hands are starting to wiggle,
My hands are starting to wiggle,
Around and around and around.

Jump in the Rocket
Jump in the rocket (bounce baby on knee)
We’ll blast off soon!
We’re taking a trip
Up to the moon
Up, up, up we climb (lift baby higher and higher)
Up to the sky (hold baby high in the air)
Isn’t it a lot of fun (bring baby back down, resume bouncing)
To be able to fly?!

Astronaut, Astronaut
Astronaut, astronaut, put on your suit (touch baby’s tummy or clothing)
Astronaut, astronaut, put on your boots (touch baby’s feet)
Astronaut, astronaut, ready to fly (lift baby’s hands overhead)
Astronaut, astronaut, up in the sky (wave baby’s hands gently back and forth)
Astronaut, astronaut, flying through the stars (clap baby’s hands together)
Astronaut, astronaut, past the moon and Mars (use your finger to circle the perimeter of baby’s face)
Astronaut, astronaut, wave your hands (wave baby’s hands)
Astronaut, astronaut, ready to land! (touch baby’s feet)

Baby Put Your Pants On (diaper changing song)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)
Legs to the left (wiggle left leg)
Legs to the right (wiggle right leg)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight (wiggle baby’s legs)
Legs to the left (wiggle left leg)
Legs to the right (wiggle right leg)
Wiggle and jiggle and pull them up tight (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on (wiggle baby’s legs)
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3 (hold up fingers as you count)

Where is Baby? (with scarves)
Tune: Frere Jacques
Where is baby? Where is baby? (put scarf in front of baby’s face)
There he is! There he is! (pull scarf away)
I’m so glad to see you! I’m so glad to see you! (cuddle baby)
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo! (place scarf in front of face and pull it away)

June 26, 2019 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

STEAM Storytime- Colors!

June 25, 2019

Books: 
Wow! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood
Spicy Hot Colors = Colores Pincantes by Sherry Shahan

Music:
Mr. Owl” by Kimmy Schwimmy
Color Wheel Dance” by Georgiana Stewart
I Like Blue Lemurs” by Baby Loves Jazz (We sang and tapped with rhythm sticks)

Question of the Week: What happens when colors mix together?
Each week we will ask a different question to get a discussion started about our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) theme of the week.

Songs, Rhymes, & Fingerplays:

Opening Song: The More We Learn with Science
(Using American Sign Language for the bolded words)
The more that we learn science, learn science, learn science,
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be.
We’ll know things and do things,
And explore many new things.
The more that we learn science the happier we’ll be!

If You’re Wearing…
Using ASL for the colors
If you’re wearing red today, red today, red today
If you’re wearing red today,
Please clap your hands!

// Orange/stomp your feet
// Yellow/jump around
// Green/spin in a circle
// Blue/do the chicken dance
// Purple/wiggle around
// Pink/shout hurray!

Little Moon Felt Game
Hide a felt moon behind one of six different colored clouds then say,

“Little moon, little moon
Are you behind the [color] cloud?”

Repeat until moon is found!

Exploration Time
During the last 30 minutes of storytime, have fun with guided play, sensory elements, and experiments! For today’s theme, we had the following activities:

Rainbow Milk Experiment
What do you think will happen when you mix milk, dish soap, and food coloring?

Directions:
Drip a few drops of food coloring into a bowl or tray of milk.
Dip one of a Q-tip into dish soap.
Dip that end of the Q-tip in the milk and see what happens!

Questions:
What happens when the food coloring mixes together?
What surprised you about this experiment?

Colors in Light
Have you ever noticed a rainbow in the sky after a rainstorm? Where does the rainbow come from?

The white light from the Sun shines through the water in the air and creates a color spectrum. When any white light shines through water and other prisms, like the tiny tracks on the CD, you can see the array of colors getting bent from the light.

Directions:
Shine the flashlight on the CD
Reflect the CD onto the white paper to see the different colors.

Questions:
What colors do you see?
Can you draw the reflection?

Wow! Said the Owl Coloring and Comprehension Activity
Do you remember what colors the owl saw on her daytime adventure?

Directions:
Recreate some of the pictures from the story. Try filling in the blanks below with what you can remember. Use the quotes as inspiration for your drawings.

Quotes from the story:
“Wow!” said the owl…

    • The sky was a warm and wonderful ____.
    • as the ____ sun shone through the morning mist.
    • when she saw that the leaves on her tree were ____.
    • as the pretty ____ butterflies flew by.
    • as the rainbow of ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, ____, and ____ filled the sky.

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