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Toddler Time March 31, 2016

Thursday March 31,  2016

Books
Purple Little Bird by Greg Foley
Peep and Ducky by David Martin, illus. by David Walker

Felt Board
Ladybug Has Spots

Song
“Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer, So Big
“Shake Your Dragon Tail” Dragon Tales Soundtrack

Letter of the Week
This week we are learning about the letter Ll.

Early Literacy Fact of the Week
When you talk about shapes with your child, they start to learn what features make them the same and different. Being able to tell the difference between a triangle and a circle is the same skill they will use to tell the difference between an “A” and an “O”! Talking with your children will help them get ready to read.
Source: Mel’s Desk

Songs & Rhymes

Clap and Sing Hello
We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!

Wave and sing hello
Stomp and sing hello.

Clap Your Hands
Clap your hands
Touch your toes
Turn around
Put your finger on your nose
Flap your arms
Reach up high
Wiggle your fingers
And stretch to the sky

Can You . . .
Can you hop, hop, hop like a bunny?
Can you jump, jump, jump like a frog?
Can you walk, walk, walk like a duck?
Can you fly, fly, fly like a bird?
Can you swim, swim, swim like a fish?
Can you reach down to the ground?
And sit down like this?

Roll, Roll, Sugarbabies
Roll, roll, sugarbabies
Roll, roll, sugarbabies
Push
Pull
Clap clap clap
Let’s clap up high
Let’s clap down low
Let’s roll real fast
Let’s roll real slow

Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this
We wave goodbye like this
We clap our hands for all our friends
We wave goodbye like this

March 31, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: March 30th 2016

Books

I Love My Mommy by Giles Andreae

UP! by Kristine O’Connell

Music

Bluegrass Jamboree by Hap Palmer

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

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.

Criss, Cross, Applesauce

Criss, cross, applesauce (draw x on child’s back)
Spiders running up your back (walk fingers up back)
Cool breeze (blow gently)
Tight squeeze (hug)
Now you’ve got the shivers! (tickle)

Tick Tock
Tick tock, tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock.
Tick tock, tick tock, now it’s 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)

Wiggle Song

To the tune of “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.

Five Green and Speckled Frogs
Five green and speckled frogs
Sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs – yum yum!
One jumped into the pool
Where it was nice and cool
Then there were four green speckled frogs – glub, glub

Play your Instrument
play your instrument, play your instrument
One, two, three, one two three
Can you play a song, can you play a song?
Just like me, just like me
Play your instrument, way up high, now bend down, play down low

March 30, 2016 at 11:33 am Leave a comment

Big Bugs Storytime

Tuesday,  March 29th, 2016

Books

The Fly by Petr Horacek
I Love Bugs!
by Emma Dodd
Bug Safari
by Bob Barner
There Was An Old Monster by Rebecca Emberley

Music

Crazy Blue Beetle by Caspar Babypants
Sugar Ant
by Caspar Babypants

 Activities

Craft:
We made a bug with moving transparent wings

Felt Board:
There Was An Old Monster was a story told on the felt board

Songs & Rhymes

Rhyme: 

One Little, two little, three little grasshoppers,
Four little, five little, six little grasshoppers,
Seven little, eight little, nine little grasshoppers,
Ten grasshoppers in my yard.

Grasshoppers, grasshoppers,
Hopping all around me.
Grasshoppers, grasshoppers,
Hopping all around me.
Grasshoppers, grasshoppers,
Hopping all around me.
Ten grasshoppers in my yard.

Ten Little, nine little, eight little grasshoppers,
Seven little, six little, five little grasshoppers,
Four little, three little, two little grasshoppers,
One grasshopper in my yard.

Rhyme: Big Bugs, Small Bugs

Big Bugs, Small Bugs
Big Bugs, Small Bugs
See them crawl
On the wall.

Never, ever falling,
Never, ever falling.
Bugs, bugs, bugs.
Bugs, bugs, bugs.

Song: The Ants Go Marching

The ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah,
The ants go marching one by one hurrah, hurrah,
The ants go marching one by one
The little one stops for a hamburger bun,

And they all go marching down…in the ground,

To get out of the rain…Boom, Boom, Boom

 

 

March 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Toddler Time March 24, 2016

Thursday March 24,  2016

Books
Rainy Day! by Patricia Lakin, illus. by Scott Nash
Split! Splat!  by Amy Gibson, illus. by Steve Bjorkman

Felt Board
Which Shoe Would You Choose? By Betsy R. Rosenthal, illus. by Nancy Cote

Song
“Shaken’ Everywhere” by Jim Gill, Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem

Activities

Sensory Activity
I will be putting out Toddler Time Toys and Tunnel

Letter of the Week
This week we are learning about the letter Kk.

Early Literacy Fact of the Week
We know that learning how rhymes “work” as a critical pre-reading skill. Nursery rhymes and Mother Goose songs are such a fabulous way to introduce rhymes and rhyme-play to children. But in addition to helping to boost “decoding” skills such as phonological awareness, nursery rhymes contribute to reading readiness in another way: by adding to a child’s background knowledge. The more nursery rhymes children know (from all of their language cultures) the more allusions and references they will be able to make sense out of in the stories that they read and listen to.
Source: Mel’s Desk

Songs & Rhymes

Open Song: Clap and Sing Hello

We clap and sing hello,
We clap and sing hello,
With our friends at story time,
We clap and sing hello!

Wave and sing hello
Stomp and sing hello.

Action Rhyme: Touch
Touch your nose, touch your chin,
That’s the way this game begins.
Touch your eyes, touch your knees,
Now pretend you’re going to sneeze.
Touch your hair, touch one ear,
Touch your two red lips right here.
Touch your elbows where they bend,
That’s the way this touch game ends.

Action Rhyme: Wiggle Your Fingers and Toes
Show me how you clap your hands
Clap, clap, clap
Show me how you tap your feet
Tap, tap, tap
Clap, clap, clap
Tap, tap, tap
Wiggle your fingers and toes!
Show me how you nod your head
Nod, nod, nod
Show me how you flap your arms
Flap, flap, flap
Nod, nod, nod
Flap, flap, flap
Wiggle your fingers and toes!

Action Rhyme: Roly Poly
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, Up Up Up
(roll fists and reach up)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, Down Down Down
(roll fists and hit the floor)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, Clap, Clap Clap
(roll fists and clap)
Roly Poly, Roly Poly, Lap, Lap, Lap
(roll fists and pat your lap)

Closing Song: We Wave Goodbye Like This
We wave goodbye like this
We wave goodbye like this
We clap our hands for all our friends
We wave goodbye like this

March 24, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: March 23rd 2016

Books

Good Night Like This by Mary Murphy

A Recipe for Bedtime by Peter Bently

Music

Flitter Flutter by Johnette Downing, The Second Line

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Dance Your Fingers
Dance your fingers up
Dance your fingers down
Dance your fingers to the side
Dance them all around
Dance them on your shoulders
Dance them on your head
Dance them on your tummy
And put them all to bed

Ride Baby Ride
Ride baby ride, ch ch ch ch ch ch
Ride that horsie, ride, ch ch ch ch ch ch
Ride baby ride, ch ch ch ch ch ch
Ride that horsie, ride, ch ch ch ch ch ch
Sing it in a whisper
Whoa! (lean back or spill to side or lift up, or fall through legs)
Source

Roly Poly
Roly poly, roly poly, in, in, in
Roly poly, roly poly, out, out, out
Roly poly, roly poly, up, up, up
Roly poly, roly poly, down, down, down
Roly poly, roly poly, I love you!

Bicycle
(Baby lies on back with legs in air – parent rotates legs)
I have a little bicycle
I ride it to and fro
And when I see that big green light
I know it’s time to go
I have a little bicycle
I bought it at the shop
And when I see that big red light
I know it’s time to stop!

The Noble Duke of York
The noble 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

All the Little Babies
All the little babies (all the little babies)
All the little babies (all the little babies)
All the little babies (all the little babies)
Now put your hands up, whoa oh oh, oh oh oh
Whoa oh oh, oh oh oh
Whoa oh oh, oh oh oh
Whoa oh oh, oh oh oh

March 23, 2016 at 10:06 am Leave a comment

Chicken & Egg Storytime

Tuesday,  March 22nd, 2016

Books

Peep and Egg by Laura Gehl
Tillie Lays an Egg by Terry Golson
Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski
P. Zonka Lays an Egg by Julie Paschkis


Music

I Know a Chicken by Laurie Berkner

Activities

Crafts:
We decorated a paper egg with wax resist and paint and made a chicken decoration too

Songs & Rhymes

Rhyme: Hunting for Eggs

Hunting for eggs,
Under my bed,
I found one in a slipper,
And the egg was colored red.

Hunting for eggs,
Now I have two,
I found one in the closet,
And the egg was colored blue.

Hunting for eggs,
What a lucky fellow,
I found one in a bucket,
And the egg was colored yellow.

Hunting for eggs
Where none could be seen,
I found one in a shoe box,
And the egg was colored green.

Hunting for eggs,
Quick as a wink,
I found one in the garden,
And the egg was colored pink.

Red and yellow,
Green, pink, and blue.
I found five eggs–-
How about you?

 

March 22, 2016 at 2:00 pm Leave a comment

Music & Movement – March 18, 2016

Books

The Very Cranky Bear by Nick Bland
If You’re a Robot and You Know It by David A. Carter & Musical Robot

Music

“Let’s Get Started” and “Crazy Hands” by The Merry  Music Maker, Kids on the Move
“The Friendship March” by Greg & Steve, We All Live Together
“Rock and Roll Freeze Dance” by Hap Palmer, So Big
“Jump & Jam” by Greg & Steve, Jumpin’ & Jammin’
“The Music Medley” by Greg & Steve, Big Fun

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: The More We Get Together
The more we get together, together, together.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
For your friends are my friends.
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Fingerplay: Open Them, Shut Them
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Give a little clap
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap
Creep them, creep them
Up to your chin
Open your mouth,
But don’t let them in!
Open them, shut them
Open them, shut them
Put them in your lap

Movement Rhyme: Clap Your Hands
Clap, clap, clap your hands
Clap them all around.
Clap them loud, then clap them soft
Now don’t make a sound.
Stamp, stamp, stamp your feet,
Stamp them all around.
Stamp them loud, then stamp them soft,
|Now don’t make a sound.

Movement Rhyme: Wave Goodbye
Wave high, wave low,
I think it’s time, we gotta go.
Wave your elbows, wave your toes,
Wave your tongue and wave your nose.
Wave your knees, wave your lips,
Blow a kiss with fingertips.
Wave your chin, wave your eye,
Wave your hand and say “Goodbye!”

March 18, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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