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Bedtime

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Books

I Just Want to Say Good Night by Rachel Isadora
Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
Cornelius P. Mud, Are You Ready for Bed? by Barney Saltzberg
One More Hug for Madison by Caroline Jayne Church

Music

“Last Night I Had a Dream” by Laurie Berkner, Whaddaya Think of That?
“Six on the Bed” by The Learning Station, Here We Go Loopty Loo
“Tickle Toe” by Jim Gill, Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise, Idaho
“Winter Lullaby” by Laurie Berkner, Rocketship Run

Songs, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Song: Before I Go to Bed
Tune: Wheels on the Bus
Before I go to bed I take a bath,
Take a bath, take a bath
Before I go to bed I take a bath,
Then I say “Goodnight.”
Brush my teeth
Get a drink
Read a book
Get a kiss

Flannel Story: Wake Up! Wake Up!
By Brian and Rebecca Wildsmith

Early one morning the rising sun called,
“Wake up, wake up,” and woke up the . . . rooster.

“Cock-a-doodle-doo,” said the rooster and woke up the . . . goose.

“Honk, honk,” said the goose and woke up the . . . sheep.

“Baa, baa,” said the sheep and woke up the . . . horse.

“Neigh, neigh,” said the horse and woke up the . . . pig.

“Oink, oink,” said the pig and woke up the . . . cow.

“Moo, moo,” said the cow and woke up the . . . dog.

“Woof, woof,” said the dog and woke up the farmer.

The farmer climbed out of bed and then went and fed . . .

the dog, the cow, the pig, the horse, the sheep, the goose, and the rooster.

Movement Activity: Shoes
I went to bed and tried to go to sleep,
But somebody put running shoes on my feet! (run in place)
Repeat with a variety of different shoes and appropriate actions (ballet, tap, basketball, heavy, sticky, skates, quiet)

Craft: Paper Quilts/Quilted Animals

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September 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 20, 2017

Books

My House by Byron Barton
This is Our Baby, Born Today by Varsha Bajaj, illus. by Eliza Wheeler

Music

“Bumping Up & Down” by Raffi, Singable Songs for the Very Young
“Five Fish Swimming” by Dr. Jean, Dr. Jean Sings Silly Songs

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

The Beehive
Here is the beehive. (close fist)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive. (extend fingers as you count)
One, two, three, four, five!
They’re alive! (shake fingers or tickle child’s belly)
BUZZZZZZZ.

Acka Backa
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, I love you.
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, up goes you! (lift up)
BIG HUG!

Additional verse:
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, we’ll sing a song or two

Cheek, Chin
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, nose!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, toes!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, up baby goes!

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!

I’m a Little Fishy
Tune: I’m a Little Teapot
I’m a little fishy, I can swim
Here is my tail and here is my fin
When I want to have fun with my friends
I wiggle my tail and dive right in

September 20, 2017 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 13, 2017

Books

Parade by Donald Crews
Jazz Baby by Lisa Wheeler, illus. by R. Gregory Christie

Music

“Wheels on the Bus” by Merry Music Maker, Kids on the Move
“Little Bird, Little Bird” by Elizabeth Mitchell, You Are My Little Bird

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

The Beehive
Here is the beehive. (close fist)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive. (extend fingers as you count)
One, two, three, four, five!
They’re alive! (shake fingers or tickle child’s belly)
BUZZZZZZZ.

Acka Backa
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, I love you.
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, up goes you! (lift up)
BIG HUG!

Additional verse:
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, we’ll sing a song or two

Cheek, Chin
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, nose!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, toes!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, up baby goes!

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!

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

September 13, 2017 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: September 6, 2017

Books

Overboard! by Sarah Weeks, illus. by Sam Williams
Goodnight World by Debi Gliori

Music

“Sodeo” by Raffi, More Singable Songs

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

The Beehive
Here is the beehive. (close fist)
Where are the bees?
Hidden away where nobody sees.
Watch as they come out of their hive. (extend fingers as you count)
One, two, three, four, five!
They’re alive! (shake fingers or tickle child’s belly)
BUZZZZZZZ.

Acka Backa
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, I love you.
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, up goes you! (lift up)
BIG HUG!

Additional verse:
Acka-backa soda cracker, acka-backa boo
Acka-backa soda cracker, we’ll sing a song or two

Cheek, Chin
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, nose!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, cheek, chin, toes!
Cheek, chin, cheek, chin, up baby goes!

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!

Mary Wore Her Red Dress
Mary wore her red dress
Red dress, red dress
Mary wore her red dress
All day long
Use kids’ names and items/colors that they are wearing
This is a great song to integrate into your daily routine (you can change articles of clothing to other things)

The Laundry Shakes
Jbrary’s version
Oh, the walrus washes his winter coat
Down by the wavy ocean.
He adds some water and he adds some soap
Dnd he waits…and he waits…and he waits.

Then the laundry shakes, shakes, shakes
The laundry shakes and shakes and shakes
The laundry shakes, shakes, shakes until it’s clean.
The laundry shakes, shakes, shakes
The laundry shakes and shakes and shakes
The laundry shakes, shakes, shakes
Until it’s clean.

Verses: The laundry spins, spins, spins

September 5, 2017 at 3:05 pm Leave a comment

Baby Time: August 2, 2017

Books

A Band of Babies by Carole Gerber, illus. by Jane Dyer
Someone’s Sleepy by Deborah Lee Rose, illus. by Dan Andreasen

Music

“Are You Sleeping?” from Songs for Wiggleworms

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

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.

I’ll Drive a Dump Truck
I’ll drive a dump truck, dump truck, dump truck
I’ll drive a dump truck all day long
(Continue with: school bus, airplane, fire truck, choo choo train, tugboat, etc.)

Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly (creep fingers up baby’s leg)
Creeps the little snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly (arm)
Up the wooden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly (tickle all over)
Runs the little mouse
Quickly, quickly, very quickly (dance fingers over tummy)
All around the house

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home

August 2, 2017 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: July 26, 2017

Books

My Little Fox by Rick Chrustowski
Stanley the Builder by William Bee

Music

“Itsy Bitsy Spider” by Sue Schnitzer, Wiggle & Whirl: Clap and Nap
“Let’s Dance Now” by Jim Gill, Jim Gill Makes It Noise in Boise, Idaho

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

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.

I’ll Drive a Dump Truck
I’ll drive a dump truck, dump truck, dump truck
I’ll drive a dump truck all day long
(Continue with: school bus, airplane, fire truck, choo choo train, tugboat, etc.)

Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly (creep fingers up baby’s leg)
Creeps the little snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly (arm)
Up the wooden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly (tickle all over)
Runs the little mouse
Quickly, quickly, very quickly (dance fingers over tummy)
All around the house

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home

Roly Poly
Tune: Frere Jacques
Roly, poly, roly, poly (roll scarf in wheel motion)
Up and down, up and down (lift scarf up and down)
Roly, roly, poly, roly, roly, poly
Up and down, up and down

July 26, 2017 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Baby Time: July 19, 2017

Books

Machines at Work by Byron Barton
Dump Trucks by Charles Lennie

Music

“Fish Dance” by Johnette Downing, Music Time

Songs, Rhymes and Fingerplays

Did You Ever See a Worker?
Did you ever see a carpenter, a carpenter, a carpenter? (rock baby side to side)
Did you ever see a carpenter saw this way and that?
Saw this way and that way and this way and that way?
Did you ever see a carpenter saw this way and that?
Painter – brush (lift baby or arms up and down)
Driver – steer (rock side to side)
Digger – dig (move arms in digging motion)
Crane – reach (reach arms up high)
Mixer – mix (roll baby’s arms)

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.

I’ll Drive a Dump Truck
I’ll drive a dump truck, dump truck, dump truck
I’ll drive a dump truck all day long
(Continue with: school bus, airplane, fire truck, choo choo train, tugboat, etc.)

Slowly, Slowly
Slowly, slowly, very slowly (creep fingers up baby’s leg)
Creeps the little snail
Slowly, slowly, very slowly (arm)
Up the wooden rail
Quickly, quickly, very quickly (tickle all over)
Runs the little mouse
Quickly, quickly, very quickly (dance fingers over tummy)
All around the house

This Little Piggy
This little piggy went to market,
This little piggy stayed at home.
This little piggy had roast beef,
This little piggy had none.
And this little piggy went “Wee wee wee” all the way home

Ten Little Fishies
One little, two little, three little fishes,
Four little, five little, six little fishes,
Seven little, eight little, nine little fishes,
Ten little fishes swimming.

Ten little, nine little, eight little fishes,
Seven little, six little, five little fishes,
Four little, three little, two little fishes,
One little fish is swimming.

July 19, 2017 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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