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Toddler Time April 28, 2016

Thursday April 28,  2016

Books
When Spring Comes by Kevin Henkes, illus. by Laura Dronzek
Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson,  illus. by Jane Chapman

Felt Board
Five Little Kites

Song
“Jumping & Counting”  by Jim Gill, Jim Gill’s Irrational Anthem
“I Know a Chicken” by Laurie Berkner, Whaddaya Think of That?

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

Early Literacy Fact of the Week

The Importance of Story Time
Children benefit from hearing another adult read to them, from watching other children get engaged in a story, and from being exposed to a wide variety of authors and writing styles. Your child will also learn some essential school readiness skills, like how to sit still for an extended period of time, how to pay attention to an adult other than his parents, how to take turns.

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.

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?

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

Roll, Roll, Sugarbabies
Roll, roll, sugarbabies
Roll, roll, sugarbabiesPushPullClap 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

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April 28, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

Toddler Time April 21, 2016

Thursday April 21,  2016

Books
Up, Down, and Around by Katherine Ayres
Please Mr. Panda by Steve Antony

Felt Board
Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Song
“Shake Your Sillies Out”  Raffi
The Bean Bag” Hap Palmer

Activities

Sensory Activity
I will be putting out various toddler toys, tunnel and hoop with balls.

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

Early Literacy Fact of the Week
Parents, when you talk about same and different and matching with your child, they start to learn how to compare things themselves. They will use these same comparing skills to learn their letters! Talking with your kids helps them get ready to read
http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/?p=3818

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

April 21, 2016 at 12:07 pm Leave a comment

Toddler Time April 14, 2016

Thursday April 14,  2016

Books
Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals
Hugs For You by Paula Hannigan

Felt Board
Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See? by Eric Carle

Song
“Mr. Eric’s Jumping Song”  Unknown
Wiggy Wiggles Freeze Dance” Hap Palmer

Activities

Sensory Activity
Toddler toys and tunnel.

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

Early Literacy Fact of the Week

  • When you make lists of interesting objects with your child, it gives them a different way to think about and learn new words. This helps them become a good reader because they will encounter words in many different ways when they read. Writing with your children will help them get ready to read

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

April 14, 2016 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

Toddler Time April 7, 2016

Thursday April 7,  2016

Books
Cat Nap by Toni Yuly
Peep and Egg: I’m Not Hatching by Laura Gehl, illus. by Joyce Wan

Felt Board
Hunting for Eggs

Song
“Shaker Hop” by Carole Peterson, Dancing Feet
“Wake Up” Dragon Tales Soundtrack

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

Early Literacy Fact of the Week
When you ask your child questions about a book before you read it, you’re helping them learn how to make guesses about what’s going to happen. Making predictions is one way children build their comprehension skills when they are readers. So talking with your child will help them get ready to read.
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.

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?

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

Roll, Roll, Sugarbabies
Roll, roll, sugarbabies
Roll, roll, sugarbabiesPushPullClap 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

April 7, 2016 at 10:00 am Leave a comment

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

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

Toddler Time March 17, 2016

Thursday March 17,  2016

Books
Can You Yawn Like A Fawn?  by Monica Sweeney
Sweet Dreams Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Felt Board
Count the Sheep – Children will use sheep  to count to ten.

Song
“Hold Still”  Yo Gabba Gabba
Beanbag Rock” Various Artists

Activities

Sensory Activity
I will be putting out the Toddler Time Toys.

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

Early Literacy Fact of the Week

  • When you share wordless books with your children, there’s no limit to the conversations you can have together! Taking part in lots of conversations helps your child learn new words, gives them a big vocabulary, and helps them become good readers. Talking with your child will help them get ready to read

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 17, 2016 at 6:51 pm Leave a comment

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