Thursday, February 24, 2011

Baby Storytime

We did the first book after "Hickory Dickory Dock" and then after "This is the Way the Ladies Ride" we sang "Shake my Sillies Out" and read the second book.

I like the board book versions of Yolen and Teague's Dinosaur books. They're easier and shorter than the picture book versions and are get the length and word/picture ration just right for a board book.

I also love Dav Pilkey's Big Dog, Little Dog series in board book-- they're short and sweet (perfect for the format) but funny and with plot! That's hard to do but these nail it on the head.

"Round and Round the Garden" and "Ride a Pony, Ride a Pony" were both new rhymes last week, so we used them again this week and will next week as well.

Also, I'm lucky enough to have a few BRAND NEW BABIES coming, so everything's new to a lot of my attendees at the moment.

"Cushy cow bonny" is rather obscure, but it has great rhythm. I like mixing rhymes that everyone should know with ones that most people don't know. It keeps things interesting.


Books We Read Today:
How Do Dinosaurs Learn Their Colors by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague

Songs We Sang Today:
Shake My Sillies Out” by Raffi

Welcome Song:

Where is baby? Where is baby?
There (s)he is! There (s)he is!
I’m so glad to see you, I’m so glad to see you
Peek-a-boo! Peek-a-boo!

Substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Cushy cow bonny, let down thy milk,
And I will give thee a gown of silk;
A gown of silk and a silver tee,
If thou wilt let down thy milk to me.

Diddle Diddle Dumpling, my son John
Went to bed with his britches on
One shoe off and one shoe on
Diddle Diddle Dumpling, my son John

Tick tock, tick tock
I am a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now it’s striking one o’clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Cuckoo!

Rock baby back and forth and then lift baby in the air on “cuckoo”. Repeat for two and three o’clock.

Clap hands, clap hands
Dishes in a battle
Pots and pans all crash about
Bang! Rattle! Rattle!

Pease porridge hot, pease porridge cold
Pease porridge in the pot, 9 days old
Some like it hot, some like it cold
Some like it in the pot, 9 days old

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck two, the mouse said “woo”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three, the mouse said “wee”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck four, the mouse said “no more”
Hickory dickory dock (tick tock, tick tock)

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Five little peas in a pea pod pressed 
One grew, two grew, so did all the rest.
They grew and they grew  
And they grew and never stopped 
They grew so big that the pea pod POPPED!

On the first line, hold up a fist with fingers hidden. During the second line, slowly extend your fingers out. As the peas keep growing, move your hands further and further apart until arms are extended. End with a large clap on “POPPED!”

Round and round the Garden (trace circle on baby’s palm)
Little bunny goes
Hippity hop, hippity hop (hop up baby’s arm with two fingers)
He’s gonna get your nose! (grab baby’s nose)

Ride a pony, ride a pony
Into town, Into town
When you get there, When you get there
Don’t fall down! Don't fall down!

Bounce baby on your knees to the rhythm of the rhyme. On the second “don’t fall down!” gently drop the baby between your knees.

This is the way the ladies ride:
Walk walk walk
This is the way the gentlemen ride:
Trot trot trot
This is the way the children ride:
BOOM BOOM BOOM

Bounce the baby on your knee or foot. When the ladies ride, bounce very softly, for the gentlemen, bounce a little more, and then bounce very vigorously when the children ride!

Patty cake, patty cake
Baker’s man
Bake me a cake as fast as you can!
Roll it, and pat it
And mark it with a B
And throw it in the oven for baby and me!

Clap baby’s hands for the first three lines. When rolling the cake, roll your hands, and then pat your knees when patting the cake. Draw a B on baby’s hand when marking the cake and mime throwing it in the oven at the end.

Closing Song:

(to the tune of Shortnin’ Bread)

Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
I’m so glad every little cell
In my body is happy and well
Every little cell in my body is happy
Every little cell in my body is well

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