Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Baby Storytime

If you haven't yet, read my Introduction to Baby Storytime First.

The hardest part of storytime today is the fact that they're doing landscaping this morning. Landscaping RIGHT OUTSIDE THE STORYTIME ROOM. Now, with babies, I lucked out. I had to be loud enough to be heard over the woodchipper, but the babies are young enough that they don't (yet) glue themselves to the window in order to watch the woodchipper.

Here's the thing-- no matter how awesome you are at storytime, you will never be able to compete with a woodchipper or riding lawnmower. Just like how, on career day, you can't compete with the fireman. Or, in my area, the horse trainer and astronaut.

Anyway, our first book was How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? I like that the board books are shorter than the regular book instead of just being board versions of the regular books-- they're more age appropriate. Also, this series is super didactic, but not in an annoying way. All lessons are easier to swallow when they include dinosaurs who have human parents and friends.

Our second book was a classic, It Looked Like Spilt Milk. I love the simple white shapes on the blue background-- it's also very good for young babies-- they don't see too well yet. It's a little long, but there's a reason it's still around.

Rhymes used in Story Time
5/25/2011

Books We Read Today:
How do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague
It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

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:

Five little fingers on this hand (hold up one hand with fingers extended)
Five little fingers on that hand (hold up other hand)
A dear little nose (point to nose)
A mouth like a rose (pucker lips and point to mouth)
Two cheeks so tiny (pretend to pinch cheeks)
Two eyes, two ears (point to each)
And ten little toes (wiggle toes with toddler and point to them)
That’s the way the baby grows (stretch arms up over head)

Way up high in the apple tree,     (both arms in the air)
Two red apples did I see.   (both hands in fists in air)
I shook that tree as hard as I could,  (shake all over)
And down came the apples –    (fists fall down to floor)
Mmm, they were good!   (rub stomach – yummy motion)

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)

How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends?Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Tony Chestnut knows I love you
Tony knows, Tony knows
Tony Chestnut knows I love you
That’s what Tony knows

Point to the mentioned body parts—Toes and knees for Tony, Chest and Head for Chestnut and nose and eyes for Knows I.

The little mice go creeping, creeping, creeping
The little mice go creeping all through the house

The big black cat goes stalking, stalking, stalking
The big black cat goes stalking all through the house

The little mice go scampering, scampering, scampering
The little mice go scampering all through the house

When the mice go creeping, have your fingers walk slowly on the baby, when the cat goes stalking, slide your hands up and down the baby’s body, when the mice go scampering, have your fingers run quickly all over the baby.

Father and Mother and Uncle John
Went to market, one by one.
Father fell off, and Mother fell off,
But Uncle John went on and on and on.

Gently bounce baby for the first two lines. Tilt baby from one side to the other for the third line, bounce baby up and down for the fourth line.

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!

It Looked Like Spilt Milk By Charles G. ShawPatty 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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