Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Baby Story Time

Introduction and Safety Lecture:

It occurred to me that I never shared my introductory spiel that starts my baby story times

Good morning everyone! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Miss Jennie and I'm one of the children's librarians here at the library. This is my monster baby, Jack. (Jack is a stuffed animal Wild Thing from Where the Wild Things Are). The thing to know about monster babies is they don't weigh as much as people babies, so I can lift Jack way above my head (I then demonstrate) without having to brace myself or injuring my lower back. Monster babies are also OK with landing on their heads (I then demonstrate) and people babies aren't. I'm aiming for an injury-free program for everyone involved. I do my actions really big so everyone can see, but just do what works best for you and your baby. And now! Let's get started!

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:

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet
Eating her curds and whey,
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well

Two little eyes that open and close (point to eyes and open and close them)
Two little ears and one little nose (point to each)
Two little cheeks and one little chin (point to each)
And one little mouth that makes a big grin. (Give a big smile)

Bow wow wow
Whose dog art thou?
Little Tom Tinker’s dog!
Bow wow wow

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)


Book:

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? by Bill Martin, Jr., illustrated by Eric Carle

This is one of the few picture books that still works in a board book format. The focus on animals and colors is also great for this age group. My one complaint about this book (and it holds for the original picture book version as well) is where the page turn falls. It goes Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? I see a red bird looking at me PAGE TURN Red bird, red bird.... So you know a red bird is coming BEFORE you turn the page to see it. Shouldn't it go Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? I see a PAGE TURN red bird looking at me. Red bird, red bird... or Brown bear, brown bear what do you see? PAGE TURN I see a red bird looking at me. Red bird, red bird... I'll admit that when I read it, I turn the page early. This isn't the best modeling, and I explain what I'm doing and why before hand, but that page turn annoys me.

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

The Grand Old Duke of York, he had ten thousand men,
He marched them up to the top of the hill,
And he marched them down again.

And when they were up, they were up,
And when they were down, they were down
And when they were only halfway up
They were neither up nor down!

Stand up or lift baby (or just baby’s arms) up and down according to the rhyme

Arms up, arms down, arms up
And wave them all around

Then tickle tickle wiggle giggle
Everybody knows
That’s how baby’s hokey pokey goes
Legs up, legs down, legs up
And kick them all around

Then tickle tickle wiggle giggle
Everybody knows
That’s how baby’s hokey pokey goes!

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!

Song:

Shake My Sillies Out performed by Raffi.

We sing along to the CD, while shaking maracas! It's everyone's FAVORITE part of story time. I do this right before the second book because getting the maracas back is a bit easier with the bait-and-switch of handing out the book while collecting the maracas.



Book:

Ready for Winter Marthe Jocelyn

Initially I was intrigued by this book because I'm most familiar with Jocelyn's work as the author of "Scribbling Women": True Tales from Astonishing Lives,which was nominated for a Middle Grade/Young Adult Nonfiction Cybil this year. So, I was excited to see she also had a board book! All about winter clothes, with excellent fabric-collage illustrations. I like that the illustrations are collages made of patterned fabric but they're not busy.

I had been saving this one in the hopes that it would at some point become seasonally appropriate. As I explained in story time today, I gave up.

Closing Rhymes and Song:



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.

(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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