Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Baby Storytime

Good afternoon, all. I'm still messing with my format a bit. Today I'm putting section headings in large and bold, actions in italics, and my comments on things in green. Does this work or not? What's easiest for YOU dear reader?

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!

Go around the room, singing to each child, using their name for "baby"

Mother Goose Rhymes:

I only get to do these rhymes when it rains. It makes me happy.

It’s raining it’s pouring,
The old man is snoring.
He bumped his head and he went to bed
And he couldn’t get up in the morning.

Rain rain go away,
Come again another day
Little baby wants to play
Rain Rain go away

Go around the room, singing to each child, using their name for "baby"

This is big big big (Hold arms out to side)
This is small small small (Cup hands together)
This is short short short (Hold hands with palms facing each other)
This is tall tall tall (Reach one hand above head)
This is fast fast fast (Circle fists quickly)
This is slow slow slow (Circle fists slowly)
This is yes yes yes (Nod)
This is no no no (Shake head)

NEW RHYME! NEW RHYME! NEW RHYME! So, when I don't work on Friday, I get to go to baby storytime, but as a parent. It's a very different experience and it's been really interesting to see programming from the other side. Anyway, this is a rhyme we did with Ms. Desiree last week. Except Ms. Desiree is much more hardcore than I am and did it in Hindi. I told today's parents that I would work on the Hindi (Ms. Desiree said she found it on YouTube) and that we'd do it that way in a few weeks, once I got it down. But it's fun in English, too.

Hot hot bread (pat baby’s hands or belly)
Hot hot bread
Ready in the kitchen (crawl up and tickle underarms)
Ready in the kitchen (crawl up and tickle the other arm)
Oh so nice and round (draw circle on belly)
Oh so delicious
Give me one (count baby’s fingers)
Give me two
Give me three
Give me four
Give me five

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:

Duck & Goose, 1, 2, 3 by Tad Hills

Duck and Goose are adorable and fun and counting books are always good. How do you read counting books in storytime? I always actually count. So, the text says "1 goose, 2 ducks, 3 clouds, etc." I say "1. 1 goose. 1, 2. 2 ducks. 1, 2,3. 3 clouds." And I point to each thing as we count them. And then I resist the urge to laugh like Count von Count.

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Charlie Chaplin went to France (bouncing baby on lap)
To teach the ladies how to dance!
First he did the rumba (move baby's knees back and forth)
Then he did the kicks (move baby's legs in kicking motion)
Then he did the samba (move baby's legs up and down together)
And then he did the splits! (gently move baby's legs apart and together again)

to the tune “Wheels on the Bus”

I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap,
Clap, clap, clap.
I can make my hands
Go clap, clap, clap.
They’re a part of me.

I can make my feet
Go stamp, stamp, stamp…
I can make my legs
Go hop, hop, hop…

A little frog in a pond am I
Hippity hippity hop
And I can bounce in the air so high
Hippity hippity hop

Bounce baby in rhythm to the rhyme, lifting him or her up on “air so high”

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 by Raffi

we shake maracas and sing and dance along

Book:

Llama Llama Nighty--Night by Anna Dewdney

I love the Llama Llama books for preschoolers and in my house, we were super excited to see the Dewdney was coming out with board books. This is the way to do a board book of a popular picture book-- it's not a scaled down version of the book, but rather taking a familiar character and writing an age-appropriate book.

Closing:

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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