Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Toddler Storytime

HA! I finally got the timing right! My secret? READ ANOTHER BOOK! So the middle book is NOT a board book, and only I have a copy. I introduced it as a tool to help transition into the preschool style of storytime. I'm still trying to figure out the best place to put the middle book.

Welcome Songs:

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Good morning to you
Good morning to you
We’re glad that you’re here
Good morning to you

Go around the room, singing to each child, using their name instead of "you." 

Way up in the sky, the little birds fly,
While down in the nest, the little birds rest.
With a wing to the left, and a wing to the right,
The little birds sleep all through the night.
Shhhhh! They’re sleeping!
The bright sun comes up, the dew falls away,
"Good Morning, Good Morning!" the little birds say.

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Little Robin Redbreast
Sat upon a rail;
Niddle, naddle, went his head,
Wiggle, waggle, went his tail.

Ring around the Rosy
A pocket full of posy
Ashes, ashes
We all fall down

Do you know the muffin man?
The muffin man, the muffin man?
Do you know the muffin man?
He lives on Drury lane.

Yes I know the muffin man.
The muffin man, the muffin man.
Yes I know the muffin man.
He lives on Drury lane.

NEW RHYME! I'm going to try to have a rhyme every week in a language other than English. I figure I'll change the rhyme every month, so parents have some time to learn it. I wrote the words (or in this case, the transliteration) on the marker board so parents could try to follow along. It's in Mandarin and comes from Chinese and English Nursery Rhymes: Share and Sing in Two Languages by Faye-Lynn Wu, illustrated by Kieren Dutcher. It helpfully comes with a CD so you can learn melodies and pronunciation.

Jiē tóu xiàng wěi mài yóu tiáo
Mài lái mài qù mài bú diào
Huā lā lā lā lā lā biàn chéng lăo yóu tiáo

Translation: Doughnuts for sale along the streets/All day he couldn’t sell them/Hua la la la la la, they all got stale. 

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:

Baby Animals At the Zoo

I like the Baby Animals series because there's more meat to it than you usually see in animal board books. You get a few sentences with facts about the animal, but in a way that's age appropriate. They also do fun things with font and text size and placement. Plus, BABY ANIMALS! Squeee!


Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes
And mouth and ears and eyes and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes

If baby is old enough, have him or her point to each body part. If baby is still to young, touch each body part while singing.

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.

I have a little heart (touch baby’s chest)
That goes thump thump thump (beat chest 3 times)
It keeps right on beating
As I jump jump jump (jump 3 times)

Book:

Simms Taback's Farm Animals by Simms Taback

This was a great one for this age group-- short, not a lot of text, animal noises, and, one you get the pages folded out, animal noises!

Rhymes:

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 our maracas and dance and sing along.

Book:

How Do Dinosaurs Say Happy Birthday? by Jane Yolen and Mark Tegue

I love the dinosaur books. GIANT DINOSAURS! Acting like little kids! With human parents! But also, they teach manners and behavior while still being really fun. They're completely didactic, and I just don't care, because they're done so well.

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 Songs:

(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

To the tune of “Happy Birthday”

Goodbye to you
Goodbye to you
We’re glad that you came
Goodbye to you

Go around the room singing to each child, using their name instead of "you".

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