Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Toddler Story Time

Well, big changes here at the library! I'm now doing the toddler story time every week and am no longer doing preschool unless I'm covering for someone on vacation or sick or something.

I don't have an "Introduction to Toddler Story Time" yet. I'm hoping to write one at the end of the March, once I've found my groove with this program. For now, I'm basically basing it off my Baby Story Time, but with a lot more action/wiggle rhymes. The two programs are back to back, and I'm planning on using the same books.

Welcome Song:

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:

(to the tune of “you are my sunshine)

You have two arms, they are for waving
You have two feet to go stump stump
You have to eyes, they are for blinking
And a bottom to sit with a bump

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider walked up the spout again

Tick tock, tick tock
I’m 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”. Alternately, child can stand on floor and rock, and then jump on “cuckoo.” Repeat for two and three o’clock.

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:

Ten in the Bed by Jane Cabrera

Bright, bold, colorful illustrations offer a fun take on the traditional song. I love the way the bed turns into something else on every page as the animals imagine different settings and the poor little mousie who just wants to sleep. WARNING: The picture book version contains a few pages that ARE NOT in the board book version, so if you're using both versions, be prepared! (I, uh, might have learned that one the hard way this morning.)

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!

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 all have maracas to shake as we sing along!

Book:

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

I love any book that involves making tons of animal sounds. This is also a fun one as the kids can try to find the goose on every page. But really, ANIMAL SOUNDS.

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

Baby Story Time

What Baby Story Time is All About

We did lots and lots of rain rhymes today, because it's absolutely pouring. To the point I was surprised that anyone came!

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, substituting the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

Doctor Foster
Went to Gloucester
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle
Right up to his middle
And never went there again!

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, substituting the child’s name for “baby”

The itsy bitsy spider climbed up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Up came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider walked up the spout again

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:

Ten in the Bed by Jane Cabrera

Bright, bold, colorful illustrations offer a fun take on the traditional song. I love the way the bed turns into something else on every page as the animals imagine different settings and the poor little mousie who just wants to sleep. WARNING: The picture book version contains a few pages that ARE NOT in the board book version, so if you're using both versions, be prepared! (I, uh, might have learned that one the hard way this morning.)

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!

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 all have maracas to shake as we sing along!

Book:

Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

I love any book that involves making tons of animal sounds. This is also a fun one as the kids can try to find the goose on every page. But really, ANIMAL SOUNDS.

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

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

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Book Club


This month we discussed All Because of a Cup of Coffee.

When I introduced the book last month, they didn't know that Stilton was a type of cheese, so first things first, we did some cheese tasting. I had a blue Stilton and a white Stilton with lemon peel. They liked the white Stilton and really didn't like the blue, especially when I told them what made it blue. However, I expected that and really enjoyed the looks on their faces as they ate it. Then we had string cheese and crackers.

Here the questions I open every book club with:

1. Did you like the book? Why or why not?

2. What was your favorite part?

Here are some big concept questions:

3. Geronimo thinks he's IN LOVE with Stephanie von Sugarfur. Do you think he is?

4. Is Geronimo brave? What about when it really matters? Can you still be brave if you're scared?

Craft Question:

5. Some words are a different size, a different font, and a different color. Why does the author do this? Do you like it?

Comprehension Question (my group doesn't have the greatest comprehension skills. I try to ask questions to highlight things I think they missed)

6. Why does Trap know everything that happened at the fortune teller's? (Only 1 kid in the group picked up on the fact that the fortune teller was Trap in disguise. We then went back and looked at the clues.)

7. Does Geronimo like being famous? (I thought they'd realize that, no he doesn't, but then we could talk about how Geronimo's actions towards Stephanie were similar to the lady mice at the end of the book.)

Final Question:

7. Who would you like to be your BFF-Mouse: Geronimo, Thea, Trap, Benjamin, or Stephanie von Sugarfur? (Most of the kids chose mice from the front array with all of the characters, many whom we didn't meet in this book. When asked why they chose them, they said "pretty/looks cool." We then had a talk about how they were no better than Geronimo falling in love with Stephanie because she was pretty and famous, but they didn't see it. Ah well.

The Geronimo Stilton books are translated from the Italian, so we talked about that a bit, and I taught them some fun phrases in Italian! (Which I got off Google Translate. I can pronounce Italian decently because of my years in voice lessons and choir but I don't actually speak it.)

I love this book: Amo questo libro
The library is awesome: La biblioteca è impressionante
This cheese is tasty: Questo formaggio è saporito
This cheese is gross: Questo formaggio è grave
Children Raving About Books: Bambini entusiasti libri (this is the name of our book club, or CRABs)

And then we did a Geronimo Maze. The Scholastic Geronimo site has a TON of great activities and printables.

Next month's book isNo. 1 Car Spotter by Atunike


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Baby Story Time

Some great new (to me) rhymes/songs today that I learned from Librarian Lisa's Storytimes. I hope people find Library Noise as helpful as I find other storytime/programming blogs!

Rhymes used in Story Time
2/15/2012

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)

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over
The candlestick.

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: A Little Kitty by Jane Dever, illustrated by Amy Schwartz

Soft pastels and simple, rhyming text about a kitten's afternoon. Very cute.


Bounces and Action Rhymes:

Clap clap clap your hands, clap them now with me.
Clap your hands, let me see,
Clap them now with me.
(Other verses)
Tap tap tap your knees…
Shake shake shake your feet
Touch touch touch your shoulders…

Hurry scurry mousie 
Starts down at your toes. (touch baby's toes)
Hurry scurry mousie
Past your knees he goes. (walk fingers up body with words)
Hurry scurry mousie
Past where your tummy is.
Hurry scurry mousie
Gives you a mousie kiss. (kiss fingers)

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!

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 sing this along with the CD, while shaking our maracas.


Book: The Baby Goes Beep by Rebecca O'Connell, illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max

Bright, bold illustrations and repetitive text show things babies do throughout the day. WARNING: The prose will be stuck in your head. All day long I will be going "The baby goes boom! The baby goes boom boom boom boom!"


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


Thursday, February 9, 2012

PreSchool Storytime: Elephants

We had a great storytime today! So much fun! Elephants are one of my favorite topics. I mean, did you know that baby elephants suck their trunks like baby people suck their thumbs? HOW CUTE IS THAT?!

Welcome

Rhyme: Where is Thumbkin

Story: Elmer by David McKee

I love this story of the funny patchwork elephant.

Rhyme: Hickory Dickory Dock

Rhyme: Elephant Goes Like This and That

An elephant goes like this and that (stomp feet)
He's terribly big (hands up high)
And terribly fat (hands out wide)
He has no fingers (wiggle fingers)
He has no toes (point at your feet)
But goodness gracious, what a nose! (start at your nose and pretend to stretch it out and down, as if you're making a trunk)

Story: Looking After Little Ellie by Dosh and Mike Archer

I love this story about a group of mice babysitting for a baby Elephant. Sadly, it's out of print. :(

Song: Shake My Sillies Out< by Raffi Rhyme: HEY ELEPHANT! I got this one from Storytime Katie You should all be VERY jealous because I got to hang out with her at ALA and she's made of awesome.

One elephant went out to play
Upon a spider’s web one day
He had such enormous fun
He called another elephant to come…
(HEY, ELEPHANT!)
Two elephants went out to play
Upon a spider’s web one day
They had such enormous fun,
They called another elephant to come…
(You get the picture.)

Story: My Friend is Sad by Mo Willems

Who doesn't love Elephant and Piggie? I also love a book where I can melodramatically fake sob. The best part is when Gerald the Elephant was sobbing about the COOL COOL ROBOT that Piggie did not see, one of the kids reached out to me and said "oh, it's ok."

Song: Young MacDonald had a Zoo

You all know about Old MacDonald, who had a farm, right? Well, did you know he had a daughter? She went by the name of Young MacDonald, and she had a zoo. And then it's Old MacDonald, but with zoo animals. This is great, because most zoo animals ROAR, and who doesn't like a ROAR ROAR here and a ROAR ROAR there? Here a ROAR, there a ROAR everywhere a ROAR ROAR

Story: Big and Little by John Stadler

Another one that's heart-breakingly out of print. I love the lift-the-flaps of the mouse ringleader and the high diving elephant that let you play with perspective. This one ALWAYS goes down like gangbusters with kids and adults.

Song: Comin' Round the Mountain.

For display, I had a ton of nonfiction about elephants, other Elephant and Piggie books, and other Elmer books.





Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Baby Story Time

Hey all! I'm playing with a slightly new format for sharing baby story time (on the blog, not in story time.) Let me know which one you prefer.

Introduction to Baby Story Time


Welcome Song:

to the tune for "Frere Jacque"

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 this to every child, substitute the child’s name for “baby”

Mother Goose Rhymes:

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

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 this to every child, substitute baby’s name for “baby”

Jack be nimble
Jack be quick
Jack jump over
The candlestick.

Go around the room doing this with every child, substitute the child's name for "Jack"

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:

Hippos Go Berserk Sandra Boynton

I think this one works better in it's original non-board book picture book format. BUT it's Boynton, so I used it. It's a little long, but it still went over well.

Bounces and Action Rhymes:

to the tune of: “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…

Trot Trot to Boston
To buy a loaf of bread
Trot Trot home again—
The old trot’s dead!

Bounce in rhythm to the rhyme and collapse on the word “dead”

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

I hand out maracas that well shake while we sing along with the CD.

Book:

Trains Byron Barton

Simple text and blocky, colorful illustrations show all sorts of things about trains. It's long, but there isn't much text, and the kids really like it.

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