Tag: siblings (winter2016)

Siblings: Counting

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

siblings-counting

Animal 1-2-3 by Britta Teckentrup (Board)*
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker*
Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd

Early Literacy Tip
Let your child choose materials and books in addition to your choices. This gives them a sense of ownership and makes them feel invested in their library time.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Mr. Jon & Friends*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “A Smooth Road”
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road (bounce baby gently)
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road (bounce baby faster)
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road (bounce baby faster)
A hole! (drop baby gently between your knees)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Elevator Song”*
Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we open the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around.
Credit: Jbrary

Partnering: “These Are the Colors”*
Toddlers were given scarves to gently wave over baby’s head. I suggested that babies lay down on their backs for this activity so that they could see the colors.
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Red as a flower, green as a tree
Yellow as the sun, blue as the sea
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

Animal 1-2-3 proved to be a bit ambitious for a board book. Too many flaps for caregivers to manage with a baby and a toddler. This was our last session for the winter. So I brought out the small parachute as a treat. We counted the scarves that we had used in partnering as we tossed them onto the parachute — a lot of my kiddos really loved having the parachute out. I’ll have to see if I can figure out a way to use it next session. So, yes, this siblings storytime experiment was a success and will continue into the spring session! Look for more storytimes coming soon.

Siblings: Ocean

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

siblings-ocean

Who Can Swim? by Sebastien Braun (Board Book)*
Fish, Swish, Splash, Dash by Suse MacDonald
Hooray for Fish! by Lucy Cousins*

Early Literacy Tip
Helping children hear the smaller sounds in words, the syllables, by clapping them out is one way to develop their speech.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Dream and You Will See*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”
Bounce: “Icka Bicka Soda Cracker”
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, up goes you! (lift baby)
Icka bicka soda cracker, icka bicka boo
Icka bicka soda cracker, I love you! (hugs and kisses)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Tick Tock”*
Lift: “Tick Tock”
Start by swaying baby from side to side
Tick tock, tick tock
I’m a little cuckoo clock
Tick tock, tick tock
Now I’m chiming one o’clock lift once
More verses: Two o’clock, three o’clock
Credit: My co-worker

Partnering: “Round & Round the Garden”*
Round and round the garden like a teddy bear (swirl finger around palm)
One step, two step (walk fingers up child’s arm)
Tickle under there! (tickle child’s underarm)
Credit: Co-worker

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

The partnering rhyme in this class was possibly the most adorable thing I’ve seen. I had caregivers lay their babies down on the floor so that the toddlers could trace their baby’s belly button and give them tickles. It was a great experience watching the babies giggle and the toddlers giggle in response. As always, “Tick Tock” is a favorite. And both books were equally successful this week. Today also marked the HIGHEST attendance yet! Victory!

Siblings: Me

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

siblings-me

Peek-a-Who? by Nina Laden (Board book)*
From Head to Toe by Eric Carle*
If You’re Happy and You Know It by Jane Cabrera*

Early Literacy Tip
If we always place objects in a child’s right hand, we unconsciously encourage right-handedness. By alternating hands, we give our children a chance to experience use of both hands. This simple exercise allows children to use their dominant and non-dominant hands equally and gives them the message that they are free to use whichever hand they prefer.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Baby Beatles*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “This is the Way the Ladies Ride”
This is the way the ladies ride
Prim, prim, prim, prim
This is the way the gentleman ride,
Trim, trim, trim, trim
This is the way the farmer rides
Trot, trot, trot, trot
And this is the way the hunter rides
Gallop, gallop, gallop!
Credit: King County Library System

Lift: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”*
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Credit: Jbrary

Partnering: “Cheek Chin”*
Today, we encouraged the toddlers to gently touch baby’s cheek, chin, nose, and toes. When caregivers/parents lifted up baby, toddlers were asked to jump in the air!
Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, nose (touch baby’s nose)
Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, toes (touch baby’s toes)
Cheek chin cheek chin, up baby goes! (lift baby)
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

Snow and cold/flu season hit this week and my poor families kept calling in sick throughout the morning. My class was very small, but I was able to give each child a lot of individualized attention. We read ALL three books (okay, I ended the Cabrera on “give kiss kiss”) and I told the group that they were storytime legends for getting through three books. I had some LOVELY gentle touches as we did cheek/chin on our caregivers and then on our younger siblings. The best book of the day was definitely Peek-a-Who? with its surprise mirror page at the end!

Siblings: Bears

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

siblings-bears

Corduroy’s Day by Don Freeman (Board Book)*
Bears in the Bath by Shirley Parenteau
Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr.*

Early Literacy Tip
Singing familiar songs with new vocabulary is a great way to teach your children new words.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: The Wiggles Hot Potatoes*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “A Smooth Road”*
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road (bounce baby gently)
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road (bounce baby faster)
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road (bounce baby faster)
A hole! (drop baby gently between your knees)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Elevator Song”*
Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we open the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around.
Credit: Jbrary

Partnering: “Peek-a-Boo”*
Toddlers were once again given scarves and asked to face babies. Toddlers pulled down the scarves to play peek-a-boo with their siblings. We did this several times since the toddlers wanted to play peek-a-boo with everyone — caregivers and me included!
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
I see you! I see you!
I see your button nose, and your tiny toes
Peek-a-boo! I see you!
Credit: Guerrilla Storytime at ALA Midwinter!

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

My largest group yet: seventeen kids (eight families) and I am SO SO SO happy! The biggest success today was definitely Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? because everyone read it along with me — including some of my toddlers. The toddlers really loved when I revealed a teddy bear hidden in our flannelboard “The Shape Game”. I don’t normally do the “The Shape Game” when I do toddler storytime, but I might consider it after their reactions in the siblings program!

Siblings: Farm

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

siblings-farm

Cow Moo Me by Losardo (Board Book)*
Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield & Ant Parker
Clip-Clop by Nicola Smee*

Early Literacy Tip
Children love being able to identify animals and imitate the sounds they make. Identifying animals, matching each sound with an animal picture, and imitating animals sounds build children’s knowledge of the world around them.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Rocketship Run*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “This is the Way the Ladies Ride”*
This is the way the ladies ride
Prim, prim, prim, prim
This is the way the gentleman ride,
Trim, trim, trim, trim
This is the way the farmer rides
Trot, trot, trot, trot
And this is the way the hunter rides
Gallop, gallop, gallop!
Credit: King County Library System

Lift: “Zoom Zoom Zoom”
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
If you want to take a trip,
Climb aboard my rocket ship,
Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon
5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blast off!
Credit: Jbrary

Partnering: “Cheek Chin”*
Today, we encouraged the toddlers to gently touch baby’s cheek, chin, nose, and toes. When caregivers/parents lifted up baby, toddlers were asked to jump in the air!
Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, nose (touch baby’s nose)
Cheek chin cheek chin cheek chin, toes (touch baby’s toes)
Cheek chin cheek chin, up baby goes! (lift baby)
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them*
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

We’re gaining numbers slowly! Today, I had twelve kids (six families) in storytime today. I loved watching reactions to “This is the Way the Ladies Ride” on both babies and toddler faces today. I used it right before reading Clip-Clop and many caregivers/parents continued to bounce as we read. The toddlers are continuing working on being gentle with the babies and I love seeing the relationships between the siblings.

Siblings: Colors

For more information on how I plan and prepare my siblings storytimes, check out this introduction post. I starred the materials used in the plan. Some activities go unstarred because I only do this program once a week.

The Plan

Books

siblings-colors

Color Zoo by Lois Ehlert (Board Book)*
Meeow and the Big Table by Sebastien Braun
Toot Toot Beep Beep by Emma Garcia*

Early Literacy Tip
It takes longer for children who are just learning to talk to respond to our questions. This happens because four different parts of the brain have to work together for your child to form a response to what you say. We need to be patient and wait anywhere from 5 to 12 seconds for children to respond. Adults only take 2 seconds! The extra time allows children the practice they need to respond more quickly over time.

Theme Extension Activities

Featured CD: Songs for Wiggleworms*

Flannelboard: “The Shape Game”*

Bounce: “A Smooth Road”
A smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road, a smooth road (bounce baby gently)
A bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road, a bumpy road (bounce baby faster)
A rough road, a rough road, a rough road, a rough road (bounce baby faster)
A hole! (drop baby gently between your knees)
Credit: Co-worker

Lift: “Elevator Song”*
Oh the city is great and the city is grand
There’s a whole lot of people
on a little piece of land
And we live way up on the 57th floor
and this is what we do when we open the door.
We take the elevator up and the elevator down,
take the elevator up, take the elevator down
Take the elevator up and the elevator down
and we turn around.
Credit: Jbrary

Partnering: “These Are the Colors”*
Toddlers were given scarves to gently wave over baby’s head. I suggested that babies lay down on their backs for this activity so that they could see the colors.
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Red as a flower, green as a tree
Yellow as the sun, blue as the sea
Red and yellow, green and blue
These are the colors over you
Credit: Read Sing Play

Repeating Extension Activities

  • Clap Your Hands
  • Open, Shut Them
  • Thumbkin

How It Went

I had a small and slow start to this program — only eight kids (four families) came to the first session. But I was so excited for this program. I think the toddler book Toot Toot Beep Beep was more successful today, although many of the toddlers loved sticking their arms and fingers through the cut-outs in Color Zoo. My first experiment with partnering was GREAT and I think really made the class special.