Monday, June 8, 2015

Baby Storytime: All About Songs

This storytime came about after the "Songs to Read, Books to Sing" workshop with Jim Gill I attended.  As you may have guessed, it was fantastic!  I cranked out about 3 different storytimes in an afternoon, using as many of the cool new songs I had learned as possible!

I loved how simple and streamlined his explanations of the Early Literacy practices were, that by singing songs and playing games in which kids have to listen for certain instructions you're building the phonological awareness and vocabulary skills without ever being boring.  It was so much fun and I can't wait to get my hands on A Soup Opera!

All About Songs Baby Storytime


Hands are For Clapping from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes
Hands are for clapping, clapping to this song.
Hands are for clapping, let’s all clap along.

Toes are for tapping, tapping to this song.
Toes are for tapping, let’s all tap along.

Fingers are for snapping, snapping to this song.
Fingers are for snapping, let’s all snap along.

Knees are for slapping, slapping to this song.
Knees are for slapping, let’s all slap along.

Teeth are for brushing, brushing to this song.
Teeth are for brushing, let’s all brush along.

Hands are for clapping…


Early Literacy Note: Introduction
Today I wanted to mention one or two things about how Singing together helps babies acquire oral language.


Everybody Say Hello
Melody: “London Bridge is Falling Down”

Everybody say hello,
Say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello.
Here comes _[use child’s name]_.


If You’re Happy and You Know It
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.
If you're happy and you know it, and your face’ll surely show it.
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands.

Stomp your feet…
Shout Hooray…
Do all three…


Open Shut Them
Open shut them, open shut them;
Give a little clap, clap, clap.
Open shut them, open shut them;
Lay them on your lap, lap, lap.

Creep them, creep them,
Creep them, creep them,
Right up to your chin.
Open up your little mouth,
But do not let them in.


**Share big book version of Five Little Ducks


Five little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack, quack."
But only four little ducks came waddling back.

Four little ducks...
Three little ducks...
Two little ducks...
One little duck...

No little ducks
Went out one day
Over the hill and far away
Mother duck said
"Quack, quack, quack."
And all of the five little ducks came waddling back.


Two Little Blackbirds 
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Fly away Jack.  Fly away Jill.
Come back Jack.  Come back Jill.


Toe, Leg, Knee from Jim Gill Sings Do Re Mi on his Toe Leg Knee
Toe, Leg, Knee, Arm, Elbow, Jaw, Teeth, Nose...
Nose, Teeth, Jaw, Elbow, Arm, Knee, Leg, Toe.


Early Literacy Note: Oral Language
Singing the same songs over and over and encouraging babies to babble back repeated sounds and encourages the development of Oral Language.


Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water.
Jack fell down and broke his crown,
And Jill came tumbling after.


Shake Your Egg
Shake, shake, shake your egg;
Shake, shake, shake your egg;
Shake, shake, shake your egg,
And now we stop!

Tap, tap, tap your egg;
Tap, tap, tap your egg;
Tap, tap, tap your egg,
And now we stop!

Roll, roll, roll your egg;
Roll, roll, roll your egg;
Roll, roll, roll your egg,
And now we stop!


Humpty Dumpty rhyme with puppet
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again.


Itsy Bitsy Spider
The itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the water spout.
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out.
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again.

Spanish:
La arana pequeñita
Subió, subió, subió.
Vino la lluvia
Y se la llevo.
Salio el sol
Y todo lo seco,
Y la arana pequeñita
Subió, subió, subió.


Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Row, row, row your boat,
Gently down the stream.
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
Life is but a dream.


Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are.


**With bubbles

May There Always Be Sunshine from Jim Gill Sings The Sneezing Song and Other Contagious Tunes
May there always be sunshine,
May there always be blue skies,
May there always be mama/family,
May there always be me.



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