Friday, June 12, 2015

Baby Storytime: In the Ocean

This week we had some ocean-themed rhymes and songs at baby storytime to gear up for summer.  I'm definitely feeling a little bit of the Early Literacy burnout.  I'm at the point where I just don't like half of the stuff I'm doing anymore, but haven't had the time to figure out how to get things to click again.  We do have a break for our Summer Reading Kick-off program so hopefully when we come back I'll be feeling refreshed and empowered.  Wish me luck!



In The Ocean 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…


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

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


Early Literacy Note: Introduction
Today I wanted to mention one or two things about how the enjoyment of books helps children become avid readers and learners.


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…


Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go round and round
Round and round, round and round
The wheels on the bus go round and round
All through the town.

Wipers on the bus…swish, swish, swish…
People on the bus…up and down…


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.


Great A, Little A, Bouncing B 
Great A, little A, bouncing B,
The cat’s in the cupboard,
And he can’t see.
[Peek-a-boo!]


One Little, Two Little, Three Little Fishes — With Flannel Board
One little, two little, three little fishes
Four little, five little, six little fishes
Seven little, eight little, nine little fishes
Ten little fishes in the sea.







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.


Two Little Black Birds
[Holding up two thumbs]
Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and the other named Jill
Fly away Jack.  Fly away Jill.
[Hide hands behind back]
Come back Jack.  Come back Jill.
[Bring hands back to front.]


Early Literacy Note: Print Motivation
We’ll read the first page or two together then take a moment to explore the books one-on-one.  You can always talk about the colors and shapes you see on the page.  When you’re ready just close your book and I’ll try to come grab it.  It’s more important for kids interactions with books to be positive than it is for them to be long.


**Read In My Ocean by Sara Gillingham and Lorena Siminovich. This book was our SRC prize for the babies last year.  With a little teamwork I think we ended up with enough left over for the branches to have buckets of the books to share with families during programs.  The illustrations are precious!






My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean
My Bonnie lies over the ocean
My Bonnie lies over the sea
My Bonnie lies over the ocean
Oh, bring back my Bonnie to me...

Bring back, bring back
Bring back my Bonnie to me, to me
Bring back, bring back
Bring back my Bonnie to me


Did You Ever See a Fishy?
Did you ever see a fishy, a fishy, a fishy
Did you ever see a fishy, swim this way and that?
Swim this way and that way, and that way and this way?
Did you ever see a fishy, swim this way and that?


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.


Early Literacy Note: Read at home!
Check out books that you enjoy to read at home; children will pickup on that enjoyment of reading.  And don't forget to sign up for Summer Reading!


**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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