Friday, August 19, 2016

Final Baby Storytime of the Summer

I had one last baby storytime focusing on the 5 Love Languages.  After vacation it is also time for a few new rhymes and songs!


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Read Aloud Book

I Love My Mommy
by Giles Andreae; illustrated by Emma Dodd

*Acts of Service, Words of Affirmation, Physical Touch, Quality Time

Shared Reading

Last week of our Baby Bug Magazines.  I have collected several "discarded" copies, so we will be doing Baby Bugs again in the near future!

Play and Learn

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Ocean Outreach

I had just one outreach storytime visit this month.  Ocean was  a perfect theme for a variety of ages...and for summer!



Nugget and Fang
by Tammi Sauer; illustrated by Michael Slack

Barnacle is Bored

by Jonathan Fenske

I'm the Biggest Thing in the Ocean
by Kevin Sherry


Ten Little Fish
by Audrey Wood and Bruce Wood

I Spy Under the Sea
by Edward Gibbs

Shark in the Park
by Nick Sharratt


Hooray for Fish!
by Lucy Cousins

Fish Wish
by Bob Barner


Three/Five  Little Fishes

3 (5) little fishes swimming in the sea
Teasing Mr. Shark "You can't catch me!"
Along came Mr. quiet as can be...
And SNAP that fish right out of the sea.

Magnet Board

Little Fish, Little Fish

Little Fish, Little Fish playing hide-and-seek
Are you behind the ___________ (color) shell?
Let's take a peek!

Math in Storytime

Across the state children entering kindergarten are lacking math skills. So this school year we will be focusing on integrating math into our storytimes.  

Now don’t have nightmares about your high school math classes!  Math in storytime will be easy…in fact you are probably doing a lot of math already! 

5 little fishes…one swam away, then there were 4!

However, by being intentional in adding math concepts into our storytimes we will help children be better prepared for school.  As we add math into our storytimes we can add parent tips about incorporating math into everyday activities with children.

The Learning Pathway to Numeracy document and the Washington State Early Learning and Development Guidelines are resources we can use to help us more intentionally add math concepts into storytime.  We need not worry about such terms as cardinality and algebraic thinking, instead we will focus on activities and language skills that will help build math skills.

Easy math activities to use during storytime:
  •  Sort
  • Count (Toddlers: 1-5; preschoolers: 1-10)
  •  Introduce numerals “one” = 1
  •  Use words such as: more, less, same
  • Use counting up and counting down flannel boards/fingerplays
  • Compare items’ length, weight, size using words such as: big, heavy, long, etc.
  • Order items by size: big, bigger, biggest
  • Name shapes
  • Use positional words such as on, under, behind

Take a few minutes to look at how you already incorporate math concepts into your own storytime.  

Friday, August 12, 2016

Baby Storytime

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Read Aloud Book

Little Baby Buttercup
by Linda Ashman; illustrated by You Byun
*Quality Time, Acts of Service, Physical Touch, Words of Affirmation

Shared Reading
A variety of discarded Baby Bug magazines
Image result for baby bug magazine

Play and Learn

The Five Love Languages:  Gifts

Babies don't need expensive toys to be loved!  Here are some simple, inexpensive things babies can explore that will boost their brains!  All these must be used under direct adult supervision.

Homemade Toys/Very Inexpensive Toys
 Shaving Cream in Ziploc bags (taped shut)

 Ribbon Box

 Discovery Bottles

 Muffin Tin and Measuring Cups

Dollar Store Balls

Friday, August 5, 2016

Baby Storytime

Small group today.  But still fun!

Clap, Clap, Clap
Hello Song
Little Bear
I have a little duck
Tiny Little Babies
Itsy Bitsy Spider
Hickory Dickory Dock
Acka Backa Soda Cracker

Read Aloud Book

Love That Baby
by: Susan Milord
* Acts of Service

Shared Reading

A variety of Babybug Magazines

Play and Learn