Baby Story Time – April 17, 2015

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up feet
  • Head and shoulders
  • Everybody knows I love my toes
  • Roly poly

Book 1: Let’s Say Hi to Friend Who Fly / Mo Willems

friends

Songs/Bounces

  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • Gregory Griggs
  • I’m toast in the toaster
  • Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap

Book Two: Peek-a-Moo / Marie Torres Cimarusti

moo

Movement Songs

  • Dancing with bears
  • Love somebody yes I do
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Orca whale
  • You are my sunshine

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

Baby Story Time – April 10, 2015

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Slowly, slowly, very slowly
  • Round and round the garden goes the teddy bear
  • Slice slice the bread looks nice
  • Eyes nose cheeky cheeky chin
  • Roly poly

Book 1: Bear Seas Colors / Karma Wilson

bear

Songs/Bounces

  • Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap!
  • Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
  • The waves on the sea (to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus)
  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus

Book Two: Pete the Cat Old MacDonald Had a Farm

macdonald

Movement Songs

  • What shall we do with lazy Katie?
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Orca whale

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

I ended up just shortening and simplifying the same books I used in my family time, which is a technique I like to share with parents.  Lots of picture books can be adapted for different ages, just by skipping pages or only reading part of the text. I just loved the illustrations in Bear Sees Colours so much, and I simply omitted much of the text to create a shorter, simpler introduction to colours. I also find this version of Old MacDonald to be a little long, so I just pick and choose which animals I feel like doing. Get the most out of every picture book!

I had a record four dads at baby time today! One new dad was so relieved when he came in to see the three other dads there (two of them bring their babies by themselves – brave daddies!), and another couple of mums commented on how they were going to try and encourage their partners to come. A new participant even mentioned that he wasn’t sure if dads were allowed to come to baby time! That’s one of the reasons we steer clear of “Mum and Me” or any labels like that – we welcome daddies and grandparents and nannies and all grownups who are taking part in the raising of a baby!

Baby Story Time – March 27, 2015

I was delighted to see a couple of the mums I met at the drop-in program yesterday at our story time this morning. We even had a few enthusiastic dads attend today, which was lovely.

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • The moon is round
  • Two little eyes
  • Everybody knows I love my toes
  • Roly poly

Book 1: Cat the Cat, Who is That? / Mo Willems

cat

Songs/Bounces

  • Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap!
  • Trot trot to Boston
  • Pudding on the plate
  • I’m toast in the toaster
  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus

Book Two: Jump! / Scott M. Fischer

jump

Movement Songs

  • Love somebody yes I do
  • Go in and out the window
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • You are my little panda bear
  • You are my sunshine

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

I decided that we should finish off with a song to honour the change in the weather today and celebrate the return of the sun!

Jump! is one of my favourite baby time books – I ask all the caregivers to lift baby every time we say jump!, and the babies just adore it.

I was also delighted when a patron came up to me after the program wanting to borrow more Mo Willems books – I love it when a patron connects with something I’ve shared and wants more!

Baby Story Time – March 20, 2015

A funny little baby time today – at 11:10, five minutes before we were due to start, there were only two babies and their mothers waiting in the program room! I was getting a little nervous – we typically have a pretty good group, but a combination of terrible weather and older siblings home from school had kept our programs a little smaller all week. I needn’t have worried – the babies and their caregivers kept trickling in over the next 30 minutes (one family came in without about 5 minutes left in the program!), and although we certainly weren’t at capacity, we still had a comfortable group. That’s the thing about babies – they don’t always understand schedules! I like to make sure that my patrons know that they are always welcome to come and go as they need to during baby time – I’d rather they benefit from 15 minutes of baby time and get a chance to meet other parents after the program, then not come at all!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin
  • Baby put your pants on
  • Slice, slice, the bread looks nice

Book 1: Do cows meow? / Salina Yoon

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Songs/Bounces

  • Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap!
  • I’m toast in the toaster
  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • Gregory Griggs

Book Two: The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse / Eric Carle

blue

Movement Songs

  • What shall we do with lazy Katie?
  • Dancing with bears
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Orca whale
  • Rain is falling down

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

Do Cows Meow is a really fun book because it has flaps – those gaping animal mouths really caught the attention of more than a few babies! It was also a perfect day for Rain is falling down….it was pouring, just pouring, and I was actually surprised that so many families braved it out through the deluge!

Baby Story Time – March 13, 2015

A wonderful, wonderful baby time today. We’ve got lots of busy active crawlers in our group, who just delighted in all the lifting and bouncing we did!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up feet
  • Baby put your pants on
  • Roly poly
  • Head and shoulders

Book 1: Chick / Ed Vere

Chick

Songs/Bounces

  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • You be the lemon
  • A smooth road
  • Tick tock tick tock

Book Two: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? / Bill Martin Jr.

brown bear

Movement Songs

  • Dancing with bears
  • London Bridge is falling down
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • You are my sunshine
  • Orca whale

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

Baby Story Time – February 26, 2015

A very small group for this story time, only 12 in all, but what a sweet, friendly, welcoming group. They made easing back into story times so lovely!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Eyes nose cheeky cheeky chin
  • Two little eyes
  • Peter Pickle pumpernickel
  • Head and shoulders

Book 1: If You See a Kitten /  John Butler

kitten

Songs/Bounces

  • A smooth road
  • You be the lemon
  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • The grand old duke of york

Book Two: Monkey and Me /  Emily Gravett

monkey

Movement Songs

  • London Bridge is falling down
  • My bonnie lies over the ocean
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Rain is falling down
  • You are my sunshine

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

Baby Story Time – January 16, 2015

Lots of new faces at baby time today – a few of my babies from last year have aged out of the program, and we had a lot of new mums with little ones. We had 60 people (we count adults and babies, so it was roughly 30 adults and 30 babies), which was about as big as we would want to go in that space – babies need lots of room because they all come with little blankets and mats for tummy time!

I’m still surprised at how much I look forward to doing baby times now. When I first started, back in September, I was so terrified. I didn’t know how to relate to the parents and grandparents – I was so used to interacting with toddlers and preschoolers that I felt awkward interacting with adults! I remember one of the mum’s telling my manager to “tell that girl (me) not to be so nervous – we won’t bite!” Now that I’ve got a structure and routine that I’m comfortable with, and a good core repertoire of songs and rhymes at my disposal, I feel a lot more confident, which in turns makes my delivery more natural.

I also had a baby chewing on my shoes….nothing like baby slobber on my toes! Yet another reason why I only buy cheap shoes that I won’t mourn when they inevitably get tossed. 🙂

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up feet
  • Eyes nose cheeky cheeky chin
  • Orca whale
  • Roly poly

Book 1: Spots, Feathers and Curly Tails / Nancy Tafuri

Spots, Feathers & Curly Tails

Songs/Bounces

  • You be the lemon
  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • I want someone to buy me a pony
  • A smooth road
  • The grand old duke of york

Book Two: Pete the Cat Old MacDonald Had a Farm / James Dean

macdonald

Movement Songs

  • What shall we do with lazy Katie?
  • My bonny lies over the ocean
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Rain is falling down

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

Baby Story Time – December 12, 2014

A new high for baby time – 50 people! It may not sound like a lot, but I was originally get 20-25 people when I started in September, so I’m pretty chuffed. Our meeting room is quite small, so a group of about 50 is a really nice, comfortable number. For baby time in particular, a smaller group is so nice, because it really encourages interactions between parents and caregivers, and this social networking is such an important part of what a baby time is all about!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Well hello everybody, can you touch your nose?
  • Baby put your pants on
  • Orca whale
  • Roly poly

Book 1: Duck and Goose it’s time for Christmas / Tad Hills

duck

Songs/Bounces

  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • I want someone to buy me a pony
  • Pudding on the plate
  • I wish I were a little bar of soap

Book Two: Christmas Peekaboo

peekaboo

Movement Songs

  • Dancing with bears
  • My bonny lies over the ocean
  • Up up up in the sky like this
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Yo te amo
  • Rain is falling down

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

I love “yo te amo” because it introduces Spanish, but can be adapted to use pretty much any language, and we have a very diverse group at our baby times. I like to sing it in Spanish, English and French, just to illustrate how easy it is to adapt it. It’s also just such a sweet, lovely little lullaby. In the past I’ve included Croatian (thanks Aaron!) and Korean (thanks Korean dramas!), to show just how versatile it can be. Depending on the size of your group, you can go around and ask people to share how they say “I love you” in their language, and everyone can sing it together, which can make for a very warm and welcoming experience. Just lovely.

Baby Story Time – December 5, 2014

Last Friday I was away from the branch at a training workshop, so I wasn’t able to do my regular story time. I was however able to learn a whole bunch of new songs and rhymes that I can’t wait to share with my families. Today I worked a couple of new songs into the program.

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up, feet
  • Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin
  • Orca whale
  • Roly poly

Book 1: Time for Sleep, Sheep the Sheep / Mo Willems

sheep

Songs/Bounces

  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • I want someone to buy me a pony
  • I wish I were a little bar of soap

Book Two: A Kiss Like This / Mary Murphy

kiss

Movement Songs

  • Dancing with bears
  • My bonny lies over the ocean
  • Zoom zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Rain is falling down

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

I really enjoy finishing off with a soothing song or two after the exhilaration of zoom zoom and the elevator song – it feels like the session is actually wrapping up properly (as opposed to running out of time…). I used to simply sing a goodbye song after our movement songs, but it ended up feeling a bit too rushed, with too sudden an ending. Sometimes it’s the little things that make a program feel more professional and more structured (but not too structured!)

Family Story Time – December 5, 2014

After missing last week because of a workshop, I was back at story time today, and ready to go. Thanks to my branch manager acting as a bouncer, we were able to keep our group at about 85 people today, but we had to turn 15 or so people away! Thankfully, we’re looking at adding additional story times in the new year, so we’ve made a little survey asking people what days and times work best for them. We have to keep in mind our opening hours and staffing levels, but hopefully we can find a new time that works for everyone, so we don’t have to turn little ones away!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends

Book 1: What’s Your Sound, Hound the Hound?

hound

Hand Rhymes

  • I wake up my hands
  • When cows wake up in the morning
  • Wiggle your fingers
  • Open-shut them
  • Roly poly

Book 2: The Seals on the Bus / Lenny Holt

seals

Action Songs

  • Bend and stretch
  • Zoom zoom
  • Here we go a driving
  • Orca whale
  • The elevator song

Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Friends!