Baby Story Time – November 21, 2014

While our family story time shrank a little today, our baby story time had its biggest crowd yet. Most of our babies are pre-mobile, though, so it’s still a very easy-going, manageable group.

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up, feet
  • Say hello, can you touch your nose?
  • Baby put your pants on

Book 1:Ten in the Den / John Butler

ten

Songs/Bounces

  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
  • Pudding on the plate
  • The grand old duke of york

Book Two: Please, baby, please! / Spike Lee

baby

Movement Songs

  • Love somebody, yes I do
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom
  • The elevator song

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

We ran out of time today! Ten in the Den was so much fun. All the parents joined in with the singing, and rolled their babies over as we sang “roll over, roll over”. But that book takes a while to sing! I had intended to do a few new soothing songs at the end, but we just ran out of time. We had quite a few new faces in the audience, so we sang everything a few extra times, just to give everyone a chance to participate and feel comfortable.

As I’ve said before, I really feel like I’m finally getting the hang of baby time, and I really look forward to it every week.

I won’t be doing story time next week, as I’ll be off at a Mother Goose training workshop, and I’m going to miss my little group so much, I hope they will miss me!

Baby Story Time – November 14, 2014

After the madness that was FST, a smaller, quieter, gentler baby time was just what the doctor ordered.

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up, feet
  • Say hello, can you touch your nose?
  • Eyes, nose, cheeky cheeky chin
  • Roly Poly

Book 1: Maisy at the farm / Lucy Cousins

maisy

Songs/Bounces

  • A hippopotamus got on a city bus
  • You be the ice cream
  • Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
  • The grand old duke of york

Book Two: Cat the Cat Who is That? / Mo Willems

cat

Movement Songs

  • Up, up, up in the sky like this
  • Love somebody, yes I do
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Rain is falling down

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

Mo Willems is picture book gold. This series is actually designed for emerging readers, but it works swimmingly at baby time. Very simple, repetitive text, bold illustrations with strong black outlines and simple colours, plenty of opportunities for animal noises, and a sweet twist ending make for a great story time book.

I finally feel like I’m getting the hang of baby time. When I first started doing regular baby times I never really felt like I was in my element – unlike at a regular story time I wasn’t interacting with children as much as I was with parents, and it was a bit difficult to adapt my style of delivery. I think including a soothing element at the end has really given my program a sense of structure – we don’t just do a bunch of exciting lifts and then leave – I now do fewer active lifting songs, and include one or two soothing songs to round out the program – today we did a couple verses of Rain is falling down, and repeated the song several times, because it’s just such a gentle, peaceful way to end the program. I’ve recently learned a few new soothing songs that I can’t wait to include in my program next week!

Baby Story Time – November 7, 2014

I’ve started doing a Mother Goose story time program at my branch, and it’s been a great opportunity to expand my baby time repertoire and learn new some great new material. My co-facilitator and I have been introducing each other to new songs and rhymes, and I’ve been incorporating them into my regular baby time programs. There are a few regulars from baby time who are in my MG as well, and it’s nice to see them twice!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up, feet
  • Baby put your pants on
  • Say hello, can you touch your nose?
  • Roly Poly

Book 1: Sleepyheads / Sandra J. Howatt

sleepyheads

Songs/Bounces

  • Toast in the toaster
  • Oh I wish I were a little bar of soap
  • You be the ice cream
  • Bumping up and down in my little red wagon
  • The grand old duke of york

Book Two: Jump! / Scott M. Fischer

jump

Movement Songs

  • Love somebody, yes I do
  • Mamma’s little baby loves dancing
  • What shall we do with lazy Katie?
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom
  • The elevator song

Soothing Songs

  • Rain is falling down

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

Oh, Jump! What a winner! We did this as an interactive picture book – caregivers lifted their babies every time we said “jump!” It was adorable – the babies were loving it! As I’ve said before, I love a book with jazzy text, and this one is just so much fun to read. I can’t wait to try it out with my big kids!

Sleepyheads is absolutely beautiful, the illustrations are just so charming. It’s a wonderful bedtime book, but my little wigglers were not in the mood for bedtime, so I shortened it considerably and it was still lovely.

Baby Story Time – October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween! Here’s what we did at baby story time this morning!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends!

Touching Rhymes/Tickles

  • Wake up, feet
  • Everybody knows I love my toes
  • 1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Fingers
  • Roly Poly

Book 1: Peek-A-Boo/ Marie Torres Cimarusti

peek-a-boooo

Songs/Bounces

  • Trot trot to Boston
  • Pop pop popcorn
  • Tick tock tick tock (I’m a haunted cuckoo clock – “boo!”)
  • Bumping up and down in my little red wagon

Book Two: Nighty Night, Little Green Monster / Ed Emberley

littlegreenmonster

Movement Songs

  • Love somebody, yes I do
  • Up, up, up in the sky like this
  • Zoom, zoom, zoom
  • The elevator song

Goodbye song: Goodbye, Friends!

So many babies in costumes today, serious cuteness overload.

Baby Story Time – October 24, 2014

Every Friday morning we host a baby time, for little ones from 0-18 months of age and their caregivers. It’s a free, drop-in program, and the group size can really fluctuate. Because I’m pretty new to baby times, I’ve been following a template passed down to me by another VPL children’s librarian. Her template looks like this:

Welcome Song

4 – 5 finger plays / touching rhymes / tickles / wake-up songs

Book 1

4 – 5 lap bounces / songs

Book 2

3 – 4 dancing / movement  / lifting songs

Goodbye Song

As usual, I don’t always stick 100% to the outline, but as a newbie it’s been helpful to have this framework to lean on while I figure out what works for me and for my audience. As someone who loves to sing (even when I forget the tunes..), I include lots and lots of songs in all my story times. Babies love it when their caregivers sing, and they aren’t critics! I also like to make a little hand-out with all the words to the songs – another tip I learned from that librarian (who also happens to be one of the geniuses behind Jbrary). We have a lot of newcomer families in our neighborhood, so it’s nice to be able to give them something they can refer to at home.

Here’s what we sang and read today!

Welcome Song: Hello, Friends

Songs / Tickles

  • Wake Up, Feet
  • Head and Shoulders
  • Baby Put Your Pants On
  • Roly Poly

Book 1: One Gorgeous Baby / Martine Oborne

baby

Lap bounces

  • You Be the Ice Cream
  • Tick Tock Tick Tock (I’m a Little Cuckoo Clock)
  • Pop Pop Popcorn
  • Toast in the Toaster
  • Bumping Up and Down in My Little Red Wagon

Book 2: Animal Opposites / Petr Horacek

animal

Movement Songs

  • My Bonny Lies Over the Ocean
  • Mama’s Little Baby Loves Dancing
  • Zoom Zoom
  • Elevator Song

Goodbye Song: Goodbye, Friends

Animal Opposites was a major league hit. I skipped over a few pages just to shorten it a bit, but the older babies were mesmerized by the pop up pages. I also like using songs that have the same tune, like Baby Put Your Pants On and Mama’s Little Baby Loves Dancing – it’s reassuring to caregivers to know that they can reuse tunes in different ways and get more mileage out of them!