Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee

February 17, 2014 on 3:59 am | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Music/Songs, Phonological Awareness, Practices, Singing, Storytime Component | No Comments

“Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee”

Hickety Pickety bumble bee
Who can say their name for me?
First child’s name.
Clap it. (Clap out the syllables in the child’s name.)
Whisper it. (Whisper the syllables.)
No sound. (Mouth the syllables.)
Hickety pickety bumblebee,
Who can say their name for me?

Early Literacy Aside–Example–Phonological Awareness
By clapping out and singing children’s names, they hear words slowed down and they hear the parts of words, the syllables. This will later help them as they try to sound out words when they learn to read.
The kids love the song, and parents tell me that they are clapping out the syllables to other family members names too.

Submitted by Marie Rogers, Hardin County Public Library in KY

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Sing by Joe Raposo

January 7, 2014 on 12:46 am | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Example Aside, Explain Aside, Music/Songs, Phonological Awareness, Practices, Singing, Storytime Component | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Some of us can sing well, others not so well. Some of us like to sing whether we can or not and others would rather not sing. Did you know that singing is one way to help children learn the sounds in language which will then help them hear sounds as they learn to sound out words? Songs have a distinct note for each syllable so children hear the rhythm of language and hear words broken down into parts.

Early Literacy Aside–Example: Our next book is a songbook. It uses the words to the song as the book itself. It’s called Sing by Joe Raposo. I often feel like the third bird! I hope you do too. Let’s see what happens when one of the three birds can’t sing. We can all sing the words together and notice how songs help with hearing sounds in words.

Read/sing the book first describing what is happening in the wordless pictures.

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Song: If You Want to Know an Answer

November 17, 2013 on 3:03 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Content, Background Knowledge--Science, Explain Aside, Music/Songs, Practices, Reading, Storytime Component | No Comments

If You Want to Know an Answer is a good opening song especially when you want to emphasize what we can learn from factual books. You can substitute words to emphasize any aspect of learning.

Song:
If You Want to Know an Answer (tune:  If You’re Happy & You Know It)
If you want to know an answer, read a book!
If you want to know an answer, read a book!
If you’re wondering where the moon goes;
If you’re wondering how the grass grows;
If you want to know an answer, read a book!

If you’d like to learn to draw, read a book!
If you want to learn to draw, read a book!
If you’d like to draw a dog,
Or a frog sitting on a log;
If you’d like to learn to draw, read a book!

If you’d like to learn to bake, read a book!
If you’d like to learn to bake, read a book!
If you’d like to make some candy,
Or a pizza that is dandy;
If you’d like to learn to bake, read a book!

Early Literacy Aside–Explain–Background Knowledge:  Factual books offer many opportunities to add to children’s knowledge based on their interests. Sharing factual books not only helps children learn about the world around them, but also will help them later understand what they read. In today’s storytime, I’ll be pointing out different ways to share factual books and information with children.

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Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree Song

April 15, 2013 on 8:30 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Conceptual Thinking, Example Aside, Music/Songs, Storytime Component | No Comments

Preparation: Use a crocodile hand puppet and five monkeys that can be removed from a glove puppet. If you have a tree prop, like one for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, place monkeys on the tree.
Children count and snap. Children of all ages enjoy the rhythm/chant of the song and the snapping. Adults with babies can gently give them a surprise snap with a big smile. Toddlers and preschoolers count and like the repetition.

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree   (Hold up five fingers and bounce hand up and down)
Teasing Mr. Crocodile, teasing Mr. Crocodile (Wave fingers forward)
Can’t catch me; can’t catch me. (Shake head no.)
Along comes Mr. Crocodile as quiet as can be. (Whisper with index finger over nose and mouth.)
And SNAPS that monkey out of the tree!

To make this rhyme more interactive between adults and children, when you repeat it, have the adult be the five little monkeys, holding up one hand. The child is the crocodile making a mouth with one hand. Optional: Reverse roles.

Early Literacy Aside–Example: In this rhyme, we are counting backwards with our children in a fun way. Counting is part of learning concepts which support your child’s background knowledge.

 

Submitted by Katie Rinenbach, Bucks County (PA) Public Library

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There Were Ten in the Bed by Annie Kubler or Five Little Monkeys

April 15, 2013 on 7:52 pm | In 2's and 3's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Narrative Skills, Books, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Music/Songs, Phonological Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

Extension Craft Activity: Five in the Bed
Hand out half-sheet of construction paper cut lengthwise and figures for children to decorate. Younger children glue five figures in the bed; older children decorate with more detail.
Each child also gets a brad so that they can rotate their figures onto and out of the bed as in the book/song.

Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Adults, your children are not only using their art to reinforce retelling the story There Were Ten in the Bed we read today, but also to reinforce our early literacy skill.  Singing is a great way to support phonological awareness in that it slows down the words and gives a different note to each syllable, so today’s activity is a 2 for 1!

 

Submitted by Katie Ringenbach, Bucks County (PA) Public Library

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Rock a Bye Baby

April 15, 2013 on 6:14 pm | In 0 to 2, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Example Aside, Music/Songs, Phonological Awareness, Practices, Singing, Storytime Component | No Comments

Song as lead in to book: Rock a Bye Baby
[Adults rock baby back and forth]
Rock a bye baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And I’m there to catch you, cradle and all.

Early Literacy Aside–Example: When we sing to babies, they hear language slowed down which makes it easier for them to hear the sounds in words. Even thugh we may not sing to our children for this purpose, it is the beginning of helping them to later sound out words when they later learn to read.

Jane Klein, Chester County (PA) Library System

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Five Scrumptious Cookies

November 29, 2012 on 4:45 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Example Aside, Music/Songs, Storytime Component, Vocabulary | No Comments

We sing this song after reading Wolf’s Chicken Stew by Keiko Kasza. The first time you come to the word scrumptious, add the words delicious or yummy. [If you prefer you can tlak about the word scrumptious before starting the book.]
Early Literacy Aside–Example: When a book has a word that is unfamiliar to your child, this is a great opportunity to build vocabulary. Don’t replace the word with a simpler one, just explain it briefly. Books have rich language, more unusual words than we use in daily conversation.
Five Scrumptious Cookies

Five scrumptious cookies in the baker’s shop
Big and round with some sugar on top
Along came a boy with a penny to pay
Who bought a scrumptious cookie and took it away.

Four scrumptious cookies . . .
Three scrumptious cookies . . .
Two scrumptious cookies . . .
One scrumptious cookie . . .
No scrumptious cookies . . .
Big and round with some sugar on top
No one came with a penny to pay.
So close the baker’s shop and have a baking day.

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Song in Spanish

September 27, 2012 on 9:17 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Example Aside, Music/Songs, Practices, Singing, Spanish-English, Storytime Component, Talking | No Comments

Here is a song that is fun to sing in English, Spanish or both, to the tune of “Frere Jacques.”
Esta canción es divertida cantar en inglés, español, o ambos, al tuno de “Frere Jacques.”

Hello children.                  Hola niños.
How are you?                   ¿Como están?
Very well thank you.        Muy bien gracias.
How about you?               ¿Y Usted?

Although today we are having  fun singing songs in two languages, talk with your children in the language  that is most comfortable for you. It is best for children to know one language  spoken fluently. If children know one language well, they can learn another one  more easily. If you are fluent in more than one language you can choose which  language to talk with your child in.

Aunque hoy  nos divertimos por cantar en dos idiomas, recuerde hablar con sus niños en el  idioma que usted mejor sepa.  Es mejor para  los niños saber un idioma con fluidez.  Si los niños saben bien un idioma, es más fácil para ellos aprender  otro.  Si usted habla con fluidez más que
un idioma, puede elegir en cual quisiera hablar con su niño.

by Katie Cunningham, http://bilingualchildrensprogramming.blogspot.com

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Library Love Song

September 27, 2012 on 7:30 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Example Aside, Music/Songs, Storytime Component | No Comments

Library Love Song
[Storytime presenter]
I love you, you love me
We’re a happy library
With a great big hug
And a wish from me to you
Won’t you say you’ll read books, too!

[Child to adult/parent]
I love you, you love me
Won’t you share a book with me?
With a great big hug
And a wish from me to you
Won’t you say we’ll read books, too!

Early Literacy Aside–Example: Keeping that close connection as we read with children is something they cherish. It is this kind of feeling around reading books that helps them see reading as something enjoyable. This attitude helps them want to hear more books, read more and makes learning to read easier.

Jane Boss, Hennepin (MN) Public Library and Diana Price, Bucks County (PA) Free Library

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B I N G O (Bingo) Song

September 21, 2012 on 12:41 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Age Levels, Example Aside, Letter Knowledge, Music/Songs, Practices, Storytime Component | No Comments

BINGO Song
Here is a way to do the BINGO song so that we are saying all the letters at the end. “X” means to clap.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-X-X-X-X, B-X-X-X-X, B-X-X-X-X
And Bingo was his name, oh.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-i-X-X-X, B-i-X-X-X, B-i-X-X-X
And Bingo was his name, oh.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-i-n-X-X, B-i-n-X-X, B-i-n-X-X
And Bingo was his name, oh.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-i-n-g-X, B-i-n-g-X, B-i-n-g-X
And Bingo was his name, oh.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-i-n-g-o, B-i-n-g-o, B-i-n-g-o
And Bingo was his name, oh.
We all spelled Bingo’s name. You know all these letters!  B   i   n    g   o  (point slowly to each one)
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Singing letters of the alphabet is one enjoyable way for children to learn letters. You can spell out other words using the same tune. Having children become familiar with letter names and identifying letters will later help them as they try to recognize words.

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