Direct Link: https://youtu.be/lESwVjoDdZo
Candle, candle burning bright, (sign CANDLE)
lighting up the darkest night.
Thank you for your shining light,
but with one puff, you’re out of sight. (blow on the fingers representing the flames and curl them into a fist to show the candle going out)
Our ASL Rhyme “Woodpecker, Woodpecker” was chosen as the rhyme of the month over at Mother Goose on the Loose! Mother Goose on the Loose is an award-winning early-literacy program for children from birth to age 3 created by Dr. Betsy Diamant-Cohen. This innovative program is based on research which shows that children learn best through routine and repetition in a nurturing environment. Mother Goose on the Loose uses a variety of activities, such as rhymes, songs, puppets and instruments to foster speech development, motor coordination, self-confidence, and sensitivity to others.
Check out the Mother Goose on the Loose website for lots of early literacy resources, and make sure to sign up for the monthly newsletter to receive great tips, ideas, and research links in your inbox.
Another sneak peek from our newest book, More Storytime Magic (ALA Editions, January 2016):
Night Owl Flannelboard and Sound Story
Night Owl listens to the sounds of the night, waiting for his very favorite one: his mother returning home! As you tell the story, play clips of the sounds that Night Owl hears and ask the children to identify them.
Click on the links below for sounds:
Need a storytime song about pizza? Looking for some new songs to use with shakers or scarves? Want to find some music to support your STEM programming? Look no further than Song Catchers’ Library, a handy database of music for children’s programming compiled by Heather of littleliteracylibrarian.org and Kelsey of librarybonanza.com. With an ever-growing, searchable database of song references and handy tabs that compile some of the most commonly searched items such as seasons, action songs, and prop songs, this is a site anyone who uses music with children will love. Don’t see a favorite song listed? Just fill out the form on the homepage – Heather and Kelsey are adding to the database every day.
Last week, Kathy’s “Stories By Hand” blog featured an interview with Dawn Babb Prochovnic, author of the “Story Time with Signs and Rhymes” series. Click here for the interview.
We were so excited to learn that Dawn has a great series of “Start to Finish Story Time” posts on her blog. Each of these lesson plans centers around one of her books, and includes suggested songs, rhymes, signing games, and reading activities to use with kids, all in a modular format that allows educators and librarians to select the materials that work best for their groups.
As Dawn says, “Each lesson plan incorporates ideas that are suitable for infant/toddler, preschool and/or school age audiences, and each program incorporates activities that promote literacy/early literacy and one or more of the six keys skills recommended by the National Research Council for preparing children to become readers when they enter school. Programs can last from 20 – 45 minutes, depending on what you include and who your audience is.”
There are 4 available so far, with the promise of more to come:
A to Z, Sign with Me
You may also want to bookmark this Summary Post, where Dawn will link to future installments.
We love this round-up of great resources for Baby Storytimes over at jbrary.com – and not just because our latest book, Baby Storytime Magic, is first on their recommended booklist. (Though that does prove their impeccable taste!) Whether you are new to storytimes for babies or looking for ideas to expand you repertoire, you’ll want to bookmark this great post:
Octopus, octopus, bobbing up and down,
reaching your long arms all around. (wave arms)
Baby tries to crawl far away
but octopus arms don’t let you stray (hug baby)
Here comes the octopus tentacle by tentacle (walk fingers up baby’s arms)
He’ll wrap you in a hug and give you a tickle! (hug and tickle baby)
Three jellyfish sitting on a rock.
Zoop! One jumped off!
But then . . . zoop! One jellyfish jumped back on.
Zoop! Another jellyfish jumped back on.
Zoop! Another jellyfish jumped back on.
Let’s count them! One. . . two. . . three!
Three jellyfish sitting on a rock.
Literacy bit (Share this with caregivers!): “Using basic signs with songs helps your child not only develop manual dexterity, which will later be important for grasping and holding things and for writing, but also make connections with concepts and language. This song uses a simple story to emphasize opposites.”
Look for more active fun for baby storytimes in Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Bounces, Rhymes, Tickles, and More by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker, coming soon from ALA Editions.
In this TED Talk, Patricia Kuhl, co-director of the Institute for Brain and Learning Sciences at the University of Washington, illuminates the sophisticated reasoning that babies use to understand the world. Drawing on neurological research, she shows how babies and children master the elements of their first languages. Early childhood educators will not be surprised at the critical importance of the early years in language learning: “Babies and children are geniuses until they turn seven, and then there’s a systematic decline.”
Find lots of great tickles, rhymes, bounces and more to enhance early literacy in your baby programs in Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Bounces, Rhymes, Tickles, and More by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker (ALA Editions, 2014. $50.00).
by Kathy MacMillan and Christine Kirker
ALA Editions, 2014. $50.00
“This will be a go-to book time and again, for ideas, for planning, and for resources for any adult working with children under age 2, and sometimes older.” – Sara Marcus, American Reference Books Annual
“Whilst there are many storytime/rhyme time book resources available on the market, what sets Baby storytime magic apart is that each suggested title is accompanied by a ‘literacy bit’ – this is a suggested script for the facilitator to use to explain to caregivers the benefits of a particular activity and how to use it at home. This provides empowerment for caregivers, as they then have tools and resources to assist their child(s) literacy development not only during the storytime/rhyme time session, but at home too…This book is a smart purchase for any public library, early education centre or professional providing activities for babies.” – Sharon Uthmann, Australian Library Journal
Whether you’ve been presenting baby storytimes for fifteen years or fifteen minutes, you probably already know that the first five years of life are key for brain development and early literacy. Many public libraries have instituted baby and toddler programs, but finding exciting materials for baby storytime that go beyond nursery rhymes can be a challenge. Baby Storytime Magic is a treasure trove of new and exciting ideas for programs, all of which revolve around themes from a baby’s world. Inside this resource you’ll find
- Fingerplays, bounces, flannelboards, activities with props, songs, American Sign Language activities, and more, with items arranged by type of material
- Tips for planning storytimes, with advice on logistical issues such as age grouping, scheduling, formats, and physical setup
- Guidance on involving caregivers in baby storytimes, including suggested scripts for explaining the benefits of each activity and how to use it at home
- Age-appropriate book recommendations
- Information on the stages of early childhood development, plus an appendix of recommended additional resources
- A thematic index to find the right storytime quickly
- Links to full-sized, downloadable flannelboard patterns, craft patterns, and worksheets
Packed with ready-to-use activities, reducing prep time substantially, this book is a valuable early literacy tool for every children’s librarian.