Dancing

Opening Song

“Let’s All Clap”

Let’s all clap cause _____ is here,
____ is here, _____ is here
Let’s all clap cause _____ is here.
____ is here today!
(insert child’s name)

 

Traditional Rhyme

“If You’re Bouncy”

If you’re bouncy and you know it, give a bounce.
If you’re bouncy and you know it, give a bounce.
If your bouncy and you know it, give a bounce, then your bounce will surely show it,
If you’re bouncy and you know it, give a bounce.

If you’re wiggly…
If you’re cuddly…

Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Bounces, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy MacMillan & Christine Kirker

 

Book

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Baby Danced the Polka by Karen Beaumont

 

Sensory Time

Parents/Guardians danced with their baby to the “Baby” from the cd, Jazz Pour Le Bebes.

 

Fun Rhyme With Fact

“Clapping”

Clapping Little,
Clapping Big,
Clap in a circle, rig-a-jig, jig
Clap with a smile,
Clap with a frown,
Clapping up and down.
Clap all night,
Clap all day,
Clap for my baby,
Hip-hip-hooray!

Fact: Clapping rhymes stimulate the nerves of the palms. This will eventually help develop muscles that will later be used for writing.

Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker

 

Book Bounding

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Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

This is essentially my closing of storytime. I read the story and the parents/guardians give their babies the designated number of kisses.

 

Playtime

 

Observations

This was a really fun baby storytime. All the parents/guardians enjoyed the “If you’re bouncy rhyme.” We ended up repeating it several times.

The book was actually a hit with the babies. The babies actually all stopped and listened to me read the story. I think all the adults (myself included) were surprised, since the book is a tad bit longer.

The dancing was so much fun. I mentioned that parents/guardians should stop every few moments to allow their babies to mentally process the movements and keep them stimulated. Constant swaying and movement will actually make their baby tune out to their surroundings.

Tickles

Opening Song

“Let’s All Clap”

Let’s all clap cause _____ is here,
____ is here, _____ is here
Let’s all clap cause _____ is here.
____ is here today!
(insert child’s name)

 

Traditional Rhyme

“Patty-Cake”

Patty-Cake, Patty-cake, baker’s man.
Bake me a cake as you can.
Roll it and pat it and mark it with a B.
And Put it in the oven for baby and me!

 

Book

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All of Baby Nose to Toes by Victoria Adler

 

Sensory Time

Feathers with music. I handed out feathers to the parents. They then ran the feather over their babies.

 

Fun Rhyme With Fact

“Stinky Diaper, Stinky Diaper”

Tune:Frère Jacques

Changing time, changing time.
Let’s Take off the dirty one,
Let’s Put on a clean one.
Glad you’re mine, glad your mine.

Fact: Singing to your baby just before and during stressful times (diaper changes, shots, etc) can reduce stress and distract your baby.
Source:Baby Storytime Magic: Active Early Literacy through Boucnes, Rhymes, Tickles and More by Kathy Macmillan & Chrstine Kirker

 

Book Bounding

820588

Counting Kisses by Karen Katz

This is essentially my closing of storytime. I read the story and the parents/guardians give their babies the designated number of kisses.

This if followed by single one-on-one reading. Parents/guardians read with their babies. I have a tub of board books.

 

Playtime

 

Observations

This was my first structured baby time ever, so I was slightly nervous about how the parents/guardians would receive it. Overall, I was extremely pleased with how well it went.

For my preparation, I made large posters that I could put up on our easel. I did not want to paper sheets, as I had read many times that parents start focusing on reading tiny print instead of interacting with their babies.

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I also made sure to make the environment inclusive for everyone attending. I sat directly on the floor with the parents. We all formed a circle, so no one felt left out. The circle is great for keeping babies from escaping. I also had everyone introduce themselves and their babies.

For the actual storytime, it was the perfect length. Rhymes were repeated 2-3 times. The book was fun. Parents actually interacted with their baby when I talked about the ears, nose, and etc. The babies even stopped for a few moments to listen to me read.