Baby Beluga, by Raffi, illustrated by Ashley Wolff
Early Literacy Tip: Children learn by repetition. The more stimulation a child receives, the more connections between brain cells s/he develops. Singing the same songs and reading the same books over and over strengthens these connections!
(Touch body parts as indicated)
I wiggle my fingers,
I wiggle my toes,
I wiggle my shoulders,
I wiggle my nose!
Now no more wiggles, (Sign "all gone")
Are left in me,
So I will be still,
As still as can be!
Next we read...
Honk, Honk! Baa, Baa! by Petr Horacek
Early Literacy Tip: "Phonological Awareness" is the ability to hear the smaller sounds that make up words. Learning about the noises animals make is a good way to teach children about the sounds that surround them.
Old MacDonald had a farm,
And on his farm he had a cow!
With a moo moo here,
And a moo moo there,
Here a moo, there a moo,
Everywhere a moo moo,
Old Macdonald had a farm,
[Continue with other animals]
Last we read...
I Love You, Sun, I Love You, Moon by Karen Pandell, illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Early Literacy Tip: Try to speak to your baby in "Parentese." For example:
- Put your face close to baby's
- Speak in a melodious tone
- Articulate clearly
- Use repetition
- Lengthen vowels (ex. "Soooooo cuuuuuute!")
- Use shorter sentences
- Use longer pauses
Wind, Oh Wind
Wind, oh wind, oh wind, I say,
What are you blowing away today?
Scarves, oh scarves, oh scarves, I say.
I'm blowing the scarves away!
Don't see the song you're looking for? Contact Youth Services Librarian Kate DeVoe at email@example.com