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1 Storytime Plan Baby Bunnies (Bilingual) Ages: Lapsit programs (up to about 24 months) Featured Literacy Skill: Letter Knowledge Preparation: You may wish to enlarge some rhymes so that the caregivers can join in. Nametags are a good way to enhance Print Awareness at all storytimes. With this storytime, we have included some Spanish-language rhymes for those who have Spanish-speaking caregivers in your community. Program Plan Opening Rhyme or Song Start with a simple song, sung to the tune of Happy Birthday. Good morning to you Good morning to you Good morning, dear Tommy, Good morning, to you. Buenos días a ti Buenos días a ti Buenos días, querido Tommy, Buenos días a ti (Alternate English and Spanish. Repeat with all of the children s names if possible if your group is too large, just substitute children / niňos and sing 3 or 4 times. The Spanish version would change to Buenos dίas a todos... Buenos dίas, queridos niňos... ). Invite everyone to sing along as they join the group. You might use a puppet helper to sing Good morning to you to remind everyone of your name.) Welcoming Statement: Bienvenidos! Welcome to storytime! Today we are going to have some fun with books and rhymes about bunnies and learn about the letter B. [To the parents or caregivers] Today we are just beginning to introduce the skill of

2 Letter Knowledge to the older children in our group. [Point to your early literacy skills poster if you have one, or put up the Letter Knowledge crayon printed from the website.] Watch for ideas that you can use at home to make learning the alphabet fun. The younger babies will enjoy the rhymes and actions, so be sure to help them with the movements. Rhyme: Let s begin by hopping like bunnies. [To the tune of Row, Row, Row Your Boat. ] Hop, hop, hop along Or bounce on someone s knee Higher and higher and higher and higher Bunny-hop with me! [Repeat at least 3 times.] Counting Rhyme: To the toddlers: Now, let s spin around two times, reach for the sky, and sit down in our places to try a counting rhyme... [You might use 10 flannelboard bunnies and point to the pieces as you count. Or, you might show the children how to make bunnies with their hands by making a fist with 2 fingers extended, and point to those bunnies as you count.] One little, two little, three little bunnies Four little, five little, six little bunnies Seven little, eight little, nine little bunnies Ten little bunnies hopping. Uno y dos y tres conejitos Cuatro y cinco y seis conejitos Siete y Ocho y nueve conejitos Diez conejitos todos. -2-

3 Book: Read any of the Rosemary Wells books about Max and Ruby or the Bunny Planet; I am a Bunny by Ole Risom; Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. Activity with flannelboard: Bunny begins with the letter B which makes the buh sound. Let s look for some other things that start with the same buh sound... Put up a large letter B. Spend some time playing Do you see what I see? I see something that begins with the letter B. You might make some flannelboard pieces of some B-words and ask, What is this? Yes, it s a belt. Do you see one of these here today? and so on. Point to the items around the room. You can make it a bit silly by having some B-words that aren t found around the library such as a bear, a buffalo, a boat, etc. Have fun pretending to look all around for those things. Action Rhyme: Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, Baker's man, Bake me a cake As fast 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: Read another selection from the list above or substitute your own favorite book about bunnies. You could also use a favorite alphabet book here. Extra Story Rhyme (if time permits): [Patterned after the traditional Little Bunny Foo Foo, this rhyme allows the children to join in and do some actions at specific times. Show the children how to make a bunny with their hand by holding up two fingers and

4 making a hopping motion. You might want to make stick puppets of a bunny, a farmer, a carrot and a head of lettuce.] [Spoken by presenter] Out came the farmer, and he said: (scolding!) And if you keep it up, I m going to chase you away with my big hoe. But the very next day... [Spoken by presenter] And out came the farmer and he said: And if you keep it up, I m going to chase you away with my big hoe. But the very next day...

5 [Spoken by presenter] And once again the farmer came out and he said: I ll give you one more chance And if you keep it up, I m going to chase you away with my big hoe. But the very next day... [Spoken by presenter] And once more the farmer came out and he said: So he picked up his big hoe and chased All the way back into the woods. Closing Rhyme: Baby bunny bounces high; (Older children jump; babies bounce on caregiver s knee.) Baby bunny bounces low; (jump low.) Baby bunny blinks his eyes; (Blink eyes as you point to them.) Baby Bunny waves good-bye. (Wave good-bye.) (Repeat 2 or 3 times.) -5-

6 Suggestions for props, crafts, etc. You will find Max and Ruby coloring pages at Bean Bag Toss: If you sew, make bean bags from various fabrics printed with things that start with B like bees, bears, babies, bunnies, etc. Help the children say the B-words as they toss the bean bags. Take Home Sheet Create a take-home sheet with some of the rhymes used at storytime (noncopyrighted ones only, of course you may use the ones included here). Include a brief explanation of Letter Knowledge and a few tips for building the skill at home: Something like... Learning the alphabet should be fun for your child. It is best not to drill him or her on the letters, but to make a game of it. You may wish to purchase an alphabet board book for your baby. Blocks with letters are good, too. As soon as your child is old enough to stop putting things in his mouth, you might buy some letter magnets for the refrigerator. Begin by introducing the first letter of your child s name. Point out other things that begin with the same sound. Put your child s name on the door of her room, on the refrigerator, or on a book bag somewhere that she will see it often. Activities that teach same and different help build skills needed to tell letters of the alphabet apart. Working with shapes also builds skills for identifying letters. So, introduce your child to squares, triangles, circles, and so on. Point out these shapes in pictures and around your home. [ Look, the front door is a rectangle. This book is a square. A ball is round like a circle. ] Be sure to include information about other programs going on at your library especially any family literacy events or storyhours for older siblings.

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