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1 Cover Sheet For the Presenter The following storyhour program is designed for babies up to about 24 months. Anyone who loves reading to children can do a lapsit program with a bit of planning. You don t have to read the suggested presenter s comments wordfor-word, but try to include the information -- especially the asides to the parents. Much of what we do at lapsit programs is to show the parents what they can do to help their child develop early literacy skills. [The information that is just for the presenter is in italics so don t read that text.] Notice that this storytime includes fewer books and more bouncing and action rhymes. Encourage caregivers to bounce their babies along with the rhymes and to help them with clapping and other gestures. Feel free to substitute your own opening and closing rhymes as well as any suitable rhymes that the children have heard before. Repetition of songs and action rhymes from previous storytimes is better than introducing all new ones. Try to alternate active and passive activities. Be flexible about the order and length of activities as you see how the children react. Most rhymes can be repeated 2 or 3 times if the response is good. The general outline of our storytime is: I. Opening Song II. Welcome/Introductory Comments III. Rhyme IV. Action Rhyme V. Book VI. Song VII. Book VIII. Rhyme (use 2 if time permits) IX. Closing Song We have provided several props that we think will be helpful. *Flannel board cut-outs. *Activity ideas to offer after your storytime has officially ended. *Take home sheets.

2 Fuzzy Wuzzy Was a Bear Opening Song (to the tune of London Bridge ) Hello Song Hi, hello and how are you? How are you? How are you? Hi, hello and how are you? How are you today? (Repeat several times as the group settles in.) Introduction To the caregivers: Welcome to storytime. I am glad you could all be here today. We are going to be sharing some rhymes and books. Adults, please join in with our rhymes and actions. Some libraries call storytimes like this lapsit storytimes because it is important for babies to have an adult lap to sit on. Feel free to take a break if your child becomes unhappy. Let s start with some rhymes. Songs and rhymes are a good way for children to become aware of the different sounds that make up words we call this phonologic awareness. Some of these rhymes are included on your take-home sheet so that you can do them at home. You can also recite favorite nursery rhymes from your own childhood. -1-

3 Rhyme "Fuzzy Wuzzy (A puppet or teddy bear would be a good prop to use with this rhyme. Rub Fuzzy s head and have the parents rub their child s head or tussle their hair along with you. Be sure to shake your head emphatically at the last line. The little ones won t get the joke, but rhymes like this demonstrate how we can play around with words.) Fuzzy Wuzzy was a bear Fuzzy Wuzzy had no hair Fuzzy Wuzzy wasn t fuzzy, was he? (repeat 3 times) To the caregivers: Help your child do the actions in this rhyme as much as possible! Be sure to touch each body part as we mention it! Action Rhyme Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around. Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground. Teddy bear, teddy bear, show me your nose. Teddy bear, teddy bear, point to your toes! Teddy bear, teddy bear, where is your eye? Teddy bear, teddy bear, wave goodbye. Book To the Caregivers: Now, we are going to read a book together. Your baby will enjoy listening even if they can t see or understand the story. [Read Brown Bear, Brown Bear What do you See? by Bill Martin. Then discuss with the toddlers by asking questions like What color was the cat

4 that Brown Bear saw? The DLTK website at offers flannelboard pieces or stick puppets to go along with this book. Bouncing Song or Calming Song [At this point you might decide whether the children seem to be ready for action or something soothing. Use Hush-a-bye, baby for calming or The Bear Went Over the Mountain for more action. Either way, encourage caregivers to bounce or rock in rhythm with the tune.] Hush-a-bye, Baby Hush-a-bye, baby, on the tree top, When the wind blows the cradle will rock; When the bough breaks the cradle will fall, Down will come baby, cradle and all. (repeat 3 or 4 times) (with gentle rocking motion) OR The Bear Went Over the Mountain (to the tune of For He's a Jolly Good Fellow ) The bear went over the mountain, The bear went over the mountain, The bear went over the mountain, To see what he could see To see what he could see, To see what he could see The other side of the mountain, The other side of the mountain, The other side of the mountain, Was all that he could see Was all that he could see, Was all that he could see, The other side of the mountain, Was all that he could see!

5 (You might want to print a large-size copy of these rhymes to put up to help the adults sing along.) Book [Read one of your own favorite picture books here. It would be nice to find something about bears or teddy bears, but the theme is not as important as having a book that is good for this age group.] Rhyme Go back and do The Bear Went Over the Mountain if you didn t use it earlier. Or, choose a rhyme from 1001 Rhymes & Fingerplays see pages 146 and 147. Or, try Five Little Teddies.... [Add an extra rhyme if time permits, or move on to the Closing Rhyme if time is up.] Five Little Teddies (make flannel board teddies for counting) Five little teddies, sitting on the bed One rolled off and bumped his head The rest of the teddies shrugged and said You must be careful when sitting on the bed. Four little teddies, etc. Closing Rhyme (Print this rhyme in large type rhyme and ask parents to join you. You will need a wristwatch and a hankie or tissue.) See you later, alligator (use hand to shade your eyes as if searching) In a while, crocodile (point to watch or clock) Bye-bye, butterfly (wave) Toodle-oo, kangaroo (wave hankie) Time to go, buffalo (look at watch and shake head as if running late) Just like that, fat cat (snap fingers) It s the end, my friend. (shrug shoulders and throw up hands in a giving up gesture)

6 To the adults: Feel free to stay a while and visit or check out some books to take home. (Point out any brochures or tip sheets that you have on display for parents, etc.) After Storytime Activities: We like the idea of providing an activity/social time at the end of storyhour. Something simple is fine. This gives parents a chance to visit and it re-inforces what the children learned. Following today s storytime, you might have children practice teddybear-matching with their caregivers. Make some teddybear pairs for this activity (see below). The DLTK website at offers coloring pag"s to go along with the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Print out a few for those who are old enough to color. [Provide crayons.] -5-

7 Fuzzy Wuzzy Take-Home Sheet Read to your baby often. Your baby enjoys listening to your voice, even if they don t understand what you are reading. Read with a lot of expression and a slightly higher pitch we call this parentese. Rhymes and songs are important ways to teach about the rhythm of language and the sounds that make up words ( phonological awareness ). Try repeating the rhymes from today s storytime and remember some favorites from your own childhood! Rhymes with actions also build coordination. Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear, Turn Around Teddy bear, teddy bear, turn around. Teddy bear, teddy bear, touch the ground. Teddy bear, teddy bear, show me your nose. Teddy bear, teddy bear, point to your toes! Teddy bear, teddy bear, Teddy bear, teddy bear, where is your eye? Teddy bear, teddy bear, wave goodbye. Five Little Teddies (If you have teddy bears at home, you might act out this rhyme with your child.) Five little teddies, sitting on the bed One rolled off and bumped his head The rest of the teddies shrugged and said You must be careful when sitting on the bed. Four little teddies, etc.

8 See You Later See you later, alligator (use hand to shade your eyes as if searching) In a while, crocodile (point to watch or clock) Bye-bye, butterfly (wave) Toodle-oo, kangaroo (wave hankie or tissue) Time to go, buffalo (look at watch and shake head as if running late) Just like that, fat cat (snap fingers) It s the end, my friend. (shrug shoulders and throw up hands in a giving up gesture) Color this alligator! If you have Internet access at home, the DLTK website at offers coloring pages for Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? and many other activities. You might want to print out some of the Colors Recognition Practice Itsy, Bitsy Books at to help your child learn the colors.

9 One simple way to make a teddybear matching game is to print this page on several different colors of stiff paper. Then just cut around the bears and they re ready to match by color.

10 More teddy bear matching artwork.

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