Same and Different Family Storytime

Opposites_Tad Carpenter   Tiny Little Fly_Rosen

Opening

Weekly Opening Song – The More We Get Together
We sang this twice, with signs for more, together, happy, and friend.

Weekly Opening Song – Bread and Butter
[slap hands on knees to the beat]
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Can you say hello as slowly as you can?
Hello [very slow]

We repeated this with slowly, quickly, high, low, and ended with loud and quiet.

Introduction

We talked about what opposites are and talked about some well-known opposites like up and down, in and out, short and tall, and big and small.  I brought a number of finger puppet and larger puppet versions of the same animal and asked the children which one was small and which one was big, ending with three owls.  The puppet idea came from Beyond the Books Storytime and was lots of fun!

Book 1 — I Say, You Say Opposites by Tad Carpenter
This bright, simple, lift the flap book is great for toddler and babytimes.  I basically planned this storytime around this book.

Movement/Stretch — This is Big, Big, Big
This is big big big
This is small small small
This is short short short
This is tall tall tall
This is fast fast fast
This is slow slow slow
This is yes yes yes
This is no no no

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Baths and Bubbles Babytime

30 babies and their caregivers at a summer babytime? Apparently, yes.  Our theme this week was baths and bubbles. 

duckling  Mrs-Wishy-Washy
      

Opening

Weekly Opening Song — The More We Get Together
We sang this twice, with signs for more, together, happy, and friend.

Weekly Hello Song — Hello Babies
Our adorable duckling puppet sang this to each of the babies and their moms. It was the closest I could get to a rubber duckie.

Weekly Opening Song — Bread and Butter
[slap hands on knees to the beat]
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam,
Can you say hello as slowly as you can?
Hello [very slow]

We repeated this with slowly, quickly, high, low, and ended with loud and quiet.

Literacy Tip for the week
Using music or singing during everyday routines make them more enjoyable. For example if your child doesn’t like taking baths sing a song while washing your babies body parts – this turns it into a game!

Bathtime

Nursery Rhyme — Rub-a-Dub-Dub Three Men In A Tub
Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub
and who do you think they be?
The butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker
And they all set out to sea!

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