Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 23 months). We'll read stories, sing songs, chant rhymes, and play with baby! Baby Story Time is also an event for parents and caregivers to learn about early literacy skills to help prepare baby for reading as well as to help foster a love of reading.
Our next session will be Thursday, February 21 at 10:30 AM. Be sure to sign up to save your seat as spaces are limited (10 babies max).
What We Read (titles link back to our catalog):
- Go Baby Go! - JJ BOARD JAN
- Baby needs to move! Out to the garden goes baby, cat, and dog to play! There is repetition of words and a slight rhythm to the text.
- I Hear by Helen Oxenbury - (this a request from another library)
- What does baby hear as he (or she) goes about the day? The pages have one word on it, but I added "I Hear" when I read it to expand the work.
- I See by Helen Oxenbury - JJ BOARD OXE
-What does baby see as he (or she) goes about the day? The pages have one word on it, but I added "I See" when I read it to expand the work.
- How a Baby Grows by Nola Buck - JJ BOARD BUC
- Babies grow so what do they see, hear and do as they grow?
- Spoke a rhyme about eyes, ears, nose, and mouth while point to the body part.
- Sang: "Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" while pointing to the body part.
- Spoke/clapped: "Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake, baker's man."
- Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Get Together.'
- Background Knowledge: Children are learning from day 1 and all of that learning is setting up a foundation for them as they grow older. This background knowledge is important for child. While it may not seem they understand the concept of senses, they do recognize that the floor feels different (carpet vs. wood) and that something looks different. Talk to them about their world. Talk about what they may be hearing, seeing, or touching (“Oh, that feels soft”). The descriptors you use help to lay the foundation for reading and understanding their world.
- Example: Here’s an opportunity to expand on a child’s knowledge. When playing or out and about (maybe at the grocery store) say “I hear…” or “I see…” or “I smell…”