Baby Story Time at Blue Bell is a story time session geared specifically toward babies (ages 6 months to 18 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.
What Was Read
- Show me! by Tom Tracy ; pictures by Darcia Labrosse.- JJ BOARD TRA
- Not necessarily a senses book, but Mom points out on baby all the wonderful parts that make up baby. A great interactive book too in that you can mimic the actions in the story.
- I Hear by Helen Oxenbury - (Request from another library)
- What does Baby hear on this particular day?
- I See by Helen Oxenbury. - JJ BOARD OXE
- What does Baby see on this particular day?
- I Touch by Helen Oxenbury. - JJ BOARD OXE
- What does Baby touch on this particular day?
- Baby Happy, Baby Sad by Leslie Patricelli. - (Request for another library)
- Things that make baby happy or baby.
- Sang my favorite opening and closing songs: "If You'd Like to Hear a Story" and "The More We Read Together."
- Recited a rhyme about how two eyes see, two ears hear, one nose smells, and one mouth eats yummy treats.
- Sang "Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes" as we pointed to each part.
- Recited a bounce rhyme called "Trot, Trot to Boston."
Background Knowledge: Children are learning through their sense 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 lay the foundation for reading and understanding their world.
- Talk! Talk! Talk! Talk to your baby. Narrate the day or talk about what is going on or think out loud as you make a meal and they watch. Use “I feel,” “I hear,” as jumping off points to introduce new words and reinforce old ones. Talk in specifics in an attempt to identify things. Baby doesn’t always know that “it” means the chair or phone.