Daytime for Babies
Storytimes for babies and toddlers offer an opportunity to model great read-aloud techniques for parents and gives them the confidence to read to their children every day. A baby-toddler storytime can be followed by an extra 20 to 30 minutes of playtime, which encourages parents to talk to each other and for the young children to learn to play with others. It also demonstrates the importance of play to parents.
Welcome song: “Hello Everybody, Yes Indeed”
Mother Goose rhyme: “Day-O”
Get ready song: “Open, Shut Them”
First book: A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes. Five elephants march from dawn to dusk.
Fingerplay: “Round and Round the Garden”
Second book: In the Quiet, Noisy Woods by Michael J. Rosen. Two wolf pups explore the woods which are filled with animal sounds.
Movement song: “Go In and Out the Window”
Third book: Good Day, Good Night by Margaret Wise Brown. A little bunny awakes at sunrise, then goes to sleep after the sun sets.
Song: “Mr. Sun”
Extra book if needed: Busy Babies by Amy Schwartz. Using a rhyming text, babies play, eat, and nap during the day.
Board book for parents: Little Owl’s Day by Divya Srinivasan. Owl explores the forest during the day after being woken up by a squirrel.
Closing song: “Hello and Goodbye” .
Penny Peck, SJSU iSchool