Though I don’t do themes in baby storytime, I do like to kind of focus on a skill. Today’s focus was on singing. Do it often, whether you think you’re good at it, or not! JUST SING.
The specific tip I gave caregivers today was that using books with songs in them, like Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera or Itsy Bisty Spider by Annie Kubler (I didn’t actually say the titles, I just showed them the books in my hand and we sang them, too, of course) is a good way to introduce some great new vocabulary words (sparkle, flicker, etc, in Twinkle) and because they are either short, or have many verses you can sing as much or as little as you like. Singing a book makes singing even easier and your baby will enjoy looking at the pictures or crawling around nearby while you sing them a song.
Here’s what we did today (click on the song title for lyrics and tunes):
Penny Pointers (oh my gosh this adorable 8 month old LOVES this song and affixes her toothless grin and rocks and kicks every time we sing it-TOO CUTE)
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star by Jane Cabrera
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Annie Kubler
Group Pick: I’m a Little Teapot