Books and Babies has changed to Toddler Time!
Toddler Time, which is designed for children from birth to 30 months, takes place at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays, January 6 13, 20, and 27. These programs are free and open to the public.
Reading and Sharing Print with Children
INFANTS: Reading with your baby is a valuable way to spend precious time together. Although your new baby will not understand the words you read, your voice and your cuddling are exactly what she/he needs. Begin sharing books with your baby as soon as you can safely hold the baby and the book at the same time. It is one of the most important things you can do to help your child learn language.
TODDLERS: It is normal to capture your toddlers attention long enough to share books with them. Toddlers love activity and the chance to practice their growing language skills. You can use these traits to advance their pre-reading skills by involving them in the reading experience. Ask them questions and have them expand the stories you read to them. Toddlers who talk about the illustrations, characters, setting, actions and other aspects of books step up the development of their reading skills.
PRESCHOOLERS: Your preschooler is almost ready to read and you can help them prepare by continuing to read aloud from their favorite books and introducing new books. When you read aloud to them you help him/her develop the skills necessary to become a successful reader. The more often you read, the better prepared your child is to learn to read.
Singing and sharing music with children
Listen to music when your infant or toddler is playing, falling asleep or riding in the car. Move to the music with them. To help them succeed have music your child really likes, have it on when your child does his/her favorite things, and move their bodies to the music. Make the activities more challenging by playing different kinds of music and make sounds (la la) or sing.
While singing songs to your child or listening to songs, you can help them make body movements that go with the words (row, row, row your boat). Encourage them to sing along or make up your own songs about something you are doing or in which your child is interested. Help them succeed by singing their favorite songs, sing while doing something they enjoy (bathing or swinging), give your child a toy or object that relates to the song (different animals while singing Old MacDonald) and encourage them to say a few of the words.
Rhyme: “Wiggling Puppies”
One little puppy, one (hold up one finger)
Wiggled his tail and had wiggling fun (tickle baby’s knees and legs)
Two little puppies, two (hold up two fingers)
Wiggled their bodies as puppies do (tickle baby’s tummy)
Three little puppies, three (hold up three fingers)
Wiggled their noses happily (touch baby’s nose)