Beginning in July, the Great Falls Public Library’s Youth Services Dept. will offer Toddler Time on Fridays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m.
Toddler Time is a program designed for children from 0 to 30 months. It includes 15 minutes of songs, finger plays and instruments in a one-on-one lap-sit format, followed by 30 minutes of infant/toddler play. This program will replace Books and Babies, which was designed for children from 0 – 36 months and had two sessions on Fridays.
In August, the Youth Services Dept. is reducing the Story Time programs for children aged 30 months to 5 year olds, from two sessions on Wednesdays and Thursdays to only one session on Wednesdays and Thursdays. It will be held at 10:30 a.m.
What: Toddler Time
Dates: November 7, 14, 21
Who: Birth – 30 months with accompanying adult
Time: 10:30 to 11:15
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)
Four little puppies, four (hold up four fingers)
Wiggled their shoulders & wiggled some more (tickle baby’s neck and shoulders)
Five little puppies, five (hold up five fingers)
Wiggled with joy to be alive! (tickle baby all over!)
Rhyme: “Five Little Kittens”
Five little kittens sitting in a row (hold up 5 fingers)
They nod their heads to the children so (bend fingers)
They run to the left (run fingers to the left)
They run to the right (run fingers to the right)
They stand up and stretch in the bright sunlight (stretch fingers out tall)
Along comes a dog who’s looking for some fun (hold up finger on opposite hand)
MEOW! See those little kittens run, run, run. (let fingers run all around)