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Babytime Take Two

Babytime Take Two

I learned from my last babytime that:

  1. It’s better to do more songs before the shaker/scarf songs, while the babies/toddlers’ attention spans are still intact, and leave the attention getting songs toward the end.
  2. It’s better to do more “easy” songs that parents are familiar with, as opposed to trying to be too creative and add too many new songs each week. Parents are usually busy trying to wrangle their babies; I don’t think they don’t want to have to focus too hard on learning new songs.
  3. My song board was plain boring. I added fish flannels and an octopus puppet to liven it up.

So I changed my plan a bit for tomorrow’s babytime and hopefully it will go swimmingly (pun intended).

Come Along and Sing With Me
The More We Get Together
Open and Shut Them
Acka Backa Soda Cracker
This is Big, Big, Big…

Book: Moo, Baa, La La La

Flannel: “Brown Bear, Brown Bear” with fish flannels, “Red fish, red fish…”

Pudding on the Plate
Where has my Little Dog Gone? (with dog puppet)
How Much is that Doggie in the Window? (with dog puppet)

Rattle/Shaker Songs:
Shake and Shake and Shake and Stop
If You’re Happy and Your Know it Give a Shake
Pop, Pop, Pop
1, 2, Shake it on Your Shoe
Tap, Tap, Tap Your Hand with Your Shaker Today

Scarf Songs:
One Bright Scarf
Peek a Boo Baby, Look and See
Popcorn Kernels
Peek a Boo, Peek a Boo, I See You

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
One Little… Toesies
Cuckoo Clock
Elevator Song
A Bouncing We Will Go

Book: Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear by Steve Scott

Bell Horses (with bells)
Are You Sleeping? (with bells)
The Waves in the Sea (with fish puppet)
We Wave Goodbye Like This

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This Week’s BabyTime

This Week’s BabyTime

Come Along and Sing With Me
Where is Baby, Where is Baby
Acka Backa Soda Cracker
This Is Big, Big, Big

Book: Who Can Swim? by Sebastien Braun

Rattle/Shaker Songs:
If You’re Happy and Your Know it Give a Shake
Shake and Shake and Shake and Stop
Pop, Pop, Pop
1, 2, Shake it on Your Shoe
Tap, Tap, Tap Your Hand with Your Shaker Today

Scarf Songs:
One Bright Scarf
Peek a Boo Baby, Look and See
Popcorn Kernels
Peek a Boo, Peek a Boo, I See You

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
A Bouncing We Will Go
Here We Go Up, Up, Up
Bell Horses (with bells)
Are You Sleeping? (with bells)

Book: Kiss, Kiss Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

Elevator Song
Tick, Tock, Tick, Tock
One Little… Toesies
Row, Row, Row Your Boat (with crocodile puppet)
Goodbye Song (with crocodile puppet)

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Peek-a-Boo Baby

Peek-a-Boo Baby

I’m officially the backup for Babytime at my new position. Babytime was always my most feared aspect of librarianship and something I vowed I never to do. I was a 100% adult services librarian! However, after filling in for my coworker a few weeks ago, I realized that Babytime is actually a lot of fun and not nearly as intimidating as I thought. For one, singing in front of a group of 20 or so parents isn’t as daunting as it sounds, since most parents know the words of the songs and sing along with you (I also put up lyric sheets so parents can follow along). Also, a coworker had me look at it from the parents’ point of view- they’re simply grateful to be out of the house and entertained for a half hour! Plus, when you see how excited some of these little ones get when we sing a song they recognize, it’s most satisfying. I don’t think I’ll convert to a children’s librarian but it does add some interaction and variety to my position.

My first attempt at Babytime was somewhat chaotic, as I hadn’t expected the majority of the babies to actually be toddlers, and Toddler Times are definitely planned differently than Babytimes. Now I’ve got a solid plan, so this week should go more smoothly. Here is my outline:

Songs/Rhymes:
Roly Poly
I’m in the mood for singing
Acka, backa soda cracker
This is the way we wash our hands

Shaker Songs:  pass around shakers to each baby
Shake and shake and shake and stop
Shake them up high
Shake it high, shake it low
Tap, tap, tap your hand

Scarf Songs:  exchange shakers for scarves
Jack in the box
Peek-a-boo baby
Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
Where is baby

Book: So Many Babies by Lorna Crozier

Songs/Rhymes:
Elevator song
A bouncing we will go
Here we go up, up, up
Bell horses (with bells)
Are you sleeping (with bells)

Book: Ten Tiny Tickles by Karen Katz

Songs/Rhymes:
Zoom, zoom
Tick tock, I’m a little cuckoo clock
One little, two little toesies
Row, row, row your boat (with alligator/crocodile puppet)

Closing Rhyme:
See you later alligator (with alligator/crocodile puppet)

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