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Story Time Bites
We miss our weekly classes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. We invite families to watch our Story Time Bites together for a taste of story time at home, any time, especially if you can’t make our virtual story times.
Story Time Bites are short videos featuring one rhyme, story, or song. They aim to build early literacy skills and give kids a taste of their regular routine back. To keep their attention, we’ve made them short and quick. You can watch them here, anytime. Closed captions are available.
If you would like to request a rhyme for our next video or for Ms. Neena to give a shout out to your child in the video, let us know. Text 845-350-2771 or email email@example.com with your requests. We are also able to send video transcripts by request.
|Roly Poly||Five in the Bed||Five Fat Peas||Herman the Worm|
|Itsy Bitsy Spider||Five Green & Speckled Frogs||Read Alouds|
Caregiver tip: If your child is not able to do the movements (rolling, up and down, etc) in this song by themselves yet, you can help them. If you have a wiggly baby, try doing the actions with their feet and legs as they lay on their back on the floor.
Roly poly, roly poly
Roly poly, roly poly
Up up up, up up up
Roly roly poly, roly roly poly
Down down down, down down down
Repeat with: Out and in, fast and slow, and yes and no
This is a shortened version of “Ten in the Bed” followed by a game of “Who is missing?” where one of our teddy bear friends hides and viewers have to try to remember which color it is that is missing.
Caregiver tip: Participate with us! Kids mimic your behavior, so when you watch and do the actions along with us, it helps them feel comfortable participating too.
Lyrics: There were five in the bed and the little one said
Roll over! Roll over!
So they all rolled over and one fell out.
Repeat for 4, 3, 2, and then…
There was one in the bed and the little one said…Goodnight!
If you have a baby or toddler who isn’t able to count on their fingers yet, a grown up can sing this song and do the actions. It helps them learn to count and recognize fingers when they watch you do it! Encourage them to try one finger with you at a time, and help them form the shapes.
Lyrics: Five fat peas in a pea pod pressed
One grew, two grew,
And so did all the rest
They grew and they grew and they would not stop
Until one day those peas went POP!
This is a fun story song featuring balloons! It is a great introduction to the different words we use for meals, like breakfast and burp. It also teaches story structure, which is important for children to understand when they start to read, write, and talk.
With simple actions to go along with it, this song is a great way to get kids working on their fine and gross motor control while they sing!
The itsy bitsy spider went up the water spout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried out all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again
Ms. Neena sings “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” with finger puppets. You can sing this song at home with your child using your hands to count, or if you have a printer, you can print our Five Green and Speckled Frogs activity page. Cut out the frogs and move them in and out of the pool to play! Want more? Check out our Five Green and Speckled Frogs Tracing Page.
Lyrics: Five green and speckled frogs, sat on a speckled log
Eating some most delicious bugs – yum! yum!
One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool
Now there’s only four green speckled frogs.
Repeat counting down to zero
I Can Do It Too!
I Can Do It Too! by Karen Baicker and illustrated by Ken Wilson-Max is read and posted with permission from Chronicle Books. This book is great for introducing the words we use to describe important people in our lives and families, The bright and colorful pictures are great for babies and toddlers, but even preschoolers will like the repeated chorus of “I Can Do It Too!”
We’re Going on a Bear Hunt: Pop-Up
This classic from author Michael Rosen and illustrator Helen Oxenbury has been beautifully transformed into a pop-up book by Simon and Schuster books. This is a fun book to act out together. Can you make your way through the tall grass? Or through the thick, oozy mud?