Program by Dr. James L. Thomas, Early Literacy Consultant

From Dr. James L. Thomas, Early Literacy Consultant:

Sample Program

Opening Songs

Welcome Today, Little Starshine

Welcome today friends of mine;
Welcome today little star shine.
Welcome today friends of mine;
Welcome today little star shine.

The More We Get Together

The more we get together, together, together;
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.
‘Cause your friends are my friends,
And my friends are your friends.
The more we get together, the happier we’ll be.

Skinnamarink

Skinnarmarinkydirydink. Skinnarmarinkydirydoo.
I love you.
Skinnarmarinkydirydink. Skinnarmarinkydirydoo.
I love you.
I love you in the morning and in the afternoon
I love you in the evening underneath the moon.
Skinnarmarinkydirydink. Skinnarmarinkydirydoo.
I love you.

Infant Board Books to Share

Animals; First Words (Bright Baby series) by St. Martin’s Press
Baby Touch & Feel; First Words; Colors & Shapes, Farm Animals by DK
Ten, Nine, Eight; Diez, Nueve, Ocho by Molly Bang
Hurry! Hurry! by Eve Bunting
Itsy Bitsy Spider by Diane Burke
Baby! Baby! by Vicky Ceelen
The More We Get Together by Caroline Church
Maisy’s Bathtime; Baby’s First Year by Lucy Cousins
Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes by Mem Fox
Peek-a-WHO? by Nina Laden
Baby Faces; I Love Colors by Margaret Miller
I Touch; I See; I Hear; I Can by Helen Oxenbury 
Seasons; Shapes; Numbers; Colores by Scholastic
The Bear Went Over the Mountain by Rosemary Wells
I Went Walking; Let’s Go Visting by Sue Williams
 
(note: pass out board books and demonstrate how to share a book with a baby—hold baby in left arm, book in hand, and begin on page 1 tapping on the left side of book twice, say name of picture and then to the right; baby’s eyes will focus on each page as the adult shares the title)

Songs

Shoofly  (circle to left/right/center with baby facing out)

Shoofly don’t bother me, (left and sing)
Shoofly don’t bother me,
Shoofly don’t bother me,
‘Cause I belong to somebody.
 
Shoofly don’t bother me, (right and sing)
Shoofly don’t bother me,
Shoofly don’t bother me,
‘Cause I belong to somebody.
 
I see, I see, I see the morning star.  (center and sing)
I see, I see, I see the morning star.
I see, I see, I see the morning star.
I see, I see, I see the morning star.
 
(back to circle: repeat)

Let’s go to the market, let’s go to the store (with pictures of grocery items)

Let’s go to the market, let’s go to the store.
Let’s get a carton of milk, and maybe a few things more.
       
Let’s go to the market, let’s go to the store.
Let’s get a dozen eggs, and maybe a few things more.
 
(ice cream, apple, butter, banana)

Riding in a buggy, baby mine, baby mine (with boxes and blanket)

Riding in the buggy, baby mine, baby mine;
Riding in the buggy and you look so fine;
Riding in the buggy, baby mine, baby mine;
Riding in the buggy and you look so fine.
(insert name of child)
Riding in the buggy, ..... mine, ......mine..

Songs

Bingo (clapping and listening) with board book Bingo by Rosemary Wells

Baby Put Your Pants On

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on,
Baby put your pants on, 1 2 3.  (top bottom)
 
Baby put your shirt on, shirt on, shirt on,
Baby put your shirt on, 1 2 3.
 
Baby put your shoes on…
Baby put your hat on…
 
Now that you’re all dressed, all dressed, all dressed,
Now that you’re all dressed, let’s go play.
 
(reverse order; bottom top)
 
Baby take your hat off, hat off, hat off…
Baby take your shoes off…
Baby take your shirt off…
Baby take your pants off…
 
Now that you’re naked, naked, naked,
Now that you’re naked, let’s take a bath!

Peek-a-boo! (to the tune of Frère Jacques)

Peek-a-boo, peek-a-boo
I see you, I see you
I see your button nose
I see your tiny toes
Peek-a-boo,
I see you.

Yoga

Downward dog, bear, porcupine, snake

Top Twelve Reason Why Babies and Toddlers Need Yoga:

to help them sleep better and longer
to improve digestion and ease gas pain
to turn fussiness into happiness
to promote a healthy, physically fit lifestyle
to strengthen the parent-child bond
to increase neuromuscular development
to cultivate self-esteem and positive body image
to boost the immune system
to reduce stress and develop relaxation techniques
to reduce anxiety
to increase body awareness
to aid the natural development of movement from birth to walking

Song

I’ll drive a dump truck (with objects)

I’ll drive a dump truck, dump truck, dump truck
I’ll drive a dump truck...all day long.
...drive a car
...sail a boat
...fly a plane
...pull a wagon

Rhyme

Up, Up, Up to Baby’s Nose

Up, up, up to baby’s nose;
Down, down, down to baby’s toes.

Song

Ho, Ho, Watanay  (with drum & spoon)

Ho, ho, watanay
Ho, ho, watanay
Ho, ho, watanay
Kiokina, kiokina.
 
Sleep, sleep, my little one
Sleep, sleep, my little one
Sleep, sleep, my little one
Now go to sleep, now go to sleep.

Closing Song

Up Down, Turn Around

Up, down
Turn around.
Touch the sky,
Touch the ground.
Jiggle belly
Tickle my nose,
Blow a kiss,
And say “good-bye.

Note:  All songs are recorded in MP3 format listed under “sidebar” of wiki site: itsybitsybabies.pbworks.com; click to open, listen and/or download.