I figured I’d post the rest of my Little Listeners (3-15 mos.) plans. So here’s the September/October session. Look at my past post to see pictures of the setup and the transitional songs we sing every week.

The other plans I have so far are:

July/August

November/December

For this session, here are our choral read books (we do 1 choral read per class):

bunny rabbit in the sunlight by Kate EndleBunny Rabbit in the Sunlight by Kate Endle and Caspar Babypants: I love the illustrations in this. It’s so pretty. The author put up a link for the video where they sing the lyrics to this book.

 

everywhere babies by susan meyersEverywhere Babies by Susan Meyers: because Marla Frazee is the bomb. I have the parents read the smaller text or do some other interaction with the kids after we read the whole thing aloud. I give them about 60 seconds, which is a lot longer than it sounds.

 

 

gossie and gertie by olivier dunreaGossie and Gertie by Oliver Dunrea: This book is really best in our Little Listeners B which is 12-24 months instead of 3-15 months, but we have to cycle through all our choral read books so there is enough for the whole year.

 

hands-canHands Can by Cheryl Willis Hudson: I LOVE this book for babies all the way through 3 yr olds! I wish it wasn’t out of print. I think we bought the last copy on Amazon too. This is how much I adore this simple yet relevant book.

 

 

rocket-townRocket Town by Bob Logan: This one I wouldn’t have picked for the younger guys, but my predecessor bought these books.

 

while-you-were-sleepingWhile You Were Sleeping by John Butler: This is one of my favorites.

Here are our songs. We do half the first 3 weeks and the other half the second 3 weeks so the babies and parents get repetition to learn the songs and comfort in the repetition.

The Leaves on the Trees Turn Orange and Red (tune: “Wheels on the Bus”)

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Clap Your Hands

Clap your hands (clap clap)

Clap your hands (clap clap)

Everybody clap your hands (clap clap)

Clap your hands, clap your hands,

Clap your hands, clap your hands, (clap to beat)

Everybody clap your hands (clap clap)

-stomp your feet, blow a kiss, jump up and down

Munching Apples (tune: “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

If you like to munch on apples, clap your hands.

If you like to munch on apples, clap your hands.

If you like to hear them crunch,

And eat them for your lunch,

If you like to munch on apples, clap your hands.

-stomp your feet, turn around, etc…

Tony Chestnut (tune: “Frere Jacques”) I love this song. I don’t know why, but I always put this in my fall storytimes because I picture Tony Chestnut as a little squirrel. This is another fun way to do a head, shoulders, knees toes type of song for body identification vocabulary while touching that body part for the baby to make the connection. It’s easier to listen to the sounds of the song than think about the actual lyrics because it sounds like the body part.

Tony Chestnut (toe, knee, cross arms over chest, pat head)

Knows I love you (nose, eye, cross arms over chest or give child hug)

Tony knows, Tony knows (toe, knee, nose, toe, knee, nose)

Tony Chestnut (toe, knee, cross arms over chest, pat head)

Knows I love you (nose, eye, cross arms over chest or give child hug)

That’s what Tony knows (toe, knee, nose)

Acka Backa This bouncing, bonding chant is the parents’ favorite song this session. We don’t do a tune to this, but I’ve seen some on YouTube for it (which I’m not really fond of). We chant it.

Acka backa soda cracker, Acka backa boo

Acka backa soda cracker, I love you! (hug baby)

Acka backa soda cracker, Acka backa boo

Acka backa soda cracker, Up goes you! (lift baby)

>>Songs for second half of session

Way Up High in the Apple Tree

Five Little Monkeys

Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes (classic version)

Scarves Song: We do some free play at the end of this song with the scarves. We talk about object permanence and hide objects underneath the scarves to test the babies. We play peek-a-boo. And some of the divas like to wrap the scarves around them and toddle around the room showing off.

Wiggle them, wiggle them, wiggle them so.

Wiggle them high and wiggle them low.

Wiggle to the left and wiggle to the right.

Wiggle them til they’re out of sight.

-clap, roll

Grey Squirrel (ours is a tad bit different from the video, but close enough. And we only do one verse.)

Big Big Big

This is just a gross motor chant we do.

This is big, big, big (hold arms wide)

This is small, small, small (pincer grip tiny)

This is short, short, short (hold hand low)

This is tall, tall, tall (“so big” hands up)

This is fast, fast, fast (run with  hands)

This is slow, slow, slow (slow-mo)

This is yes, yes, yes (shake head yes)

This is no, no, no (shake head no)