Bringing you weekly tips and rhyme recommendations you can use to have your own storytime at home.
Having a large vocabulary helps with reading. When children are learning to read, they sound out words. It is easier for them to know they sounded the word correctly if they have heard the word before. You can help grow their vocabulary by talking, reading, singing, and playing.
Here is the beehive, (make a fist)
but where are the bees?
They are hidden away, where nobody sees.
Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive.
1…2…3…4…5 (bring out each finger)
Buzzzzzz!! (thumb and index finger together, buzz, tickle child)
Finger families up, (hold all ten fingers up)
finger families down, (hold fingers down)
finger families dancing all around town. (dance them back and forth, like playing piano)
Dance them on your shoulders,
dance them on your head,
dance them on your knees,
then tuck them into bed! (tuck into armpits)
This Little Cow (To the tune of this little piggy)
This little cow eats grass. (thumb)
This little cow eats hay. (index)
This little cow drinks water. (middle)
This little cow runs away. (ring)
And this little cow, just lies and sleeps all day (pinky)
Some babies cry more than others, for reasons we don’t understand. This doesn’t mean that you are doing anything wrong, or that your baby doesn’t like you! Many parents have to cope with babies who cry a lot in the early months.
A crying baby can rattle the most level-headed person. Our brains are just wired that way; we feel a sense of urgency. This is nature’s way of making sure we do our jobs.
Babies tune into our emotional state. A caregiver’s stress adds to the baby’s stress. Take a moment to name how you are feeling (frustrated, angry, sad, rejected). After that, try some strategies that could help:
- Put the baby in a safe place (like a crib) and take a break.
- Take deep breaths, maybe count to ten. Just walk away for a bit.
- Ask for additional support. Tell someone, a physician, friend, or family member, that you are feeling overwhelmed. Ask for help if you need it.
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