Mother Goose Storytime at Home-5/4/20

Bringing you weekly tips and rhyme recommendations you can use to have your own storytime at home.

Weekly Tip

Sing to your child daily. It’s a great way to bond, and it helps your child hear the smaller sounds that make up words. This will help them when they start sounding out words as they learn to read. Don’t worry if you aren’t going to win a singing competition anytime soon. Children don’t care how well you sing. They just love hearing your voice!

Rhymes and Songs

Are You Sleeping? Click here for the tune. To add a physical touch to this song, clap your child’s hands on each syllable, or pat the beat of each syllable on your child’s body (belly, bottom of feet, etc.)

Are you sleeping, are you sleeping

Brother John, Brother John?

Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing

Ding, ding, dong! Ding, ding, dong!


Hickory Dickory Dock Click here for the tune.

Hickory dickory dock. (Rock child or swing arm back and forth in rhythm.)

The mouse ran up the clock. (Walk two “mouse fingers” up your child’s body or arm.)

The clock struck one. (Hold up 1 finger.)

The mouse ran down. (Walk fingers down your child’s body or arm.)

Hickory dickory dock. (Rock child or swing arm back and forth in rhythm.)

Repeat, replacing one and ran down with other pairs like:
two…said “Boo!” (Cover face with hands and reveal when you say “Boo!”)
three… said “Wee!” (Slide “mouse fingers” down the length of your child’s body or arm.)
four…said “No more”. (Wag finger and shake head back and forth.)

The Wheels on the Bus

The wheels on the bus go round and round (Roll fists in circular motion around each other.)

Round and round, round and round.

The wheels on the bus go round and round,

All through the town. (Extend arms up and out in circular motion.)

Repeat, replacing “the wheels on the bus…” with:
The wipers on the bus go swish, swish, swish… (Swipe hands back and forth like they are windshield wipers.)

The people on the bus go up and down… (Lift child up in the air and bring back down.)

The horn on the bus goes beep, beep, beep… (Press child’s nose or belly or press hand into air like you are honking a horn.)

The babies on the bus go “Wah, wah, wah”… (Rub your eyes like you are crying.)

Extra Tid-bits

Want to share some French words with your child? Learn how to sing “Are You Sleeping?” (also known as “Frère Jacques”) in French here

Looking for more music to sing with your child? Download or stream music using one of our music databases:

Freegal Music
Download up to 5 songs a week or stream up to 3 hours daily. NEWS: Now offering unlimited streaming until September 2020.
Apps: iOS | Android

Hoopla Digital
Enjoy eBooks, comics, audiobooks, music, and movies on your computer or mobile device.
Apps: iOS | Android | Kindle Fire

Virtual Storytimes

Are your children 3 or older? Check out our daily virtual storytimes for more reading fun.

Preschool Storytime Online (new content posted @ 10:00 AM)

Elementary Explorers (new content posted @ 2:00 PM)

Snuggle Up Storytime (new content posted @ 7:00 PM)