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Preschool: For children 0-5 years old

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Dial A Story / Telecuentos

For over 20 years the children of San Antonio have been calling in to Dial-A-Story to hear a children's story.  The children's librarians record new stories every Tuesday and Friday, one in English and one in Spanish. 

Just call 210.207.4466 to listen!

Songs and Rhymes for Babies and Toddlers

Resources

As parents and caregivers, you can begin helping children to understand racial differences and racism from an early age. See below for a list of resources and to learn more:

Two little hands, ten little fingers,
Two little hands, ten little fingers,
Two little hands, ten little fingers,
Count them all with me. 

One, two, three little fingers,
Four, five, six little fingers,
Seven, eight, nine little fingers,
And one more makes ten.

Dos manitas, diez deditos,
dos manitas, diez deditos,
dos manitas, diez deditos,
cuéntalos conmigo.

Uno, dos, tres deditos,
cuatro, cinco, seis deditos,
siete, ocho, nueve deditos,
y uno más son diez.

Baby and Toddler Time at Home

Opening Song: Pat-A-Cake

Read-Aloud: Dear Zoo, By Rod Campbell

Movement Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

Extention Activities: Big Gray Elephant

Ask your child questions.  As you read to your child, make the experience interactive by asking him/her questions, such as “What do you think will happen next?”  Dear Zoo is a perfect book to ask questions such as “What animal do you think is in the box?”

Opening SongMy Two Little Hands Go Clap, Clap, Clap

Read Aloud:  I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont  

Movement Song: Tony Chestnut Knows I Love You

Closing Song: The More We Get Together

Parent Child Talk:  After or during the book reading the child and the parent can say what they like about themselves.  They can also talk about their favorite body parts after the songs.

Opening SongWelcome Song

Read Aloud:  Barnyard Banter by Denise Fleming

Movement Rhyme:  Hokey Pokey

Ending Song:  Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Family Extension Activity:  Count how many times Goose appeared in this story.  How many farm animals were in the story and what were they called?  Practice making your favorite farm animals sounds, too!

Opening song: The more we get together

Read Aloud : Whoever you are  by Mem Fox

Song: If you're happy and you know it

Activity:  Torn Paper collage

Have your child rip up pieces of scrap paper of different colors. You can also use old magazines. Have him stick the pieces onto a blank piece or paper/cardboard or paper plate

Different colors together can make a beautiful picture.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZaQpovVbbIE&t=12s

       

Opening song: Hola!

Read aloud: Lola Loves Stories by Anna McQuinn

                    A Lola le encantan los cuentos por Anna McQuinn

Song: Mi Cuerpo Hace Musica

Extension Activity: Nature hunt 

Arm yourself and your toddler with a little bag or box and head out into the great outdoors on a walk. See how many treasures you can find to pop in your boxes or bags.                 

Opening song:  If you’re ready for a story

Read aloud: I Love My Daddy by Giles Andreae

Song: 10 big kisses

Finger play:  Open Shut them

Extension activity: Baby and toddler play with mirrors

Begin by locating a mirror that is safely and securely anchored. Position your child in front of the mirror so that he can see both his reflection and your reflection. Ask and help your child point to his nose, hair, eyes, etc. You can even make silly face and watch your child try to imitate you. Grab some toys and play in front of the mirror.

Opening song: The More We Get Together

Read aloud: I Love Dad with the Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle

Poem: Father's Day

Song:   DADDY  DADDY (Sung to Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Daddy, daddy let me say

I love you in every way

I love you for all you do

I love you for being you

Daddy, Daddy, let me say

Have a Happy Father’s Day!                                                                                               

Extension Activity: Make dad a torn paper collage

Have your child tear up scrap pieces of paper and stick them on a sheet of paper to make a collage. You can then cut out a heart shape and you have a handmade present for dad!

Opening song: Wake up Feet

Read aloud: Shark in the Park by Nick Sharratt

Lap Bounce: Charlie Over the Water

Song: Swing me over the Ocean

Extension Activity: Pretend a part of your house is the ocean where sharks live and have your little ones pretend to be a shark exploring other parts of the house. Ask what they think a shark would do in each area of the house 

Opening song:  Hello everybody

Read aloud: My nose ,Your nose by Melanie Walsh

Song: Ten Little Fingers

Activity: Play Peek-a-boo with your baby. Peek-a-boo stimulates baby's senses, builds gross motor skills, strengthens visual tracking, encourages social development and, best of all, listen to those giggles. If you are reading with a toddler, you can play Hide and Seek. Playing this game gives your child some valuable physical benefits and aids muscle development. The challenge of getting into the perfect hiding place will help improve balance, agility, and coordination.

Welcome: Buenos Dias 

 

Song with Theme: I’m a Turtle  

 

Song with Theme: There Was a Little Turtle  

 

Parent Tip: This book has rich vocabulary building opportunities.  The retelling version only has 

music.  If your family speaks in more than one language this video is great for developing vocabulary. 

Retelling Activity: Turtle Splash: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell  

 

What are the turtles doing? What is the new animals on each page doing? Point out the water,

the green trees, and the blue sky.  Count the turtles, identify colors ,makanimal sounds together.  

Act out the body movements of the animals; jumping, flying 

 

Opening Song:  Pat-Pat-A-Cake  

Read Aloud:  “Cat’s Colors” by Jane Cabrera 

Movement Rhyme:  Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes                       

Ending Song:  If  You're Happy and You Know it !

If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. 
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. 
If you’re happy and you know it, and you really want to show it, 
If you’re happy and you know it, clap your hands. 

If you’re happy and you know it, jump up and down...

If you’re happy and you know it, stomp your feet...

If you’re happy and you know it, shout hooray!...

Family Activity : Play "I Spy" games outside - how many different  colored objects can you find? Can you find colors that were in the book, Cat's Colors?

Opening song: One Hand Can Wave 

Read Aloud:  Everything is Mama by Jimmy Fallon 

 

Extension activity: Make a hung/mail a hug 

With your help trace your little one’s hands on paper of choosing, let them decorate as they wish. Using string, ribbon & even yarn measure out how long they want it to be and cut.  Tape one end of the string to each hand

Opening Song: Open Shut Them    

Read Aloud: Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson 

Fingerplay:  Two Little Black Bears  

Song:  Bear is Sleeping 

Extension Activity:  Create your own bear cave with blankets or boxes inside your home.  Have fun pretending to be a bear sleeping or bring your stuffed animals for some fun playtime.   

 

 

Hello songHello! Hello! How are you? 

Read aloud: A parade of elephants by Kevin Henkes 

SongThe elephant song 

ABC timeABC 

Activity: 

Encourage your baby or toddler  to pick up cereal, crackers or peas, touch eyes, ears, nose and toes, point to pictures and grab toys. Pinching, grasping and holding  will develop both strength and coordinationDevelopment of these fine motor skills are critical for the development of emergent writing. 

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