Babies in Bloom Early Literacy: Math and Science!

BIBUsually my Babies in Bloom program focuses on one of the 5 foundations of literacy: background knowledge, print awareness, phonological awareness, letter knowledge, and vocabulary.

This week, I really wanted to mix it up using some of our other early literacy focuses, specifically for this week, Math and Scientific Reasoning. All of the songs follow the outline!

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Housekeeping Welcome to an AACPL Early literacy storytime. My name is Ms. Elaine. Don’t worry about wandering babies, please step outside if they need a break, and rejoin once they are ready. For now, it doesn’t matter whether your children follow along. If your babies see you play along they’ll want to copy you so please silence any cell phones and try to keep conversation until the social time afterwards.
Opening Song Everybody Wave Hello (Silly Hands Verse)
Aside 1

Explain

Today we’re going to look at scientific and mathematical concepts that babies can begin to learn, even now!

First, with our flannel board, we’ll do some counting together. Even though babies will not actually understand number words and concepts, rhymes with numbers prepare them from the idea of numbers and for counting by rote or imitation. Later they will connect the concept to the word.

Flannelboard Cranky Crabs (Counting)
Rhyme I Bounce You Here
Aside 2

Example

A favorite game of many children, this exciting rhyme lets the children listen to a count down from five to blastoff. As get older, they start to understand the excitement building while counting down, which makes this rhyme a great skill-builder from understanding sequencing, the order in which something takes place.
Rhyme Zoom, Zoom, Zoom
Book One Mole Digging A Hole (Babies in Bloom Kit- 30 copies to pass out) by Julia Donaldson 
Song Baby Hokey Pokey – Baby Face
Rhyme Father, Mother and Uncle Mike
Rhyme Let’s Go Riding in an Elevator
Bubbles/Song Song to play during bubbles: iPad Selection!
Ending Song (Pass out shaker eggs)

Shake My Sillies Out! (CD: Raffi Live)

Add remaining instruments, balls, toys

Aside 3

Empower

Something as simple as playing with the blocks we just received, even if your baby is putting them in their mouth, is the beginning of mathematical and scientific thinking. Through play, your baby is discovering shapes, learning how blocks can be balanced, observing how they fall, and discovering what fits together. It’s hard to believe, but all these explorations are the foundation for later mathematical and scientific thinking.

And then, I took pictures of the babies playing with blocks during our play time!

Songs/Fingerplays:

Everybody Wave Hello

Did everyone bring their hands today?

Everybody wave hello.
Wave hello. Wave hello.
Everybody wave hello.

Lets have some fun!

Now let me see those SILLY HANDS! (repeat song waving hands wildly)

I Bounce You Here

I bounce you here, I bounce you there,
(bounce child on knees)
I bounce you, bounce you, everywhere.

I tickle you here, I tickle you there,
(gently tickle child)
I tickle you, tickle you, everywhere.

I hug you here, I hug you there,
(hug child)
I hug you, hug you, everywhere!

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Zoom, Zoom, Zoom,
We’re going to the moon.
Zoom, Zoom, Zoom,
We’re going very soon.
If you want to take a trip,
Jump in my rocket ship.
Zoom Zoom, Zoom,
We’re going to the moon! [ready?]
5, 4,3,2,1… BLASTOFF!

Baby Hokey Pokey (CD: Baby Face)
Arms Up, Arms Down
Arms Up, and Wave them all around
Then tickle tickle, wiggle, giggle
Everyone knows
That’s how Baby’s Hokey Pokey goes
Arms Up, Arms Down
Arms Up, and Wave them all around
Then tickle tickle, wiggle, giggle
Everyone knows
That’s how Baby’s Hokey Pokey goes
Tickle, tickle tickle tickle tickle
Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle
Giggle giggle giggle giggle giggle
That’s how Baby’s Hokey Pokey goes.
Legs Up, Legs Down
Legs Up, and kick them all around
Then tickle tickle, wiggle, giggle
Everyone knows
That’s how Baby’s Hokey Pokey goes

Legs Up, Legs Down
Legs Up, and kick them all around
Then tickle tickle, wiggle, giggle
Everyone knows
That’s how Baby’s Hokey Pokey goes
Tickle, tickle tickle tickle tickle
Wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle wiggle
Giggle giggle giggle giggle giggle
That’s how Baby’s Hokey Pokey goes.
 

Father, Mother and Uncle Mike
Father, mother and Uncle Mike,
Went to town on a motor bike,
Father fell off! (lean baby one way)
Mother fell off! (lean baby the other way)
But Uncle Mike went on and on and on!

Let’s Go Riding in an Elevator
Let’s go riding in an elevator.
(hold child in front of you on lap)
Let’s go riding in an elevator.
First floor,
(at “first floor” start to lift child up
Second floor, rising up a little at each floor)
Third floor,
Fourth floor,
Fifth floor,
(by “fifth floor” child should be high)

Doooowwwwwnn!

bring child quickly back to lap on “down”)

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