Infant Storytime and Toddler Storytime: Singing

Our letter of the day today was S, and we sang all kinds of songs!  First we talked about things that begin with S that also have songs about them, such as:

  • Spiders (Itsy Bitsy Spider)
  • Stars (Twinkle Twinkle)
  • Sun (You Are My Sunshine)
  • Shoes (One, Two, Buckle My Shoe)

S felt board

Singing is one of the five early literacy activities that you should do every day with your child because they are important, research-proven ways to help get your child ready to read and learn in school.  The five early literacy activities are: Talking, Singing, Playing, Reading and Writing.

Today we read books that you can sing to!  First we read Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush by Sophie Fatus.  I love this book because it shows children from all around the world getting ready for school in their various places and cultures.  It’s also a great song to sing ANYTIME.  You can make up any verse you want–the possibilities with this song are limitless:

herewegoround

We also read a wonderful version of Wheels on the Bus called The Babies on the Bus by Karen Katz, all about babies!

babiesonthebus

The infant group sang There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly with the help of some visuals.  Funny personal fact: this was one of the songs that helped my Polish great-grandmother to learn English!  It’s a very silly song.  The words are below.

 

There was an old lady

There was an old lady who swallowed a fly
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – I think she’ll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a spider,
That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her;
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – I think she’ll die! 

There was an old lady who swallowed a bird;
How absurd to swallow a bird.
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,

That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her;
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – I think she’ll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a cat;
Imagine that – she swallowed a cat!
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,

That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her;
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why  she swallowed a fly – I think she’ll die!

There was an old lady that swallowed a dog;
What a hog, to swallow a dog;
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,

That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her;
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – I think she’ll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a cow,
I don’t know how she swallowed a cow;
She swallowed the cow to catch the dog,
She swallowed the dog to catch the cat,
She swallowed the cat to catch the bird,
She swallowed the bird to catch the spider,

That wiggled and jiggled and tickled inside her;
She swallowed the spider to catch the fly;
I don’t know why she swallowed a fly – I think she’ll die!

There was an old lady who swallowed a horse…
She died, of course! 

When you come to the library, you can also find a lot of these books based on children’s songs in a special section of our children’s nonfiction: 782.42.  Here are some additional titles you might like!

 

therewasanoldladytaback  herewegoround2 ifyourehappycabreraifyourehappykublerifyourehappyormerod ifyourehappyraffi

overinthemeadowcabrera overinthemeadowkeats

AnnMarie Kolakowski

I'm a youth services librarian currently working at the Lamanda Park Branch Library while Central Library is closed for seismic repairs. I purchase juvenile fiction for grades 2-8, and some foreign languages. I do a lot of programs with school-age kids, including 3 regular book clubs (Windows and Mirrors, Read Around the World, and Lucha Libros), as well as writing workshops and STEAM/science programs. I also Infant/Toddler Storytimes and Preschool Storytimes, and outreach to local area preschools. I love what I do, working with kids of all ages to inspire them to learn and use their curiosity and imaginations. Outside of my work at the library, I am also the author of a book on creative writing activities for kids.

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