Dinosaur ROAR!

Dinosaurs roamed the storytime room this week!  “Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs” by Byron Barton shows all kinds of dinosaur; big and small dinosaurs, dinosaurs with horns on their heads, spikes down their backs, or dinosaurs with very long necks and tails. “In colors straight out of a crayon box he [Barton] provides children with a genuine “first” dinosaur book.”* A lot of toddlers love dinosaurs and, truthfully, are waaay more knowledgeable about how to pronounce dinosaur names than me. Thankfully this book has the pronunciation of the dinosaur’s names on the book flap!

“Edwina, the dinosaur who didn’t know she was extinct” by Mo Willems is a dino tale in present time. Everyone in town loves the dinosaur Edwina, everyone except Reginald Von Hobbie Dobbie. Reginald knows dinosaurs are extinct and wants everybody, including Edwina, to know.  Will Reginald win? Will Edwina bake chocolate chip cookies?? Is the pigeon hiding somewhere in this book?! Read and find out!

We sang a story of 5 Funny Dinosaurs that goes a little something like this:

5 Funny Dinosaurs (to the tune of 5 green speckled frogs)

Five funny dinosaurs

Let out a great big roar

And ate up some most delicious leaves,

Yum, yum

One jumped into a pool

Where it was nice and cool

Then there were four funny dinosaurs

Roar!roar! (continue till there are no dinosaurs)

Did you know there is a dinosaur name for each letter of the alphabet? Kids got to learn and explore dinosaur names from A-Z through this Dinotrain coloring activity http://www.pbs.org/parents/dinosaurtrain/activities/handson/dinosaursatoz.html

Looking for more dino fun? Check out dinosaur games at http://www.kidsdinos.com/dinosaur-games/index.php or visit Edwina at http://pigeonpresents.com/pals-edwina.aspx

*Publishers Weekly Review

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Sharing

“Mine!” “No!” these are the words I dreaded my daughter learning, but knew they would come (and having a two year old, boy did they!). Books are a great teaching tool for kids on sharing. Removed from the equation they can see the actions and reactions of characters as they decide whether to share or not and the outcome.

 In “Martha Doesn’t Share,” by Samantha Berger, Martha discovers a new favorite word-Mine!  When Martha does not want to share with anyone by declaring, “mine!” she learns the consequences of not sharing.

“Banana” by Ed Vere is about two monkeys, one banana and their pursuit of happiness by eating said banana. You can see the light bulb go on in children’s minds as they see the two monkeys share and be happy about it. The illustrations are simple and brightly done and sure to get kids attention. After reading the story kids got to practice sharing by passing a banana to their neighbor.

This month we have been focusing on the alphabet, so naturally we went on a scavenger hunt for letters! After finding them we sang the alphabet with each kid showing off which letter they found.

Empathy is a great tool for teaching kids about sharing. For more toddler sharing tips and information check out-

http://www.iparenting.com/

www.healthychildren.org

Look for more picture books about sharing @ http://ow.ly/41mRs

 “What’s mine is yours

What’s yours is mine

The more you share the more the sun’ll shine”

-Charlie, “All Dogs Go to Heaven”

Getting Dressed

The first time toddlers get dressed all by themselves there is such a feeling of great accomplishment. What better way to celebrate this milestone then by reading some clothes-rrific tales! In “I am invited to a Party!” by Mo Willems, Piggie asks Gerald to accompany her to a party. Gerald, who “knows parties”, escalates their attire for every circumstance, even a fancy-pool-costume party!

Does your little one like to make his/her own fashion statement? If so they’d appreciate the 2004 Caldecott Honor Book, “Ella Sarah Gets Dressed”, by Margaret Chodos-Irvine. Ella Sarah awakes one morning with the perfect outfit in mind while the rest of her family tries to convince her otherwise. The books refrain engages toddlers as they want to find out if Ella Sarah gets to wear the perfect outfit.

“Waiter there’s a letter in my soup!” We made an alphabet soup craft, courtesy of Sesame Street.  Kids can take this soup with them anywhere and point to what letter certain objects start with.  For this craft and other alphabet fun, visit Sesame Street at http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/abc

Be You!

Being you is the best thing to do! “I Like Myself” by Karen Beaumont is about a girl who , even when others try to bring her down, expresses just how happy she is to be herself. The illustrations by David Catrow are silly, yet have a reinforcing message about being true to yourself-snouts, spikes and all!

His mum’s a spoon. His dad’s a fork. “Spork” by Kyo Maclear is about a one of a kind utensil who just doesn’t seem to fit into the world of the cutlery drawer, and this is his “multi-cutlery” tale, a humorous commentary on individuality and tolerance, that capture the experience and emotions of all who have ever wondered about their place in the world. 

We demonstrated how special everyone is by making a one of a kind fingerprint picture-no two fingerprints are the same!

Remember to visit the February Toddler Time Songs post to see this month’s songs!

February Toddler Songs!

We’re Marching (from Mother Goose on the Loose)                               

We’re marching to the drum; we’re marching to the drum

Hi-ho the derry-o we’re marching to the drum.

We’re marching around the room; we’re marching around the room

Hi-ho the derry-o we’re marching around the room

We’re marching to the drum; we’re marching to the drum

Hi-ho the derry-o we’re marching to the drum.

AND THE DRUM SAYS “STOP”

Handy Spandy   (from Mother Goose on the Loose)                            

Handy Spandy, sugar and candy we all jump in

Handy Spandy, sugar and candy we all jump out

Handy Spandy, sugar and candy we all jump up

Handy Spandy, sugar and candy we all sit down

Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes

Head, shoulders, knees & toes (knees & toes)

Head, shoulders, knees & toes (knees & toes)

Eyes & ears & mouth & nose

Head, shoulders, knees & toes (knees & toes).

Alphabet Song

A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W,X,Y,Z

Now I know my ABC’s

Next time won’t you sing with me?!