Did you know early numeracy is a predictor of later reading success? Just one of the many good nuggets of information I picked up from the Center for Childhood Creativity. Here’s a selection of picture books coming out this year that support counting, number sense, and shape awareness.
I wanted to create a technology booklist as many libraries create STEM booklists for kids. Definitely check out my Outer Space list for even more books about science. I tried not to duplicate titles here. This list has a good mix of fiction and nonfiction.
Howdy, friends. Popping in this week to make sure you saw the last two videos I uploaded on our YouTube channel. If you haven’t done so already, feel free to subscribe to our channel and click the bell notification to get an email every time I upload a video (never more than once a week, I promise!).
The first video is one of my new favourites for any age! Have a listen to “I Like Tacos!”
Here’s what I love about this song:
You can change the food to any food. Try incorporating foods from different cultures to increase your everyday diversity in storytime.
You can use it with any age. With babies I have the caregivers point to the baby’s body part. With toddlers and preschoolers I have them pat their legs with me.
You can change the first line to an adjective + noun. For example, “Red tomatoes, I like red tomatoes.”
Kat from the Brampton Public Library in Ontario for sent us this public transportation version of The Elevator Song. We have one of the best public transportation systems in the world in Vancouver IMO, and families use it often so I am loving this way to highlight it.
So fun! Practice hopping forwards and backwards for an extra workout.
Got any new songs you are loving at the moment? Hit me up in the comments.
First I did a list about babies. Then I did a list about grandparents. Then there were still so many titles about parents that I decided to add to the family. Check out these 2019 titles featuring moms and dads.
This topic was suggested by one of my Instagram followers and I’m so glad they sent it in! There are a wealth of books coming out this year about food, and it’s great to see a growing diversity of cultural representation. Food is such a key component of culture. A simple way to diversify your storytimes is by thinking critically about the types of food you read and sing about. Hopefully these new books can help!
It took me over 9 months, but I have finally uploaded a new YouTube video!
Last fall I got a new laptop with new-to-me video editing software. And it took me those 9 long months to sit myself down, watch some tutorials, and actually learn how to use the software. But I finally did it! And now I have 6 videos to share over the course of the next month and a half.
These videos were filmed last summer so it’s been exactly a year since recording. Sophie asked if she could join us this round, so we let her accompany us. She looks so small to me already!
The first video is a short and sweet lap bounce. I thought I’d share some of my recent favourite lap bounces for babytime along with this new one. Anyone have any lap bounces they are loving right now? Please let me know in the comments! Here are my current faves: