Let’s Dance!

Many young children can have a hard time just sitting and listening for 30 minutes at story time–it’s a lot to ask of their little bodies and brains.  That’s why we love to incorporate music and movement in all of our story times!

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Verbalizing Emotions

It seems that everyone is in full Halloween mode this time of year. With ghosts and goblins in the grocery stores and witches and mummies in schools and other public areas, toddlers see the fun building all around them.  As much as they would like to participate in the festivities, not all little ones are ready or prepared for this kind of Halloween fun.  And since their vocabulary is just budding, they may not have the words to express how they feel. Children may put on a brave face or act out in seemingly unrelated ways to the emotions developing inside.  Teaching your child to communicate his feelings with words will help you ease his fears and frustration. Fear is just one of the feelings toddlers and older children struggle to verbalize.  Here is an app, a few books, and some articles to help you start a conversation with your little one about the emotions they might be experiencing and help you to customize their holiday involvement.

Daniel Tiger’s Grrr-ific Feelings App

Theo’s Mood by Maryann Cocca-Lefflier

Hooray For Hat by Brian Won

You’re A Crab!: A Moody Day Book by Jenny Whitehead

Wild Feelings by David Milgrim

Bug In A Vacuum by Melanie Watt

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Again!

Recently, while visiting one of Miss Kathleen’s story times, I noticed a child who was captivated by the app, My Zoo Animals: Toddler’s Seek & Find Book, on Miss Kathleen’s iPad. In this app, children enjoy a bird’s eye view of a zoo and what all of the animals and people are up to. The child tapped the camel to see it spit on a nearby man, an elephant spraying water, the ice cream man ringing his bell, and more. While the same action occurred every time the child tapped the same animal or person in the zoo, they were completely engrossed in seeing the same movement happen over and over. Continue reading