Welcome to our weekly blog post - Sharing the Storytime Joy! Today's post is by Kris, who works with children and families at the Aboite Branch Library.
Hello! Let me introduce you to Mouse, my storytime puppet. Mouse attends Baby Storytime with me on Monday mornings at the Aboite Branch Library. His familiar little face helps regular attendees settle in and feel comfortable. And Mouse is very good at helping me find new friends to attend storytime by walking through the children’s area before we begin!
Of course, every week, we sing songs, do fingerplays and say rhymes together at Baby Storytime. This week I emphasized to caregivers that songs and rhymes are not only fun and engaging for their children, but research on brain development shows they help familiarize children with sequences and patterns, which aids in the development of math skills!
Did you ever stop to think…when we sing with our children, we are helping prepare them for MATH! Isn’t that amazing? And amazingly simple?
Many stories written for children also include patterns and rhythms, similar to songs. This week we read the two stories pictured above with mouse. They include fun, repetitive lines that we all say together (and yes, many babies cannot say these lines YET, but they are definitely listening and bouncing along as their caregivers say them).
I hope you visit one of our branches soon and join in the storytime joy!