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Baby Library Story Time

  • Feb 11, 2011
  • Dianna Babcock & Cheryl Henningsgaard

“Music in a Box” Ideas

Using musical elements in your Baby Library Story Time will add avenues of learning for both parents/caregivers and their children. Successful elements of Baby Library Story Time would include the musical elements found in rhythm, rhyme, vocal play, creative movement, and audiation. Brain research indicates that music enhances all areas of the brain-including emotions. Elements inherent in music will assist with focus and also create a nurturing environment for parent/caregiver and their child.

Our last blog discussed curriculum aspects required for creating a Baby Library Story Time. This blog will take the aspects into practice, based upon the “Music in a Box” format that was has been previewed in our blog and also at workshops.

Thanks to our wonderful Librarians who suggested this at our last Musical Storytelling workshop!

Book Title: Time for Bed
Appropriate Audience: Baby Library Story Time and Multi-Age Groupings
Author/Illustrator: Mem Fox/Jane Dyer
Literacy Goals (phonological awareness, print motivation, vocabulary, print awareness, letter knowledge, narrative):

  • Phonological Awareness
  • Print Motivation (labeling pictures)
  • Vocabulary
  • Print Awareness

Activities/Extension with Music:
Sing favorite Lullabies; listen to instrumental music such as “Brahms’s Lullaby”, use bells to create “starry” sounds. Sing and play along to “star songs” like “Twinkle, Twinkle”, have a “getting ready for bed song” sung to the tune of “Mulberry Bush”. Creative movement could incorporate “Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies (Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker, Op. 71), or Perry Como’s “Catch a Falling Star”. Discuss with parents/caregivers bedtime routines.

Book “Time For Bed”, Parachute, Opaque Scarves, Bells, CD player.

Parent Education Tips: Discuss creating a musical story time before bedtime or naptime to facilitate literacy, and also to teach calming techniques.

©MacPhail Center for Music, 2011


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