- Recognizes and looks for familiar voices and sounds
- Explores objects by touching, shaking, banging or mouthing
- Babbles expresively as if talking
- Imitates sounds, facial expressions and actions made by others
- It is never too early to begin reading to a child. Hearing the rhythm of stories, even as a newborn, is both soothing and important for developing literacy
- If it is too difficult to hold both baby and book, then just tell stories that you know. Use hand motions, facial expressions and baby's toys to "illustrate" your story
- Speak clearly and expressively. Even if they don't understand all the words of a story, you are conveying meaning through emotion
- Repeat sections when the child shows interest
- Ask questions about the story. (ex: What color is that house?
For Toddlers (ages 18 months-3 years)
- Frog on a log by Phil Roxbee Cox
- Frog's Lunch by Dee Lillegard
- The big wide-mouthed frog by Ana Martín Larrañaga
- A frog in the bog by Karma Wilson
For Preschoolers (age 4-5 years)
- The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
- Zoom on My Broom by Erica Farber
- Lunch by Denise Fleming
- If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff
- My Favorite Foods by Dana Rau
- Mouse Mess by Linnea Riley
- The Cake that Mack Ate by Rose Robart
- All Around the Barnyard
- Barnyard Song (Tune: If you're happy and you know it)
- The Cows On The Farm (Tune: The wheels on the bus)
- Down in the Barnyard (Tune: Down by the station)
- Ten Little Pigs
- This Little Cow (Tune: This little piggy)
- "Down on Grandpa's Farm" from Barney's Greatest Hits: the early years
- "Farmer in the Dell" from Toddler Trio
- "Old MacDonald had a Farm" from Car Songs: songs to sing anywhere by Dennis Buck
ActivitiesTry one of the farm art pr
- "All one family" from Movin and Groovin with the Music Lady by Beverly Meyer
- "Love makes a family" or "Moon, my dad and me" from Blanket Full of Dreams by Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
- Or take your pick from these Family themed cds: Celebration of Family, Daddy-O Daddy!: rare family songs of Woody Guthrie
- Craft: Create a Family Mobile.
For Toddlers (age 18 months-3 years)
- Dancing dinos by Sally Lucas
- Dinos on the Go by Karma Wilson
- Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland
- Dinosaurs Dance by Larry Dane Brimner
- How do Dinosaurs Say Good Night by Jane Yolen
- Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields
- When Dinosaurs Go Visiting by Linda Martin
For Preschoolers (age 4-5 years)
- Bug Safari by Bob Barner
- Buz by Richard Egielski
- Big Bug Ball by Dee Lillegard
- The Alphabet Tree by Leo Lionni
- Best Bug Parade by Stuart Murphy
- Bugliest Bug by Carol Diggory Shields
- "Spider on the floor" from Singable Songs for the Very Young by Raffi
For Infants (birth-17 months)
- Ten, Nine, Eight by Molly Bang
- Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
- Baby Hearts and Baby Flowers by Remy Charlip
- All on a Sleepy Night by Shutta Crum
- Time For Bed by Mem Fox
- Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney
- Ten Sleepy Sheep by Phyllis Root
- Baby's Boat by Jeanne Titherington
- Peek-a-book : a lift-the-flap bedtime rhyme by Lee Wardlaw
- Calendarbears by Kathleen Hague
- Bear Day by Cynthia Rylant
- Bears by Paul Stickland
- Bear Wants More by Karma Wilson
- Clara Ann Cookie Go to Bed! by Harriet Ziefert
- Bear Song (Tune: Row, Row, Row Your Boat)
- Five Little Bears
- Five Little Bears: Counting Up
- Fuzzy Wuzzy
- Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear
- Teddy was his Name-O
- "The Bear
- Billy Bear's Happy Valentine's Day Games, crafts and more.
- Cards and Crafts for Valentine's Day Craft projects fro preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children.
- Funschool Valentine's Day Activity Center You'll find games, crafts, jokes and e-cards at this site from the Kaboose network.
- Ivy's Valentine Coloring Pages Coloring pages to print plus links to other Valentine's crafts.
- Billy Bear says... Happy St. Patrick's Day Fun site with games, puzzles, coloring and clip art.
- St. Patrick's Day @ Alphabet Soup Songs and poems as well as games, recipes and art and printables.
- St. Patrick's Day Crafts for Kids Coloring pages, crafts, games, recipes and links to other cool St. Patrick's Day sites.
- St. Patrick's Day Fun Crafts, activities and recipes from Familyfun.com
Start with a site you trustwhere someone has selected the links especially for kids:
Ask yourself the following questionsWho
- Can you tell who the author is?
- Can you find out more about the organization/author?
- Does the site tell you how to contact the author?
- Does the site have any official approval?
- Are there any errors on the page?
- Does the author give their information sources?
- Is the page well organized and complete? (Not "under construction")
- Is the topic fully covered?
- Does this person/group have something to gain by making you believe one way about an issue?
- Is this person/group trying to sell you something?