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Books for Babies – Dads Group

We offer Books for Babies as a group program rather than a video series or a booklet for a number of reasons. One of the biggest is that the participating families add so much to the program that we could never replace any other way.

For starters, participants keep us on track. We always strive to keep our programs relevant, so when parents share their successes and challenges, or when babies cry because we’ve been talking for too long, every contribution by the participants makes the program better.

Secondly, we don’t know everything. Shocking as that may sound, participants sometimes ask questions that I don’t know the answer to. Thankfully, we have a room full of brains, and all kinds of lived experiences available, to tackle those questions when we work together as a group. Sure, some questions don’t have easy answers, and some things we just don’t know, but in those cases it’s especially nice to know that, at the very least, you’re not the only person in the room that hasn’t figured something out yet.

There are so many other reasons, but the last thing I’ll mention is how valuable it is to make connections with other people. By participating in a group, you benefit from:

  • adult conversation (which babies are not known for)
  • learning new ideas
  • forging new friendships, and
  • strengthening the communities that we live in

I have been so privileged to meet thousands of people in my time facilitating the Books for Babies program. I can honestly say that I’ve enjoyed meeting all of the parents, caregivers, community partners, and of course, all of the babies. All of these meetings, discussions, and great questions have enriched my life in countless ways. And I hope that you’ll find a group that offers you the same thing.

There are several Books for Babies programs still to come this fall. Please look at the schedule on the Centre for Family Literacy website to find a program that works for you and your family.

 

A Simple Way to Make Dressing Your Child Fun!

Hello everybody! We are back for another season of fun with rhymes for you and your 0-3 year old. Autumn can be such a terribly busy time—back to school, dance classes, swimming lessons, hockey, homework, etc.—that we often forget to enjoy the little moments.

With cold weather fast approaching (or here), we will also have to layer up our littles, which can be a time-consuming process. Rhymes can help that process to be a little smoother and hopefully a little faster, and maybe even a little more fun.

To help you both with that task, I’d like to share a few rhymes that I recommend to the parents and caregivers who come to Rhymes that Bind programs.

Baby Put Your Pants On

Tune of “Mama’s Little Baby Loves Shortnin’ Bread”

Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3
Legs to the left, legs to the right
You wiggle and jiggle and you pull them on tight
Baby put your pants on, pants on, pants on
Baby put your pants on, 1, 2, 3

Baby put your shirt on, shirt on, shirt on
Baby put your shirt on, 1, 2, 3
Arms to the left, arms to the right
You wiggle and jiggle and you button up tight
Baby put your shirt on, shirt on, shirt on
Baby put your shirt on, 1, 2, 3

Baby put your shoes on, shoes on, shoes on
Baby put your shoes on, 1, 2, 3
Feet to the left, feet to the right
You wiggle and jiggle and you do them up tight
Baby put your shoes on, shoes on, shoes on
Baby put your shoes on, 1, 2, 3

Add more clothing verses if needed

Clap your hands to this tune or sing while dressing your littles.

Mitten Weather

Thumbs in the thumb place.
Fingers all together!

(Wiggle thumbs, then fingers together)

We sing this song in mitten weather.
When it’s cold it doesn’t really matter
Whether mittens are wool or made of fine leather.
Thumb in the thumb place,
Fingers all together
We sing this song in mitten weather.

(Wiggle thumbs, then fingers together)

Here is another mitten song you could sing while dressing your littles or sing for fun using the hands gestures.

Mitten Chant

Here is a mitten (Hold up one hand)
A snug and fuzzy one (Rub palms together)
With a place for my fingers (Wiggle fingers)
And a place for my thumbs (Wiggle thumbs)
Here are two mittens (Hold up two hands)
A colourful sight (Move hands back and forth)
One for my left (Hold up left hand)
And one for my right (Hold up right hand)
Here are our mittens (Hold up two hands)
As soft as can be (Stroke the back of one hand)
A warm pair for you (Point to a friend)
And a warm pair for me (Point to yourself)

I hope you enjoy singing these songs and that I’ll see you all at Rhymes that Bind this fall!

If you would like to learn more about us and our programs, please call the Centre for Family Literacy at 780-421-7323 and/or visit the Centre for Family Literacy website, www.famlit.ca.

You can also download Flit, our free appfrom Google Play or the App store. Flit is loaded with fun songs and activities to do with your child, with pictures, descriptions, step by step directions, and information on why and how these activities benefit your child and you.