Do you wonder whether or not your child is developing within the normal range for his or her age? Parents as Teachers (PAT) is an organization that provides the support and encouragement parents need to help their children develop optimally during the crucial early years of life. A PAT representative will be signing up children for screenings during story times at the Columbia Public Library on these dates:
- Thursday, March 20
- Friday, April 11
- Monday, April 21
- Friday, May 2
- Monday, May 5
Join us for story time and sign your little one up for a screening!
Waking up early to get ready for school is a true chore for some kids. I try my best to make early mornings a positive experience in my household. What I have found (at least with my kiddo) is that a funny song encourages waking up with a smile. A friend of mine taught me a song that I really like, and I can change some of the words to tailor it for my needs. It’s an old camp song called “Georgie.” How I learned the song differs from what I found in the Girl Scout Songbook, but here are the lyrics I learned:
Every morning at half past eight,
I go oooey, oooey, oooey to Georgie.
And every morning at half past eight,
He goes oooey, oooey, oooey to me.
No need to knock. (make knocking sound)
No need to ring. (I say, “BING BONG!”)
As I rub my eyes. (Pretend to rub eyes)
I just open the window and stick out my head.
And go oooey, oooey, oooey to Georgie!
When it is time to wake up my child, I sing this song and replace “Georgie” with his name, and I change the time to whatever time it is. When I “open the window,” I lift up his shirt and tickle him. It’s a fun way to wake up…if you have to!
I first discovered the group Aquabats! while watching “Yo Gabba Gabba!” with my son. Their song “Pool Party” was our absolute favorite! I was very interested in their music since it sounded like something that was made for adults (unlike the tunes by a large purple dinosaur you may know), but the songs really were for kids. I suggested that the library purchase two of their CDs. We listened to the Aquabats! for 3-weeks straight (every time we were in the car). Some of our favorite songs are “The Shark Fighter!” and “Hey Homies!” I renewed these CDs 3 times (the maximum), and I never grew tired of them. Really. I know I am probably a little bit crazy, but I thoroughly enjoyed the songs, and so did my kiddo! Check out one of their CDs. You might just like this band as much as we did.
For other kids’ music that grown-ups can tolerate (or even love), check out Elizabeth Mitchell, Dan Zanes, They Might Be Giants and other great performers in the library’s CD collection.
We are happy to be hosting musician Jim Gill at our libraries next week! Jim’s mission is to create a joyful musical experience for both children and their caregivers. Come to one of our libraries to sing, clap, jump, dance and even sneeze along as Jim Gill bangs out energetic rhythms on his banjo. He’ll be performing songs and stories from his award-winning recordings and books for young children.
- Callaway County Public Library: Tues., Jan. 21, 6:30-7 p.m.
- Columbia Public Library: Wed., Jan. 22, 9:30-10 a.m. or 6-6:30 p.m.
- Southern Boone County Public Library: Thurs., Jan. 23, 10-10:30 a.m.
For families, ages birth to 5. We hope to see you there!