Before children can hold and manipulate a pencil to write, they must practice using the different muscles in their bodies. Large (gross) motor skills come before small (fine) motor skills, but it’s never too early to practice both! As you listen to “Baby in the Cradle” on Susan Salidor’s Come Make a Circle 2, act out the words with your child.
Baby in the Cradle
The baby in the cradle goes rock, rock, rock.
The clock on the wall goes ticka-ticka-tock.
The rain on the window goes tap, tap, tap,
And when the sun comes up we clap, clap, clap!
Little girl Fern senses that her grandma, Nanna, is not like she used to be. There’s no longer a sparkle in her eye, nor the warm smile on her face. Nanna needs more joy, and little Fern is determined to find it for her. Little Fern takes all of her best tools, and off she goes, searching for joy to share with her grandma. But little Fern doesn’t know what joy looks like, or where to find it. Have you ever seen joy before? Do you know all the secret places to look? And if Little Fern finds the joy that her grandma needs, will she be able to share it with her Nanna?
As you read this delightful tale, you will discover how Fern solved her dilemma of how to put more joy in her Nanna’s life.
Book reviewed by Darice C., Youth Services Assistant