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Teeth! Episode 2 of Storytime Seedlings Podcast

 
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Dental Health Month.

Storytime Seedlings:
A Podcast to Grow Young Readers

Episode 2:  Teeth!
February is National Children's Dental Health Month

Join us for Episode 2 where we follow our story time theme about taking care of our teeth! You will find book ideas, fingerplays, songs, and even a story to listen to at home, in the car, while folding laundry, fixing dinner, washing dishes, or anytime you want to have a fun listen or need a storytime fix. Plus, especially for parents, Early Literacy Tips.

Episode 2 is just 12 minutes long. 

This is what we talked about 
(see the sections below):

1. Picture Books
2. Fingerplays and Songs
3. Storytelling
4. Early Literacy Tip for Parents

 
1.  Picture Books About Teeth (Dental Health) 

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Clarabella's Teeth
by A
n Vrombaut

Clarabella the crocodile cannot play with her friends because she is busy brushing her teeth--and crocodiles have lots of teeth!

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The Crocodile and the Dentist 
by Taro Gomi

Crocodile goes to the dentist, and both of them have to overcome their fears--not only of tooth extractions, but of each other.

Note:  "The Story of Baby Bear's Loose Tooth" was adapted and told by Lauren, based on the following stories: 

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Bear's Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson

When Bear discovers he has a loose tooth, his friends try to help make it fall out.







Yummy: Eight Favorite Fairy Tales
by Lucy Cousins

The story of The Enormous Turnip is found in this delightful collection of fairy tales for young children--eight classic stories, told with bold language and vibrant pictures. 

More books about Teeth? Yes! Just try this list by clicking here.

   

2.  Fingerplays, Songs, and a Story About Teeth

 Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth
 (Sung to the tune of "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"

Brush, brush, brush your teeth,
Brush them everyday,
Scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing, scrubbing,
Whisking the plaque away!
(repeat the verse again)

Five Little Teeth
There were five little teeth in my teeny tiny mouth
I pulled and I twisted and one popped out!
Now there are…four, three, two, one.
(count down)
Credit: What Happens In Storytime

Ten Little Baby Teeth 
(to the tune of Ten Little Indians)
(Hold up both hands in a fist, then as you sing the song, hold up one finger at a time up to 10. Fold one finger back down as you count back.)

One little, two little, three little baby teeth,

Four little, five little, six little baby teeth, 
Seven little, eight little, nine little baby teeth--
Ten little baby teeth we can see.

(Fingers of both hands are held out)

Now count back - subtracting (fold one finger at a time):

Ten little, nine little, eight little baby teeth,
Seven little, six little, five little baby teeth,
Four little, three little, two little baby teeth,
One little baby tooth is all we see!

 This is the Way We Brush Our Teeth
 (Sung to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush"

This is the way we brush our teeth,
Brush our teeth, brush our teeth,
This is the way we brush our teeth
So early in the morning.
(repeat the verse again)
Credit: Modified from Childhood

Five Little Toothbrushes
The fingerplay is from Kathy MacMillan's article in Children's Programming Monthly (volume 1 number 5).
 (Note: This finger-play was not included in podcast, but added here just for fun.)
Hold your hand up with fingers out, each finger will be a toothbrush.
Pretend to brush your teeth with your finger, one at a time.


Five little toothbrushes hanging in a row,

Red, orange, blue, green, and yellow.
Along comes Mommy to the bathroom door,
She brushes her teeth, and now there are four.

Four little toothbrushes hanging in a row 
Orange, blue, green, and yellow.
Along comes Daddy to look and see,
He brushes his teeth, and now there are three.

Three little toothbrushes hanging in a row,
Blue, green, and yellow.
Along comes brother, whose brush is blue,
He brushes his teeth, and now there are two.

Two little toothbrushes hanging in a row,
Green and yellow.
Along comes sister to join in the fun,
She brushes her teeth, and now there is one.

One little toothbrush hanging you can see,
One yellow toothbrush waiting for me.
Along comes ME putting toothpaste on,
 I brush my teeth and the whole family is done!

* * * 
Baby Bear’s Loose Tooth

 a story adapted by Lauren Teixeira
based on the folktale,
“The Enormous Turnip” found in
Yummy: Eight Favorites Fairy Tales by Lucy Cousins
and the book, Bear’s Loose Tooth by Karma Wilson

    One day Grandfather was working in his garden when out of the forest came a little baby bear.

    “Can you help me?” asked the baby bear, “My tooth is loose and it won’t come out! I need to put it under my pillow for the tooth-fairy tonight!”

   “I will see what I can do,” said Grandfather. And he held on to baby bear’s tooth. He pulled, but it wouldn’t come out! Oh, No! What to do?

   “I can help!” said Grandmother who ran up and put her arms around Grandfather. Grandfather held onto baby bears tooth and together they pulled.    But it wouldn’t come out! Oh, No! What to do?

   “I can help!” said the little girl who ran up and put her arms around Grandmother, who put her arms around Grandfather and together they all pulled.  But the tooth wouldn’t come out!  Oh, No! what to do?

   “Woof! Woof! I can help!” said the dog who ran up and held on to the little girl, who held onto  Grandmother, who held on to Grandfather and together they all pulled.  But the tooth wouldn’t come out!  Oh, No! what to do?

   “Meow! I can help!” said the cat, who ran up and held onto the dog, who held onto the little girl, who held onto Grandmother, who held on to Grandfather and together they all pulled.  But the tooth wouldn’t come out!  Oh, No! what to do?

   “Squeak, squeak!” said a teeny, tiny mouse, “I can help!”

Grandfather, grandmother, the little girl, the dog and the cat all turned around and said, “You? How can you help? You are much too small!”

   “I may be small,” said the teeny, tiny mouse, “But I am strong!”

    So, the mouse held onto the cat, and who held on to the dog, who held on to the little girl, who held on to Grandmother, who held on to Grandfather – then, together they all pulled!

   “Pop!”

   Baby bear’s loose tooth came right out!

   Grandfather gave the tooth to baby bear who said, “Thank you!  Now I can put it under my pillow for the tooth-fairy!”

     And that’s what he did!


3. Just for Parents--Early Literacy Tip

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"This is the way we brush our teeth..."

Teach your children by singing to them!

In Episode 2, we talk about using songs to teach children how to do ordinary things, like brushing your teeth. You and your child can sing the song, "This is the Way We Brush Our Teeth," as you are getting ready for bed or waking up in the morning. Singing makes everyday tasks fun and easy. Songs help us remember and learning by singing adds to a child's comprehension--growing a reader!

   We also talked about how stories can make life challenges less challenging--a story about a baby bear who has a loose tooth can help a child deal with the unknown that comes with losing their first tooth.

 

Information on
National Children's Dental Health Month
:

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American Dental Association (ADA) 


We are the Storytime Seedlings Podcasters (and Children's Librarians):

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Heidi (left)
does the storytimes for: 


Toddlers--
1's & 2's Together 
(Music and Movement for children aged 1 to 2 years) on Tuesdays at 10:30 am and 11:15 am.
 

 

Lauren (right)
does 
the storytimes for:

Babies--
Baby Bouncers Lapsit, a program for infants with a caregiver, on Thursdays at 11:30 am 

  --- and ---


Preschoolers--
3's & 4's Budding Bookworms (Stories and Songs for 3, 4, and 5 year olds) on Thursdays at 10:30 am

 
 

Our thanks to the following resources for Episode 2:

Free Music Archive and Scott Holmes (music) 

 

 

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