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Baby Classes 0-12 months

Welcome to The Best Start Club

I am so pleased you have chosen to join us this term.  

 

This page is designed to support you during the Covid 19 shutdown, a way to keep you connected to the classes.  I will look to develop this for the future.  Access to this page is for those only currently enrolled in our classes.  Please DO NOT SHARE this access.

Our desktop version of this page has more information than the mobile version.  

If you think there should be anything else here, just email me.

 

Enjoy, Iris

CLASS HANDOUTS

 

Here are some useful signs to get all the family involved.  Please note some of these are different to what we use in class, some are the same.  I cannot get access to thie images for Irish Sign Language so these are the British Sign Language images. Most of the animal sings I use in class are BSL.  

 

 

In addition, I've included the Developmental Chart 0 - 12 months which I highly recommend.  It's something I have put together based on a book called "Why They Cry" by Hetty Van De Rijt and Frans Plooij.  It's a book I found when my son was a month old and it opened my eyes to why he was unsettled and clingy at different times and why after that phase he could do new things.  Especially helpful when he went through "clingy periods".  The book was republished about 10 years ago as "The Wonder Weeks".

 

 

 

A SELECTION OF CLASS SONGS

 

 

1.    Ten Little Fingers  (Rhyme)

Signs: 10 fingers, belong to me, see, shut, open, high, low

 

I have ten little fingers

And they all belong to me

I can make them do things…

Would you like to see?

I can shut them up tight…

… or open them wide

I can put them together…

Or make them all hide

I can make them jump high…

… or make them go low

I can fold them quietly…

…and hold them just so.

 

2.    Clap Handies, Clap Handies

Signs: Clap hands, Daddy, home, hugs, kisses, baby, food

 

Clap handies, clap handies

Til Daddy comes home

With hugs and kisses for baby alone

 

Clap handies, clap handies

Til Daddy comes home

With food in his pocket for baby alone

 

2.    Change Your Nappy Change It Carefully

Signs: Change, carefully, clean, happy

 

Change your nappy change it carefully

We all like it when we’re nice and clean

We’ll change your little nappy then  you will be so happy

So come with me and you will be so very nice and clean

World copyright © 2006 I Powell

 

3.    Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush

Signs:  Cold, wash, hand, brush, hair, eat, milk

 

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,
Here we go round the mulberry bush,
On a cold and frosty morning.

 

This is the way we eat our food,
Wash our hands, eat our food,
This is the way we eat our food,
On a cold and frosty morning.

 

This is the way we clap our hands,
Clap our hands, clap our hands,
This is the way we clap our hands,
On a cold and frosty morning.

 

This is the way we brush our hair,
Brush our hair, brush our hair,
This is the way we brush our hair,
On a cold and frosty morning.

 

….Brush our teeth

…. Wash our hands

….drink our juice

 

4.    The Wheels on the Bus

Signs: Wheels, bus, daddy, tickle, mummy, hug, children, up, down, baby, sleep, peekaboo, work

 

The wheels on the bus go round and round

         Round and round, round and round

The wheels on the bus go round and round

         All day long

 

The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep

The conductor on the bus says any more fares

The doors on the bus go open and shut

The wipers on the bus go swish swish swish

The daddys on the bus go tickle tickle tickle

The mummys on the bus go hug hug hug

The aunties on the bus go up and down

The uncles on the bus are going to work 

The children on the bus go up and down

The children on the bus go peekaboo

The babies on the bus are fast asleep

 

 

5.    Row, Row, Row Your Boat 

Signs: Row, boat, crocodile, scream, lion, roar

 

Row, row, row your boat, 

Gently down the stream. 
Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Life is but a dream. 
 

Row, row, row your boat,

Gently to and fro

Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,

Into the water we go- SPLASH!


Row, row, row your boat,

Gently down the stream. 
If you see a crocodile,

         Don't forget to scream

 

Row, row, row your boat,

         Gently to the shore

         If you see a lion

         Don’t forget to roar

 

6.    Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

      Signs: Twinkle, star, wonder, up, world, diamond

 

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

 Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

7.    1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught a Fish Alive

Signs: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, fish, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, let it go, why, bite, which

 

1 2 3 4 5 once I caught a fish alive

6 7 8 9 10 then I let it go again

Why did you let it go?

Because it bit my finger so

Which finger did it bite?

This little finger on my right.

 

8.    Two Little Dickie Birds

Signs: Birds, sit, wall, fish, swim

 

Two little dickie birds sitting on a wall

One named Peter and one named Paul

Fly away Peter, Fly away Paul

Come back Peter, Come back Paul

 

Two little fishes swimming in a tank

One named Freddy and one named Frank

Swim away Freddy, swim away Frank

Swim back Freddy, swim back Frank

 

9.   This Little Piggy

Signs:  Pig, market/ shops, home, beef/ meat, none, cried

 

This little piggy went to the market

This little piggy stayed at home

This little piggy had roast beef

This little piggy had none

This little piggy cried

        Wee wee wee wee wee

        All the way home.

 

10.   Horsie, Horsie, Don’t You Stop

Signs: Horse, stop, feet, tail, home


Horsie, horsie, don't you stop,
Just let your feet go clippety clop;
Your tail goes swish,
And the wheels go round—
Giddy up, we're homeward bound.

 

11.   Five Little Peas

Signs: Peas, grow, little, fat, pop

 

Five little peas in a pea-pod pressed

One grew, two grew, and so did all the rest

They grew and grew and did not stop

Until one day the pea-pod POPPED!

 

Version 2

Five fat peas in a pea-pod pressed

One grew two grew and so did all the rest

They grew and they grew

And they grew and they grew

They grew so big and portly that the

Pea-pod POPPED!

 

12.   Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear

Signs:  Teddy bear, nose, toes, turn around, ground, up, sky, turn out the light, goodnight (bed sign)

 

Teddy bear teddy bear touch your nose
Teddy bear teddy bear touch your toes

Teddy bear teddy bear turn around

Teddy bear teddy bear touch the ground

Teddy bear teddy bear reach up high

Teddy bear teddy bear touch the sky

Teddy bear teddy bear turn out the light

Teddy bear teddy bear say goodnight (bed sign)

 

13.   I Love You, You Love Me

Signs: I love you, happy, family, hug, kiss, friends

 

        I love you, You love me

        We’re a happy family

With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you

        Won’t you say you love me too

 

        I love you, You love me

        We’re best friends as friends should be

With a great big hug and a kiss from me to you

        Won’t you say you love me too

 

14.   Walking Round the Garden

Signs:  Walking, teddy bear, tickle, up, clever, sit, sleepy, kiss, bed

 

Walking round the garden

Like a teddy bear

One step two steps

Tickle you under there

Walking down the hallway

Up and up the stairs

One step two steps

What a clever bear

Sitting in the bedroom

What a sleepy ted

All I need’s a kiss goodnight

And tuck you into bed

 

15.   Five in the bed

Signs:  Bed, roll over, fell out, good night


There were five in a bed and thelittle one said
Roll over, roll over
So they all rolled over
And one fell out


There were four in the bed …..
There were three in the bed …. 
There were two in the bed …..

There was one in the bed and the little one said “Good night”, “sleeptight”.

 

16.    You are My Sunshine

Signs:  Sunshine, happy, I love you

 

You are my sunshine my only sunshine

You make me happy when skies are grey

You’ll never know dear how much I love you

Please don’t take my sunshine away

 

17.   Skinnamarink

Signs: I love you, moon

 

Skinnamarinky dinky dee, skinnamarinky-do,

I love you.

Skinnamarinky dinky dee, skinnamarinky-do,

I love you.

I love you in the morning and in the afternoon,

I love you in the evening, underneath the moon.

Skinnamarinky dinky dee, skinnamarinky-do,

I love you.

Copyright © Kindermusik International

 

18.   Hands and Face and Toesies

Signs:  Hands, face, toes, wash /clean

 

Hands and face and toesies x 3

We wash them everyday x 3

Hands and face and toesies

We wash them everyday

 

World copyright © 2006 LPowell

 

19.  Head Shoulders Knees and Toes

 

 Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes

 Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes

 And eyes and ears and mouth and nose

 Head shoulders knees and toes, knees and toes

 

20.  Incey Wincey Spider

Signs:  Spider, rain, sun, dry, tree, snow

 

Incey Wincy spider climbed up the water spout

Down came the rain and washed the spider out

Out came the sunshine and dried up all the rain

So Incey Wincy spider climbed up the spout again

Incey Wincy spider was climbing through the trees

Down came the snow and made poor Incey freeze

Out came the sunshine and melted all the snow

So Incey Wincy spider had another go

 

21.  Little Miss Muffet

Signs: Sat, eating, spider, frightened

 

Little Miss Muffet

Sat on her tuffet

Eating her curds and whey

Along came a spider

Who sat down beside her

And frightened Miss Muffet away

 

22.   How Much Is That Doggie in the Window

Signs:  Dog, window, tail, friend, home

 

How much is that doggie in the window

The one with the waggily tail

How much is that doggie in the window

I do hope that doggie’s for sale

 

I must take a trip to California

And find my poor doggie a friend

If he has a friend he won’t be lonesome

And the doggie will have a good home

I don't want a rabbit or a kitten
I don't want a parrot that talks
I don't want a bowl of little fishes

You can't take a goldfish for walks

 

 

 

23.  Old Mac Donald Had a Farm

        Signs:  Farm, cow, sheep, pig, mouse, horse, rabbit, duck, dog, cat

 

        Old Mac Donald had a farm eieio

        And on that farm he had a cow eieio

        With a moo moo here and a moo moo there

        Here a moo there a moo everywhere a moo moo

        Old Mac Donald had a farm eieio

 

        Old Mac Donald had a farm eieio

        And on that farm he had a sheep eieio…….

        And on that farm he had a pig eieio……….

        And on that farm he had a duck eieio……

        And on that farm he had a mouse eieio……

        Other animals:  Horse, cat, dog, rabbit…

 

2.4        I See You

Signs: I see you, You see me

I see you, I see you, tra la la la la la

I see you, I see you, tra la la la la la

I see you and you see me, tra la la la la la la

I see you and you see me, tra la la la la la la

Copyright © Kindermusik International

25.       Dingle Dangle scarecrow

Signs: Cows, sleeping, sun, bed, up jumped, scarecrow, hat, shake, hand, feet, dog, dove(bird), hen, moon

When all the cows were sleeping
And the sun had gone to bed
Up jumped the scarecrow
And this is what he said!
I'm a dingle, dangle scarecrow
With a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this
And shake my feet like that!

 

When the dogs are in the kennel

And the doves are in the loft,

Up jumped the scarecrow
And whispered very soft

I'm a dingle, dangle scarecrow
With a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this
And shake my feet like that!

 

When all the hens were roosting
And the moon behind the cloud
Up jumped the scarecrow
And shouted very loud
I'm a dingle, dangle scarecrow
With a flippy floppy hat
I can shake my hands like this
And shake my feet like that!

 

26.       Little Peter Rabbit

Signs:  Rabbit, nose

Little Peter Rabbit’s got a fly upon his nose

Little Peter Rabbit’s got a fly upon his nose

Little Peter Rabbit’s got a fly upon his nose

And he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away

 

Floppy ears and curly whiskers

Floppy ears and curly whiskers

Floppy ears and curly whiskers

And he flipped it and he flapped it and the fly flew away

 

27.       Rise Sugar Rise

Signs:  Up / Rise

Sitting here together two by two

Sitting here together two by two

Sitting here together two by two

Rise sugar rise

Patting our hands now two by two

Patting our hands now two by two

Patting our hands now two by two

Rise sugar rise

 

Clapping our hands now two by two

Clapping our hands now two by two

Clapping our hands now two by two

Rise sugar rise

Tapping our thumbs now two by two

Tapping our thumbs now two by two

Tapping our thumbs now two by two

Rise sugar rise

Linking our pinkies now two by two

Linking our pinkies now two by two

Linking our pinkies now two by two

Rise sugar rise

Rise sugar rise

Copyright © Kindermusik International

28.       Are You Sleeping

Signs:  sleeping, brother, sister, bell

 

Are you sleeping

Are you sleeping

Brother John

Morning bells are ringing

Morning bells are ringing

Ding Dang Dong

 

Are you sleeping

Are you sleeping

Sister ???

Morning bells are ringing

Morning bells are ringing

Ding Dang Dong

 

 

29.   Hickory Dickory Dock

Signs: Mouse, clock, up, down, stop

 

Hickory dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck one the mouse ran down

Hickory dickory dock

Tick tock tick tock

 

Hickory dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck two the mouse went boo

Hickory dickory dock

Tick tock tick tock

 

Hickory dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck three the mouse went wee

Hickory dickory dock

Tick tock tick tock

 

Hickory dickory dock

The mouse ran up the clock

The clock struck four the mouse said no more

Hickory dickory dock

Tick tock tick tock

 

Now let’s stop the clock

 

30.   When Mummy Is Cooking

Signs:  Mummy, Daddy, cooking, hot, careful, don’t touch

 

When mummy is cooking

Things can be hot

She says to be careful

And not to touch

                                                                      

When daddy is cooking

Things can be hot

He says to be careful

And not to touch

World copyright © 2006 I Powell

 

31.   Zoom, Zoom, Zoom

Signs: Moon, quick, rocket ship

 

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon,

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’ll get there very soon,

If you want to get there quick,

Climb aboard our rocket ship,

Zoom, zoom, zoom, we’re going to the moon,

 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ZOOM!