Rock-A-Bye Room

Written by: Susan Meyers

Illustrated by: Amy Bates

Before Reading

Explore Illustrations

Before beginning this story, try talking to your youngster about what s/he sees and anticipates the story will be about. If your child is not yet verbal, answer these questions on your own and allow him/her to engage in other ways like pointing to different elements in the illustrations.

What do you see on the cover? I see...

Let's count the stars in the picture together. 1,2,3...

{Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


Activate Prior Knowledge

This story is based off of the well-known nursery rhyme "Rock-A-Bye Baby", so sing the first part of the rhyme together or sing it to your child before you begin reading!

As You Read

Sing It!

You can sing this story to the tune of Rock-a-Bye, so try it out! This can make for a more soothing and audibly engaging reading for your child and can be used as a nice lullaby at bedtime.


Vocabulary Building

Help your child build his/her vocabulary by following the words with your fingers as you read. This will help your child understand the association between the words you are saying and the text on the page. Ask your child to point to different elements that you read about in the text. For example, when you read about the sleeping rocking horse, ask your child to point to the horse. Ask what is on the horse, and talk about other elements in the illustration. Ask your child to provide the words as well, by pointing to something and asking, "What is this?"


Making Connections

With each read-through, continue to ask questions that will allow your child to make various connections to the text, your child, and the real world. Ask questions like, "Why are the train and tractor wearing blankets? Do trains and tractors wear blankets in real life?" You can also ask about references made in the story like, "Do you know the story of Humpty Dumpty? Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Humpty together again!"

After Reading

Summarize and Interpret

Practice good reading habits by briefly discussing the story once you are through reading. Ask questions like these. Again, if your little one can't speak yet, give your own answers.

Do you like that story? What was your favorite page? Can you show me?

What was happened in the story?

What do you like to do at bedtime? What helps you go to sleep?

Extended Learning Exploration

Itsy Bitsy Spider Finger Puppet

Source: Lalymom

Supplies: black craft foam, glue, googlie eyes, 2 black pipe cleaners, 1 red pipe cleaner, scissors, plastic lid or round cookie cutter, and sharpie marker

Take on another nursery rhyme by creating this fun hand puppet and singing the Itsy Bitsy Spider together! Use the lid to trace a circle in the foam sheet. Cut out four circles for your child's fingers as well as two on each side of the circle for the legs. Then poke two holes above the finger holes for the smile and glue on the googlie eyes. Stick the black pipe cleaners through the four side holes and the red pipe cleaner into the two holes above the finger holes and you've got a fun spider finger puppet!


STEM Extension

For more nursery rhyme fun that incorporates simple counting, try this 5 Green and Speckled Frogs activity. If you or your child isn't familiar with this nursery rhyme, listen to it here!