Little Learners (Birth - Age 4): Day & Night

Each day is worth celebrating. From sunrise to sunset and everything in between, let’s discover our daytime and nighttime world together!

READ: Hooray for Today! By Brian Won

Hooray for Today! by Won


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When the moon is up, Owl is wide awake and ready for fun: "Hooray for today! Would you like to play?" But everyone says, "Not now! I'm sleepy!" Owl's playday gets lonely fast as each friend turns her away--until sunrise, when Owl discovers a friendly surprise. Perfect for little ones learning the art of patience, Hooray for Today! celebrates playtime, sharing, and friendship.

Increase pre-literacy skills as you read together:

  • Talk about nighttime. What do you see at night?
  • Ask your child to name or point to different items in the pictures as you read.
  • Say the repeated phrases together “Hooray for today!” and “Not now. I’m sleepy!”.
  • Practice naming the different animals that you see in the story.
  • After reading ask your little ones what happened in the story. Talk about what happened first, next, and last.

SING: I'm Not Sleepy

Are you sleepy? No way! It’s time to play! Sing along with Mr. Joe.

I'm not sleepy, I'm not sleepy.

No I'm not, no I'm not.

I'm not sleepy, I’m not sleepy.

I'm never gonna stop, I'm never gonna stop.


Well I'm not sleepy, maybe just a bit.

I'm not sleepy, but I think maybe I'll sit.

I’m not sleepy, I say with a frown.

I’m not sleepy, but I think I'll lay down.


I’m not sleepy, no I’m not.

I’m not sleepy, I’m never gonna stop.

Oh I’m not sleepy, oh no I’m not.

I’m not sleepy, I’m never gonna stop!


EXPLORE: Sky Gazers
Grab your little scientist, a notepad, and a pencil and head outdoors. Try observing in the daytime and in the nighttime.

  • Talk about what you see in the sky. Observe the sun and clouds.
  • Take a nighttime walk or lay down on a blanket outside. Observe the stars and moon.
  • Compare what you see in the day and in the night sky. What is the same? What is different?
  • Observe the moon on a few different nights. Draw the moon and see how its shape changes.
  • Encourage your little scientists to draw pictures of what they see or write down what they observe on paper.


JOIN: Ready for more daytime and nighttime adventures? Register for this week’s virtual programs and see what we have in store.
Little Readers: D is for day! N is for night! This literacy-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. We will sing, talk, read, write, and play together to develop the pre-literacy skills your little ones need to get ready to read and write. We will go on a worldwide adventure during the day with Red House, Tree House, Little Bitty Brown Mouse by Jane Godwin, before saying goodnight to the world and everything in it with Good Night, World by Willa Perlman.

Monday, September 21, 2020 – 10 am


Little Movers & Shakers: Let’s get the wiggles out! This music-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. Through books, songs, and movement activities we will build pre-literacy skills. It’s bedtime, but we aren’t sleepy! Let’s sing and dance ourselves to sleep with Noisy Night by Mac Barnett and Salsa Lullaby by Jen Arena.
Each week we will use an instrument to sing a song and explore sounds and movement. This week we will be using a scarf to explore movement. Grab a scarf, sock, towel, or t-shirt and get ready to dance.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 – 1 pm

Friday, September 25, 2020 – 10 am


Little Explorers: Let’s explore day and night. What will we find? This exploration-based program is for children from birth to pre-k and their families. We will use books to nurture curiosity, create, and discover the world around us. This week we will read Daytime Nighttime by William Low and WOW! Said the Owl by Tim Hopgood. After investigating our theme through stories, songs, and a game we will conclude our program with a hands-on activity.
Each week we will use a variety of materials that you may have at home for our exploration activity. This week’s needed materials are:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Piece of cardboard
  • Paint
  • Something to paint with (paintbrush, cotton swabs, cotton balls, or your fingers)

Wednesday, September 23, 2020 - 10 am



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