early literacy in storytime: examples one and two

Early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they can actually read and write.  Early literacy skills are the building blocks for later reading and writing.  You may be wondering just how early literacy techniques are being incorporated into storytime.   Over the span of several entries, I will give you some examples.

Example #1: When you first enter the room for storytime, you and your child have a few minutes to read board books together.  Just this simple exposure to reading is very important–it allows children to begin to understand the function of words and pictures in books.  On an even simpler level, this activity helps kids to understand that we read a book from top to bottom and left to right, as well as how to turn the pages.

Example #2: We sings lots of songs during toddler tales.  Songs help develop phonological awareness, or the ability to hear and manipulate the smaller sounds in words, one of the building blocks of learning to read.   Songs help kids hear words broken down into smaller sounds, or syllables, because there is usually a different note for each syllable.  Hence, by singing, kids are learning to break down words into parts, a skill that will greatly help them with reading.

Of course, the most important thing about storytime is that we have fun!  Stay tuned for more ways that early literacy techniques are being worked into storytime.

–Miss Tracey

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