Archive for February, 2009

a sneezes and noses and colds, oh my! storytime

Our storytime theme today was sneezes and noses and colds, and the early literacy spotlight was on print awareness.   We read The Long-Nosed Pig by Keith Faulkner, One Day in the Jungle by Colin West, and How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane Yolen.   We sang some silly songs today, including Put Your Finger On Your Nose and Oh No I Have A Little Cold, and we counted the Five Little Monkeys Jumping On the Bed.

The adults discussed print awareness and ways to encourage the development of that skill at home.   I explained that one way to encourage the development of print awareness is to point to the words on the page as you read a book together, so that your child knows that you are reading those words, and not the pictures.  This will also show your child what direction words follow on a page.

We had a good time sneezing at the library!

Lane Library book information here:

The Long Nosed Pig

One Day in the Jungle

How Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon?

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a snowy day storytime

Our storytime theme today was snow, and the early literacy spotlight was on print motivation.   We read A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann, Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, and Bob’s Vacation by Dana Rau.   We sang several songs, including One Little Two Little Snowflakes and the Snowkey Pokey, and we dressed Teddy for winter.

The adults discussed print motivation and ways to encourage the development of that skill at home.   I explained to the adults how having their child say a repeated phrase with them as they read a book helps keep the child involved in the story, which is a great way to support print motivation.  Also, this repetition helps make books more predictable, and young readers love knowing what comes next.  I also reminded parents to talk with their child about the books that they read together, as this helps children link the stories they read to their everyday life, and helps them use what they know about the world to make sense out of stories.

Everyone got a pretty paper snowflake to take home as a reminder of our storytime fun.

Lane Library book information here:

Kitten Tale

Snowballs

Bob’s Vacation

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