Archive for August, 2009

August 13th storytime: teddy bear picnic

We invited our teddy bears on a library picnic today at storytime. Our early literacy skill of the day was narrative skills.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, little bear dancing, bear went over the mountain,  Simon Says

Activities:

colors of Brown Bear Brown Bear (retelling of the story), teddy bear teddy bear, dress teddy for summer, going on a bear hunt, feed the bear puppet

Books:

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: Narrative skills are the ability to describe things and events and tell stories. Good narrative skills lead to good reading comprehension.

aside #2: Being able to talk about and explain what happens in a story helps a child understand the meaning of what he or she is reading.

aside #3: Narrate your day, talk about some of the things you are doing. For example, say “First we‘ll buy this pancake mix, then we’ll go home and then we’ll make pancakes.” This helps children understand that stories have a beginning, a middle, and an end.

Lane Library book information:

Brown Bear Brown Bear What Do You See?

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August 6 storytime: fish and friends

We visited our friends in the ocean today at storytime. Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

Songs and fingerplays: (see song page for more information)

storytime song, open shut them, the fish in the sea, chomp chomp oh no!, head shoulders knees and toes, 5 little fishes swimming in the sea, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

shark goes chomp!

Books:

Fish Wish

Ten Little Fish

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: The early literacy skill we’ll look at today is Phonological Awareness. This means being able to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words—like hearing rhyming words, and being able to clap syllables or parts of words. Researchers know this is an important skill for later when your child begins to sound out words.

aside #2: linger over words when you read out loud, and have your child repeat words with fun sounds with you after you read them. And be sure to choose picture books that you can have fun reading out loud and sharing spoken language with your child.

aside #3: Books with rhyming text will help your child hear the sounds in words, which will build their phonological awareness skills. So when you choose books to read to your child, try to find some with rhyming text.

Lane Library book information:

Fish Wish

Ten Little Fish

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