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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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July 30th storytime: bath time

There was lots of splooshing and galooshing (not to mention scrub a dubbing) today in storytime as we read and sang about taking a bath. Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

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

storytime song, open shut them, this is the way we take a bath, 1 little 2 little bubbles, head shoulders knees and toes, tail of the pig goes round, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

dance with scarves to Bubble by Mommie, thumbs up rhyming game

Books:

Splash!

Squeaky Clean

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: Phonological awareness is the first component that supports the development of reading skills. It is the ability to hear and work with the spoken language, or the smaller sounds that make up words.

aside #2: Singing improves phonological awareness by breaking words into sounds and syllables, this helps children learn the correct letter sounds that are so important for speech and reading. One great way to have fun with singing is by adapting familiar songs and rhymes.

aside #3: When you read rhyming books aloud, pause before the last word in a rhyme and let the children guess what that word might be. Don’t worry if your children don’t guess the first few times. Books that allow children to participate in this way are great books for developing phonological awareness.

Lane Library book information

Splash!

Squeaky Clean

Bubble by Mommie–from the cd Mommie’s Dearest

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July 23rd storytime: the wrong animals are in the house!

Eek! There aren’t supposed to be cows in the kitchen! Today in storytime we read and sang about the wrong animals in the house. Our early literacy skill of the day was vocabulary.

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

storytime song, open shut them, 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, head shoulders knees and toes, teddy bear teddy bear, You are my sunshine (w/cd), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

bones no bones, what animal is hiding behind the curtain game, little mouse little mouse game

Books:

Cows in the Kitchen

How to Hide an Elephant in Your Room

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: One of the most important skills you can give your young children is a large vocabulary. Knowing lots of words, having a large vocabulary, helps children not only understand what they later learn to read, it also helps them recognize words when they later try to sound them out. Today we’ll see how the language of books expands your child’s vocabulary.

aside #2: Researchers have found that children with a large vocabulary, who have heard a lot of different words, find it easier to learn to read when the time comes. Do not replace unfamiliar words when you are reading to your child, use them and explain them if necessary.

aside #3: Talking about the books that you read and their pictures is a great way to help your child develop vocabulary skills. Be sure to build on the concepts presented and talk about the words that you learned at other times during the day too.

Lane Library book information

Cows in the Kitchen

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July 16th storytime: We're going places

We were going places today in storytime, as we read and sang about trucks and other vehicles.   Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

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

storytime song, open shut them, head shoulders knees and toes, Old McDonald had a truck,  wheels on the bus, she’ll be driving a (color) car when she comes, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

let’s go on a trip in our truck, red light green light jumping, ‘what word starts with the ‘t’ sound game

Books:

Red Truck

I Love Trucks

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1:  Today in storytime we’ll talk about the early literacy skill phonological awareness. This is the ability to hear and play with the smaller sounds in words, including rhyming and beginning sounds.

aside #2:  Having your children hear and make the sounds of vehicles or of animals is a fun way to help them develop phonological awareness.

aside #3:  Rhyming is one way that children learn to hear that words are made up of smaller parts. By saying, reading, and singing rhymes with your children, you are supporting phonological awareness. This skill helps them when they start to sound out words to read.

Lane Library book  information

Red Truck

I Love Trucks

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July 9th storytime: city and jungle animals

Rawr!  We had fun in a storytime jungle today, as we read and sang about jungle animals.   Our early literacy skill of the day was print motivation.

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

storytime song, open shut them, 5 little monkeys sitting in a tree, 1 elephant went out to play, eency weency spider (songboard), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

march around the city to find animals, birds nest activity, jungle animal peekaboo, jungle animal beginning sounds

Books:

City Animals

If You’re Happy and You Know it

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: Research shows that there are six early literacy skills that influence a child’s ability to learn to read.  Today we will talk about print motivation, which is a child’s interest in and enjoyment of books.

aside #2: One way to encourage the development of print motivation is to make sure that you and child have fun while you read. Let your child see that you enjoy reading to them. Be sure to pick a time of day to read when your child will be relaxed and responsive. You know the best times of day for your child, take advantage of them and have fun reading a book.

aside #3:  It’s good to find books that have that little something special that will help keep your child interested in reading the book. Pop-ups, books like this one where you can incorporate a song and motion, and books about things that your child really likes will keep them interested in the book as you read it to them.

Lane Library book  information

If You’re Happy and You Know It

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June 25th storytime: hippity hop, little bunnies

We hip hopped our way through storytime today, as we read and sang about rabbits.   Our early literacy skill of the day was print awareness.

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

storytime song, open shut them, my ears are starting to wiggle, do your ears hang low, eency weency spider (songboard), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

rhyming activity with -unny, little bunny little bunny

Books:

Bunny Fun

Overboard

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: We talked about the early literacy skill print awareness, which is an awareness of how books work. I explained that print awareness is how we know that we read the words on the page, not the pictures, and we read from front and back, top and bottom, left to right

aside #2: Choosing books that have interesting or larger type helps develop your child’s print awareness.

aside #3:  I explained that I pointed to some of the words in the book, the ones with larger type, as I read them. This helps children understand that it is the words we are reading, which develops print awareness.

Lane Library book information

Bunny Fun

Overboard!

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June 11 storytime: big and little

Who’s big? Who’s little? We found out today in 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, itsy bitsy/great big hairy/teency weency spider, little fish/big fish in the water, songboard, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

look at big and little animal pictures and discuss, big and little names, dance with scarves (dance big to Choo Choo Train, dance small to Take a Little Nap from the cd Ralph’s World, see cd info below)

Books:

One Day in the Jungle

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Literacy info to adults:

#1: We talked about the early literacy skill phonological awareness, which is the ability to hear and manipulate the smaller sounds in words

#2: Make up silly words by changing the first sound in a word: milk, nilk, pilk, rilk, filk.  It’s OK if the words are nonsense words, you just want to demonstrate how sounds can be manipulated

#3:  Play with and help your child hear the syllables in words.  For example, say words with a pause between the syllables (rab it) and have your child guess what word you are saying.

Lane Library book and cd information

One Day in the Jungle

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean

Ralph’s World

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June 4th storytime: a walk in the woods

We went for a walk in the woods today at storytime (without leaving the building, of course).  Our early literacy skill of the day was print awareness.

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

storytime song, open shut them, who’s hiding in the woods today (used pictures of each animal labeled with the animal’s name), stretch/head shoulders knees and toes,  1 little 2 little…animals (#10 was a skunk!), alphabet song, Wheels on the Bus (songboard song), Simon Says

Activities:

took a walk through the woods (marched to click of sticks, and we found a bear!), alphabet I spy

Books:

Maisy’s Nature Walk

A Tree For Me

Stories:

The Tree Stump (with paperbag tree stump and small stuffed animals as props)

Asides:

#1: We talked about the early literacy skill print awareness, and how children with print awareness know that we read the words on the page and not the pictures, and that those words consist of letters that we read in a specific way on a page (from left to right and top to bottom).

#2: Your child’s print awareness can be encouraged by pointing out and reading words everywhere you see them – on signs, labels, at the grocery store and post office.

#3:  You noticed that I ran my finger under the words most often repeated. This helps develop your child’s print awareness, knowing that print has meaning and that it is the words on the page we read and not just the pictures.

Lane Library book information

Maisy’s Nature Walk

A Tree For Me

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no toddler time storytime on May 28th

Because of the Memorial Day holiday week, there will be no storytime on May 27th.  But we start right back up in June (can you believe that next week is JUNE?!)  All summer storytimes at the Hamilton branch will be on the same days and times that they were during the spring.  Toddler Time will continue to be on Thursdays at 11am.

We will have many fun and exciting programs this summer for kids up to 12 years old, so be sure to check out our summer schedule and come visit us at the library!

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