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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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May 21st storytime: let's dance

We got to show off our fancy moves today, because storytime was all about dancing!  Our early literacy skill of the day was phonological awareness.

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

storytime song, open shut them, if you like to dance clap your hands, stretch/head shoulders knees and toes, hokey pokey, Tommy thumb, dance your fingers, Simon Says

Activities:

dance our body parts to music (Twist on All Time Favorite Dances),  feather dance to music (Shake Your Body on Sugar Beats Greatest Dance Hits), ring bells to the syllables in kids’ names

Books:

Baby Danced the Polka

Hilda Must Be Dancing (we clapped on and repeated the fun dancing words in this book)

Asides:

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

#2: hearing words that rhyme will help your child break down words into smaller parts, so books with lots of rhymes are a great choice to help develop this skill

#3: Anything with a great rhythm is good for developing phonological awareness, and clapping on each syllable helps kids break up words into their smaller sounds

We had a good time dancing!

Lane Library book information

Baby Danced the Polka

Hilda Must Be Dancing

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May 7th storytime: cats, cats, cats!

We got our meows on at story time this week, as we read stories and sang songs about cats. Our early literacy skill of the day was vocabulary.

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

storytime song, open shut them,wheels on the bus, have you ever seen a cat go this way and that, I’ve got a cat on my knee, 5 little kittens, there’s a cat in my little red wagon, big A little A, where is big (little) cat, Simon Says

Activities:

pet, look at, and describe cat puppets, ring bells when they saw a picture of a cat in Feathers For Lunch (after discussing the word c-a-t)

Books:

Cookie’s Week

Feathers For Lunch

Black Cat White Cat

Asides:

#1: I told the adults about the early skill vocabulary, which means knowing the names of things, having words to describe things, and knowing that there are various words for the same object

#2: adding activities or songs that mesh well with a book will increase your child’s enjoyment and retention of the new vocabulary

#3: learning about concepts such as opposites can be a great way to help children develop vocabulary about things that are real but can’t be seen (includes concepts such as opposites)

We had a good time snoring at the library!

Lane Library book information

Cookie’s Week

Feathers For Lunch

Black Cat White Cat

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April 30 storytime: go to sleep

We snored at storytime today–not out of boredom but because storytime was all about that most unpopular of times, bedtime!   Our early literacy skill  of the day was print awareness.

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

storytime song, open shut them, twinkle twinkle little star, this is the way we _____ before we go to bed, if you’re a big dinosaur, 3 little monkeys jumping on the bed, head shoulders knees and toes, teddy bear teddy bear, 7 in the bed, Simon Says

Activities:

teddy bear hunt

Books:

Dinosaur vs Bedtime (used a sign that said “ROAR”, which I occasionally held up while reading the book, when they saw the sign the kids were to roar)

Where’s My Teddy (big book)

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late (used a sign that said “NO”, which I occasionally held up while reading the book, when they saw the sign the kids were to say no)

Asides:

#1: I told the adults about print awareness, and how that means that their child notices print, knows how to handle a book and can follow the written word on a page.

#2: When you read aloud with your children, they gradually become aware that the squiggles on the page mean something. Children will also begin to notice print in the world around them. It helps to point out signs as you drive or shop, like stop signs.

#3 would have been: You may have noticed that I ran my finger under the word no each time we said that word. This helps develop your children’s print awareness, knowing that print has meaning and that it is the words we read and not the pictures. Choosing books that have large or varied fonts is also helpful in the development of print awareness

(the kids were ready for storytime to be over at this point, so we skipped the aside and went right to the end of storytime).

We had a good time snoring at the library!

Lane Library book information:

Dinosaur vs Bedtime

Where’s My Teddy

Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late

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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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