July 2nd storytime: colors

We were bright and shiny in storytime today, as we read and sang about colors.   Our early literacy skill of the day was vocabulary.

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

storytime song, open shut them, if you like the color___ clap your hands, this little piggie (for pink), you are my sunshine (for yellow), teddy bear teddy bear (for brown), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

pretend paint pretend objects with certain colors, color dance with scarves to All My Colors by Ralph Covert

Books:

Mouse Paint

Snappy Little Colors (my personal book)

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: We talked about the early literacy skill vocabulary, or knowing the names of things.  I explained that there is a clear vocabulary progression: things, feelings, concepts, ideas.  Since color is a concept, the color words and their meanings can be difficult to grasp.

aside #2: Why develop your child’s vocabulary? kids need to know the meaning of words to understand what they are reading

aside #3:  You know if you are reading a word correctly if you have heard it before, in other words you are sounding it out. The more words children hear, the more ready they will be to make connections when they read.

Lane Library book and cd information

Mouse  Paint

Ralph Covert: Ralph’s World

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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 18th storytime: Gettin' Buggy

Eek!  We got buggy with it today at storytime, as we read and sang about bugs.   Our early literacy skill of the day was vocabulary.

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

storytime song, open shut them, a hunting we will go, creepy crawly caterpillar, spider on the floor, here is the beehive, alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

butterfly butterfly

Books:

I Love Bugs

Spider on the Floor

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: We talked about the early literacy skill vocabulary, which is knowing the specific names for objects and concepts

aside #2: Having a large vocabulary, knowing the names of things, is one of the skills children need when they later learn to sound out words.  Books give us different words that those we use in conversation or that are on television, so choose a wide variety of books to read to your child.

aside #3:  Prompting children to act out the meaning of words provides them with a fun and active way to learn new words and to practice their vocabulary skills (like pointing out objects and body parts during the reading and singing of Spider on the Floor)

Lane Library book information

I Love Bugs

Spider on the Floor

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fun with…music for the whole family

Kids love music.   And often they love to sing, move and dance to the music they hear (or even sometimes make themselves!)

Research has proven that listening to and participating with music is beneficial to kids in many ways, especially in the development of language and literacy skills.   For example, how did most people likely learn their ABC’s?   Almost certainly, we learned them by singing that oh so familiar song.  Combining music with information stimulates the brain and makes that information easier to remember.

A child’s instinctive ability to listen and decode a song extends to reading.  Just as they have sung along with a familiar song, so they will read along in a familiar book.  The sense of rhythm obtained from listening to music will also help young readers to identify patterns, like rhyming words, which will help them learn to read.  Because songs automatically break down words into smaller sounds through tones, singing particularly helps to develop the early literacy skill phonological awareness.

While the traditional songs of Raffi and Pete Seeger are almost always a popular choice with kids, there are many wonderful cd’s at Lane that will entertain the whole family.  Be sure to check them out!

You Are My Little Bird — Elizabeth Mitchell  Lane Library info

Ralph’s Word: Happy Lemons — Ralph Covert  Lane Library info

Bloom — Zak Morgan  Lane Library info

Jim Gill Makes It Noisy in Boise, Idaho — Jim Gill  Lane Library info

No! — They Might Be Giants  Lane Library info

Peter, Paul and Mommy — Peter, Paul and Mary  Lane Library info

Family Dance — Dan Zanes  Lane Library info

Snacktime! — Barenaked Ladies  Lane Library info

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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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