Posts Tagged early literacy skills

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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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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