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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 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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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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a snowy day storytime

Our storytime theme today was snow, and the early literacy spotlight was on print motivation.   We read A Kitten Tale by Eric Rohmann, Snowballs by Lois Ehlert, and Bob’s Vacation by Dana Rau.   We sang several songs, including One Little Two Little Snowflakes and the Snowkey Pokey, and we dressed Teddy for winter.

The adults discussed print motivation and ways to encourage the development of that skill at home.   I explained to the adults how having their child say a repeated phrase with them as they read a book helps keep the child involved in the story, which is a great way to support print motivation.  Also, this repetition helps make books more predictable, and young readers love knowing what comes next.  I also reminded parents to talk with their child about the books that they read together, as this helps children link the stories they read to their everyday life, and helps them use what they know about the world to make sense out of stories.

Everyone got a pretty paper snowflake to take home as a reminder of our storytime fun.

Lane Library book information here:

Kitten Tale

Snowballs

Bob’s Vacation

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