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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 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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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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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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