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July 23rd storytime: the wrong animals are in the house!

Eek! There aren’t supposed to be cows in the kitchen! Today in storytime we read and sang about the wrong animals in the house. Our early literacy skill of the day was vocabulary.

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

storytime song, open shut them, 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed, head shoulders knees and toes, teddy bear teddy bear, You are my sunshine (w/cd), alphabet song, Simon Says

Activities:

bones no bones, what animal is hiding behind the curtain game, little mouse little mouse game

Books:

Cows in the Kitchen

How to Hide an Elephant in Your Room

Literacy info to adults:

aside #1: One of the most important skills you can give your young children is a large vocabulary. Knowing lots of words, having a large vocabulary, helps children not only understand what they later learn to read, it also helps them recognize words when they later try to sound them out. Today we’ll see how the language of books expands your child’s vocabulary.

aside #2: Researchers have found that children with a large vocabulary, who have heard a lot of different words, find it easier to learn to read when the time comes. Do not replace unfamiliar words when you are reading to your child, use them and explain them if necessary.

aside #3: Talking about the books that you read and their pictures is a great way to help your child develop vocabulary skills. Be sure to build on the concepts presented and talk about the words that you learned at other times during the day too.

Lane Library book information

Cows in the Kitchen

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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 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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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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