Song as lead in to book: Rock a Bye Baby
[Adults rock baby back and forth]
Rock a bye baby on the tree top,
When the wind blows, the cradle will rock.
When the bough breaks the cradle will fall,
And I’m there to catch you, cradle and all.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: When we sing to babies, they hear language slowed down which makes it easier for them to hear the sounds in words. Even thugh we may not sing to our children for this purpose, it is the beginning of helping them to later sound out words when they later learn to read.
Jane Klein, Chester County (PA) Library System
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: I have a handout for you on the topic of our storytime today–night. It has some book titles which I have also displayed here. I hope you’ll like the suggestions of ideas and techniques you can do with your children at home to help develop their pre-reading skills, just as you saw me do in the storytime. You are with your children more often than I am so you have many opportunities to use some of these ideas. Let me know which ideas you enjoy doing with your children.
Storytime Handout for storytime on the theme of Night/Noche
Handout in English Nighthandoutkc
Handout in Spanish Nochehandoutkc
Submitted by Katie Cunningham
Here is a song that is fun to sing in English, Spanish or both, to the tune of “Frere Jacques.”
Esta canción es divertida cantar en inglés, español, o ambos, al tuno de “Frere Jacques.”
Hello children. Hola niños.
How are you? ¿Como están?
Very well thank you. Muy bien gracias.
How about you? ¿Y Usted?
Although today we are having fun singing songs in two languages, talk with your children in the language that is most comfortable for you. It is best for children to know one language spoken fluently. If children know one language well, they can learn another one more easily. If you are fluent in more than one language you can choose which language to talk with your child in.
Aunque hoy nos divertimos por cantar en dos idiomas, recuerde hablar con sus niños en el idioma que usted mejor sepa. Es mejor para los niños saber un idioma con fluidez. Si los niños saben bien un idioma, es más fácil para ellos aprender otro. Si usted habla con fluidez más que
un idioma, puede elegir en cual quisiera hablar con su niño.
by Katie Cunningham, http://bilingualchildrensprogramming.blogspot.com
Now It’s Time to Read a Book: to the tune of London Bridge Is Falling Down:
Now it’s time to read a book,
Read a book,
Read a book
Now it’s time to read a book
I’ll read a book to you.
This song can be used as a transition into reading the next book to help instill print motivation, the enjoyment of books. Songs help children make smooth transitions from one activity to another. As children come to know the song, they can sing it at home when they want to read to a parent/adult or when they want an adult to read to them.
Sing songs in English and in at least one other language during storytime.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Adults, you can sing anywhere about anything in any language! Singing helps children hear the smaller sounds in words to help them sound out words later. Also many songs have new words for them to learn which will help them know the meanings of words when they get to school.
Randi Kay Stephens, Sacramento (CA) Public Library
Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Singing with your children helps them to hear words broken into smaller parts because there is a different note for each syllable. Hearing these smaller parts of words will help them later to sound out words.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: We sang some songs today in storytime. You can make up your own songs and sing about the things you do everyday. Singing helps children hear words broken down into part and you can do this throughout the day in fun ways.
Video clip explanation and demonstration of ineffective and efffective early literacy asides.
Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant www.earlylit.net
Nursery Rhyme: Jack and Jill
Jack and Jill went up the hill
To fetch a pail of water
Jack fell down
And broke his crown
And Jill came tumbling after.
Preparation: Have the words to the rhyme up on a chart. Have the group say, not sing, the words. Then have the group sing the rhyme. Ask the adults what differences they noticed when singing it vs. saying it.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Singing slows down language so that children can hear the smaller sounds in words. This helps children later to sound out the words when they learn to read.
Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Singing songs together is an enjoyable way to start developing expressive language, talking! Young children repeat what we say. This is the first step for them to express their own thoughts. Songs like this one, Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, have a repeated phrases which makes it easier for toddlers to learn. Let’s try it.
Song: Five Little Monkeys
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed.”
Repeat for 4, 3, 2, 1
[For babies, bounce child to the rhythm. For older children, use five fingers to represent the monkeys and make appropriate actions.]
Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Here’s a rhyme that you can do anytime and it reinforces rhyming words which develops phonological awareness while having fun at the same time.
Do Scarecrow, Scarecrow activity
Children stand up with arms bent at elbows like a scarecrow and head tilted. Actions to words.
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, turn around
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, jump up and down
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, raise your arms high
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, wink one eye
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, bend your knees
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, flap in the breeze
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, climb into bed
Scarecrow, Scarecrow, rest your head.
Submitted by Terri Stringer, Vandalia Branch, Dayton Metro (OH) Public Library