“Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee”
Hickety Pickety bumble bee
Who can say their name for me?
First child’s name.
Clap it. (Clap out the syllables in the child’s name.)
Whisper it. (Whisper the syllables.)
No sound. (Mouth the syllables.)
Hickety pickety bumblebee,
Who can say their name for me?
Early Literacy Aside–Example–Phonological Awareness
By clapping out and singing children’s names, they hear words slowed down and they hear the parts of words, the syllables. This will later help them as they try to sound out words when they learn to read.
The kids love the song, and parents tell me that they are clapping out the syllables to other family members names too.
Submitted by Marie Rogers, Hardin County Public Library in KY
Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Some of us can sing well, others not so well. Some of us like to sing whether we can or not and others would rather not sing. Did you know that singing is one way to help children learn the sounds in language which will then help them hear sounds as they learn to sound out words? Songs have a distinct note for each syllable so children hear the rhythm of language and hear words broken down into parts.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Our next book is a songbook. It uses the words to the song as the book itself. It’s called Sing by Joe Raposo. I often feel like the third bird! I hope you do too. Let’s see what happens when one of the three birds can’t sing. We can all sing the words together and notice how songs help with hearing sounds in words.
Read/sing the book first describing what is happening in the wordless pictures.
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.