Little You by Richard Van Camp

January 6, 2014 on 11:48 pm | In 0 to 2, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Content, Example Aside, Explain Aside, Practices, Reading, Storytime Component, Vocabulary | No Comments

Using a baby doll or stuffed animal as a baby, demonstrate reading this book using more words than what is in the text. For example page 1: Little you, little wonder. Point to the parents and to the child. Here is the father and the mother and there is the little baby. There is a big round red sun in this picture (as you point to it) and a little flower with a ladybug. They look happy together, they are smiling. Another example, page 3: Little wish, gentle thunder. Let’s see what is in this picture; there’s a cat and a little kitten, a baby cat, just as this mother is holding her baby. And look out the window, there is a crescent moon. It looks dark outside. We see a flash of lightning that also comes with thunder. When I was little I used to be afraid of storms, especially when the thunder was so loud.
Early Literacy Aside–Explain: In today’s storytime I’ll be pointing out different ways you can read with your baby. Reading with your children is the single best thing you can do to help them become good readers later. There are many ways to read and share books with young children and I’ll be pointing out some today.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: When you read to your baby and the book has only a few words on the page, take time to add your own words about the picture or about things the picture makes you think about. This adds to your baby’s vocabulary and background knowledge which will make it easier for them to later understand what they read.

You can have a few minutes of Read Together time where you pass out board books for each family and have them add words to the few in the book. They may not get through the whole book. That’s fine! They are enriching their babies’ language experience.

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Song: If You Want to Know an Answer

November 17, 2013 on 3:03 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Content, Background Knowledge--Science, Explain Aside, Music/Songs, Practices, Reading, Storytime Component | No Comments

If You Want to Know an Answer is a good opening song especially when you want to emphasize what we can learn from factual books. You can substitute words to emphasize any aspect of learning.

Song:
If You Want to Know an Answer (tune:  If You’re Happy & You Know It)
If you want to know an answer, read a book!
If you want to know an answer, read a book!
If you’re wondering where the moon goes;
If you’re wondering how the grass grows;
If you want to know an answer, read a book!

If you’d like to learn to draw, read a book!
If you want to learn to draw, read a book!
If you’d like to draw a dog,
Or a frog sitting on a log;
If you’d like to learn to draw, read a book!

If you’d like to learn to bake, read a book!
If you’d like to learn to bake, read a book!
If you’d like to make some candy,
Or a pizza that is dandy;
If you’d like to learn to bake, read a book!

Early Literacy Aside–Explain–Background Knowledge:  Factual books offer many opportunities to add to children’s knowledge based on their interests. Sharing factual books not only helps children learn about the world around them, but also will help them later understand what they read. In today’s storytime, I’ll be pointing out different ways to share factual books and information with children.

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Night/Noche Storytime Handout

April 15, 2013 on 6:08 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Content, Books, Empower Aside, Phonological Awareness, Practices, Singing, Spanish-English, Storytime Component, Storytime Handouts, Talking, Vocabulary | No Comments

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

Ideas que  le ayudarán a fomentar la alfabetización temprana en casa:  Al final de este parrafo encontrará un folleto con el tema de la noche. El folleto habla de algunos libros que también se presentan aquí.  Espero que estas ideas y técnicas le ayuden en casa a sus ninos a desarrollar las habilidaes necesarias para que puedan aprender a leer, así como lo ha visto en nuestra hora de cuentos.  Usted pasa mas tiempo consus hijos del que ellos pasan conmigo, así es que tendrá muchas oportunidades de usar algunas de estas ideas.

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Magnet handout

July 17, 2012 on 7:54 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Narrative Skills, Background Knowledge--Conceptual Thinking, Background Knowledge--Content, Empower Aside, Practices, Storytime Component, Talking | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside–Empower: I am gong to give you a pre-literacy skill magnet that says “Talking” to put on your frig. This will remind you to extend your conversations with your children. In this way you are building on what they know and they will be able to better understand what they read. The magnet also lets you know you are already your child’s first teacher! Great job, parents!
Workshop Participant, Sacramento (CA) Public Library

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Using facutal books–Video Clip

June 25, 2012 on 8:35 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Content, Books, Empower Aside, Storytime Component, Video Clip | No Comments

Video clip explaining why we use factual books in storytimes and demontrating Empower Aside using the book Termites on a Stick by Michelle Coxon.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3IAI2fCfdA
Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant  www.earlylit.net

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Itsy Bitsy Spider Rhyme

April 17, 2009 on 12:40 am | In 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Content, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Explain Aside, Fingerplays and Rhymes, Music/Songs, Storytime Component, Vocabulary | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Talking with children as you read books and share rhymes can add to the words they know and to their knowledge if YOU use words they are not familiar with or add information they may not yet know. Both adding to their vocabulary and to their knowledge will help them understand what they read when they learn to read. 
Say/sing the rhyme with actions:
The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout.
Down came the rain and washed the spider out.
                                       Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.
                                      And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Here are some examples of the kinds of questions you can ask your children. Then add to what they say to introduce new words and information. [Then you ask the children a couple of questions. Some possibilities are below. Be careful to keep it fun and engaging, not like a test of knowledge.]
Where was the spider going?
What happened when the rain started?
Where do you think spiders live?
Have you seen a spider? Where? What was it doing?
What do you know about spiders?
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Sometimes we do not know much about some of the topics our children are interested in. We have lots of factual books on a variety of topics like spiders, snakes, dinosaurs, trains, and more. Just let us know what you and your children would like to read about. These books not only  make reading enjoyable because yuou are building on your child’s interest, you are also setting a good foundation for helping them learn new words and knowledge.

Submitted by a library staff person at Public Library of Charlotte and Mechlenburg County (NC)

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Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley

June 24, 2008 on 3:59 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Content, Books, Example Aside, Storytime Component, Vocabulary | No Comments

Before reading the book, talk about the process of how a caterpillar grows and then goes into a chrysallis or cocoon and then emerges as a butterfly or moth.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Talking about what you know, even if it is not in the book, helps your children understand the world around them. Use words that your child may not already know, just explain them. This is how you build their vocabulary and background knowledge which will later help them understand what they read.
Read the book Don’t Worry Bear by Greg Foley.

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