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Eensy Weensy Spider Interactive between Adult and Child–Video Clip

June 25, 2012 on 8:29 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Fingerplays and Rhymes, Music/Songs, Video Clip | No Comments

Video clip demonstration of making a rhyme, Eensy Weensy Spider, interactive between adult and children.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5WSYhXp50PY 
Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant  www.earlylit.net

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Hickory Dickory Dock with Handout

May 23, 2012 on 8:15 pm | In 2's and 3's, Adult Aside, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Fingerplays and Rhymes, Storytime Component, Storytime Handouts, Vocabulary | No Comments

You can use the figures on the handout as a pattern to make a flannel board. Then use the flannel board as another way to share the rhyme and to play a game.
Introduction:
Let’s say the rhyme Hickory Dickory Dock
Hickory dickory dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one, the mouse ran down.
Hickory dickory dock.
Repeat using struck two . . . the mouse said “Boo.”
struck three . . . the mouse said “Whee.”
struck four . . . the mouse said “No more!”
Great! Now let’s play a little game on the flannel board. I am going to put the mouse somewhere near the clock and you see if you can tell me where. [Put the mouse on top of the clock.] Where is the mouse? Right! On top of the clock. Repeat with behind, underneath, below, beside or next to, etc.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: When we use words that describe position, you are helping your children understand what the words mean. This will later help them understand what they read.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Adults, I have a handout here with illustrations for Hickory Dickory Dock. In addition to saying the rhyme together with your children, you can cut out the figures and put the figures in different positons to help your children learn new words and build their vocabulary. Enjoy!
Hickory Dickory Dock Handout

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Jack and Jill Rhyme and Song

February 11, 2012 on 8:39 am | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Example Aside, Fingerplays and Rhymes, Music/Songs, Phonological Awareness, Practices, Singing, Storytime Component | No Comments

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.

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Videoclip of Hickory Dickory Dock–Interaction

January 29, 2011 on 8:40 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Fingerplays and Rhymes, Movement Activities, Storytime Component, Video Clip | No Comments

Videoclip of making Hickory Dickory Dock more interactive between adults and children.
In order to keep adults as well as children involved in storytime, it is good to have some storytime items interactive between the adults and the children. This encourages language interactions between them. We can encourage them to continue this kind of interaction even after storytime is over.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGF8MhcF9uM

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Scarecrow, Scarecrow Rhyme and Dance

April 17, 2009 on 3:17 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Example Aside, Fingerplays and Rhymes, Movement Activities, Phonological Awareness, Singing, Storytime Component | No Comments

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

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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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Five Candles

February 5, 2009 on 10:18 am | In 2's and 3's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Blogroll, Example Aside, Fingerplays and Rhymes, Phonological Awareness | No Comments

Five Candles
Five candles on a birthday cake
Five, and not one more.
You may blow one candle out,
[make blowing sound and motion]
And that leaves four!
Four candles on a birthday cake
There for all to see.
You may blow one candle out,
[make blowing sound and motion]
And that makes three!
Three candles on a birthday cake
Standing straight and true.
You may blow one candle out,
[make blowing sound and motion]
And that leaves two!
Two candles on a birthday cake
Helping us have fun.
You may blow one candle out,
[make blowing sound and motion]
And that leaves one!
One candle on a birthday cake
We know its task is done.
You may blow this candle out,
[make blowing sound and motion]
And that leaves none!
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Rhyming words are an important step in early literacy. They will help your children distinguish words in the same family with the same vowel and ending sounds. This will help your children when they learn to sound out words to read.

 

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