Peanut & Fifi Have a Ball by Randall de Seve

May 15, 2013 on 3:38 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Narrative Skills, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Books, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Playing, Puppets/Dolls/Props/Dramatics, Storytime Component, Writing | No Comments

Introduction: When we use books that are fun and use imagination, our children make a connection to the story. In Peanut and Fifi Have a Ball written by Randall de Seve and illustrated by Paul Schmid, Peanut has a new ball and Fifi tries so hard to get her to play.  Watch how this story uses a simple item and adds imagination.
Read the book.
Activity: Act out the story.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Acting out the story, dramatic play, reinforces both the story itself and the pleasure about the story. By internalizing the story, they are better able to understand it.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower:  I hope you’ll encourage playing with stories at home as well. Take a box, ruler, blanket, ball, or many other simple items and use make believe to encourage play.  Other books that work with Play and imagination are Not a Box and Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis.  After playing with a simple item, you can always expand on this play by having your child draw something they did, dictate a story about their play, or just describe what they did with the item.  Using writing to expand on the story validates your child’s play. Talking about and recording the story,  going over the sequence is uses their narrative skills which helps your child learn how stories work by using first, next, and last.
Submitted by Dianna Burt, Allen County (IN) Public Library

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Belling the Cat with Finger Puppets

May 11, 2013 on 4:00 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Puppets/Dolls/Props/Dramatics, Storytime Component, Storytime Handouts | No Comments

Our next story is Belling the Cat, based on an Aesop fable. What do you know about cats and mice? Yes, cats like to chase mice. Cats like to eat mice. Let’s see what these mice do about the cat.
Use the handout below to tell the story and to pass out to families so that they can retell the story at home.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Having your children retell stories is one good way for them to learn about how stories work. It’s also a lot of fun. They can also try drawing and writing the story, adding their own ideas. Enjoy!
Belling the Cat story and handout: bellingcat

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What! Cried Granny by Kate Lum

April 15, 2013 on 7:27 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Books, Example Aside, Explain Aside, Puppets/Dolls/Props/Dramatics, Storytime Component | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Our early literacy tip today is on print motivation, your children’s enjoyment of books and reading. Children who have had positive experiences around books and reading before going to school are more likely to stick with learning to read even if it is difficult. I’ll be pointing out some ways to make booksharing enjoyable in today’s storytime.

Book and flannel board: What! Cried Granny: An Almost Bedtime Story by Kate Lum is our next book. It’s about a boy who is having a sleep-over at his grandmother’s house.
Let’s see what happens when he tries to get the things he needs to go to sleep. Granny is often surprised and says in a loud voice,

 
“What!” Let me hear you all say that. You can join in as we go through the story.

Early Literacy Aside–Example: There are many ways to have children participate in stories as we read together. Having them participate as we read the story helps them enjoy the story more.

Submitted by Katie Ringenbach, Bucks County (PA) Public Library
 

 

 

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Library Love Song

September 27, 2012 on 7:30 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Example Aside, Music/Songs, Storytime Component | No Comments

Library Love Song
[Storytime presenter]
I love you, you love me
We’re a happy library
With a great big hug
And a wish from me to you
Won’t you say you’ll read books, too!

[Child to adult/parent]
I love you, you love me
Won’t you share a book with me?
With a great big hug
And a wish from me to you
Won’t you say we’ll read books, too!

Early Literacy Aside–Example: Keeping that close connection as we read with children is something they cherish. It is this kind of feeling around reading books that helps them see reading as something enjoyable. This attitude helps them want to hear more books, read more and makes learning to read easier.

Jane Boss, Hennepin (MN) Public Library and Diana Price, Bucks County (PA) Free Library

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I Love Books Song

August 22, 2012 on 3:06 am | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Music/Songs, Storytime Component | No Comments

I Love Books Song: to the tune of Skip to My Lou
Books, books, I love books
Books, books, I love books
Books, books, I love books
I know that you do, too.
This song can be used as an Opening Song and/or a Closing Song to articulate the joy we find in reading books. Print Motivation, a child’s enjoyment of books and reading, can help children stick with learning to read when they art taught to read in school.

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Now It’s Time to Read a Book Song

August 22, 2012 on 2:37 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Music/Songs, Practices, Singing, Storytime Component | No Comments

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.

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Pop Goes Pre-Reading

March 2, 2011 on 12:08 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--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Explain Aside, Letter Knowledge, Phonological Awareness, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component, Vocabulary | No Comments

Song for Explain Early Literacy Aside:
To the tune of Pop Goes the Weasel
Our early literacy skill today
is letter knowledge [fill in the name of the skill].
Getting to know lots of shapes [Substitute aspect of skill being highlighted]
will HELP children read.

Add information related to skill: Researchers have found that children recognize letters according to their shapes.  Talking with young children about shapes is one way to support emerging literacy skills.

Some examples for other skills, to fill in:
Skill=vocabulary: Explaining unfamiliar words . . .
Information on skill: Researchers have found that children who have larger vocabularies, who know more words, can more easily recognize words they sound out and can also more easily understand what they read when whey learn to read.
Skill=print motivation . . . Having fun while sharing books
Information on skill: Reseachers have found that children who have enjoyable interactions around books and reading are more likely to stick with learning to read even when it is difficult.
Skill=phonological awarenss . . . Clapping out the parts of words . . . OR Having fun with rhyming words . . .
Information on skill: Helping children hear the smaller sounds in words will help them later to sound out words when they begin to read.
Skill=print awareness  . . . Pointing to signs all around . . . OR Pointing to words in a book
Information on skill: Understanding that the written word stands for the words helps children understand how reading works.
Skill=background knowledge . . . Reading information books . . . OR Telling your children what you know . . .
Information on skill: Children are naturally curious. By adding to the information they know on topics that interest them, they will later be able to better understand what they read.
Skill=background knowledge . . . Having children retell stories . . .
Information on skill: When children retell stories they learn how stories work, that the have a beginnig, a middle, and an end. This will help them later when they have to write stories in school.

Choose only one skill to hightlight (to say the aside).

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Look at Me (Begin Smart Books)

April 28, 2010 on 1:41 am | In 0 to 2, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Books, Storytime Component | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Making book sharing times enjoyable times helps to develop your child’s print motivation, enjoyment of books and reading. Research shows that children who have had enjoyable experiences around books are more likely to stick with learning to read, when that time comes.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: One thing that helps to keep book time enjoyable is to have your child participate in reading the book. This can be done in several ways. For example, having your child turn the pages, letting your child choose the book to be read or a picture to talk about, or having your child chime in with animal sounds or a word or two.
Our book today is called Look at Me. This book lends itself to playful interaction because it has a repeated phrase, “Look at me,” AND it’s a book-a-boo book, making it a game. Everyone, all together, let me hear you say look at me! Good, try it again. Look at me. Good! Now you’ll say that as I read the book with you.
Share book using peek-a-boo game, having children say the animals and make the animal’s sound. [The lion is the first animal. If that is scary for some children, start with a different animal. Some children may be afraid if you cover your own face. Suggestion--Use a doll or stuffed animal and cover it's face to play peek-a-boo.]

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Opening Song for Adult Introduction

April 17, 2010 on 12:29 am | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Explain Aside, Music/Songs, Storytime Component | No Comments

Here’s a song to encourage parents/caregivers to participate in the storytime.
Storytime Announcement (Tune: Yankee Doodle)
Please turn down your cell phones now,
So they will not distract us.
Please join along and sing the songs,
It always helps to practice.
Storytime can help us read.
Storytime, our brains will feed.
Storytime is lots of fun!
Storytime’s for everyone.
Early Literacy Aside: Explain: When you participate in our storytime activities, you help to show your children the joy of books, reading, and other language-building activities. They recognize that YOU, the important person in their lives, thinks storytime is important. You help support print motivation, your child’s enjoyment of reading, which will later help them stick with learning to read even if it is hard for them.
Submitted by Mary Binda, Augusta County (VA) Public Library

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Pouch aby David Stein

April 12, 2010 on 5:29 am | In 2's and 3's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Books, Example Aside, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

Introduce the book: Our next book is Pouch by David Stein. Mother kangaroos carry their babies in a pouch, like a little pocket in front of their stomachs. This baby kangaroo called a Joey is exploring the world and sometimes wants to feel safe in his pouch. Then he yells, “pouch”. Can you say that with me? Pouch! Good, try again. Pouch! Each time we come to the word pouch, you say it with me.
Read the book, pointing to the word pouch as you say it.
Early Literacy Aside–Example (for Print Awareness): The word pouch is written in bold letters which makes it easy to point out as your child says the word. Pointing to the word helps them understand that you are reading the text, the written word. This helps develop print awareness, knowing that print has meaning, one of the early literacy skills.
Early Literacy Aside–Example (for Print Motivation): By having your child participate in the story by saying “pouch” each time, you are helping to keep your child engaged in the story in an enjoyable way. This helps to develop print motivation, your child’s interest and enjoyment of books and reading. Print motivation is one of the six early literacy skills, the one that later keeps children trying to learn to read even when it can be difficult.

Choose only one skill to hightlight (to say the aside).

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