“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.
Extension Craft Activity: Five in the Bed
Hand out half-sheet of construction paper cut lengthwise and figures for children to decorate. Younger children glue five figures in the bed; older children decorate with more detail.
Each child also gets a brad so that they can rotate their figures onto and out of the bed as in the book/song.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Adults, your children are not only using their art to reinforce retelling the story There Were Ten in the Bed we read today, but also to reinforce our early literacy skill. Singing is a great way to support phonological awareness in that it slows down the words and gives a different note to each syllable, so today’s activity is a 2 for 1!
Submitted by Katie Ringenbach, Bucks County (PA) Public Library
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
Read Llama, Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney.
Point out some word pairs that rhyme, such as boat and moat.
Ask children what other words rhyme with boat (they don’t have to make sense).
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Helping children hear words that rhyme is one way to help them hear the smaller sounds in words which will then later help them sound out words.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: I have a handout for you with suggestions for some rhyming games and ways to help your children hear the smaller sounds in words.
Lorena Sears, F D Campbell Memorial Library (PA)
During the storytime, introduce book: Our next book is called The Eensy Weensy Spider. It has the eensy weensy spider rhyme that we are familiar with. Let’s say it together (show first page). Now the author, Mary Ann Hoberman, has made up some new verses. I’ll read you one of my favorite ones:
The eensy weensy spider fell down and scraped her knees.
“Ouch!” cried the spider. “I need some Band-Aids, please!”
“How many?” asked her mama. “I only have a few.”
Said the eensy-weensy spider, “Six of them will do.”
Optional–talk about how many legs/knees a spider has . . .
Early Literacy Aside–Explain: All of these rhymes based on the original, piggyback rhymes, have new rhyming word combinations. Pointing out the rhyming words or letting your children fill in a rhyming word helps them hear the smaller sounds in words which will help them later to sound out words when they learn to read.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: You noticed that today we read a bok with piggyback rhymes. You and your children can pick a rhyme they know well and then make up your own words to new rhymes. Having your children think of rhyming words is one way to support phonological awareness, hearing the smaller sounds in words. This is a fun activity and also helps your children later to sound out words. Enjoy!
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.