Tree Poster

September 27, 2012 on 7:10 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Explain Aside, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

This poster is available in English and Spanish through the Library of Virginia: http://www.lva.virginia.gov/el
It is downloadable and has print specs if you want to get it printed by a printer in poster format. I print off a picture of an apple blossom and tape it to the branch of the early literacy skill I am highlighting that day.
Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Our early literacy tip today is on print awareness, helping children understand that print has meaning. Today in storytime I’ll be pointing out ways we can support this pre-reading skill as you read and play with your children.

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Fold a Book

August 22, 2012 on 2:35 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

Craft Activity: Folding a book from one piece of paper can be used in a variety ways. You need one piece of paper and a scissors. The larger the piece of paper, the larger the book.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Have your children draw a story with a picture on each page. Let them tell you what is happening on each page and you write it down. Your children are learninghow stories work and they are learning how books work. Both are skills that will help them as they learn to read.

Fold a Book Handout:  foldbook
How to Fold a Book video clip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prup2z43Jhw

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems

July 18, 2012 on 6:39 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Example Aside, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

Read the book Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems. Then flip back to a page with big angry font and read it in an angry tone of voice while pointing to the words.
Early Literacy Aside–Example:  Parents, here you can see how the text is reflecting the meaning of the words. From time to time, pointing to the words and having your voice reflect what is being said, or how it is said, helps children understand the meaning of what is going on. In this way you are supporting both print awareness and comprehension.

Laura, Sacramento (CA) Public Library

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Print Awareness and Writing–Video Clip

June 25, 2012 on 8:51 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Empower Aside, Practices, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component, Video Clip, Writing | No Comments

Video clip of Empower Aside connecting print awareness and writing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HJ89UlCTzWo
Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant  www.earlylit.net

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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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Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

April 28, 2010 on 1:01 am | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

Introduction: I’d like to share this book with you called Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell. It can be tricky to use with little hands. Sometimes children tear the flaps because they don’t have good coordination yet. They do like flap books because they can play with the book and it’s a kind of peek-a-boo game.

Early Literacy Aside–Example: This simple story has signs which supports the early literacy skill called print awareness, helping your child understand that print has meaning. Pointing to the words on the signs as you read the book helps children understand that these are the words we are saying.
Read book. Point to the words in the signs as you read.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: As you go around your day, point out signs to your children. Even when your children notice logos like on gas stations, stores, or restaurants, this is the beginning of print awareness.

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I’m Taking a Trip on My Train by Shirley Neitzel

April 17, 2010 on 12:25 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Narrative Skills, Books, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

Introduce book: This book about a train uses pictures for for some words. You can help me by filling in the words when you see the picture.
Read book: As you read the book, point to the pictures in the text so that the participants (children and adults) will chime in with the appropriate words.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: (Print Awareness) As you point to the pictures and have children say the words, you are helping them see that pictures represent words. This is the beginning to helping them understand that the written word also represents the words we say. Print awareness is one of the skills children need to be able to learn to read and you are helping to develop this skill when you point to pictures and words as you say words.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: (for Print Awareness) Having words as part of the text of the story is a fun way to write stories with your child. As your child tells you a story, you can write it down and let them draw pictures for some of the repeated words. They see the written words for their spoken words which develops print awareness.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: (for Narrative Skills) Having your young children chime in with a word or phrase, as much as they can remember, is a first step to being able to retell the whole story. Retelling stories helps children develop narrative skills which later helps them understand what they read.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: (Narrative Skills) This is a cumulative story, where the lines are repeated. Having your child say the repeated phrases helps to develop retelling the story which develops their narrative skills, one of the skills that helps with later reading. Retelling stories helps develop their understanding of the story as well.

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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.

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Eats by Marthe Jocelyn

April 9, 2010 on 6:16 am | In 0 to 2, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Example Aside, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component, Vocabulary | No Comments

Introduce book: Our next book is Eats by Marthe Jocelyn and Tom Slaughter. You will see that they use very stark and bright colors, making it easy for young children to see the pictures. There are just two words on a page, the animal and what it eats. Children let’s see what the animal is right on the cover. A monkey! and he is eating a banana. Yummy!
Read
the book. Point to some of the words as you read them.
Early Literacy Aside–Eaxmple (for Print Awareness): You may have noticed when I read the book that I not only pointed to the pictures but also to the words. The words are so distinct. It is as if they are part of the artwork. Pointing to the words as well as the pictures helps your child focus on the print. They can see that pictures and words represent real things, part of print awareness, one of the early literacy skills that will later help them to read.
For Vocabulary:
Read the book. Add some more information as you talk about the pictures. Fore example: Bees like to eat nectar. See the black and yellow striped bees? They make a buzzing sound. Let me hear you make a buzzing sound. Good! Nectar is a sweet liquid that flowers have and the bees love to eat it.
Early Literacy Aside–Example (for Vocabulary): Even though there are just one or two words on a page, you may have noticed that I said more than just those words when I read the book. When you read books with your children take time, especially with simple books like this, to add more information to the words on the page. This helps build their vocabulary, learn new words.

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