Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Craft

April 23, 2013 on 8:40 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Letter Knowledge, Storytime Component | No Comments

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Craft:
Offer enough materials for one per person (children and adults). Use construction paper cut outs for tree and cocoanuts, or offer a blank sheet of paper to draw a tree. Children can color their trees, and glue coconuts and leaves to tree. The youngest children can pat the glued pieces. Older children can write letters or something that looks like a letter.  If they know how to write their name, they can write those letters on their tree.  Encourage adults to describe and talk about what their children have drawn and made.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: As you make things with your children, you can take opportunities to support their awareness of letters. With your preschoolers, help them write the letters in their name, but don’t worry if it’s not perfect. For younger children, talking about shapes, like the shapes of the cocoanuts or the shapes in the leaves, is the beginning of letter knowledge because children recognize letters by their shapes. Enjoy!

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

Share on Social Media

B I N G O (Bingo) Song

September 21, 2012 on 12:41 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Age Levels, Example Aside, Letter Knowledge, Music/Songs, Practices, Storytime Component | No Comments

BINGO Song
Here is a way to do the BINGO song so that we are saying all the letters at the end. “X” means to clap.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-X-X-X-X, B-X-X-X-X, B-X-X-X-X
And Bingo was his name, oh.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-i-X-X-X, B-i-X-X-X, B-i-X-X-X
And Bingo was his name, oh.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-i-n-X-X, B-i-n-X-X, B-i-n-X-X
And Bingo was his name, oh.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-i-n-g-X, B-i-n-g-X, B-i-n-g-X
And Bingo was his name, oh.
There was a farmer had a dog and Bingo was his name oh,
B-i-n-g-o, B-i-n-g-o, B-i-n-g-o
And Bingo was his name, oh.
We all spelled Bingo’s name. You know all these letters!  B   i   n    g   o  (point slowly to each one)
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Singing letters of the alphabet is one enjoyable way for children to learn letters. You can spell out other words using the same tune. Having children become familiar with letter names and identifying letters will later help them as they try to recognize words.

Share on Social Media

Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski

July 18, 2012 on 7:13 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Letter Knowledge, Storytime Component | No Comments

Book Introduction: Our next book is one of my favorite books called Big Chickens by Leslie Helakoski. There are three chickens and each of the chickens here is holding one of the letters for the word “big”. Here is a B and an I
and a G.
Read the book.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: From time to time it is fun to point out letters as I did with the word BIG. You don’t need an alphabet book to talk about letters.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Did you know that when your child plays with shapes or blocks and you talk about the shapes you are preparing them to learn to recognize letters!

Submitted by Diane Christensen, Sacramento (CA) Public Library

Share on Social Media

Shapes Around Us by Daniel Nunn

July 18, 2012 on 6:49 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Explain Aside, Letter Knowledge, Storytime Component | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside–Explain: Children learn to recognize letters by their shapes. Today I’ll be pointing out some ways you can support letter knowledge by talking about shapes.
During the storytime read
Shapes Around Us by Daniel Nunn.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: This book helps us think of so many shapes we see in the world around us. What a great way to help children notice shapes which later helps them recognize letters!
Early Litearcy Aside–Empower:
Pointing out and playing with shapes helps children to recognize and draw letters. Be sure to include both the upper cas and lower case versions of letters.

Share on Social Media

Shapes That Roll by Karen Nagel–Video Clip

June 25, 2012 on 8:54 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Empower Aside, Letter Knowledge, Playing, Practices, Puppets/Dolls/Props/Dramatics, Storytime Component, Video Clip | No Comments

Video clip demonstraton of Empower Aside using Shapes That Roll and other manipulatives.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCAwbWVsB2I
Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant  www.earlylit.net

Share on Social Media

Freight Train with flannel board

June 11, 2012 on 6:59 pm | In 2's and 3's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Example Aside, Flannel Board, Letter Knowledge, Storytime Component | No Comments

Preparation: Use the attached pattern to cut out large flannel board pieces. You can make the pictures smaller to cut out pieces that you will hand out to the storytime participants.
Activity: We have just read the book Freight Train by Donald Crews. Now let’s play a matching game on the flannel board. Here is the whole train. [Put up the cars of the train and name them. Describe their color, shape, etc. Pass out one car to each of the storytime participants. Remove your whole train. Put up one car and describe it.] I have put up the cattle car. It is green and looks like a rectangle. It has two lines in the middle that cross each other. They look like an X. Several of you have a green cattle car. If you do, come up and make your match on the flannel board. Good job! [Continue with other cars.]
Early Literacy Aside–Example: When we play matching games with children, we help them notice characteristics of objects, what is similar and different. This type of thinking will later help them notice differences and similarities in letters as they learn to identify letters and learn to read.
freighttrainFB
small cars can be used for individual handout:  http://www.makinglearningfun.com/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.makinglearningfun.com/Activities/Train/TrainPatterning/TrainPatterning-Cars.gif

Share on Social Media

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).

Share on Social Media

ABC Look at Me by Roberta Intrater

May 12, 2010 on 8:36 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Explain Aside, Letter Knowledge, Storytime Component | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside: Explain Aside: Noticing that the same letter can look different, like upper and lower case, is a beginning step for letter knowledge, one of the early literacy skills that children need to be able to learn to read. 
Early Literacy Aside–Example Aside: One way we can help children learn what the letters look like and the letter names is by sharing alphabet books. When sharing alphabet books with children, we tend to focus more on the print than with any other type of book. Let’s share an alphabet book together.
Share the book ABC Look at Me  by Roberta Intrater. 
Did you notice that when I read the book, I pointed to the letter? As we read alphabet books, we tend to point out the letter on the page as we say its name. This does not come so naturally while reading other kinds of books. As you talk about the letter you can point out that the same letter can look different. For example, here’s the letter R. It can look like R or r.
Empower Aside: When you read alphabet books, don’t worry if your child does not recognize the letters and the different ways they look. You are just introducing the idea that the same letter can look different. Alphabet books do not need to be read from A to Z. You can give the book to your child and let them choose a page that looks interesting. Then talk about the picture and the letter. As your child grows, keep pointing out and talking about letters. Let your child see your interest in them and they will follow your lead in learning them.

Share on Social Media

Goodnight Max by Rosemary Wells

May 12, 2010 on 7:46 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Example Aside, Letter Knowledge, Storytime Component | No Comments

Introduction: Let’s look at the cover of this book Goodnight Max by Rosemary Wells. What shapes do you see? Yes, the blanket has colored squares, the moon is a crescent shape; Max’s nose looks like a triangle.
Read the book.
Early Literacy Aside–Example Aside: You don’t need a book about shapes to talk about shapes. Talking about shapes with your child as we did at the beginning of this book, is the beginning of being able to recognize letters. Children begin to recognize letters by their shapes.

Share on Social Media

Shapes Flannel Board and Matching Game

April 28, 2010 on 5:43 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Flannel Board, Letter Knowledge, Storytime Component | No Comments

Preparation for Presenter: Using cutouts of different shapes (see attachment below) make shapes you can use on the flannel board. If you want to play the matching game in addition to talking about shapes, make more than one of each shape.
Introduction: Today we talked about shapes and alike and different. So let’s see what shapes you see up here. Depending on the size, age-level and attention span of the group, you can put the shapes up yourself or hand them out to the toddlers and have them put the shapes up on the flannel board. Say the name of the shape as well as some additional description. For example, ”Here is a circle, a small blue circle.” Have the children repeat the name of the shape and/or the description.]
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Helping your child notice and talk about shapes later helps them identify letters. When you think of an upper case A, there is a triangle shape in it.
For Matching Game:
You keep one copy of each shape and pass out the additional copies of the shapes. Put up one shape, say what it is and describe it. Then have those children who have the same shape come up to the flannel board to add theirs to yours. Don’t forget to clap for each person. Adults are welcome to help their children.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Playing matching games helps your child notice what is alike and different. This is one part of developing letter knowledge.
Matching Game Variation:
You can make the matching more challenging by making patterns on your shapes. For example, you may color a couple of circles on a square, or make a design on two copies of the same shape. You can make the matching more or less challenging by how intricate or obvious the differences are. Use the handout of shapes for parents and children to cut out and play with at home.
Early Literacy Aside for Shape Handout–Empower: This handout has several shapes you can cut out at home. You can use them as patterns and cut them out of different color paper. You can draw on them to make different patterns to match as well. You might ask your toddler to put all the circles together, all the ones with straight lines, all the ones with the same color. Sorting is one way of noticing what is alike and different. When children try to recognize letters they will need this skill. Think of a lower case h and a lower case n. They look similar but they are also different.
Shapes for Flannel Board
Shapes for Parent Handout

Share on Social Media Next Page »

Powered by WordPress with Pool theme design by Borja Fernandez.
Entries and comments feeds. Valid XHTML and CSS. ^Top^