Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Today in storytime we shared the story of The Three Little Pigs and the children helped me blow down the straw and stick houses, but not the brick one. Giving your child props to retell the story helps develop narrative skills. This skill helps children later understand what they read. So, I am giving you a handout with instructions on how to make the origami house I used. [Demonstrate.] When you do this activity at home, have fun retelling the story together.
Three Pigs Origami House pattern
Submitted by Saroj Ghoting
Sing Roll Your Hands from Toddlers on Parade by Carol Hammett
Roll, roll, roll your hands
fast as fast can be.
Do it now, let me see
Do it now with me.
Tap, tap, tap your feet
Shake, shake, shake your hips
Roll, roll, roll your hands
[Repeat one or two times all together. Clap together when done.]
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: This is a good rhyme to do as you are bathing or diapering your child. Use different parts of the body and words for different actions to help increase your child’s vocabulary. Even though your baby does not understand everything you say, it is important for her to hear you say many words. The wider variety of words that your child hears, the larger her vocabulary will be, and the more easily they will later be able to read.
Sing the song Five Little Ducks (on Rise and Shine by Raffi)
Early Literacy Aside–Example: There are many songs that have children say the sounds that animals make. Saying animal sounds is the beginning of being able to hear the smaller sounds in words, which later helps them sound out words when they learn to read!
Song Introduction: Our next song is Eensy Weensy Spider on this CD called Mainly Mother Goose by Sharon Lois and Bram. In this version, there is the eensy weensy spider and then next door there is a big, fat spider, and then a teensy weensy spider. Let’s listen to the song first and then we’ll act it out together.
[Talk about a big fat spider and what it might look like, have them try to be a big fat spider. Do the same with a teensy weensy spider, using just your fingers. Have them try it themselves. You can use synonyms for big, fat like huge, enormous, and then for teensy such as tiny, tiny, minute.]
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Adults, by using the movements can help children understand what the words mean. Talking with your children about opposites and using more similar words–all these activities help to develop your children’s vocabulary which will later help them understand what they read.
Read the book Blue Sea by Robert Kalan.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Blue Sea uses the concept of size. You can build your child’s vocabulary by talking about different words realted to size, like big, bigger, biggest which compare sizes. Also offer words like huge, gigantic, humongous.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: There are many opportunities throughout the day where you can add new words related to size, such as thin, fat, hard, soft, etc. Exposing your children to new words builds their vocabulary which will help them later understand what they read.