Feathered Friends Storytime Plan
Submitted by Donna Johnson, Sioux City (Northwest Library Service Area, Iowa) Public Library
Babies Everywhere! for Two and Three-Year-Olds
Submitted by Debbie Stanton of Kalona (Southeast Iowa LSA) Public Library
Read The Little Red Hen. As your read the repeated phrases, “Not I,” said the dog;”Not I,” said the cat; “Not I,” said the mouse, run your finger under those words as you say them.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Running your finger under some of the words helps your child understand that it is the words you are reading, not the pictures. Researchers have found that even for four year olds, 95% of their attention is on the pictures. By pointing you help draw their attention to the text. This helps develop print awareness.
Read the book Mouse Shapes by Ellen Walsh.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: As I read the book, you’ll notice how we can combine talking about shapes as we also talk about what is happening in the story. Helping children see shapes is the beginning of letter knowledge.
Craft: Have various shapes cut out, the same ones used in the book. Each PERSON gets a blank sheet of paper. Using shapes, they make a picture. Encourage the adults to talk about all the shapes and also about what they are making with the shapes, both their own picture and their child’s. The adult or child can write the child’s name on their the paper and find some of the shapes in the letters.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Playing with shapes is one way to help your child see shapes in letters and to later identify the letters. For example, this is an N the first letter in your name. See how there is a triangle shampe betweenthe lines? You will notice many opportunities during your day to talk with your children about shapes.
Read the book Blue Sea by Robert Kalan.
Use the flannel board to retell the story. You put up the pieces and have the participants retell the story as you put up the pieces. You may say a few words to prompt them.
Early Literacy Aside–Example: Giving children an aid, like the flannel board pieces, helps them remember the story and the order. This helps them develop their narrative skills which both helps them later understand what they will read and helps them understand how stories work.
At the end of storytime, offer a handout (see below)
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Today I have a handout for Blue Sea for you. You and your children can color and cut out the pieces and then retell the story together. Remember that telling stories will help children later in school when they have to write their own stories.
Early Literacy Aside–Explain: One of the best things you can do to help your child be ready to learn to read is to share enjoyable times as you share books. Children who have these positive experiences around books are more likely to stick with learning to read when it comes time for them to learn to read. That enjoyment, called print motivation, goes a long way! Today I’ll point out a couple ways you can support enjoyable reading experiences.
During the storytime, read the book Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman. Before reading the book:
Early Literacy Aside–Example: This is one of my favorite books! It’s very clever and I like to watch the mouse story down below here. Adults, when you are reading a book you especially like, let your child know how much you like it and what you like about it. This supports print motivation, the enjoyment of reading.