Eensy Weensy Spider by Mary Ann Hoberman

August 22, 2012 on 1:16 pm | In 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Empower Aside, Example Aside, Music/Songs, Phonological Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

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!

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I Love Books Song

August 22, 2012 on 3:06 am | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Music/Songs, Storytime Component | No Comments

I Love Books Song: to the tune of Skip to My Lou
Books, books, I love books
Books, books, I love books
Books, books, I love books
I know that you do, too.
This song can be used as an Opening Song and/or a Closing Song to articulate the joy we find in reading books. Print Motivation, a child’s enjoyment of books and reading, can help children stick with learning to read when they art taught to read in school.

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Now It’s Time to Read a Book Song

August 22, 2012 on 2:37 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Print Motivation, Music/Songs, Practices, Singing, Storytime Component | No Comments

Now It’s Time to Read a Book: to the tune of London Bridge Is Falling Down:
Now it’s time to read a book,
Read a book,
Read a book
Now it’s time to read a book
I’ll read a book to you.
This song can be used as a transition into reading the next book to help instill print motivation, the enjoyment of books. Songs help children make smooth transitions from one activity to another. As children come to know the song, they can sing it at home when they want to read to a parent/adult or when they want an adult to read to them.

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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:

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Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman

August 8, 2012 on 9:18 pm | In 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Narrative Skills, Books, Empower Aside, Flannel Board, Storytime Component, Storytime Handouts | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Earlier in our storytime we read the book Something from Nothing and then you helped tell the story with the flannelboard. Today I have a handout for you, so that you can color and cut out the pieces from the rectangular blanket and then retell the story at home. Adults, when you give your children little aids or props, it helps them remember the story and retell it. When children retell stories they are better understanding how stories work as well as the story itself. This will help them later understand what they read. Have fun together!
Handout:  handsomnothpattskill
Library Staff: You can enlarge the handout to make your own flannelboard.

Submitted by Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant

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