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Early Literacy At Its Finest

6 Jul

There’s a great article on the School Library Journal’s website about the positive effects of storytime on young children. Storytime began in the late 1800s and has changed drastically over the years from a time when children were expected to sit quietly and listen to an adult read books to today’s version of storytime that includes a wide variety of actions, senses, books, songs, dances and more.

I don’t think any librarian out there would argue that storytime is unhelpful to children, but there have been few studies to show the actual effects storytime has on PreK children. I think children’s librarians are also hesitant to say they are experts in the field as many don’t have a child development background and feel uncomfortable telling parents what they should be doing at home. New studies show that being intentional at storytime about early literacy skills makes a difference. Honestly, many of the early literacy skills I’ve shared with parents and caregivers in the past are things they already do, I just give it a name and explain why it’s so important.

I found this article to a fascinating read and really enjoyed learning more about research being done in the public library field. I’d love to see more research focused not only on early literacy, but on public libraries in general. We do far more good than people realize and we need to make ourselves known.

Jbrary – A Resource You Don’t Want To Miss

9 Dec

download.pngIf you’re a storytime librarian, a preK teacher, mom, dad, aunt, uncle, grandparent, sibling, etc., you have to take some time to explore Jbrary’s website.  Jbrary is the brain child of two children’s librarians in Vancouver, British Columbia and it’s an absolutely amazing resource filled with books, songs, fingerplays, rhymes and more.  And the best part is that they film the songs for their YouTube channel, making it so easy to learn (especially for tone-deaf librarians like myself!)

My own storytime has benefited greatly from the resources I’ve found on Jbrary. If you only try one new song in the next year – my kids LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fruit Salad (and Bananas Unite and See the Little Bunnies Sleeping and… you get the idea), basically everything I’ve tried my kids go crazy for!

And you need to stop by and see the 2016 Favorite Storytime Picture Books – all books published over the course of the past year that are tried and true books perfect for sharing one-on-one or with a larger group! What’s great is that there are books on this list for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and early elementary school, so no one will feel left out! So take some time to check out this amazing resource that just might make life a little easier when planning storytime or sharing time with your favorite little ones!

Toddler Storytime: Peace & Quiet

2 Nov

I used these same books for a parachute storytime this week as well and I have to share an adorable story.  The group ranges from early 2s to 5 year olds so it can be a challenge to engage everyone, but lately I’ve only had 6-8 kids which makes for a lot of one-on-one interaction that I don’t normally get in a group of 25.  I asked the kids if they knew what peace was before we read Karen Katz’s book and a little boy raised his finger to his lips and said, “Shhhh….”  which was definitely a giggle for the adults in the room!

Books:

  • Say Hello! by Linda Davick
  • Hush!: A Thai Lullaby by Minfong Ho
  • Can You Say Peace? by Karen Katz

Fingerplays, Flannelboards, Rhymes & Songs:

  • Song: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”
  • Fingerplay/Flannelboard: 5 Little Monkeys “No More Monkeys” by Asheba, Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground
  • Flannel Board/Movement Song: “A Yellow Squash” based on “A Douglas Fir

A yellow squash, a yellow squash (hold hands together above your head to create the neck of a gourd)
An orange jack-o’-lantern (draw a large circle using both your arms to create a pumpkin shape) and a yellow squash
A yellow squash, a yellow squash
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf (flutter hands down to the ground as if leaves are falling), red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf, red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate.
One named Early and one named Late…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a car
One named Near and the other named Far…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Quiet and the other named Loud…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a mast
One named Slow and the other named Fast…

  • Song: “Sandy River Belle” by Sharon Shannon, Putumayo Kids Present: European Playground (with bubbles)
  • Puppet Show: “Shake Your Sillies Out”

Toddler Storytime: All About Me

26 Oct

Books:

  • Lola Reads to Leo by Anna McQuinn
  • My Nose, Your Nose by Melanie Walsh
  • Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora

Fingerplays, Flannelboards, Rhymes & Songs:

  • Song: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”
  • Fingerplay/Flannelboard: 5 Little Monkeys “No More Monkeys” by Asheba, Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground
  • Flannel Board/Movement Song: “A Yellow Squash” based on “A Douglas Fir

A yellow squash, a yellow squash (hold hands together above your head to create the neck of a gourd)
An orange jack-o’-lantern (draw a large circle using both your arms to create a pumpkin shape) and a yellow squash
A yellow squash, a yellow squash
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf (flutter hands down to the ground as if leaves are falling), red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf, red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

  • Song:“Shake Your Body Down” by Laurie Berkner, The Ultimate Laurie Berkner Band Collection

  • Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate.
One named Early and one named Late…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a car
One named Near and the other named Far…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Quiet and the other named Loud…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a mast
One named Slow and the other named Fast…

  • Puppet Show: “Shake Your Sillies Out”

Toddler Storytime Theme: Counting

6 Oct

Books:

  • Can You Count Ten Toes? by Lezlie Evans (We counted in English on most of these pages, but I did ask each group if they spoke any of the languages to help us out)
  • Island Counting 1 2 3 by Frané Lessac
  • One is a Drummer: A Book of Numbers by Roseanne Thong

Fingerplays, Flannelboards, Rhymes & Songs:

  • Song: “Put Your Hands Up In the Air”
  • Fingerplay/Flannelboard: 5 Little Monkeys “No More Monkeys” by Asheba, Putumayo Kids Presents: Animal Playground
  • Flannel Board/Movement Song: “A Yellow Squash” based on “A Douglas Fir

A yellow squash, a yellow squash (hold hands together above your head to create the neck of a gourd)
An orange jack-o’-lantern (draw a large circle using both your arms to create a pumpkin shape) and a yellow squash
A yellow squash, a yellow squash
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf (flutter hands down to the ground as if leaves are falling), red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash
Red oak leaf, red oak leaf,
An orange jack-o’-lantern and a yellow squash

  • Song:“Gettin’ My Ya-Ya’s Out” by Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could, Just Say Hi!
  • Rhyme: Two Little Blackbirds

Two little blackbirds sitting on a hill.
One named Jack and one named Jill.
Fly away Jack, flay away Jill.
Come back Jack, come back Jill.

Two little blackbirds flying in the sky.
One named Low and one named High…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a pole.
One named Fast and one named Slow…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a gate.
One named Early and one named Late…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a car
One named Near and the other named Far…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a cloud
One named Quiet and the other named Loud…

Two little blackbirds sitting on a mast
One named Slow and the other named Fast…

  • Puppet Show: “Shake Your Sillies Out”
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