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Notes from Storytime

Stories Without Words

Moo!Wordless and almost wordless picture books are a fun way to get your child talking and improve their narrative skills. In Moo! by David LaRochelle, the word “moo” is one of the only words in the book. The pictures make the story. Read this book and have your child interpret what is happening based on the pictures and your expressions of the word “moo.” For more books like this, do a keyword search for “stories without words” in the Library catalog.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on September 8, 2014 Categories: Narrative

There’s a Spider on the Floor, on the Floor…

Raffi's Top 10 Songs to ReadFind time to sing with your children this week. You may not realize it, but singing songs helps children hear words broken down into parts. This builds phonological awareness, which helps them later on when they have to sound out words.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By eemerick on August 25, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness

That’s What It’s All About!

The Croaky Pokey!A great place to start with print motivation is to use your child’s imagination and build from there. The book The Croaky Pokey by Ethan Long has the hokey pokey in a “froggy” style and will be sure to interest kids as they pretend to be frogs and do the actions in the book. Children will interact with the book in a positive way, which will encourage an enjoyment of books and reading.

–Tip by Laura B., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on August 11, 2014 Categories: Print Motivation

Print Awareness

Tops and BottomsYoung children can begin to learn that a book must be held a certain way in order to understand the print (and to follow the pictures). In the book Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens, the text of the story requires the reader to hold the book completely sideways!

–Tip by Amy S., Youth Library Assistant

By eemerick on July 28, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

Books are Conversation Starters

I Like BugsOnce in a while, instead of reading the text in a board book as it is written, use the text in the book as a conversation starter. Adding new words that your child might not otherwise hear can be a great way to help his or her vocabulary grow. Good readers know lots of words!

–Tip by Jan P., Preschool/Childcare Liaison

By eemerick on July 17, 2014 Categories: Vocabulary

Pat-a-Cake

Pat-a-CakeSongs like “Pat-a-Cake” not only tell a story, they describe a sequence of events. Your baby hears the words and relates them to the actions. Like books, songs are a fun way to develop your little one’s expressive language and narrative skills.

–Tip by Carol C., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on June 30, 2014 Categories: Narrative

Letter Play

My Teacher Can Teach-- Anyone!Alphabet books are one way to help children become aware of letters. Researchers have noted one of the six areas of early literacy as letter knowledge, which means recognizing letters, being able to name the letters, and knowing that each letter has its own sound. The book, My Teacher Can Teach–Anyone! by W. Nikola-Lisa, shows people doing jobs from A to Z. After each page, talk with your child about the letter name and sound. Remember that you do not need to read alphabet books from cover to cover; try beginning with your child’s favorite letters instead, like the first letter in his or her name.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on June 16, 2014 Categories: Letter Knowledge

The Cow Loves Cookies

The Cow Loves CookiesHelp your child develop print awareness by pointing to the repeating phrase, “the cow loves cookies,” every time you see it in the story by Karma Wilson. This helps your child see the relationship between written and spoken words.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

By eemerick on June 2, 2014 Categories: Print Awareness

Print Motivation

Chicky Chicky Chook Chook

By making books and their stories fun, you are helping to motivate your child to want more. Encourage your child to play along with the story. For example, you and your child can make animal sounds, act out the motions, or your child may enjoy holding a puppet or stuffed animal as you read.

–Tip by Barb M., Youth Programming and Outreach Assistant

 

By eemerick on May 19, 2014 Categories: Print Motivation

Nursery Rhymes

This Little PiggyRhymes are a fun way to build phonological awareness, the ability to hear the small sounds in words. Pick a favorite nursery rhyme such as “This Little Piggy” to share with your child.

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

 

By eemerick on May 12, 2014 Categories: Phonological Awareness