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Notes from Storytime

Shapes, Shapes, Shapes

Spot Looks at ShapesBefore children learn actual letters, they are aware of shapes. Learning differences in shapes will help them later when they are learning the shapes of letters. In books like Spot Looks at Shapes by Eric Hill and Shapes, Shapes, Shapes by Tana Hoban, children can talk about how some shapes are alike or different. Have them trace them and find the shapes in things and letters all around!

–Tip by Carol C., Youth Programming Assistant

By eemerick on January 21, 2013 Categories: Letter Knowledge

Vocabulary in Rhymes

My First Nursery RhymesNursery rhymes expose children to words and rhymes that are not used in everyday conversations. Researchers have found that children who know rhymes find it easier to learn to read. Say rhymes with your child at home as you go about the day. It can be as simple as repeating familiar ones like those we do in storytime, or you can try making up your own rhymes.

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist

By eemerick on January 7, 2013 Categories: Vocabulary

Snip Snap!: What’s That?

Snip Snap!: What's That?Having your child say a repeating phrase with you throughout the book keeps him or her involved. For example, in Snip Snap!: What’s That? by Mara Bergman, each time you ask, “Were the children scared?” your child can answer, “You bet they were!” This is one way you support print motivation.

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

By eemerick on December 24, 2012 Categories: Print Motivation

Playing With Sounds

Dog's Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and CountingIn the story Dog’s Colorful Day: A Messy Story About Colors and Counting by Emma Dodd, each time dog gets another spot of color it is accompanied by a sound like “Swish” or “Splurt.” Have your child make these sounds with you as you read. Having children hear and make different sounds like this helps them to be able to play with the different sounds of the English language and will help them later when they are trying to sound out words to read. This is part of the skill of phonological awareness.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on December 10, 2012 Categories: Phonological Awareness

I Could Be, You Could Be

I Could Be, You Could BeI Could Be, You Could Be by Karen Owen will help spark your child’s imagination as it talks about becoming various people and things, from astronauts to elephants. This kind of role play helps your child develop the narrative skill. In the back of the book there are ideas about how to create masks and other items for make-believe play.

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

By eemerick on November 26, 2012 Categories: Narrative

Pick a Letter, Any Letter

26 Letters and 99 CentsReading any book can teach your child letter knowledge. Before you read a book together, ask your child to pick a letter. Draw the letter together and practice making its sound. Then as you read the story, have your child find words that contain that letter.

–Tip by Mary S., Youth Services Department Head

By eemerick on November 12, 2012 Categories: Letter Knowledge

All Mixed Up

Fall Mixed UpFall Mixed Up by Bob Raczka is a great book for practicing vocabulary because there are “mistakes” on every page, which are both in the words and in the illustrations. Kids should be able to recognize what is wrong and figure out how to fix it. You can read the book through once without stopping (and wait for the kids to start telling you what is wrong), and then go back through and “correct” the mistakes. Reviewing the parts of the story will reinforce vocabulary.

–Tip by Erin E., Youth Programming Coordinator

By eemerick on October 29, 2012 Categories: Vocabulary

Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin

Giggle, Giggle QuackGiggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin is a book where writing is important to the story. You can have your child draw pictures and “write” lists or notes to someone else. This helps them develop their print awareness skill.

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

By eemerick on October 15, 2012 Categories: Print Awareness

What Do Wheels Do All Day? by April Jones Prince

What Do Wheels Do All Day?Many young children love books about true things. Following your child’s interests helps develop print motivation—interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. We have non-fiction books for preschoolers on almost every topic, but they aren’t with the picture books; they are interfiled with the non-fiction books for older kids.

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on October 1, 2012 Categories: Print Motivation

Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around

Let's Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not AroundKids love to talk about what they are wearing or doing. Let’s Play in the Forest While the Wolf Is Not Around by Claudia Rueda is a great story where the big bad wolf is getting dressed. You can name items of clothing and colors in the story with your child and talk about what the wolf is doing to help build vocabulary. Then do the same when your child is getting dressed. An expansive vocabulary will help your child later as they try to understand what they read.

–Tip by Brad J., Youth Technology Librarian

By eemerick on September 17, 2012 Categories: Vocabulary