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Notes from Storytime

Boom Bah!

Boom Bah!Part of phonological awareness is recognizing sounds and breaking words apart into the smaller sounds in them. Onomatopoeia is a great way to help children hear different sounds in words. The sound words in stories like Boom Bah! by Phil Cummings help build phonological awareness. After you finish reading the story, you could make your own band and play with the different sounds you can make. Not only will your child have fun making music, he or she will build early literacy skills!

–Tip by Keary B., Youth Collection Specialist


By eemerick on February 21, 2013 Categories: Phonological Awareness

Say Please

Say Please

Narrative skills are the abilities to describe things and to talk about events and tell stories. Using things you have around the house as props can help children remember a story and retell it. When you read the book Say Please by Virginia Austin, you can have your child use stuffed animals they have around the house to reenact the story.

–Tip by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison

By eemerick on February 8, 2013 Categories: Narrative

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