Notes from Story Time

Notes from Story Time Blog

Guess Whose Feet Are Dancing?

Dancing Feet by Lindsey CraigBeing able to guess or predict what comes next in a story helps children when they are learning to read. As you read aloud Dancing Feet by Lindsay Craig, ask your child to guess which animal is dancing.

Action Rhymes for Motor Skills

Susan Salidor's Come Make a Circle 2 CDBefore children can hold and manipulate a pencil to write, they must practice using the different muscles in their bodies. Large (gross) motor skills come before small (fine) motor skills, but it’s never too early to practice both!  As you listen to “Baby in the Cradle” on Susan Salidor’s Come Make a Circle 2, act out the words with your child.

Baby in the Cradle

The baby in the cradle goes rock, rock, rock.

The clock on the wall goes ticka-ticka-tock.

The rain on the window goes tap, tap, tap,

And when the sun comes up we clap, clap, clap!

 

Singing

floating music notes

Singing is a great way for kids to hear the sounds in words since it slows down the pronunciation and can be repetitive to emphasize syllables.

Emergent Writing

crayon drawing of tree, flowers, and the sunEmergent writing is young children’s first attempts at the writing process. Children as young as 2 years old begin to imitate the act of writing by creating drawings and symbolic markings that represent their thoughts and ideas. You can encourage preschoolers to develop writing skills by encouraging them to communicate their thoughts and record their ideas.

 

Open-Ended Questions

question marksAsk children open-ended questions that cannot be answered with yes or no. Give children time to process and to give a response. Use abstract language to not only talk about the here and now but the future, past and their imagination. This helps children develop and be ready to read.