October 2013

Share Songs and Play to Grow Readers

When it comes to storytime, we Librarians do as many songs and rhymes as we do books (or even more, for the little ones). We talked about why last session. Here are some ways caregivers can incorporate storytime activites into daily life.

Even if you don’t think you can carry a tune in a basket, you should SING with your kids often – young children are not at all judgmental about your singing ability. When you and your child sing, children start to hear words broken up into their smaller parts, as often each syllable is a separate note. This skill helps children with rhyming and with sounding out words later on when they learn to read on their own. - Mr. Andy, via Revolution Readaloud
Making reading fun is an important part building pre-literacy skills, and we have a lot of fun in storytimes. We use props like puppets and felt boards to help stories come to life and to encourage kids to focus--you can, too! Share a book about a dog, for example, and then ask your child to use a plush dog to re-tell the story. - Miss Rory
Acting out stories lets kids interact with books you share. Sharing playtime with kids is a great way to get their imaginations working! - Mr. Ben
Play dress up together! Act out stories and songs that you've shared or their own stories they've created. - Miss Shelley
Sing to your baby any chance you get, and encourage him/her to join in. Singing introduces words, nonsense sounds, rhymes and rhythms-- building blocks for developing literacy skills. - Miss Jennifer
What's your favorite thing to share with your kids? Miss Heather loves to learn new songs and rhymes from Tell Me a Story, hosted by the King County Library System.

Sharing Rhymes

Our Late Fall Storytime Classes have begun and with them, new tips for helping your kids on the path towards reading independently.


This week, we talked about the importance of rhymes and words:

Miss Rory recommends:
Play the Rhyme Game! Ask kids to say any word which rhymes with a body part. So,
"Now touch your [pat your head and wait for child to guess what you're about to say]...head! Wow, good rhyming!"

With the confidence of being able to guess the second word [body part], kids will have so much fun being rhyming experts. And hearing the similarities and differences in the sounds is a great pre-literacy skill-builder!

Miss Katie suggests:

As you read books to your child, you can say more than just the words on the page. You can use a picture of a word on the page as conversation starters. You can ask your child a question or even tell a story about the object! You are building your child’s vocabulary by exposing them to many different words.

Mr. Ben advises:

Try choosing books that have a lot of simple rhymes or make up some silly rhymes of your own. That way, your youngster can pick up on the smaller parts of words--an important skill for reading--while having fun!

Miss Shelley offers:

You can still make rhyming fun when your child is nonverbal or too young to respond. Make up actions or dances to go with the rhymes as you recite them. They're picking up on the rhymes and feeling good about participating, too.

What are your favorite rhymes to share?

Ever wonder...

...who's toiling away in the staff area of Children's Services, getting all the copying done?

Well, now you know! Seriously, though, we have lots of great resources about polar bears in our nonfiction area; come learn about how they really work and play!