I’ve been using our exploration station as a participatory art station along with a story walk, and this summer I turned the exploration station into a hero wall. The windows that we use for the story walks turned into our super city, which the kids covered in stickers and superheroes as they read their way through the summer.
My bilingual family storytimes all follow the same outline, and I fill in the blanks with books, flannel stories, apps and activities!
Although this program had a low attendance, I wrangled some older kids who were hanging out in the children’s room this evening with the promise of cookies and Mo Willems, and they LOVED this fun classic.
Book: Estamos en un libro!/We are in a book! by Mo Willems.
As I do, I read first in English, then in Spanish. One older girl translated to English as I read the Spanish version, and I was impressed with her combined Spanish/remembering skills. Continue reading Bilingual storytime: Estamos en un libro!
When I first decided that I wanted to do a comic creation program as part of our summer reading program, I was thinking digital comics. However, I quickly realized that even all the ipads I could scrounge up (this was before we got our brand new super shiny ipads from our friends group) wouldn’t be enough for all the kids I wanted to let in.
After the less than enthusiastic responses to the print books I read (tried to read) during my first storytimes, I decided to ditch the book and do an entirely digital program for this last one. I did a lot of thinking about what the point of the storytime was:
- to model good apping and joint media engagement to parents
- to address concerns about media use for hesitant families
- to gently steer families who use new media as a babysitter in a different direction
- to provide concrete and quality app recommendations and RA (AA? App Advisory?)
- to provide access to both tech hardware (the iPads) and software (paid apps that they can try before purchasing)
- to provide an alternative format to traditional, book-based storytime for kids who are not developmentally able to handle a regular storytime, no matter how much singing and dancing we do