This month in Little Makers we worked on pinching. Here’s what we did:
This fall I was insanely excited to start a baby storytime at my library. There had been one a few years ago, but when the babies aged out they ended up with toddler and preschool storytimes instead. I decided to tack on a babytime (0-18 months) before toddler storytime, allowing plenty of time for play in between.
Our toddler storytime is called Wiggletime, so for the babies one of my great coworkers came up with the name Snuggletime. (Rejected titles included cuddletime, tickletime and, uh, fondletime).
We know how important dramatic and pretend play is for kids and growth of early literacy skills. It helps develop narrative skills for storytelling, and lets kids assume roles to learn about the real world (cook, teacher, reader, fireman, etc). It encourages social interactions and (hopefully) can engage grownups in play with the kids.
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!
I talk about my first new media evening storytime here, and I had my second iteration of this program last month, with some of the kinks worked out and double the attendance!
I introduced the program this time merely by explaining what we were going to do and talking about book apps to start.
Book App: Red in Bed. One of the kids discovered the hidden white color (and accompanying note) when she was playing with the app afterward, and was super proud to show me. Continue reading New media storytime, the second
Note: A version of this post first appeared on the Growing Wisconsin Readers blog.
After attending a New Media Training this spring, my goals included increasing our use of new media (ipads) in our programs and serving as a media mentor to our patrons. With that in mind, I planned a new media evening storytime, and advertised it as a way to learn about quality apps and how to use them with your kids.
This week I hosted a Family Fun Day for our county’s Early Headstart program! Early Headstart serves families who meet federal income guidelines from pregnancy up through kids of age 3. The family fun days stress parent/child interaction, so I planned a mini storytime followed by early literacy stations.