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Storytimes Structures and Objectives

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Lisa Dengerink

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Transcript of Storytimes Structures and Objectives

Storytimes Structures and Objectives
By Lisa Dengerink

Toddler Storytime
What You Will Learn Today?
Storytime Provider Requirements

ECRR Developmental Stages

Objectives and Structures for Each Age Group

Management Techniques
Developmentally appropriate
Wide variety of activities
Create your personal style
Parental Involvement
Incorporating learning styles

What Makes Storytime Engaging?
ECRR Developmental Stages
Early Talker - Baby Storytime
0-18 months
Talker- Toddler Storytime
18 -36 months; 1.5 - 3 years
Pre-reader – Preschool
3-5 Year olds

Storytime Objectives
Baby Storytime

Share, demonstrate and empower parents with literacy practices
Read, Write, Talk, Sing, Play
Demonstrate dialogic reading
Be a facilitator for the adult and child
Be a role model and support system for parents
Keep reading fun
Expose children to many authors and genres
Have Fun!
Preschool Storytime

Other Storytimes
All Ages
Set expectations for the group verbally
Use elements from each storytime program
Everyone can sing
Movement almost always works!

Songs are easiest for everyone
Repeat songs at least once
Deliver a story in one language
Written song sheets or story translations can help support all attendees

Digital Elements
Make sure the tech has a purpose and enhances storytime
Understand the tools you are using
Make it interactive
It's all about relationships!

iPads on the big screen
Song lyrics on the big screen
YouTube Videos of interactive songs
Set up routines and cues.
Create storytime rituals
Get to the room before your audience and greet them as they arrive
Crowd is loud and unfocused
Crowd is quiet and unresponsive

Management Techniques
Set and Manage Expectations
Set expectations for participation from adults and children
Give specific expectations for activities
Parents and children need feedback
Give parents permission to leave if their children need a break
Keep your tone positive
Humor (not sarcasm) is always appreciated

Be flexible!
If something isn’t working, quit and move on
Don’t force a theme
Be willing to try new things
Look for new ideas
Focus on one early literacy practice and tip
Create a framework that works for you
Crafts are great, but…
Have fun!

Final Tips
Storytime Provider Requirements
Attend Storytime Structures and ECRR trainings
Watch 2-3 other storytimes
Read Aloud YouTube Pages
Storytime Monthly
Early Literacy Share Sessions Archives
Developmental Markers

Express themselves through cries, babbles, movement and facial expressions
Copying social actions such as waving "bye-bye"
Begin to let their personality show
Begin to understand their own feelings as well as others

Recognize different voices
Babbling conversations
Follow one and two step directions
Use lots of gestures
Can speak up to 20 words by 18 months.

Hold head up
Roll over
Sitting up
Pulling up
Everything in the mouth
Exploring with hands
Dropping and throwing

Recognize familiar faces, voices and smells
Understand routines
Copy behaviors
Learn to problem solve
Learn object permanence
Exert independence.
Storytime Structure
Sit in a circle
20-30 Minutes
Name song
Rhymes and songs
Book Experiences
Props and Activities

Tips for Baby Storytime
Flipchart/posters/handouts/slides with lyrics
Get comfy in the circle
Use your own “baby”
Use lots of “cues” to help them know what is happening
Caregiver reminder
Make the book breaks work best for you

Baby Storytime Sample
Storytime Introduction
Opening song/rhyme
Name Song
2-3 rhymes/songs
Book break
2-3 rhymes/songs
Book break
Activity using shakers, scarves, etc.
One or two songs
Book break
Closing song
Playtime with toys/Parent social time

Books for Babies
Very few words
Large, colorful, high contrast pictures
Real images

Whose Nose and Toes- John Butler
Peek-A-Moo- Marie Torres Cimarusti
Tails- Matthew Van Fleet
Barnyard Banter- Denise Fleming

Developmental Markers

Using imagination
Making friends; a few that are close
Learning how to share and take turns
Notice similarities and differences in people
Exerting independence, but still need familiar adults

Learning new words everyday! Up to 900 words by age 3
Speaking in more complex sentences
Asking lots of questions
Learning about feelings and expressing them
Understand more complex sentences

Developing self-control
Determining reality vs. pretend
Easily frustrated
Testing limits and trying new things
Remembering things for longer periods or time
Logical thinking

More complex movements like balancing and walking backwards
Dressing self
Drawing straight lines
Lots of fine motor skills
Toddler Storytime Structure
Storytime Introduction
Opening song or rhyme
Movement activity
Alternative story format
Movement activity
Alternative story format
Closing song
Hand stamping or stickers
Playtime with toys/craft if possible

Toddler Storytime Sample
Tips for Toddler Storytime
Have a couple of go to songs that all kids and caregivers know
Embrace the chaos
Repeat songs a couple of times
You might only do one book and that's OK
Stop activities or books that aren't working
End early if need be
One to two sentences per page
Non complicated stories
Interactive books
Repeating phrases
Concept books

Monkey and Me - Emily Gravett
Can You Make a Scary Face? – Jan Thomas
From Head to Toe - Eric Carle
Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes – Eric Litwin

Books for Toddlers
Repeated elements
Lots of rhymes, fingerplays and songs
Start with the longest book
Lots of movement and participation
Developmentally appropriate books
Interactive read aloud
Use things from baby storytime
Give children at least 5 seconds to respond

Developmental Markers
Preschool Storytime Structure
Preschool Storytime Sample
Tips for Preschool Storytime
Have a couple of go to songs that all kids and caregivers know
Embrace the chaos
Repeat songs a couple of times
You might only do one book and that's OK
Stop activities or books that aren't working
End early if need be
Books for Preschoolers
Repeated elements
A mix of complex and simple stories
Give children time to respond and tell stories
Movement and songs
Ask questions, use interactive books and activities

Storytime Introduction
Opening song or rhyme
Movement activity that extends the book or theme
Book or alternative story format (flannel board, puppets, big book, storytelling)
One or two fingerplays, song or rhymes
Fingerplay, song, or rhyme
Closing song
Craft, hand stamping or stickers

Longer books
More detailed stories
Stories with beginning, middle and end
Books with humor not sarcasm

Bear Snores On – Karma Wilson
I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More – Karen Beaumont
Rhyming Dust Bunnies – Jan Thomas
That is Not a Good Idea- Mo Willems

Pretend play with others
"Trying on" adult roles
Sharing, taking turns and cooperation
Want to play with kids their age
Self-help skills
Can tell a story
Understand basic concepts of time
Ask tons of questions
Up to 1500 words
Can recall information
Symbolic thought
Long term memory begins to solidify
Following 3 step directions
Learning basic concepts- colors, numbers, shapes
Understand and follow daily routines
Climb jungle gyms and ladders
Balance on one leg for a short time
Kick a ball from a standing position.
Build towers 9-10 blocks
Draw circles and lines
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