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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

Developmental Markers
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
Early Talkers - Baby Storytime
Developmental Markers
Baby Storytime Structure
20-30 Minutes
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

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!
Baby Storytime Sample
Storytime Introduction
Opening song/rhyme
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

Toddler Storytime Structure
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

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
Books for Toddlers
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

PreReaders – Preschool Storytime
Developmental Markers
Preschool Storytime Structure
Repeated elements
A mix of complex and simple stories
Give children time to respond and tell stories
Movement and song
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

Sample Preschool Storytime
Books for Preschool
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

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
Attend at least 2 Early Literacy Share Sessions each year
Yearly observations
One by me
One by your senior
Read Aloud YouTube Pages
Storytime Monthly
Early Literacy Share Sessions Archives
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