What to Do During Storytime Break?
You can create your own personal storytime, incorporating key early literacy skills: sing, talk, read, write, and play!
Singing is an important early literacy skill because it slows down natural speech, allowing children to hear the sounds inside of words. And it’s fun!
You Are My Sunshine is a great song for snuggling with your little ones. It’s also a nice reminder during our April showers that the sun will come out soon!
You are my sunshine, my only sunshine
You make me happy when skies are gray
You’ll never know dear how much I love you
Please don’t take my sunshine away…
Talk with your child about anything and everything! Expand on themes, characters, and ideas that you come across in books you read together. Talking introduces new vocabulary and demonstrates how conversations work.
Topics to Talk About:
- What you’re doing today
- Spring flowers, weather, colors
- Animal sounds, what they eat, where they live
Reading aloud exposes children to new vocabulary and concepts. It also shows them how books and reading work, and provides an introduction to how stories work.
by Rebecca Rissman
Those buzzy little bumblebees are starting to come out of hibernation and explore the new blossoms around town. This non-fiction title is full of gorgeous photographs of bees and plenty of facts shared in a rhyming scheme that will engage young preschoolers.
Plants Feed Me
by Lizzy Rockwell
Vegetable gardens and farmers markets are starting to get a lot more colorful these days. So what better time to read about where our vegetables come from? Bright illustrations and simple text are sure to get many little ones interested in plants and food.
by Amy Gibson
A little girl enjoys a spring rain, making up a song to describe the sounds she hears and sights she sees.
You don’t have to know how to read in order to write! Writing for very young children can be as simple as exploring shapes, using fingerpaints, or scribbling with crayons, all of which strengthen fine motor skills and introduce the idea that their marks can represent something else – in the same way that written letters and words represent sounds and concepts.
Activities to try:
- Make shapes and letters out of sticks, twigs, leaves, and other found natural objects
- Trace your child’s name on her back
- Make mud pies
Play is a natural way for your child to make sense of the world. This includes exploring new vocabulary, creating their own stories and narratives, and working out new concepts and ideas introduced through your conversations and reading!
After reading a book together, act out what happened. For example, if you read “Bees” by Rebecca Rissman, pretend you are honey bees visiting flowers for food.
We hope these suggestions help keep you and your child busy during our storytime break!
And don’t forget to record any of the books you read in your 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Reading Log.