Programming withECRR2 in MindStaff TrainingApril 9 & 10, 2013
What makes a good story time?• Its fun!• Interactive• Varied• Good stories• Lots of different elements• Songs• Paced well to keep kids attention• Transitions between activities so there is cohesion• Flexibility depending on your audience• Early literacy statements• Parent involvement
How can you tell when storytime is successful?• Nobody cries• Nobody leaves• Good feedback• Kids dont want to leave• Kids participate• Parents participate• They come back• They are absorbed in what is being read• HUGS!
What would you change aboutstory time?• Anything that doesnt work• Smaller groups• Enough kids to make it engaging• More flexibility to meet the needs of all family types, schedules• Include more types of storytelling (books, non-fiction, felt stories, puppets,apps)• Attitude of coworkers who think its just loud playing• Attitude of parents who dont see the critical benefit• More interactive elements (instruments, etc.)• Meet more types of audiences, especially including males so kids see menreading• More math and science• More open-ended crafts/art• More open-ended activities, i.e. play time, picture walk• Time for grownups to hang out and talk to one another, esp. with babies
Questions to ask about aprogram - Engagement• How does it engage kids?• How does it engage caregivers?
Questions to ask about aprogram - The Five Practices• Does reading happen? How?• Does talking happen? How?• Does singing happen? How?• Does writing happen? How?• Does playing happen? How?
Questions for personalconsiderationWhat are the strongest components of yourstory time?Which of the five practices, if any, are youmissing from your program?