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This presentation was given as part of "Storytimes With Purpose and Punch," a pre-conference workshop at the 2011 Kentucky Public Library Association Conference. Contact Megan Stith at the Meade …

This presentation was given as part of "Storytimes With Purpose and Punch," a pre-conference workshop at the 2011 Kentucky Public Library Association Conference. Contact Megan Stith at the Meade County Public Library if you have any questions or need help finding additional resources for your storytime.

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  • 1. Kindergarten Readiness Storytimes
    Megan Stith
    Meade County Public Library
  • 2. Today’s Presentation
    Starting your own kindergarten readiness program
    Program plans
    Storytimes for new librarians
    Helpful resources
  • 3. Creating Your Storytime
    No standard program that fits all libraries
    Know your community
    Listen to patrons
    Marketing what you’re already doing
    Standalone program (Kindergarten 101) or periodic focus
  • 4. Why Kindergarten Readiness is Important?
    Children who read or are read to become better readers (Allington, 2006; Krashen, 2004; Ross, McKechnie, & Rothbauer, 2006).
    “There is a 90% probability that a child will remain a poor reader at the end of the fourth grade if the child is a poor reader at the end of the first grade. Therefore, children who start school behind typically stay behind (MacLean, 2008).”
    Library storytimes provide encouragement, access, and time for reading (deGroot & Branch, 2009).
  • 5. Sources for Kindergarten Readiness Skills
    Community partnerships:
    Kindergarten teachers
    Board of Education
    Daycare providers
    Countdown to Kindergarten (Boston Public Schools)
    Fun By the Month activities, free printables
  • 6.
  • 7. Math Readiness
    Identify the eight basic colors.
    Count out loud to ten.
    Count a set of objects to five.
    Sorts objects.
    Recognizes and extends simple patterns.
    Recognizes shapes.
    Compares sizes and sets of objects.
  • 8. Literacy Readiness
    Write his/her first name.
    Know full name.
    Sing or say the Alphabet Song.
    Recognize at least thirteen letters of the alphabet (Any 13).
    Printing first name.
    Recognizes beginning and ending sounds of words.
    Produces rhyming words.
  • 9. Motor and Social Skills
    Cut on a straight line.
    Color within the lines.
    Use glue and paint.
    Zip and button pants without adult assistance.
    Put on and take off coat without adult assistance.
    Self-sufficient in all toileting responsibilities.
    Tie shoes.
    Listening to a story.
    Sharing and cleaning up toys.
    Walk in a line.
  • 10. Storytime Program
    Independent time for preschoolers
    Rituals similar to circle time
    Rhyme dice (phonological awareness, rhyming words)
    Alphabet song/letter of the day (letter knowledge, beginning sounds, rhyming)
    Calendar (counting, numbers)
    Themes: skill based or topic based
    Setting standards
  • 11. Special Events
    School bus visit
    Kindergarten teacher meet and greet
    Storytime graduation
    50 Books to Read Before Kindergarten Challenge
    Storytime for adults
    Best books for kids
    How to select books
    Giving gift books
    New releases/Previews
  • 12. Basic Program Structure
    Circle time:
    Welcome song
    Rhyme dice
    Alphabet song
    Musical instruments
    Story time
    Process over product
    Use a variety of materials
    Creative playtime
    Closing song
  • 13. Why Go Beyond Books?
    “Children have further opportunities to improve comprehension skills, accelerate language development, and evoke creativity through extension activities, such as art, drawing, and cooking; large motor activities, such as dancing, parachute games, and obstacle courses; and fine motor activities, such as threading and lacing.”
    -Cahill, 2004, p.61
    “Executive function has a number of elements, such as working memory and cognitive flexibility. But perhaps the most important is self-regulation — the ability for kids to control their emotions and behavior, resist impulses, and exert self-control and discipline…Poor executive function is associated with high dropout rates, drug use and crime. In fact, good executive function is a better predictor of success in school than a child's IQ.”
    -Spiegel, 2008
  • 14. Sample Program: Food
    Storytime: Eating the Alphabet (letters), The Doorbell Rang (numbers), Gregory the Terrible Eater (types of food), The Very Hungry Caterpillar (days of the week)
    Craft: pasta and cereal necklaces (fine motor skills)
    Playtime: kitchen and food toys, grocery store, restaurant, sort food
  • 15. Sample Program: Behavior
    Storytime: No, David!, Curious George, I Ain’tGonna Paint No More
    Craft: Watercolor splatter paintings
    Playtime: Sort mixed up objects
  • 16. Sample Program: Zoo
    Storytime: Color Zoo (colors), My Heart is Like a Zoo (shapes), 1 Zany Zoo (numbers)
    Craft: Use cut shapes to make their own animals
    Playtime: Animal masks, veterinarian
  • 17. Sample Program: Gardening
    Storytime: Count on Pablo (numbers), Planting a Rainbow (colors), Garden of Opposites (opposites)
    Craft: Make sweet potato people
    Playtime: Seed viewer, observe as they grow
  • 18. Sample Program: Safety
    Storytime: No Dragons for Tea, Emergency, Officer Buckle and Gloria
    Craft: Phone number magnet
    Playtime: Practice dialing phones, rehearse 911 calls, dial a phone with your feet
  • 19. Sample Program: Community Helpers
    Storytime: Millie Waits for the Mail, Guess Who, I Stink (alphabet), Trashy Town
    Craft: Recycled artwork
    Playtime: Match the mail, sort recycling
  • 20. Resources for Parents
    “Report card” of the day’s program
    Short video at pick-up time
    Take-home activities
    Bibliographies or a special school readiness section
  • 21.
  • 22. Storytime Tips for New Librarians
    Working with a limited collection
    Repeat favorites
    Use AV materials
    Online books
    Know your population
    Visit other libraries
    Offer to co-present
  • 23. Storytime Don’ts…
    Be afraid to go beyond books
    Rush the pictures
    Simplify the vocabulary
    Barrel through the story without interacting
    Forget the goals of your program and your library
    Try to do something unprepared
    Be opposed to change and spontaneity
    Be afraid to act silly!
    Any advice you’d like to share?
  • 24. Getting Ideas and Staying Organized
    Using blogs
    Google Reader
    Making your plans available
    Facebook page
  • 25. Planning Tools
    Everything Preschool
    Letter-based themes
    Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California
    Storytime Katie:
    Awesome Storytime:
    Enterprise Library Storytime:
    Constructive Playthings
    Educational toys
  • 26. Today’s Take-homes
    Craft template
    Resource list
    Reader’s advisory notebook
    50 Books to Read Before Kindergarten list
    Questions? Comments?
  • 27. Megan Stith
    Meade County Public Library
    400 Library Place
    Brandenburg, KY 40108