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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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    • Kindergarten Readiness Storytimes
      Megan Stith
      Meade County Public Library
    • Today’s Presentation
      Starting your own kindergarten readiness program
      Program plans
      Storytimes for new librarians
      Helpful resources
    • 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
    • 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).
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • Sample Program: Behavior
      Storytime: No, David!, Curious George, I Ain’tGonna Paint No More
      Craft: Watercolor splatter paintings
      Playtime: Sort mixed up objects
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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?
    • Getting Ideas and Staying Organized
      Using blogs
      Google Reader
      Making your plans available
      Facebook page
    • 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
    • Today’s Take-homes
      Craft template
      Resource list
      Reader’s advisory notebook
      50 Books to Read Before Kindergarten list
      Questions? Comments?
    • Megan Stith
      Meade County Public Library
      400 Library Place
      Brandenburg, KY 40108