Come and Play at the Library


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Come and Play at the Library

  1. 1. Come and Play at the Library!2013Mary Ellen Braks &Gwendolyn Haley
  2. 2. We know that Storytime Matters• Early Literacy – What children know about reading and writing before they learn to read and write – Parents and caregivers learn how they can develop these skills at home• Skill Development – Literacy – Math – Science – Social
  3. 3. Already included stories and thensome…• Songs• Fingerplays• Stretches• Dances• Beanbags• Instruments• Parachutes• Bubbles
  4. 4. Variety of Storytimes SCLD• Baby Lapsit – For Children 0-18 months in age• Toddler Play and Learn Storytimes – For Children 18 months to 3 Years• Play and Learn Storytimes – For Children 2 years to 5 years• Preschool Play and Learn Storytimes – For Children 3 years to 5 Years• Family Play and Learn Storytimes – For Children of all ages
  5. 5. Sno-Isle Storytimes• Ready Readers Baby and Me• Ready Readers Toddler• Ready Readers Preschool• Twos are Terrific• Tickly Toddle• Baby Play• Family Storytime
  6. 6. Baby Lapsit• KHQ Success By 6 Spot• One Baby/One Adult• Lifelong learning begins here!• 20 minutes followed by playtime
  7. 7. Play and Learn Storytime• Started with a grant from Family, Friends and Neighbors/Thrive by Five• Started with our Mother Goose Math and Science Kits• Began with only 5 libraries. – 4 Rural Communities, plus Spokane Valley• Expanded to all 10 in September
  8. 8. What Happens in Storytime…• Video Clip here: Play and Learn Compilation
  9. 9. What We’ve Learned:• If you build it, they will come! – Spokane Valley DOUBLED• Adults value the opportunity to connect and network with other adults.• Meeting a critical need for Early Learning opportunities. – Not every community has a Children’s Museum or a Science Center – Many families cannot afford Preschool
  10. 10. Why Play?• We’ve talked for years about the digital divide and how, if you’re on the wrong side of that technology access gap, you get left behind. I think there’s the potential for a kind of curiosity gap. – Michael Wesch Cultural Anthropologist
  11. 11. Why Play?“You can discover more about a person inan hour of play than in a year ofconversation.” -Plato
  12. 12. Why Play?• “The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things” -Plato
  13. 13. Why Play?• “Play is the highest form of human activity.” -Nietzsche philosophy
  14. 14. Why Play?• Play is the highest form of research. – Albert Einstein
  15. 15. Why Play?• “Play is the highest expression of human development in childhood. – Friedrich Froebel
  16. 16. Why Play?• Play is the “free expression of what is in a child’s soul,” giving “joy, freedom, contentment, inner and outer rest, [and] peace with the world.” – Friedrich Froebel (father of kindergarten)
  17. 17. Why Play?• Play is serious learning – Fred Rogers
  18. 18. Why play at storytime?• Natural extension of storytime activities• Lifelong learning begins at birth.• Lifelong learning begins with play.• Early Literacy is intrinsically wrapped up with all aspects of Early Learning.
  19. 19. Five Practices• Reading• Writing• Talking• Singing• Playing
  20. 20. Elements of Play• Structured• Unstructured
  21. 21. WA State Early LearningGuidelines• Have you seen this in your branch?
  22. 22. Areas of development that relateto play• Building Relationships• Touching, seeing, hearing and moving around• Communicating• Learning about my world
  23. 23. Building Relationships• Interact with adults and peers• Social Behaviors• Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution
  24. 24. Touching, Seeing, Hearing andMoving Around• Gross motor skills• Fine motor skills• Using sensorimotor skills
  25. 25. Communicating• Speaking and listening (language development)• Reading• Writing
  26. 26. Learning About My World• Knowledge (cognition)• Math• Science• Social Studies• Arts
  27. 27. Connections• WA State Early Learning Guidelines• Head Start Framework• WA Kids• P- 3 Alignment• K-12 Learning Standards• Common Core
  28. 28. Engaging Parents and Caregivers• Invite the adults in the room to participate with their children• What to do if a parent/caregiver is not engaged?1. Model desired behavior2. Draw parent/caregiver into the conversation or activity3. Encourage child to show their parent or tell parent about what they are doing
  29. 29. Role of the Librarian• Facilitate group play.• Encourage the adults to play with the children.• Spark ideas with questions.• Be a resource: Understand the Early Learning Guidelines.• Have fun!
  30. 30. Play for a lifetime!• We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing. – George Bernard Shaw
  31. 31. Easy Peasy Flannels
  32. 32. Where did you get thesewonderful toys?• Family, Friends, and Neighbors grant from Thrive by Five (administered by CCR&R) – Original grant $3000 (first 5 libraries) – Second grant $5000 (remaining libraries)• Target Early Literacy Grant ($2000)• Mother Goose What’s the Big Idea Kits• Lakeshore Learning• Kimbo• Amazon (Melissa and Doug, etc)
  33. 33. Have Fun!