Kindergarten Readiness Storytimes


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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 County Public Library if you have any questions or need help finding additional resources for your storytime.

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Kindergarten Readiness Storytimes

  1. 1. Kindergarten Readiness Storytimes<br />Megan Stith<br />Meade County Public Library<br />
  2. 2. Today’s Presentation<br />Starting your own kindergarten readiness program<br />Program plans<br />Storytimes for new librarians<br />Helpful resources<br />Take-homes<br />
  3. 3. Creating Your Storytime<br />No standard program that fits all libraries<br />Know your community<br />Listen to patrons<br />Marketing what you’re already doing<br />Standalone program (Kindergarten 101) or periodic focus<br />
  4. 4. Why Kindergarten Readiness is Important?<br />Children who read or are read to become better readers (Allington, 2006; Krashen, 2004; Ross, McKechnie, & Rothbauer, 2006).<br />“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).”<br />Library storytimes provide encouragement, access, and time for reading (deGroot & Branch, 2009).<br />
  5. 5. Sources for Kindergarten Readiness Skills<br />Community partnerships:<br />Kindergarten teachers<br />Board of Education<br />Daycare providers<br />Countdown to Kindergarten (Boston Public Schools)<br /><br />Fun By the Month activities, free printables<br />
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  7. 7. Math Readiness<br />Identify the eight basic colors.<br />Count out loud to ten.<br />Count a set of objects to five.<br />Sorts objects.<br />Recognizes and extends simple patterns.<br />Recognizes shapes.<br />Compares sizes and sets of objects.<br />
  8. 8. Literacy Readiness<br />Write his/her first name.<br />Know full name.<br />Sing or say the Alphabet Song.<br />Recognize at least thirteen letters of the alphabet (Any 13).<br />Printing first name.<br />Recognizes beginning and ending sounds of words.<br />Produces rhyming words.<br />
  9. 9. Motor and Social Skills<br />Cut on a straight line.<br />Color within the lines.<br />Use glue and paint.<br />Zip and button pants without adult assistance.<br />Put on and take off coat without adult assistance.<br />Self-sufficient in all toileting responsibilities.<br />Tie shoes. <br />Listening to a story.<br />Sharing and cleaning up toys.<br />Walk in a line.<br />
  10. 10. Storytime Program<br />Independent time for preschoolers<br />Rituals similar to circle time<br />Rhyme dice (phonological awareness, rhyming words)<br />Alphabet song/letter of the day (letter knowledge, beginning sounds, rhyming)<br />Calendar (counting, numbers)<br />Themes: skill based or topic based<br />Setting standards<br />
  11. 11. Special Events<br />School bus visit<br />Kindergarten teacher meet and greet<br />Storytime graduation<br />50 Books to Read Before Kindergarten Challenge<br />Storytime for adults<br />Best books for kids<br />How to select books <br />Giving gift books<br />New releases/Previews<br />
  12. 12. Basic Program Structure<br />Circle time:<br />Welcome song<br />Rhyme dice<br />Alphabet song<br />Calendar<br />Musical instruments<br />Story time<br />Craft<br />Process over product<br />Use a variety of materials<br />Creative playtime<br />Closing song<br />
  13. 13. Why Go Beyond Books? <br /> “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.”<br /> -Cahill, 2004, p.61<br /> “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.”<br />-Spiegel, 2008<br />
  14. 14. Sample Program: Food<br />Storytime: Eating the Alphabet (letters), The Doorbell Rang (numbers), Gregory the Terrible Eater (types of food), The Very Hungry Caterpillar (days of the week)<br />Craft: pasta and cereal necklaces (fine motor skills) <br />Playtime: kitchen and food toys, grocery store, restaurant, sort food<br />
  15. 15. Sample Program: Behavior<br />Storytime: No, David!, Curious George, I Ain’tGonna Paint No More<br />Craft: Watercolor splatter paintings<br />Playtime: Sort mixed up objects<br />
  16. 16. Sample Program: Zoo<br />Storytime: Color Zoo (colors), My Heart is Like a Zoo (shapes), 1 Zany Zoo (numbers)<br />Craft: Use cut shapes to make their own animals<br />Playtime: Animal masks, veterinarian<br />
  17. 17. Sample Program: Gardening<br />Storytime: Count on Pablo (numbers), Planting a Rainbow (colors), Garden of Opposites (opposites)<br />Craft: Make sweet potato people<br />Playtime: Seed viewer, observe as they grow<br />
  18. 18. Sample Program: Safety<br />Storytime: No Dragons for Tea, Emergency, Officer Buckle and Gloria<br />Craft: Phone number magnet<br />Playtime: Practice dialing phones, rehearse 911 calls, dial a phone with your feet<br />
  19. 19. Sample Program: Community Helpers<br />Storytime: Millie Waits for the Mail, Guess Who, I Stink (alphabet), Trashy Town<br />Craft: Recycled artwork<br />Playtime: Match the mail, sort recycling<br />
  20. 20. Resources for Parents<br />“Report card” of the day’s program<br />Short video at pick-up time<br />Take-home activities<br />Bibliographies or a special school readiness section<br />
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  22. 22. Storytime Tips for New Librarians<br />Working with a limited collection<br />Repeat favorites<br />Use AV materials<br />Online books<br />Know your population<br />Visit other libraries<br />Offer to co-present<br />
  23. 23. Storytime Don’ts…<br />Be afraid to go beyond books<br />Rush the pictures<br />Simplify the vocabulary<br />Barrel through the story without interacting<br />Forget the goals of your program and your library<br />Try to do something unprepared<br />Be opposed to change and spontaneity<br />Be afraid to act silly!<br />Any advice you’d like to share?<br />
  24. 24. Getting Ideas and Staying Organized<br />Using blogs<br />Google Reader<br />Listservs<br />KYAC<br />PUBYAC<br />KITLIT/CHILDLIT<br />Making your plans available<br />Blog<br />Facebook page<br />
  25. 25. Planning Tools<br />Everything Preschool<br /><br />Letter-based themes<br />Association of Children's Librarians of Northern California<br /><br />SurLaLuneStorytimes:<br /><br />Storytime Katie:<br /><br />Awesome Storytime:<br /><br />Enterprise Library Storytime:<br /><br />Constructive Playthings<br />Educational toys<br />
  26. 26. Today’s Take-homes<br />Craft template<br />Resource list<br />Reader’s advisory notebook<br />50 Books to Read Before Kindergarten list<br />Questions? Comments?<br />
  27. 27. Megan Stith<br />Meade County Public Library<br />400 Library Place<br />Brandenburg, KY 40108 <br /><br />270-422-2094<br />