K-5 Literacy, Storytimes

Peak Outreach Storytime: Libraries, Story Elements, Comprehension, and More

Library outreach to school age kids can sometimes be a challenge. With each outreach, I have two goals: for the kids to learn about the public library and our services and for them to have fun doing it! However, joining those two things isn't necessarily easy. Lecturing 1st graders about online resources and books isn't… Continue reading Peak Outreach Storytime: Libraries, Story Elements, Comprehension, and More

Storytimes

Letter “T” Storytime

This lesson is a part of my ABC Storytimes series. Books For Reading Aloud Tickling Tigers by Sean Taylor Reading for Early Literacy Tips This story tell children different places to tickle each animal. Ask them to tickle themselves on these body parts throughout the story, tummy, underarm, etc. Occasionally ask children, “What’s this animal?” by pointing at the… Continue reading Letter “T” Storytime

Book Reviews

Kids’ Books- Silly Ones and Sad Ones: My April Reads

Grenade by Alan Gratz Ages 8-12 Most WWII children's books I see deal with the Holocaust or Nazism, but Grenade is different. In this title, Alan Gratz presents the stories of Hideki, a dedicated Japanese child soldier, and Ray, a young American soldier on his first mission. The story is told in alternating narratives for… Continue reading Kids’ Books- Silly Ones and Sad Ones: My April Reads

Preschool STEAM

Number Crunching Preschool Math Activities

For a recent preschool STEAM program we focused on the "M"- math. In preschool, "math" really means number awareness, counting, and patterning skills. We aren't quite ready for functions. Each of the following stations was designed to encourage children to develop these simple math skills through play Station #1: Ball Sorting Supplies Plastic ball pit… Continue reading Number Crunching Preschool Math Activities

Storytimes

Letter “S” Storytime

This storytime is a part of my ABC Storytimes series. I planned this lesson in a rush, but it still went very well! Books For Reading Aloud  Slowly, Slowly, Slowly, Said the Sloth by Eric Carle  Hide! By Steve Henry  Activities "I Wish I Was a Silly Slippery Snake" This was so fun to sing because it is such… Continue reading Letter “S” Storytime

Storytimes

Letter “R” Storytime

This storytime is a part of my ABC Storytimes series. Books For Reading Aloud In the Rain by Elizabeth Spurr Reading for Early Literacy Tips There are several opportunities for children to make gestures and follow actions in this book. Ask them to stomp, pat a mud pie, and/or put their arms above their head like a… Continue reading Letter “R” Storytime

Storytimes

Letter “Q” Storytime

This lesson is a part of my ABC Storytimes series. Books Books to Read Aloud Quiet, Loud by Leslie Patricelli Reading for Early Literacy Tips There are plenty of opportunity to ask children to mimic actions from the story: stomp like you are in grown-up shoes, say “clash, bang” with the drums, etc.  One very fun activity… Continue reading Letter “Q” Storytime