Narrative Skill and Print Motivation Storytime

This storytime is a part of a series I did on the 6 Early Literacy Skills.

If you read my post about this storytime series, you will see that I really started to dislike planning storytime this way. Because of this, I ended up combining the last two skills.

My Introduction:

This is our last week of going through all the six early literacy skills. Researchers say that these are the 6 skills children need to hone in order to be confident and ready to read and write.  

Today’s skills are Narrative Skill and Print Motivation. “Narrative skill” refers to your child’s comprehension of a story, more or less- their understanding that a story has a beginning, middle, and end. “Print motivation” is just about making sure that your child wants to read and associates storytime with fun!

Books

But the Bear Came Back by Tammi Sauer

A Number of Dinosaurs by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Peek-a-Moo! By Marie Torres Cimarusti

Have You Seen My Cat by Eric Carle

Activities

Changing Songs to Tell Stories

  1. Sing “The Itsy Bitsy Spider”
  2. Change to “The Big Hairy Spider” (I always use my giant hairy spider puppet!)
  3. Change again to  “The Silly Little Monkey” (Use a monkey puppet if you have one)

“The Silly Little Monkey” 
The silly, little monkey
Climbed up the coconut tree.
Down came a coconut
And hit him on his knee!
OW
Out came a lion,
Shakin’ his mighty mane,
And the silly little monkey
Climbed up the tree again!

“10 Little Eggs”

I’m tagging this one “flannels so extra” because I made this cute little box that you can stick eggs in and then pop up little laminated chicks.

“10 Little Eggs” 
1 little, 2 little, 3 little eggs
4 little, 5 little, 6 little eggs
7 little, 8 little, 9 little eggs,
10 little eggs in the nest!

1 little, 2 little, 3 little chicks,
4 little, 5 little, 6 little chicks,
7 little, 8 little, 9 little chicks,
10 little chicks hatching out!

“Five Little Dinosaurs”

I mostly chose this one because it went with the fun pop up book we read… and because everyone loves dinosaurs. I found this one at The Librarian is on the Loose.

“Five Little Dinosaurs” 
One dinosaur went out to play
In a giant swamp one day
She had such enormous fun
That she called for another dinosaur to come:

Raise hands to cup mouth, and call loudly: Oh, Diiiiiiiiiinosaur!
Slap hands on thighs to make “running” sounds.

Two dinosaurs went out to play…
Three dinosaurs…
Four dinosaurs…

Five dinosaurs went out to play
In a giant swamp one day
They had such enormous fun
That they played until the day was done!

 

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