Vocabulary Storytime

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

My Introduction:

This is our fourth 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 skill is Vocabulary. The vocabulary skill is all about increasing the number of words your child is exposed to and learns. The best way to increase vocabulary is to talk and read to your child! The stories and activities we have today emphasize vocabulary and I hope you will take them home with you! 


for the tots

Fox on the Loose by Matthew Porter

Jane Foster’s First Words by Jane Foster

Whose Baby Am I? by John Butler

Diwali Lights by Rina Singh

for preschool+

The Great Dictionary Caper by Judy Sierra

The Wheels on the Tuk Tuk by Kabir Sehgal


“Old MacDonald Had a Farm”

This classic song is a great way to learn animal vocabulary and sounds!

“Bee Hive”

There isn’t really anything special about this fingerplay. I like it because it’s cute, I can use the bee puppet, and it also has counting!

“Bee Hive” 
Here is the bee hive.
Cup hands together

Where are the bees?
Peek into “hive”

Hidden away where nobody sees.
Hide “hive” behind back

Watch and you’ll see them come out of the hive.
Bring “hive” back out front

Open fingers one by one. 

“I Love Colors, Don’t Ask Me Why”

This is one of my favorite children’s songs and it is great for color vocabulary!

Garden Walk

At my library we are lucky enough to have a beautiful Children’s Garden. One great way to work on vocabulary is to talk about the things around you, even when you are just doing household chores. So, for this activity, we walked around the garden together in a little line and named all the things we saw around us!


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