Hi Outreach Troop!
To say this has been a very challenging year is an understatement, but the end it near! Yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel folks.
The month of May can be a super stressful time of year in Preschool World. You’re trying to wrap up your lessons, some are testing and plan for a graduation while still in a pandemic. It’s time to celebrate the first education milestone in a preschooler’s life. Graduations provide a platform for praise. Praise is essential for a young child: praise for academic effort in their learning journey can begin a lifelong, positive association with school. I’m including Graduation as one of May’s monthly themes along with some storytime book and song ideas.
Summer Reading time is also upon us. The 2021 Summer Reading theme is Tails and Tales. All types of animals roam the lands and soar through the air and many have both Tails and a Tale! Children and adults can explore the world of life around them and find out what’s special about so many of the animals who live with us on our planet.
Children and teens who participate in summer library programs benefit from engaging activities and opportunities which promote literacy development in younger children and can help to counter what we call the summer slide in the school aged children. Summer library programs for all ages enhance lifelong learning and provide meaningful, enjoyable experiences available to everyone in the community.
Our summer reading program begins with a contactless kickoff on June 5th at the Iredell County Recreation Center located in Troutman. I will be sending more detailed information that can be passed along to parents soon.
More May Storytime and Activity Themes:
Favorite books from these categories:
-Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherry Duskey Rinker
Crane Truck tracks steps as a growth chart while glowing in the dark.
-B is for Bulldozer: A Construction ABC by June Sobel
Ready for a ride through the alphabet? The construction crew is hard at work.
-Kindergarten Here I Come by D.J. Steinberg
With adorable pictures, this fun book of moments and milestones help all upcoming kinders get ready.
-Curious You: You're on Your Way! by Kathleen Zoehfeld
Perfect send off for kids entering a new phase of life.
-1, 2, 3 The Zoo by Eric Carle
Introduction to numbers and counting using elephants, giraffes, hippos and more!
Animal Strike at the Zoo by Karma Wilson
What will the zookeeper do when the animals go on strike at the zoo?
Day at the Beach by Tom Booth
Gildeon will build the most spectacular sandcastle anyone has ever seen. Will he allow his sister to help?
How Do Dinosaurs Say I'm Mad by Jane Yolen
What happens when little dinosaurs get mad?
Graduation Activities, Ideas and Tips (including ideas for a Virtual Graduation)
Graduation Themed Songs
“Thank You” By: Patty Shukla
“What I Am” By: Sesame Street with Will.i.am
“We're Moving Up to Kindergarten” By: The Orchard Enterprises
“Time in a Bottle” By: Jim Croce
“How Far I'll Go” By: Auli’I Cravalho
“Fly” By: Avril Lavigne
More New Books!
- No Pants! By: Jacob Grant
- A Pizza With Everything On It By: Kyle Scheele
-Balloons For Papa By: Elizabeth Gilbert Bedia
-The Alpactory By: Ruth Chan
-Hare B & B By: Bill Richardson
-We Laugh Alike/Juntos Nos Reimos By: Carme T. Bernier-Grand
Understanding Print Concepts
Print Awareness or Concepts of Print is the awareness of how print works in our everyday environment.
The best thing about teaching print concepts to young children, all you need are books!
Print awareness is a child's earliest understanding that written language carries meaning. The foundation of all other literacy learning builds upon this knowledge.
Print Concepts Include:
- Letters and words hold meaning
- Print is what we read
- Illustrations correspond to the print
- Reading from left to right
- Reading from top to bottom
- Return sweep – when we get to the end of a line on a page we return to the next line and begin reading on the left again
- Books have a front, back, and an author
- Difference between a letter and a word
- Spaces between words
- Where to start reading
- One-to-One Correspondence – Print matches spoken words
Children start to understand concepts of print at a very young age. Reading to them often determines how quickly they learn the concept. Putting books in the hands of children along with writing and drawing are all great ways of learning.
Ways to Promote Print Awareness/Concepts
- Play with letters of the alphabet – Finding different ways of playing around with the alphabet such as using magnets, shaving cream or play dough are great ways of learning individual letters and making letters into words.
- Label objects and centers in your classroom – Labeling objects and the centers in your classroom also help with print awareness. When children relate words to objects it will then help to recognize those words later on when reading.
- Reinforce the forms and functions of print – Point out letters and words around the classroom on signs, posters and calendars.
- Allow children to practice what they’re learning – Reading predictable books and stories with patterns will allow children to interact and feel more confident therefore freely volunteering to practice what they have learned.
- Scavenger Hunt – After reading go on a scavenger hunt looking for letters or words from the story.
Concepts of Print are pivotal to a child’s early literacy development and growth. If you need more information, please see resources below.
I encourage each and every one of you to pat yourselves on the back for being awesome individuals and having a phenomenal school year in spite of all that has come your way.
I have greatly enjoyed our virtual relationship and getting to peak in at you during contactless book drop-offs. I love you guys and hope to get back to doing in person storytime very soon.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions, concerns or future ideas for storytime blogs.
Concepts of Print Resources: