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Title: Storytime Fundamentals


1
StorytimeFundamentals
  • Instructor
  • Penny Peck
  • Pikly_at_aol.com
  • An Infopeople Workshop
  • Spring 2007

2
This Workshop Is Brought to You by the Infopeople
Project
Infopeople is a federally-funded grant project
supported by the California State Library. It
provides a wide variety of training to California
libraries. Infopeople workshops are offered
around the state and are open registration on a
first-come, first-served basis. For a complete
list of workshops, and for other information
about the project, go to the Infopeople website
at infopeople.org.
3
Workshop Overview
  • What is Storytime? Formats by age
  • Selecting books and sharing these in a group
    setting, themes, bilingual storytimes
  • Songs and fingerplays
  • Issues dealing with disruptions
  • Extras crafts, puppets, props, storytelling,
    outreach

4
Storytelling vs. Storytime (Storytime is our
subject today)
  • Storytelling
  • - memorized stories
  • - book not used
  • - oral tradition
  • Storytime
  • - books used
  • - not a performance

5
What is Storytime?
  • Opening song
  • Introduce the theme
  • Get Ready song
  • First book
  • Fingerplay
  • Second book
  • Stretch song
  • Apron story
  • Closing song

6
Storytime by Age Lapsit
  • Babies up to 18 months
  • Approx. 20 minutes in length
  • Opening song, simple book
  • Song or fingerplay, simple book
  • Another song or fingerplay, simple book
  • Closing song
  • Pass out board book for parent/child
  • Handout with song lyrics for parents

7
Toddler Time
  • Lots of movement activities, 25 minutes
  • Opening song
  • Interactive book
  • Song, short book
  • Stand-up song, book
  • Fingerplay, book
  • Closing song/dance
  • Stamp hand

8
Preschool Storytime
  • Opening Song, state the theme
  • Book
  • Fingerplay
  • Book
  • Stretching song
  • Book
  • Song
  • Book
  • Closing song
  • Craft activity

9
Family Storytime
  • Very similar to Preschool Storytime
  • Shorter books
  • More songs
  • Still have a craft
  • Aim toward the preschoolers, while including the
    younger children

10
Reading to a Group
  • Vocal projection and Pacing
  • Posture
  • Head voice or chest voice?
  • Breathing exercise blow out
  • between your lips

11
Holding the Attention of the Audience
  • Audience participation
  • Rapport with audience
  • Age appropriate materials
  • Holding the book so audience sees
  • the illustrations

12
Why Libraries Do Storytime
  • Importance of reading aloud
  • - models reading aloud for parents
  • assists in brain development
  • develops vocabulary
  • Increases library circulation
  • - brings in new users
  • creates high profile for library
  • supports school curriculum

13
Kindergarten Readiness
  • Learning parts of a book spine, title page,
    direction to turn pages
  • How to hold a book
  • Motor skills hold a crayon, hop on one foot, use
    scissors
  • Alphabet, counting

14
Physical Environment for Storytime
  • Registration
  • - does it create barriers?
  • - nametags?
  • Scheduling
  • - what works for your patrons?
  • Preparation Time
  • - what is the minimum needed?
  • Setup
  • - what is essential?

15
Selecting Books and Materials
  • Selecting books
  • by age group one sentence per page for toddlers,
    more for preschoolers
  • Themes
  • Movement activities
  • Multicultural topics

16
Types of Stories - Cumulative
  • Stories that have recurring phrases which are
    added on (or accumulate) and repeat
  • House That Jack Built
  • Jacket I Wear in the Snow
  • The Chair Where Bear Sits

17
Interactive Stories
  • Also called Participatory Story, Call and
    Response, Pattern Story, or Repetition Story
    kids call out repeated words and phrases
  • Little Red Hen Not I!
  • Eric Carles books The Very Hungry
    Caterpillar
  • Use at least one Interactive story in every
    Storytime

18
Circular Stories
  • Stories that end up where they started (or
    circle back)
  • If You Give A Mouse A Cookie
  • Allows listener to predict what will happen

19
Concept Books
  • ABC
  • Counting
  • Shapes
  • Colors
  • Opposites
  • Part of Kindergarten Readiness, also invites
    participation

20
Creative Dramatics
  • Act out the story using mime and movement,
    re-enact parts of the story
  • Books like The Turnip, Going on a Bear Hunt,
    Wiggle Waggle
  • Can either act out as a group, or choose children
    from the audience to come up and act out the story

21
Books for the Very Young
  • Board Books
  • Picture books with just a few words per page
  • Large, uncluttered illustrations
  • Bright colors
  • Time for Bed
  • This is the Farmer
  • Baby Rock, Baby Roll
  • Crunch Munch
  • Another Important Book
  • Selection

22
Themes
  • What are themes?
  • storytimes on snow, tying your shoe, apples
  • What are some of your favorite themes?
  • Are they necessary?
  • how themes can help reflect what will happen in
    Kindergarten
  • how themes can be limiting more effort to
    include multicultural characters
  • Websites that list Storytime themes

23
Dialogic Reading
  • Dialogic reading what it is
  • create a dialogue using the pictures by
    encouraging child to talk about the story
  • asking open-ended questions
  • How to incorporate it into Storytime
  • use interactive stories
  • do fewer books to allow time for dialogue
  • do it during the last story
  • Why it is important
  • improves vocabulary, builds sentence skills
  • you are modeling dialogue for the parents

24
Bilingual Storytimes
  • What that means reading the same story in two
    languages
  • Spanish/English
  • Other bilingual storytimes

25
Using Bilingual Volunteers
  • Partner-style storytime
  • you read one page in English, volunteer reads
    same page in other language
  • Demonstration of Partner-style Storytime need
    one English reader and one Spanish reader

26
Where to Buy Bilingual Books
  • Rainbow Books
  • Lectorum/Scholastic
  • Pan Asian
  • Shens Books

27
Multicultural Storytimes
  • Multicultural themes
  • Lunar New Year, Black History Month
  • Diversity at all Storytimes
  • nonwhite characters in books on any subject

28
Using Multicultural Books
  • Authenticity important does it accurately
    reflect the culture? Or is it dated?
  • Dos Celebrate holidays, also add nonwhite
    characters in all storytimes
  • Donts - books with dialects, books where the
    nonwhite character is exotic or different
  • Other thoughts on this?

29
Outreach to Diverse Populations
  • Outreach to non-English speakers
  • contact them to publicize these new storytimes
  • Send volunteer readers to Daycare/Headstart/Presch
    ools with non-English speakers
  • Send volunteer readers or book bags to diverse
    daycare/preschools

30
Songs and Fingerplays
  • Opening songs
  • Get Ready songs
  • Stretch songs
  • Fingerplays
  • Closing songs

31
Issues in Storytime
  • Dealing with disruptions
  • - Child behavior challenges
  • - Parent behavior challenges
  • Size of the group
  • -Dealing with large crowds

32
Limiting the Size of Storytime
  • Daycare and preschool groups
  • allowing them at Storytime, or going to their
    site with volunteer readers
  • Age groups
  • how to advise parents who want to bring toddlers
    to preschool storytime
  • Using Big Books
  • oversized copies of popular picture books
  • Avoid registration or is registration necessary?
  • any tips?

33
Outreach and Marketing
  • Marketing
  • flyers at library, doctors office, stores,
    where parents go
  • newspaper coverage
  • target mailings to groups
  • press releases to Parents Press, homeowners
    newsletters, etc.
  • Outreach
  • volunteer readers going to preschools
  • book bags for preschool teachers
  • training local daycare providers
  • sending staff to daycare/preschools

34
Dealing with Disruptions
  • Common disruptions
  • - child behavior issues
  • - parents talking
  • - latecomers
  • Positive steps
  • - set expectations
  • - volunteer ushers

35
Value of Crafts at Storytime
  • How crafts relate to Kindergarten Readiness
  • - motor skills
  • - following directions
  • Crafts can attract more parents
  • - added value with crafts
  • - time to talk to other parents
  • Crafts are fun!

36
Storytime Extras
  • Puppets
  • Props
  • Flannelboards
  • Apron stories
  • Games
  • Dance and movement
  • Videos

37
Using Puppets and Props
  • Puppet as mascot
  • Puppet shows to tell stories
  • Props and realia
  • Musical instruments
  • Appealing to kinetic learners

38
Flannelboards and Apron Stories
  • Use Flannelboards
  • -for simple stories
  • -cut our pictures
  • Use Apron stories
  • -for large groups
  • Sources to purchase these
  • Sisters-in-stitches.com
  • Lakeshorelearning.com

39
Lets Get Moving
  • Dances
  • - The Hokey Pokey
  • Movement activities
  • - Head and Shoulders
  • - Shake Your Sillies Out
  • Games that move
  • - Farmer in the Dell
  • - Simon Says

40
Evaluating your Storytime
  • Age-appropriate material
  • Pace and variety
  • Vocals
  • Rapport with audience
  • Interactive elements

41
Dealing with Success
  • Crowd control
  • Volunteers
  • Adding more sessions
  • Outreach to daycares groups
  • Kits for Storytime outreach

42
Where Do You Go From Here?
  • What will you do next?
  • What other questions/topics should we address?
  • Closing song
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