So now that Miss Meg has her MLS I have been able to do some independent research that I didn’t have time for during the two years of library school. Not that I have much free time now working full time and commuting up to 2 hrs a day… BUT, I’m trying!
Anyways, the book I have been carrying with me everywhere lately has been Early Literacy Storytimes @ Your Library: Partnering with Caregivers for Success by Saroj Nadkarni Ghoting and Pamela Martin-Diaz. I have gotten quite a few points from this and have enjoyed learning more and more about how I can better my storytimes– I am a new librarian so I have a lot I can learn yet! If anyone has any other recommendations for books to check out please share!
Thus brings about a new series I will be doing (probably sporadically) called Bringing Storytime Home!
Bringing Storytime Home will include information of incorporating early literacy into storytime’s and involving caregivers and parents in storytime. My goal with this is to have kids practicing their skills they learn at storytime while they are at home as well.
It would be totally cool if this became a “thing” so if you want to do a Bringing Storytime Home post on your blog/website let me know! (is that lame to say? probably.)
Along with researching I have been trying out two new components to my toddler storytime’s. The first is incorporating sign language with the theme. I introduce two or three sign language words that go with the theme for that week and then we continue to use the signs for the entire session, whether it be with songs, books, or other activities. A long term goal of mine is to take some actual ASL courses and become more fluent.
I also have made take home sheets for parents and caregivers to continue what we learned at storytime when they are at home. Included on these half sheets of paper are the books we read, songs and rhymes we sang and an early literacy tips for the parents. These have been very well received so far and I have gotten quite a few thank you’s from parents who enjoy singing the songs we learned at storytime. For the first week I wanted to make the parents feel comfortable with their toddler (who may have a short attention span) being at storytime so my literacy tip was, “Even if your toddler has trouble sitting and paying attention for the stories and songs, don’t get discouraged. Story times help them learn that books and the library can be fun and exciting.” I have my first 4 weeks available as examples if you’d like to start bringing storytime home!