Friday, February 17, 2012

Quick Tip for Story Time Planning

I'm a planner, so I like preparing a sketch of what I'm going to do for my story times each week. If you're like me, then you'll appreciate this quick tip for assembling a surefire story time you can can be confident will wow your audience:

You'll need: card stock cards, a glue stick, scissors, and a metal cardholder box.

Assemble all your favorite stretchers, fingerplays, and songs and type each one up so it will fit on an index card. (Those old card catalog cards work well for this if your library still has them.) Glue stick them on the cards and then arrange your collection the way it makes most sense to you. It could be alphabetical  or divided into categories; it's your choice. Then put them into a metal cardholder box, label the tabs that come with the box with your system, and you have all your story time tools at your fingertips.

Now go out there and perform!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Read-outs: Reading practice club at the library!

We've started a practice reading group at our Youth Services department. Kids from grades 1st to 3rd come to the library and have a snack while we librarians read to them. Then it's time to switch things up and have the kids read with us using a reader's theater script. My first club meeting was "Rapunzel" themed. I read to them the Grimm's version and then, Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox. I had prepared a very silly short script for them to take turns choosing characters and reading the parts. It was great fun. I broke up the reading with an online "Wacky Web Tales" activity where the kids created their own story by filling in the words from different parts of speech. I think having them directly participate in making up a story of their own to read was very empowering for them!