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Jump in and have fun with reading! Toddlers and preschoolers are ready to actively participate in singing, call and response and music and movement. Your library can establish itself as a literacy leader in the community by involving parents & kids in lively and entertaining storytimes.

  • Learn techniques for sharing songs, nursery rhymes, puppet play, fingerplays and age-appropriate picture books.
  • Forge strong relationships with parents & children in your community.
  • Help parents learn how to explore language with their children.
  • Build life long readers.

Workshop Description: In this all day workshop, children's library staff will learn how to prepare and deliver a literacy-based storytime for two to five year olds and their parents/caregivers.

Guided by a dynamic PowerPoint presentation, students will learn to develop an age-appropriate, literacy-rich program, learn "parent patter," explore preschool readiness foundations and how to use it during the program. Students will learn how to incorporate small and large muscle activities, listening skills and concept understanding to prepare this age group for when they are physically ready to read.

In a supportive and entertaining environment, students will share and perform all storytime components to develop familiarity, confidence and ease in working with this jump and jiving group of two- to five-year-olds.

Students will be armed with puppet shows, song sheets, fingerplays, booklists, equipment suggestions, and recommended websites that will help stimulate the exploration of language and literature.

You've never had so much fun at a library skills workshop!

Preliminary Course Outline

  • Introduction
    • Storytime Components
    • Parent Patter
    • Music and Movement
    • Basic Developmental Milestones
    • Puppet Play
    • Instructor demonstration of puppet show
    • Music and Movement
    • Video Demonstration of Puppet Show
    • Music and Movement
  • Early Literacy and Development
    • Early Literacy Skills
    • Instructor demonstration of Puppet Show
    • California Preschool Learning Foundations
    • Music and Movement
    • Video Demonstration of Puppet Show
    • Fingerplays and Nursery Rhymes
    • Book Selection
  • Joys of Oral Storytelling
    • Oral Storytelling
    • Instructor demonstration of Puppet Show
    • Instructor supplied scripts
    • Flannel Stories
    • Video Demonstration of Puppet Show
    • Music and Movement
  • Fun with Props
    • Instructor demonstration of Puppet Show
    • Props
    • Prop Songs
    • Crafts
    • Video Demonstration of Puppet Show
    • Poetry
    • Technology and Children
    • Handouts
    • Music and Movement

Workshop Instructor: Colleen Willis