I attended an Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) mini-session, which was 20 minutes long.
|Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant||ECRR Storytime Challenge: Encouraging Adult Engagement
Children can take their cues from their caring adults. Facilitating interactions between the children and their adults not only can make storytime more fun and engaging, but also lays a foundation for building literacy and learning together. Get some ideas, share your ideas, in this whirlwind session.
I am always game for hearing Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant, speak. This session primarily focused on how to get adults engaged during storytime (and off of their phones). We want to keep adults engaged during storytime so that they will keep doing early literacy interaction at home.
A lot of the time, one of the main reasons parents come to storytime is to talk to other parents. A big way they learn about parenting is parent-to-parent.
- Give the adults a role to play (not, Let’s do this together.). Every 2nd or 3rd item, think of ways to make it more interactive.
- Nametags: give to children and then give them to the adults. If you don’t give name tags to anyone, okay, but if you are giving them to the kids, then give them to the adults, too. If you give the adults a name tag, it gives them the impression that they are part of it.
- Sing, talk, read, write, play to the tune of Skip to My Lou.
- How to make things you are already doing more interactive? Using the book Too Noisy! Give parents a part to play, “too noisy.”
- Jump, Frog, Jump!: have kids jump, parents say “How did the frog get away?” a repetitive phrase
- The Cow Loves Cookies: Parents say: “But the cow loves…. ” and the kids say: “Cookies!”
- While turning pages, parents say “flip,” kids say “swish.” You don’t need to do it with every book.
- Round: spot things in the room that around round
- Hickory Dickory Dock: children as mice and parents as clock. Saroj said, “It’s hard to be on your phone and be a clock at the same time.” LOL 🙂
- Yoga: Stories, Songs, and Stretches: Creating Playful Storytimes with Yoga and Movement by Katie Scherrer. Incorporate yoga into storytime. Many adults like yoga
- Crafts: not one per child, one per person! Let the adults work on their own and they can make a perfect one. 🙂 Children and adults can have interaction with the craft/activity.
- Boxes: use a box and pictures from discarded books as the sides of the box. These boxes can be used as conversation starters. I remember Saroj saying the person she learned this about has now gotten these down to a science and has made them so they are collapsible for storage. See image below.
- Play a matching game with sounds. Rhyming kitten and mitten. See image below.
- Think experiences. Experiences pull people together. Create a ride the train experience. Set up chairs, collect tickets, modeling talk around the experience. See image below.
- Do It Yourself/Do It Together Storytime (Phoenix, AZ). Cards have suggestions. Check out http://www.earlylit.net/storytime-resources/
- Sneak things in here and there and over time your storytimes will be more engaging
- Audience comment: Offer a family evening storytime. Have people arrive 30 minutes before closing so they can pick up material and check it out. Then they stay for the story time after hours. People love after-hours events!