Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Narrative Skills

  • 7-24-13: I had a big group of younger, wiggly girls so I adapted some of the stories to be shorter but we did read everything. No one was really impressed with Flutter little bats - I should have just used Hop little bunnies. [Replaced When Dinosaurs came with everything, Frog with the big mouth, Odd Egg, Handa's Surprise]
  • 5-23-12: Last PI of the spring! I also talked about the books having surprises, as well as questions. We read Faulkner's pop-up version of the Frog with the Big Mouth instead of Bateman's as I had a lot of younger kids
Dancing time and name tags: "I know a chicken" by Laurie Berkner from Best of the Laurie Berkner Band (shakers)

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: We explore puppets, festival of summer, Nature's Niche

Early Literacy Theme: Narrative Skills is expressive language, being able to describe things to tell events in order, and to retell stories. Narrative skills help children understand what they hear and read

Opening name song: The more we get together

Early Literacy Aside: We're going to be asking questions about some of the stories we read today. Asking and answering questions uses four different parts of the brain and is part of developing narrative skills.

Long story: Nightsong by Ari Berk

Movement: Flutter little bats

Nonfiction: Bats by Sandra Markle

Movement: Rain on the green grass

Short story: Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell

Short story: Storm Song by Nancy Viau

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Drawing around eyes

Prep: Glue sets of eyes onto 8x18 paper

Kids use markers and crayons to draw pictures around them

Take Home Insert
Thank you for attending today's Preschool Interactive!

Our Early Literacy skill was: Narrative Skills, which is expressive language, being able to describe things to tell events in order, and to retell stories. Narrative skills help children understand what they hear and read.

You can practice this skill at home by asking your child questions about the stories you read together. Remember to give them extra time to answer - talking back and forth uses four different parts of the brain and young children need extra time to form responses.

Our stories, songs and rhymes today included:
Nightsong by Ari Berk
Bats by Sandra Markle
Rain Stomper by Addie Boswell
Storm Song by Nancy Viau
Flutter little bats (from Hop Hop Little Bunnies)
Rain on the green grass

More stories and songs to try at home:
Look for folktales in the 398s in the nonfiction or ask a librarian to help you find folktales in the picture books. The repetition in folktales is important for developing early literacy skills as well as introducing children to other cultures and traditions.

Our take home craft is: Sandpaper art

You will need: Crayons
Draw on the sandpaper with the crayons. You can cut it into different shapes. This is a great opportunity to talk about different textures and how different colors look on the sandpaper.

Library events coming soon:
Thursday, Lego Club
Friday, We Explore Puppets
Tuesday, Digging the dirt up on Creatures Underground (live animals, space is limited)

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

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