Looking for ideas for incorporating Every Child Ready to Read early literacy messages to parents and caregivers into your storytimes? One of my jobs this year at my library is to provide more early literacy support to our own storytime providers, so as I develop ideas for them, I want to share some of them here on Mel’s Desk.
One thing we’ve decided at my library is that we don’t want to just TELL parents what to do, we want to SHOW them how easy it is to help their child. We want to model right in the middle of storytime the five practices that help build early literacy skills: reading, writing, singing, talking, and playing. So this year I’ll be choosing some storytime activities and matching them up with early literacy messages for the adults in the room. As I develop ideas for our staff, I’ll share some of them here.
In February, I’ll be sharing information about talking with children! You can read more about why talking helps children get ready to read, and check out my first storytime literacy idea.