Try Out Our Literacy Corner!
April 15, 2013
If you’ve been in our branch recently, I bet you’ve noticed our literacy corner for children. It is a corner designed for spending time with your child and getting them ready to read. Our featured book is called Dinosaur vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea, and we have put together some fun activities to go along with the book. Bring your child in, read the book together, and then go through the bins to enhance the reading experience of the story.
The first bin is labeled "Tell Stories About Everything," and it contains pictures with words on the back. You can help the dinosaur get ready for bed by putting the cards in order based on the events pictured. This activity helps children learn that stories have a beginning, middle, and end. This will help them with comprehension. The ability to describe things and events and to develop stories is known as having narrative skills. This is critical in learning to read.
The second bin is called "Have Fun with Books," and it contains white yarn and red pom-poms, which represents spaghetti. The bin says to search through dinosaur’s spaghetti to find the meatballs. How many does he have? Can you sort them by size? The point of this bin is to have fun. We need to make reading fun so that kids will want to do it! This is known as print motivation.
The third bin, labeled "Take Time to Rhyme," has tambourines and shakers in it. The point is to show that words have rhythm! Read the book and each time you hear the word "Roar," shake a shaker or tambourine. When children hear words rhyming and learn to play with words, they develop phonological awareness.
The fourth bin, called "Talk, Talk, Talk," contains cards with pictures of animals and a second set of cards with the corresponding sounds each animal makes. The dinosaur says "roar" and the goal is to match the animal picture with the sound the animal makes. The more words children hear, the larger their vocabulary becomes. This gives them an advantage in learning to read.
Finally, the fifth bin, found in the corner, is called "Notice Print All Around You." It has all sorts of fun things to go through. The dinosaur’s favorite color is red, and the idea is to find all the things that are red. It also has you looking for the things that start with the letter "R." Roar & Red start with the letter “R,” so it has you playing a sorting game! Noticing print in the environment prepares children to learn how to use a book. Print awareness is different from knowing about letters. Children need many experiences handling books in everyday life. This helps them learn that print is used in multiple ways for many different purposes.
I bet you didn’t realize all that went into this corner of the Library! Come check it out! Then check out some books and focus on doing these activities with your children at home. We will all work together to get them ready to read, for "Children are made readers on the laps of their parents!" – Emilie Buchwald from www.thebusyhomeschoolmom.com.