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Large Group Storytime. Amanda Ellington Youth Services Supervisor Lexington Park Library [email protected] Tess Goldwasser Early Childhood Community Liaison Lexington Park Library [email protected] The Rules of Storytime. Story time is for Grown Ups too

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Large Group Storytime


Amanda Ellington

Youth Services Supervisor

Lexington Park Library

[email protected]

Tess Goldwasser

Early Childhood Community Liaison

Lexington Park Library

[email protected]


The Rules of Storytime

  • Story time is for Grown Ups too

  • It’s okay to take a break!

  • Have fun!


Storytime Format

  • Announcements

  • Opening song

  • Book (Long of the two books)

  • Song

  • Book (or flannel story or skit)

  • Song

  • Activity

  • Closing song (or rhyme, or ritual)

  • Handout (optional)


Opening Song

  • Toddler-

    “Oh What a Miracle”

    by Hap Palmer

  • Pre-School-

    “Days of the Week”

    by Greg and Steve


Storytime Themes

  • Dragon Tails

  • Monkey Business

  • Snowflake Dance

  • Make a Wish

  • Best Buds

  • The Shape of Things

  • Rainbow of Colors

  • Outer Space

  • Castle Tales/ Fairy Tales

  • Wet & Wacky Weather

  • Whoo’s That?

  • Dinosaur Stomp

  • Froggy Hop

  • Just Ducky

  • Spring Fling

  • We Love Our Earth

  • Zoo Escape!

  • Silly Storytime Favorites

  • Port Side Pirates

  • Dr. Seuss on the Loose


Dialogic Questions

  • What do you think this book will be about?

  • Can you help count the [blank] on this page?

  • What color is the [blank] on this page?

  • What do you think will happen next?


Which Books work best with Big Groups?

Reading with a lot of emotion, or using different voices, or props, like a puppet, can make books more engaging.

Try to use a big book with large, colorful illustrations, or a pop-up book!


Get them involved!

We try to choose that encourage audience participation.


Windows and Mirrors


Books You Can Sing!


Transitions

  • In between the parts of the story time (from the book to the song, from the song to the activity etc.)

  • Example: Transition from reading Owl Babies by Martin Waddell to singing “Shakin’ Like a Leafy Tree” by the Wiggles --“We just read a story about some birds who live in a tree, so let’s sing a song about a tree.”


Types of “Action” Songs

  • Instruction-song in which the singer gives obvious Example: “Jump Up, Turn Around” by Jim Gill

  • Prop- song in which it might be appropriate to hand the children something to manipulate during the song, like a streamer, or a flag, or a musical instrument, like a shakey egg. Example: “I Know a Chicken” by Laurie Berkner

  • Pretend- song that might not give instructions, but lends itself to “acting out” the words in a pretty simple way. Example: “The Goldfish” by Laurie Berkner


Stories on Stage

Skits or “Readers Theatre” can be quite dramatic like…


Non Fiction in Storytime

This can be as simple as mentioning a few informative facts when introducing the day’s theme or it can be more involved.


Large Group Activities

  • Sorting

  • Matching

  • Simon Says

  • Parachute


Parachute Play!


Put something on the parachute to bounce around.


Make a bubble


Activity in the Bubble


Parents Play Too!


Magic Trick!


Closing

  • Toddler- “Put Your Hands Up in the Air” by Hap Palmer

  • Preschool- “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi


Tips for a Successful Large Group Storytime

  • Don’t be nervous

  • Focus on the kids

  • Keep it moving

  • Have Fun!


How to Handle Interruptions

  • Ignore them

  • Don’t ignore them (address the disruption in a friendly, humorous, non-hostile way)

  • Stop! (Announce that story time will not continue until disruption is taken care of)

  • Ask the parent for assistance

  • Ask the family to leave


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