The children who came to our storytime for 2.5 to 5 yr olds were young children, so we read the shorter books I had selected for the day.
The children helped me read Orange, Pear, Apple, Bear. There are only 5 words in the whole book!
We did lots of rhymes and songs as well:
The More We Sing Together
Open, Shut Them
Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes
3 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed
I’m a Little TeapotTwinkle, Twinkle Little Star
Hurry, Hurry Drive the Firetruck
5 Little Pumpkins
Shake Your Sillies Out
Hickory, Dickory Dock
Itsy, Bitsy Spider
If You’re Happy and You Know It
Babies (up to 12 months without siblings) meet on Fridays at 10:00
12 – 18 months on Fridays at 11:00
12-30 months on Mondays at 10:00 or Wednesdays at 11:00. These storytimes feature mostly nursery rhymes and songs. Children will listen to a story, sing, act out nursery rhymes, and learn some sign language.
Preschool Storytimes for children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years old meet:
Mondays at 11:00, or Wednesdays at 10:00
Fridays at 10:30 (at the MacKay Branch Library in N. Chelmsford)
Big Kid Storytimes meet on Thursday afternoon at 1:00 for children age 4-6 yrs old who are comfortable attending without their grown-up caregiver.
Dads and Donuts is a storytime that happens on the 2nd Saturday of every month, year round. Children ages 2 and up are invited to join us. The majority of grown-ups are dads, but moms and other relatives are always invited. After a half hour of stories and rhymes, there will be a small snack.
The next great author is…. Your child.
We remind parents that Talking, Reading, Singing and Playing are all stepping stones for a child learning to read. We also mention Writing. This may be confusing when talking about very young children who cannot make letters. How can they “write”?
Little children scribble for pictures and writing. They are making a permanent record of their thoughts and feelings at that time. The scribbles should always be celebrated. It is usually a bit later that children will draw and then scribble under the picture to write about it – knowing that pictures and words are different things.
Thick markers and crayons with unlined paper are good tools for this very early stage.