Saturday, July 12, 2008


q Introduction / Welcome
q First story
q Activity (Finger plays, songs, etc.)
q Second story
q Activity
q Third story (depending on age and ability to sit)
q Concluding activity: Gross motor skills (large action play), craft, etc.

Children have different developmental needs at different times in their lives and each has its own unique learning style combination. This means that in a library story sharing time there should be adequate variety to capture the attention of children with various learning styles. This time should also supply the appropriate levels of stimulation (fun activities, various experiences) they need to really enjoy the story time.

When planning such times alternate sitting/listening activities with small movement activities to keep the children engaged and improve listening skills. Include experiences to capture the attention of visual, hearing, movement, and thinking learners.

Remember that very young children have difficulty focusing on one thing for long periods of time. This shorter attention span requires briefer format and diverse content that fluctuates between action and sitting. For the best story time management reserve very active movements (getting up, dancing, marching, games, art, etc. ) for the conclusion of the entire time together. This will end the session on a high positive note and maintain discipline.

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