April 28, 2010

Preschool Storyhour in April

Preschool storytimes focused on two early literacy skills this month. Narrative Skills are the ability to describe things and events as well as stories. These skills help children understand what they read. Some simple ways to work on Narrative Skills at home are:
*Encourage sentence completion. When you ask a 'why' question, encourage your child to answer in a full sentence.
*Talk to your child about what you are doing. Tell him the steps you are taking.
Some of the books shared during storytime lend themselves to being retold:
Possum and the Peeper by Anne Hunter
Rainy Day Slug by Mary Colburn
Fletcher and the Springtime Blossoms by Julia Rawlinson
Click on each title to find out more about the book. Check these or other books that help teach this important skill. Ask your librarian for suggestions and check out the list of recommended books in this blog.

Letter Knowledge is another important skill that was stressed this month. Letter Knowledge is learning that each letter has its own name and unique sound. Having this skill helps children figure out how to sound out written words. Here are a few tips for working on letter knowledge at home:
*Use your child's finger to trace the shapes of the letters.
*Help your child write words that interest hime, like 'dinosaur' or 'truck'.
Alison's Zinnia by Anita Lobel and
Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert
are two great alphabet books. They introduce flowers and foods that start with each letter. There are many alphabet books at the library. Ask your librarian for suggestions and check out the recommended list of books on the library's website, http://www.lcplin.org/, or just click here.

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