This storytime was a great opportunity for the kids to use and learn new vocabulary.
We even talked about camping and campfires due to a couple of stream of consciousness comments…. When everyone was settled, I brought out my toolbox and explained that I needed helping organizing the tools inside.
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Returning to the front of the group, I placed the laminated names of the tools on the floor. Meanwhile, the kids had the chance to test out their paper tools, complete with sound effects.
Then I held up a tool, said its name as I pointed to the letters on the laminated name, and invited kids with that tool to bring their tool to the front and match it. We counted how many of each tool we had so I would know how many I could share at the jobsite.
During the second part of storytime, I left my toolbox out so kids could explore and sort the tools with each other or their caregivers. To create the toolbox, I used an old lightweight tackle box from home that my kids use to store stamps. I then found the pictures in clipart, printed multiple copies, laminated them, and cut them out. I did the same with the tools names, but printed only single copies. This was the perfect time for a finger play! The kids love to count with their fingers and figure out rhymes, so this short rhyme worked perfectly.
Five little nails, standing straight and steady Here I come with my hammer ready!
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Bam, bam, bam! That nail goes down.
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Most of this group of kids has been coming to storytime consistently throughout the summer, so I decided to choose a longer than usual book. They are engaged and are comfortable with the format of storytime, so I thought it could work. Choosing to read this one was a bit of a gamble, but it was one of the only storytime appropriate construction books we had available. Several are now on the list for the next order….
I incorporated dialogic reading, which was key, and asked timely questions, explained vocabulary, and commented on the expressive illustrations. Whenever I read a book with more text, I always let kids know they should get comfortable because the story is longer than the others. I took a moment here to tell them what activities we were going to do afterwards to help them appreciate what was ahead.
Before reading, I also explained that this story was the retelling of an old tale that they might know. To help them anticipate the events in the story and be able to compare this version with the one they know, I had them tell the story of the three little pigs while I acted it out with my pig and wolf finger puppets.
I had my story basket on hand in case we wanted to use the other story props, but we were too busy. All this talk about construction got these kids hungry for building!
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