A high quality storytime can set the tone for a child’s educational experience and their lifelong attitude toward books and learning. This is accomplished by sharing children’s picture books with music and movement activities. This method has proven to make a difference in children’s lives.
Storytime for preschoolers provides children with an opportunity to learn new words, be exposed to new concepts, and offers a time to interact with friends (old or new) in a group experience.
Storytime exposes children to a wide-range of library materials and resources that encourages the development of life-long love of books.
Storytime teaches children socialization skills while having fun. While specific lessons are not “taught” children experience a wide variety of literature appropriate for their age.
Storytime promotes listening skills and preschool skills.
My storytimes are thematic and include out-loud reading of books, interactive activities, music and movement. A coloring or craft time can be included.
Storytimes are most generally designed for children age 5 and under. I would not turn away a child that wants to participate in a storytime. Grandmas and Grandpas come for storytime too---it’s universal and ageless!
Watch the characters of your child’s favorite story step out of the book into a Storytime or Storybook Party.
Design your own party by choosing your theme and craft activity. Each party is an hour long. A party could last with my presention for 1 hour of stories, games and activities, then a craft. Refreshments (optional) are provided by the party giver. I have links to several ladies around NE Kansas that make excellent goodies or there are great retail stores with a bakery. It would make for even more fun if the children invited were encouraged to dress up in the theme of the story theme chosen. Share any specifics you may have and if I can do something special, I will.
Themes could be, but are not limited to: Birthdays, Farm Fun, Kansas Round-Up, Cowboys or Wild West, Mother Goose, Nursery Rhymes, Fairy Tales, Pirates, Dr. Seuss, Animal Fun, Pajama Party, Royal Bash, Jungle, Trains, Clowns, Bubble Time, Colors (or a specific color), and of course---any HOLIDAY!
GREAT HOSTS MAY BE:
Community and Civic Organizations
Companies or Businesses
Libraries, Schools, Head Start, YMCA
Churches- church sponsored preschools
Hospitals- bring programming to the ill
Big Brothers, Big Sisters
Shelters, Nursing Homes, Assisted Living
Playgroups, PAT, or MOPS
PARTNERSHIPS with organizations is a strong win/win for everyone involved.
The best time for toddlers and preschoolers is during school hours.
For working families a Saturday (around 10:30 am) morning or afternoon (after naps around 2:30 pm) is great.
Most children have early bedtimes, so an early evening party at 4, 5, or 6pm would work well.
Birthday Party Storytimes
Every child’s birthday should be a celebration that is unique, memorable, and fun! Use this example of a planning outline to get started:
Set a date, time, and place
Choose books or theme
Contact “Miss Cindy” with contact information
Make arrangements for decorations and refreshments
Invite the guests
Set up a video camera
Let the party begin!
After my presentation finalizes….
Ask each family member to read a page of a special book or tell about their favorite book (optional).
Refreshments and gift giving.
Afterwards make a special DVD for your child or anyone you choose.