Preschool Storytime Template
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The following template includes some elements that are fun, useful, and developmentally appropriate. Please adapt for your own needs and preferences!
Greet participants as they enter
- Consider having everyone make a nametag as a writing activity (you will have to read creatively to be able to tell what they say)
- Learn everyone’s names–especially the children
- It’s fun to play music as people are entering the room–it’s welcoming and friendly, and it’s a good cue that you are ready to start when the music stops back to top
Quick reminder of expectations
- Come up with 2-3 simple things and stick to them each week (unless you discover you need to add more!)
- Don’t forget to remind parents that you want them to participate WITH their children for maximum benefit (rather than sit in back and do their own thing)
- Some people come up with a song or have a puppet help them to make this more engaging. back to top
Second Book and Activity
The second book in a different format:
- You could consider doing this book as a unison read, giving each caregiver/child pair the same board book. Check the out the IFLS Board Book Kits–20 copies of the same board book, available through Lend Items.
- Unison reads are especially good for younger children and children who might have a hard time staying focused in storytime
Pick a large motor activity
One More Book and Closing Song or Rhyme
Pick your last book.
Goodbye song or rhyme
- Stays the same each week
- Sources for goodbye rhymes and songs are on the Storytime Resources page
- Art projects are a great way to engage kids and parents. Be sure to include some process-based art projects, particularly for younger children. You can do this every week, or just sometimes
- STEM activities, like measuring, charting, or experimenting are great things to add in to regular storytimes.
- Throw in one short, friendly literacy tip sometime during each storytime. This is most effective if you put it in context (talk about rhyming after reading a rhyming book or doing a rhyming fingerplay, for instance).
- Put out a display of books, including parenting books, and encourage families to look at and check them out. back to top
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