The best part of my job is storytime. What could be more fun than getting silly with a group of enthusiastic preschoolers! If you have been wondering about storytime and whether it is right for you and the children you care for, maybe the following will be helpful:
1. How old should my child be before I bring him to storytime?
If your child is old enough to appreciate bouncing, singing, and being in a group, they are probably old enough for storytime! Sometimes you don’t know until you try it. We are flexible and understand the need to leave with a child who may not to be ready.
2. How old is too old?
They will let you know! If they roll their eyes at the mention of “The Wheels on the Bus,” they might be too old. If they are still having fun, bring them! Older children are a valuable addition to storytime. I often see younger children who are hesitant to participate until they have someone older to mimic.
3. Can I sit with my child?
Yes! Your enthusiasm is catching. When your child sees you participating, she knows that storytime is important.
4. Do I have to sit with my child?
No! Storytime is a great place to teach independence and how to participate in group activities. Sitting back gives you a unique chance to see your child in action and keeps you close by to intervene if necessary.
5. Ahh! He won’t stop talking and running around? Is this a problem?
Not always. It may seem louder to you than to anyone else. Pre-school storytime is designed with preschoolers in mind and we know that sitting still and listening isn’t their strength. Look around the room and see if the others are distracted. If so, feel free to leave and come back if you need to.
6. If I hear “Skinnamarinkadinkydink” one more time I will scream! Why do you sing the same songs over and over?
What may seem tedious for us can be oodles of fun for a child. Not only that, but repetition is an important tool for building early literacy skills. In fact, if you would like a copy of the words, just ask. We would be happy to share.
The most important parts of storytime aren’t the songs, the crafts, or even the books! The most important parts of storytime are the children and the adults that bring them. Storytime isn’t school; it is a chance to expose your children to the library and the wonder of reading. Have fun and the learning will take care of itself.
See you at storytime!
Click here to see the schedule for story times at the Harrisonville Branch or in your branch this Fall.
Sara Steinmetz, Children’s Specialist, Harrisonville Branch