Early Literacy Toddler Time: D is for Dog

After a two week break from any kind of programming (our branch was an early voting location so our meeting rooms were not available and with the high numbers we get and the layout of our building, it’s not feasible to hold the program on the floor) I was back in zone today.

The first program was a little tricky. For a rainy Thursday morning, we had a nice sized crowd, about 20 kids, though the group definitely ran on the younger side. I started with a book I had never done before and I doubt I will ever do again with that young of a group (Farley Found It!) because the pictures didn’t really work from a distance. I also had several little ones just sort of wandering (well, it started out as one little one…then two…then after that the rest of them figured that must be okay and it devolved into a little bit of chaos).

ANYWAY the second program went much better. First, I switched out the first book and added a Jan Thomas book. And second, there was definitely a home daycare group so our numbers were much larger (42 kids) but the ages were more varied and we had a lot of older toddlers and preschoolers. When you have those older kids in the group, they model behavior for the little ones and so even though it was double the children, it was a much more controlled environment.

Bonus, I used my “Sherlock Dog” puppet that I have owned since I was the age of the children I read to!

I've had my Sherlock Dog puppet since forever and he came to storytime with me today and had a lot of fun. #librarian #storytime #puppets #notAhoarder

TODDLER TIME: D IS FOR DOG

Opening Song: Clap Your Hands/Open Shut Them

Aside: Today we are focusing on print awareness and letter recognition, letting your toddler know that these different symbols on the page have meaning.

Book: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer

Aside: Pointing out words and letters can help your child make the connection between the words on the page and what you are saying.

Book: The Doghouse by Jan Thomas
[Jan Thomas books are great for print awareness because the text is always nice and big and bold]

Song: BINGO
[I made a simple felt board with the letters. I go over the letters with the children as I put them on the board. Between verses I ask them which letter I am removing and then we identify the remaining letters on the board]

There was a farmer who had a dog and Bingo was his name-o
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
B-I-N-G-O
And Bingo was his name-o

Song/Fingerplay: Do your ears hang low?
[Do this about 3 times — once to teach them, once to practice and then the finale]
[found the actions in the book Marc Brown’s Playtime Rhymes. Even though I knew the song, I think it’s a good idea to point out that the library has books like this to remind new parents they are not expected to still remember all the nursery rhymes from their childhood.]

Do your ears hang low? [put your hands next to your head]
Do they wobble to and fro? [move your head back and forth]
Can you tie them in a knot? [tie on top of your head]
Can you tie them in a bow? [tie a bowtie]
Can you throw them over your shoulder [motion throwing over each shoulder]
like a continental shoulder? [march in place]
Do your ears hang low? [put hands next to your head]

Book/Flannel: Dog’s Colorful Day by Emma Dodd
[Best flannel board ever! Have the kids identify the color of the new spot and then count the spots after a new one appears]

Goodbye Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It!
[I always use the action rhyme book Clap Your Hands by David Ellwand. One last chance to point at words to reinforce the print recognition. Here is an image of the flannel board I copied.]

Takeaway – Dog’s Colorful Day activity sheet.
[Point out the D is for Dog on the worksheet one more time for print recognition/awareness]

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