Last week we had the first Storytime of the year and here at Success Library. There are some topics that everyone likes to deal with early on in the year: colours, numbers, shapes, animals…those things that we can probably all agree are really important to talk about so we can practise them throughout the year. To that end, here we decided to put a really good kit together for the first Storytime of the year and cover everything.

Books

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Rainbow Rob by Jo Rigg and Simon Mugford

Covering animals and colours, this book is also all about Rob the penguin learning to love that he’s black and white and not all of the colours of the rainbow. Depending on the message you want children to take away from this book there could be many different metaphors within the desire to be something different. Or, it could be a book about animals, colours, and accepting that we are who we are and that is always okay.

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Alphabet Ice Cream by Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap

This book deals with the alphabet but with fun pictures that will include other items also starting with the specific letter of the page, there is a lot of visual literacy involved in enjoying this book. As with most alphabet books this one is also great for practising some of the skills needed for reading and writing by playing and listening for the onset (first sound) in words and being able to group them together as having the same onset. Something we like to practise at Storytime.

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One to Ten and Back Again by Nick Sharratt and Sue Heap

With the same author and illustrator as our Alphabet book, this one also features One boy named Nick and One girl named Sue. The thing about this number and counting book is that it isn’t just add on counting – 1, 2, 3 etc it gets to ten and like it says on the cover it then counts back to one. If you read my blog post last week then you know I’m a big fan of talking about zero when we count but for Nick Sharratt I’ll just talk about it after we’ve finished the book.

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Bear In A Square by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Debbie Harter

Dealing with shapes this book follows bear through different scenes with a range of shapes – squares, stars, and more to expose children to a number of shapes.

The last two books we read are: Press Here by Herve Tullet (featured in my blog and Chantelle’s blog) and Dog’s Colourful Day by Emma Dodd. We don’t read them all but those are the ones we’ve put in our First Storytime kit.

Rhymes

This is one of my absolute favourite rhymes!

Dingle Dangle Scarecrow

When all the cows were sleeping
and the sun had gone to bed,
Up jumped the scarecrow
and this is what he said,

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
and shake my feet like that.”

When all the hens were roosting
and the moon behind the cloud
Up jumped the scarecrow
and shouted very loud,

“I’m a dingle dangle scarecrow
with a flippy floppy hat,
I can shake my hands like this
and shake my feet like that.”

Craft

Name Collage

Name craft is important for name recognition. By using objects to make the letters like above (I’ve used stickers, glitter glue, and sequins – but you can use anything) the shape of letters is cemented in the brain. Sensory exploration of the letters, and your name specifically, is a good way to develop fine motor skills, reinforce the shape of letters in muscle memory, develop hand-eye coordination, and allows children to practise writing their names. Name recognition is an important skill for going into kindy and sense of self.

To do this craft – on a piece of card get your child to write their name and then collage over the letters with whatever you have handy. It’s a great opportunity to practise gluing and cutting skills to make the collage materials.

You can check out some of the craft we did on Friday in our flickr album.