Hello, friends! Welcome back to our virtual storytimes! Check it out if you haven't seen it yet!
This week I brought out my ukulele and asked what letter everyone thought it might start with. Stressing the beginning and ending sounds of words and asking young children what letter they think it might start or end with is a great way to work on connecting letter sounds with letter names.
We also played with some contact paper-an inexpensive learning tool with endless options for play and creation!-and predicted whether or not some objects would stick to the paper. For younger children, allow them the opportunity to explore a variety of textures and talk about how things feel: "Ooooh this is sticky! I wonder if this feather will stick. The feather is soft!" This introduces them to new vocabulary and gives them context for the world around them.
We sang a storytime favorite: Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the moon! Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the moon! If you want to take a trip climb aboard my rocket ship! Zoom, zoom, zoom we're going to the moon in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 BLAST OFF! The anticipation of blasting off is so much fun and we get to work our finger muscles counting down which we need strong in order to hold our writing utensils when we get older.
We ended storytime with a little patterning. Patterning-predicting what might come next-is a great early math and literacy tool.
Thanks so much for joining us and we'll see you next week!
Recognizing patterns helps predict and develop critical thinking skills. Check out these books that help us play with patterns and help us predict what's going to happen next!