Wednesday, October 1, 2008

October: Print Motivation

Our early literacy skill for October is Print Motivation!

What is it? Print Motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books.

Why is it important? Kids who enjoy books and reading will be curious about reading and motivated to learn to read themselves. Motivation is important because learning to read is HARD WORK! Children who have negative experiences with books and reading wind up with less interest in reading and less desire to learn. (What are some of those negative experiences they might have? Don't turn the page yet! Don't talk while I'm reading!)

So it's really important that we make sure our children start reading and listening from day one and that they have a good time with books.

What does this look like in storytime?

  • It looks like YOU having a good time! You’re the model that books and reading are fun.
  • Make it fun for YOU. If you hate singing? Chant or play a CD instead. Don't force yourself to do things you hate because kids will pick up on your lack of enthusiasm.
  • In the same way, choose books you love.
  • If a book isn't working—stop reading! Tell the kids you'll finish it another time, and say it's time for the Hokey Pokey or the Tooty Ta, or just go on to your next activity.
  • Choose pop ups, and lift the flaps sometimes, since kids really respond to the interactive stories.
What do you like to do to enhance Print Motivation in your storytimes? What Print Motivation tips do you give to the parents during storytime?

1 comment:

Karen H said...

Thank you for your post. Since I am so new to doing storytelling these are the kinds of tips I can use. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to contribute ideas.