What is it?
- Noticing print everywhere
- How to handle a book
- Knowing books have print
- How to follow words on a page
What does this look like in storytime?
- For the babies: Have extra board books out for them to play with while they listen to you. Use big books as often as possible; they make it easier for babies to see the pages.
- Hold the book upside down and pretend you don't notice. Start turning pages from the end instead of the beginning. If the kids are older, they will correct you! If they are younger, "correct" yourself: "I can't read the book yet! It's upside down!"
- Point to the title as you read it.
- Point to repeating words or phrases in the story & have the kids say them with you
- Make books with 4-5s as a storytime craft. Talk to them about the parts of a book as they work
- Use words with big type or word balloons like What Will Fat Cat Sit On? or Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
- Add words to your favorite flannelboards. When you put up a picture of a castle, also put up the word "castle" underneath.