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Reading at Home

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SCLSNJ bases our storytimes on Every Child Ready to Read. Explore below to learn how you can incorporate these techniques at home. SOARING Storytimes PDF

Hatchlings birth to 18 months old
  • Help develop baby’s speech and language skills with simple songs and nursery rhymes
  • Share classic tunes like Old McDonald, Where Is Thumbkin, and Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Sing slowly so baby can hear all the sounds that make up words in a song
  • Encourage baby to imitate simple and familiar words with vocal cues and nonverbal gestures
  • Introduce and identify baby’s surroundings with words and gestures
  • Connect words and objects (naming and pointing) to help develop recognition
  • Introduce books that feature rhymes, pictures of familiar items, and repetitive sounds and words
  • Share books with sturdy pages and have baby help hold and turn pages
  • Encourage baby to identify and point to pictures in books
  • Build vocabulary by naming toys like stuffed animals or blocks
  • Use songs, rhymes and motion in play to encourage baby to imitate simple words
  • Offer simple directions like clap and stomp and watch baby’s reaction
  • Try activities like clapping and grasping toys to spur fine motor and gross motor skills
  • Model behavior by drawing pictures and letters while playing and sharing stories
Chicks 18 to 36 months old
  • Sing songs that use animal noises, sound effects, and/or movement
  • Use different speeds and tempos when singing or reciting rhymes
  • Try action songs like Itsy Bitsy Spider that use a mix of motions
  • Repeat words and phrases from a story
  • Review the sequence of a story so toddlers can start to understand story structure
  • Ask toddlers to describe elements or characters in a book or story
  • Encourage toddlers to recite or sing the letters of the alphabet
  • Ask toddlers to make predictions about stories or to talk about the characters
  • Help toddlers recognize signs and symbols from their world in the pages of a book
  • Be active: dance, clap and use musical instruments
  • Have toddlers mimic your actions in fingerplays and songs
  • Ask questions during play so toddlers will learn how to answer simple inquiries
  • Promote letter recognition and the development of fine motor skills
  • Create opportunities to draw and scribble
  • Encourage toddlers to make up stories to complement drawings
Songbirds 36 to 60 months old
  • Ask kids to identify word sounds or rhyming sounds in music
  • Encourage kids to finish the last word of a song
  • Take a moment to talk about unfamiliar words
  • Ask kids for their point of view and to share their likes and dislikes
  • Ask kids to repeat parts of a book or story
  • Try longer phrases with more complex words to grow language skills
  • Ask kids to identify letters within the text of a book
  • Have kids match letters and sounds
  • Ask kids about a favorite book or story
  • Encourage dramatic play
  • Draw and “pretend” to write in creative play
  • Ask kids questions about their creations
  • Try activities that involve drawing detailed images, letters, and even words
  • Practice name writing
  • Help kids write a title on a drawing and sign their name
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