Will any ol’ book off the shelf work for storytime?
Crunch time in the classroom… the children have cleaned up the room and are sitting, ready for the storytime. Everyone has listened and is quietly, patiently waiting for you to begin; however, your best planning has failed you, so you reach for any ol’ book off the shelf… STOP!
What should you do?
*Ask the children what book they might want to read again.
*Retell an old favorite with props
*Have the children act out a class favorite story
*Re-read the spellbinding book from the previous day
*Reach for your reserve stack of magical literature
*Sing and dance instead of reading just any ol’ book from the shelf because all books are not created equal. Some are joyous experiences in literature while some are illustrated for visual study in a more private and individualized setting. Other books, while appropriate to have in a classroom library, are not necessarily rich in literary content. When in doubt, pull a book from the Caldecott Award winners. Reach for literacy, not just any ol’ book from the shelf.
Let’s brainstorm together… add your suggestion to the list.