May 29, 2015

Here's a tip to share with parents and caregivers about why we sing in storytime: "We sing a lot in storytime! We do this because the repetitive nature of songs helps children build memory, because it teachers your child new words, and because it's a fun bonding activi...

February 25, 2015

Singing is a great way for kids to build vocabulary and learn more rare words. When we sing a nursery rhyme or song with lots of unfamiliar words in storytime like "Little Miss Muffet," or "Goosey, Goosey Gander," here's an early literacy tip you can share with caregi...

December 19, 2014


I just read an excellent study about the many benefits that singing provide in regards to Early Literacy. Pam Schiller, Ph.D. is the author of this study, and has written a plethora of materials for the Early Literacy Specialist. While her research is thorough and wel...

December 9, 2014


Storytime today was a raucous and noisy affair, as it often is, but it was made more so by the inclusion of rhythm sticks into the mix. I had planned out a couple of activities to do with them and had one spontaneous activity - all of which turned out to be huge succe...

November 14, 2014



A fun activity to do in baby storytime is to pass out scarves, have everyone pretend they are washcloths, and sing "This is the Way We Wash Our" to the tune of "Here We Go Round the Mulberry Bush." We pretend wash our bellies, legs, face, etc. This is a great ac...

October 8, 2014

Here's a reminder I recently sent out in our library's Early Literacy Newsletter, and I think it would also be a great one to share in storytime: "Do you ever wonder why we sing so much in storytime? Because research shows it helps your child learn. Singing teaches new...

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