- Stock many titles
- Speak clearly
To impact knowledge via storytelling, every educator has to learn the act of building confidence in the minds of the LISTENER(the children). To achieve this, you don't have to be excellent public speakers, but strong enunciation turns every story time into an exercise in phonemic awareness - the ability to hear, recognize, and apply the sounds that constitute spoken words.
Slowing down and articulating every word, no matter how small or simple, will familiarize students with language and bolster their confidence as they learn to read aloud themselves. Also, pay careful attention to your accent. We all have them, some more pronounced than others. Dropped Rs or Ts may confuse listeners or mislead them in their journey to reading alone. SPEAK as CLEARLY as possible.
You as an educator is expected to know that READING is not a passive activity, in preschool, high school or beyond. After finishing a book, you should wrap up story time with a few questions about the characters and the plot, perhaps even the central conflict and its resolution. Doing so hones critical thinking skills. As you read, you should feel free to define any complex words so listeners can follow along. ASK QUESTIONS to be sure that you did made an impact.
It is easier to pick up any book from the shelf for story time. But at an early age, students both want and need a diversity of titles. The world of literature is boundless, and your reading AREA must reflect that.
Take notice of your current picture book library. Are all genders and races represented well? Do enough books contain different types of clothing, families, neighborhoods, and even foods? If not, you need to STOCK UP.
By doing this, you are helping them develop good reading skills, and instill in them an appreciation of literature that lasts a lifetime?
You are promoting the three domain of DEVELOPMENT;
- Cognitive - problem solving and language development
- Social - interactions with others
- Emotional - how children feel about their self-worth
Teachers and parents can help young children be successful in school and in life by doing one thing each and every day... READ aloud to them!
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