A bunch of us had the opportunity to attend a workshop on Early Literacy and Early Learning arranged by Renee McGrath, NLS Manager of Youth Services, and presented by Saroj Ghoting, an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant. It was fun and educational.
One of the points of the program was about incorporating science and math concepts into your story time, and how very easy that is to do. With Saroj’s help, we were able to modify story times we’ve already used. I’m posting an example of one and would love to get more submissions from CSD members.
Title: The Carrot Seed
Science or Math Connection: Making predictions
Aside to adults: Children are curious! Help them learn by sharing what you know and getting books and other media about a concept, such as how things grow.
Opening song (Whatever you’re comfortable with)
Opening Rhyme (I like to use the same few nursery rhymes over the course of a four-week story… Usually selected from Pocketful of Posies by Salley Mavor)
Book 1: Muncha!, Muncha!, Muncha! by Candace Fleming (ask kids if they think the bunnies will still be able to get into the vege patch after each change)
Book 2: The Carrot Seed by Ruth Krauss (do you think the carrot will grow?)
Aside to adults: When you ask questions like, what do you think will happen?, you’re helping them learn to make predictions — an important part of science investigations.
Sing!: Suggested song — The Gardener Plants the Seed (sung to “The Farmer in the Dell”)
The gardener plants the seeds, the gardener plants the seeds,
High ho the derry oh, the gardener plants the seeds.
2nd verse: The rain falls on the ground
3rd verse: The sun shines bright and warm
4th verse: The seeds begin to grow
5th verse: Plants grow everywhere
Book 3: One Bean by Anne Rockwell (factual book)
Book 4: Plant a Kiss by Amy Rosenthal (can you really plant a kiss? what would happen?)
Activity time: Plant some seeds!
Aside to adults: Today we planted (type of seed). Take it home and watch it grow. Explain that it might take time to sprout. Best of all: Just see what happens.
There are, of course, a ton of other books you can use. Here are some more suggestions:
Fran’s Flower by Lisa Bruce (suggested by another attendee)
Seed Magic by Jane Buchanan
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Split! Splat! by Amy Gibson
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
–Marie Drucker, Malverne Public Library