Recently, the Speech I course from 7 Sisters Homeschool came across my Pinterest feed. Curious, I clicked through to the website.
According to the description, the first assignment is to read aloud to children. As a librarian, my first thought was, what better way to
practice that skill than to volunteer to lead a
preschool storytime at your local library?
Preschool storytimes are a staple of many
libraries’ programming. They bring children and their parents through the door
and instill a love of books in the children.
They are always in need of volunteers.
How do you go about planning a storytime? First, choose your topic. The librarian
can give you ideas if you need help. Your
topic could be a book, a season or holiday,
or something you think children would be
interested in, such as trains.
While you are visiting the library, ask to
look at the story time area. Is it set apart
from the rest of the library? If it is, you may
be able to be louder and more active than if
storytime were to be held in an area of the
library where others are working.
Next, select your books. If your topic is a
single book, you could leave out this step or
find books to go along with it.
Next, how will you present the story? Are
you just going to read it? Make puppets?
Make a felt board presentation? Make a
costume and become the main character?
Get some friends and act it out? Have the
children help you act it out? Turn it into a
song or at least have some background music? Get creative!
Next, make or find your props—your
puppets and stage, your felt board and
pieces, your costume. The website http://
www.dltk-kids.com/ has many puppet and
felt board patterns. Also look for simple
coloring pages. The librarian may let you
use their planning materials.
Do you want to do other activities? Are
there music or movement activities you
could do? Many storytime programs in-
clude simple arts and crafts. If you decide to
do crafts, make a sample beforehand. How
simple is it? Will you need to precut any
pieces? How many pieces will you need?
Your librarian can tell you the average at-
tendance. To keep the costs down, choose
crafts that use materials you or the library
already have on hand.
If the library’s policies allow it, you could
provide a theme-related snack or help the
children make a snack related to the book.
Some good food-related books are:
• Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey
• Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
• Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds
• If You Give a Mouse a Cookie and If You
Give a Moose a Muffin by Laura Numeroff
• Oliver’s Fruit Salad by Vivian French
• The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by
• Stone Soup (many versions are available,
but the one we love is by Marcia Brown)
• The Gingerbread Man (various versions
By Karen Robuck
Be A Guest Storyteller
Preschool storytimes are a staple of many libraries’
programming. They bring children and their parents
through the door and instill a love of books in the children.
Homeschooling the Preschooler