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Part I-b: Preparation Strategy
How do you prepare for storytime? Use The Four P’s. The Four P’s are simple steps that make prepping for storytime easy by breaking down work into small tasks. Execute these four steps and you’ll be ready to conduct an effective storytime program.
Here are The Four P’s:
- Program: Select materials for each of the four elements: an opening, picture books, transitions and a closing. Pick 2 – 3 picture books per storytime and a couple transitions. In this process, you often find enough materials to program several storytimes. Go to the library or bookstore. Read picture books and listen to children’s songs. Ask for recommendations from librarians, teachers, fellow story readers or search online.
- Pen: Write down a simple outline. Consider how to set up and direct children through each element. Keep directions minimal. With preschoolers, it’s often better to show than tell. Know your materials.
- Pack: Look through your outline and pack your elements.
- Practice: Practice your storytime program at least once as if you were in front of children. In doing so, you will learn your materials better, anticipate children’s reactions and form questions to ask kids.* In doing this, you will also find opportunities to add humor. Practicing adds an extra layer of fun to storytime. It’s the key to making a good program extraordinary.
*Show the children the book’s cover and ask what they think the story is about. Questions like this engage children with books and help them better comprehend stories.
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