During our “P is for Pancake” Preschool Storytime this week, we focused not only on letter recognition but also included an array of other components to benefit the 2- to 5-year-olds who gather each Tuesday or Wednesday morning at 10:30 a.m. at County Library.
Researchers claim that at birth our brains are 25 percent developed; upon entering kindergarten, the development reaches 90 percent. Thus, we take seriously our mission to provide quality enrichment experiences as well as fun for our preschoolers.
We begin with our “Hello & How Are You” song, which sets a light tone and promotes socialization and caring for one another as we share that, “I’m fine, I’m fine, and I hope that you are too.” Storybooks presented differ in level, ranging from simplistic to mind-stretchers. Attendees learn one or more words in infant, baby or American sign language.
Child development experts encourage educators to liberally utilize repetition and rhyme, so we repeat fingerplays and action rhymes numerous times, which also builds self-esteem when young children are able to comfortably and successfully participate.
Our closing song, “If You’re Happy & You Know It”, teaches sequencing, as we at first individually clap our hands, stomp our feet, or shout hooray; then we link the three actions as we “do all three”.
During craft time, cutting out a pancake shape, picking up and gluing tiny yellow construction paper squares of “butter” to the pancake, and painting brown “syrup” on the pancake hones fine motor skills. Children express pride in their completed projects and take home something to reinforce the storytime content and encourage further discussion at home.
Now that summer vacations are a pleasant memory, plan to join us next week!