early literacy

LITTLE LITS
MY STORY-TIME BASED EARLY LITERACY PROGRAM FOR YOUNG CHILDREN

READ-ALOUDs, SONGS, STORIES,
FINGER PLAY, READING LISTS, STAY-&-READ, AND SO MUCH MORE!
books . puppets . storyboards . music

Register here!

City of Walnut Creek
City of Albany
California
Email me for schedule : meeraTsriram@gmail.com
Hope to see you there!


EARLY LITERACY
WHY?

Early literacy programs create awareness about reading and writing before children begin to read and write. Research has shown that these programs help in the development of vital pre-reading skills that prepare children for a lifelong love for reading and learning. 

Skills include -

  • Print Motivation (getting children excited about books and reading)
  • Print Awareness (knowledge of print, reading from left to right or right to left, holding a book the right way)
  • Narrative Skills ( the ability to describe, retell and comprehend what they read)
  • Vocabulary (knowing the names of things, emotions, and concepts)
  • Letter Knowledge (identifying letters and their sounds)
  • Phonological Awareness (knowing the finer sounds in words)
MORE ABOUT LITTLE LITS
HOW?

The  elements I use to create a literacy-rich story time include -
  • Books
  • Songs
  • Finger Play 
  • Movement
  • Puppetry
  • Music
  • Storyboards
  • Crafts
  • Games
FORMAT:
My theme based story time sessions typically open with a welcome song, followed by some or all of the elements listed above. It will definitely include wonderful age-appropriate read-alouds of books on the chosen theme. Along the way, we'll discuss interactive reading, how to pick out books, and other literacy related activities -  to nurture a love of reading in children beyond the class. The session will end with a good-bye song. Lastly there is a stay-and-read time so parents and care-givers can read to their child, so children can "read" some of the other books in the reading list. They can also mingle with other group members and ask questions during this time.Themes are typically -
WHAT?

THEMES include:

Concept based (Counting, Alphabet, Colors)
Seasonal (Harvest, Rain, Summer)
Movement oriented (Actions and Finger play)
Nature & Environment (Bugs, Animals, Trees)
Multicultural (Bilingual books, Holidays, Foods, Countries)
Generic Pre-school themes (Vehicles, Farm Animals, Feelings, Food)

Being a mother, an author, and a book reviewer helps me handpick appropriate books and songs that make story times enriching and entertaining. Most of all, watching little ones go wide-eyed at a book or giggle during a song brings great joy to my world!