Story Time Tips
A word about hardcovers….
In the preschool classroom, nothing takes the place of hardcover books. Their robust shape, higher quality paper, stitched binding, and vivid colors are a tactile and visual treat. Because they stand erect when presented at story time, it is much easier for children to see a hardcover than a floppy paperback.
Children feel nurtured by good books, and there's nothing they like more than sitting in a cozy group while their teacher reads a great story. Maximize the enjoyment for teacher and child by incorporating these useful tips:
How to Read to a Group
- Establish a daily reading routine.
- Choose stories you like.
- Choose stories with bold pictures. Lots of exceptions but still good to remember)
- Familiarize yourself with the story before you read it to the group.
- Sit on a low stool or chair and make sure children are comfortable.
- Hold book in front of the group with illustrations facing the children, and read from side to side.
- Read the name of the author and illustrator each time you read a book.
- Do not be overly dramatic. Dramatization takes away from the reader’s imagination.
- Avoid gimmicks.
- Have fun!