What is Storytime?
Storytimes are fun and interactive sessions for children and their caregivers. They are offered by age group and last around 20 minutes. Each program is a little different, but most include age-appropriate songs, rhymes and stories. Some will also have a craft or play activity. Toys, puzzles are made available for the children and parents to participate with the purpose of encouraging social interaction.
Looking for more information? Details about the different types of storytimes and the timetable can be found at your local library or on the website. Storytime sessions at your local library are FREE and membership is also FREE.
- Integrates visual (pictures and words) with auditory (spoken words) to facilitate language learning
- Helps children develop a lifetime love of books and reading
- Provides early language and literacy skills
- Extends reading experience with music and finger rhymes
- Helps build memory with repetition
- Introduces children to being part of a group, turn taking and helps with school readiness
- Provides phonological awareness and listening skills
- Models reading aloud for parents
- Introduces children and parents to high quality books and library materials.
Children not only learn word meanings from listening to adults read to them, but through conversations with them. During these exchanges, children will often hear adults repeat words several times. They may also hear new and interesting words that stick out to them. The more oral language experiences children have, the more word meanings they learn.
What happens during Storytime?
Storytime at the library has a purposeful design. Every part is delivered with a specific reason in mind.
Your child has an opportunity to ask and answer questions about the story. This can lead to parent-child conversations later on about the content of the story and provide opportunities for teaching moments.
As the story is read aloud, your child is developing listening skills. It’s an opportunity for your child to practice focusing and tuning out distractions, which are important skills as your toddler prepares for school.
When children listen to a story, they have to remember the characters and events in the tale to follow along and make sense of the plot line.
When children hear stories, they create images that represent the characters and events in the story. An important cognitive shift that occurs in the preschool years is the development of symbolic representation—the ability to mentally represent concrete objects, actions, and events. That is what children are doing when they hear stories and picture the characters and events in their head.
Even a craft activity benefits your child in ways you may not realise. It helps to make connections to the story, fosters imagination, fine motor skills, socialisation and much more.
Try to make reading part of your daily routine. It helps your child develop important cognitive skills while also giving you a chance to spend time with your favourite person.