Story time can be fun and exciting for children. There are times when they will just sit quietly and listen. There are also times when they will love to get involved and participate during a story. Young children love to sing, dance and make movements. This is when story time comes alive.
I teach a Kindergarten class and I read to them about three times a day. During circle time, the children pretty much just sit quietly and listen to a story. When I read books for the subject Reading, I try to get the students involved as much as possible. Here are a couple of examples.
Last week I read everyday the book called From Head to Toe by Eric Carle. This book is all about animal movements. The giraffe bends his neck, the gorilla thumps his chest, the crocodile wriggles his hip, the cat arches his back, and so on. The children enjoyed making all the animal movements. In addition, without me even saying anything, they made the animal sounds too. This made the story very much come alive.
This week I am going to read Mary Wore Her Red Dress. This story is also a song, so after I read the story once through, the class will sing the tune. This story also has a rhythmic pattern which the kids can clap to. Clapping is another fun way to get the children involved and making a story come alive.
If a teacher or storyteller plays an instrument like the guitar or piano, that is wonderful. If not, children’s CD discs are very popular today and those can be used for many songs. If that resource is not available, the children still love to sing even without music. As long as they are involved and a part of something, that is all they care about. You do not need anything fancy.
As I said, not every story needs to come alive, but whenever possible, it should be done. Children will better understand what was just read to them when they are interested in the story. Usually they are interested, when they can get into it. I have found that they are much more attentive. During circle time in the mornings when I am just reading to them, they are just listening. Many times they move from place to place around the carpet. They will do that if they are not interested in the story. Be sure to make story time come alive as much as possible!