Using your knowledge of early literacy skills and practices, based on Every Child Ready to Read®, supercharge your storytimes through interactivity with children and their parents/caregivers, intentionality, being more purposeful in connecting storytime books and experiences to support early literacy behaviors, and assessment through self-reflection and peer sharing. Hands-on practice on developing and delivering early literacy tips to adults in storytimes. Through self-assessment and an increased awareness, you will have the opportunity to energize your storytimes while becoming an advocate for early literacy in your library and the community.
PLEASE NOTE: This class does not cover how to plan and present storytimes. It is focused on incorporating early literacy information/asides into your storytimes.
Required Text: Storytimes for Everyone. You may purchase a personal copy from the ALA Store, or use a copy your library owns as long as you have access to it for the full four week class.
Learning Objectives: Participants will
- Describe and execute ways to share storytime books and activities in ways that support the early literacy components
- Transform your own traditional storytimes into early literacy enhanced storytimes
- Convey early literacy information and activities to parents/caregivers in the storytime setting
- Examine and implement storytime assessment tools
- Articulate the importance library services in terms of early literacy programs
Expectations: This class consists of four weeks of content. There WILL be homework during the fourth week which will be due by the end of the fifth week. Although there are individual differences, you may expect each week to take 3 – 4 hours of work which includes the readings, watching the presentations and homework assignments.
Saroj Ghoting is an Early Childhood Literacy Consultant and national trainer on early literacy. She presents early literacy workshops at conferences and library systems for staff and their partners. She has been a consultant for the Public Library Association and the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association on the Every Child Ready to Read @ your library® early literacy initiative. She is the co-author of six books, the most recent being Supercharged Storytimes: An Early Literacy Planning and Assessment Guide, co-authored with the researchers from the VIEWS2 project at the University of Washington. Saroj has been a children’s librarian for over 40 years and a consultant since 2003. She received her MLS from Catholic University in Washington, DC. She enjoys learning new ideas while presenting trainings on early literacy.