Guest post by Linda DeCramer
Words cannot convey the import and impact of the two online courses I took as part of the Growing Wisconsin Readers initiative - EarlyLiteracy and Books, and Early Literacy Enhanced Storytimes. The instructor, Saroj Ghoting is wonderful and the course content was absolutely transformative in terms of how I approach storytime planning and share early literacy information with caregivers!
|A gourmet meal (Pixabay)|
I feel newly empowered to make a difference! I am infinitely more confident in choosing content for my programs, and sharing early literacy info with caregivers. This is truly a gift to be shared and partaken of collectively.
1. The final goal of the combined courses is to train the presenter in offering early literacy information via “asides” during storytime. I’ve notice that adults in attendance are in turn empowered and excited about the importance of their role as EARLY LITERACY NURTURER! Many parents attending storytime have opted to focus on raising their children over money or career. By incorporating early literacy information and reinforcing best practices, storytime is now a learning, growing experience for adult, as well as child, and serves to affirm and legitimize their choice and role.
2. Conversation and camaraderie among attendees: Sometimes, an “aside” will spark a caregiver to share with the group an exciting moment or development, which illustrates the concept, with their child. A retired educator, who brings her grandsons, occasionally has additional info or knowledge, from her years as a teacher, to share. Despite days filled with very little adult conversation, tears, diapers, messes and melt downs, sharing in this way helps everyone to believe that what they are doing is important!
|A Storywalk discussion (author's image)|
Linda DeCramer, Children’s Librarian