Literacy Tips for Storytime

It’s no secret that daily reading with kids can have pretty significant improvement in overall literacy, concentration, imagination, and empathy (just to list a few benefits). Daily reading helps, but these gentle nudges will help guide your reading time!

preview the book

SPOILER ALERT: Before you jump into the story, check out the ending! Tap through a few pages on your tablet or thumb through the first pages in your book. Quickly looking through the story will prime your little one and let them know what to expect. It’s kinda like watching the trailer before committing to something on Netflix…always a good idea!

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Here’s your chance to be sneaky. During the book preview, or maybe just before you read a specific page, point out 1-2 words to your kid. Pick a hard one! This takes the mystery out of certain words and encourages your child to be a confident reader.

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Share the mic! Kids want to read, but sometimes they can get burned out before the end of the story. When you and your little one take turns reading, you’re helping build stamina and showing them that they can finish the story (even if it takes a little help).

retell the story

After the story (whether that’s right after reading time or at your next reading session), have your kiddo retell it from memory. If they need extra help, have them hold the book (or flip back through the tablet ) to spark their memory. This is vital for comprehension and will help them learn to find the key points of the story.

connect the story

Kids learn empathy from learning about other stories that they may not have personally experienced. Connect your story to something your little reader has experienced. Read a story about school? Ask them about their class. Read a story with emotional connections? Ask them about a time in their life when they felt the same way!

The key for improvement is taking a few minutes everyday to read with your little one. It may be slow, but everyday your student will learn something, big or little, that will help them become successful readers.

Happy Reading,

-Raffi, Team StoryBots

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Looking for a super special bedtime story? Check out the Starring-You Books on StoryBots.com! Each Starring-You Book features the ability to change out the face and name for a fully-customized bedtime story. Try it out with the “The Biggest Pizza Ever”!

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Teacher Gift: StoryBots Cozy

Teachers spend all day trying to make sure the copies come out correctly, all the yogurt tubes are open, and that no one gets left behind on the playground. Why not show teachers how much you care with a StoryBots Coffee Cozy?! The only special things you need are felt and fabric glue. Get cozy and let’s craft!

Supplies:

  • craft felt
  • fabric glue
  • cardboard coffee sleeve
  • scissors
  • optional: paint, coffee cup

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Step 1: Trace the Cozy

Unfold the cozy and place over the felt. Trace the outline, then cut it out.

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Step 2: Fold it up

Fold the cozy into thirds and glue the ends together with the fabric glue.

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Step 3: Make a face

Cut out felt shapes for the eyes, pupils, and eyebrows.

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Ta-daaa! Bing is ready for his morning buzz

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Check out all the StoryBots! We used different colors to create these (mostly) happy faces. These cozies would make a great back-to-school gift for a special elementary teacher, or for cooler fall weather (did someone say pumpkin spice? 🍂 ). Make your own Bang, Bing, Beep, Boop, or Bo, OR make your own new character.

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Share your StoryBots Cozy with us on Instagram…don’t forget to tag @StoryBots!

Cozy up with Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs , now streaming on Netflix.

StoryBots Summer STEM Challenge: Boats

Boat STEM Challenge

Hoist the anchor, hold the mainstay, and grab a pool noodle! Our last #summerSTEMchallenge is all about buoyancy, and it’s made with materials you probably already have at home!

Challenge: Create a boat and find out how much weight your boat can hold without sinking.

Materials:

Step 1: Cut the noodle

👩‍👧 This is a grown-up job. Using a craft knife (we used a bread knife!) cut a 1 inch disk off the noodle.

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Step 2: Set the sails

Print out the StoryBots Sails and tape a stick to the back (we used coffee stirrers).

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Step 3: Put it all together

Insert the sail firmly into the noodle.

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Step 4: Experiment time!

Try out your boat in a kiddie pool, the sink, the tub, or a shallow tub. How can you make this project even better?

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Extension Ideas

Try out these extension ideas:

  • How can you change the sail to improve your boat?
  • How many pennies (or other cargo) can your boat hold?
  • Can you add a motor?

Where are you sailing YOUR boat? In the bathtub? The ocean? In your cereal? Let us know and include #summerSTEMchallenge on Instagram and Twitter! Don’t forget to tag us, @StoryBots!

Hope your summer is full of curiosity, questions, and some really silly songs. You can find even more fun stuff at StoryBots.com!

Ask the StoryBots and StoryBots Super Songs are streaming all-summer on Netflix. Check it out!

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