Parents often ask me why I repeat books during story time.
An excellent question with a very simple answer.
It makes it easier for kids to learn the stories. That’s why I usually rotate books – 2 familiar, 1 new – deliberately building a solid foundation for those nifty pre-literacy stages, like…
- holding a book right side up
- flipping through the pages without skipping
- paraphrasing the story
- identifying letters and eventually words on a page
There’s nothing more gratifying that seeing one of my story time kids “read along” with me – sometimes silently, but most times aloud before I can even finish a sentence!
Keep reading to your kids, and don’t get too frustrated when they choose the same books over and over.
There is method to their madness, even when it’s driving you insane.
Inch by Inch by Leo Lionni
A short story about a clever inchworm who measures different animals in the forest. All goes well until a bird asks for the measure of a song…
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr.
Fantastic book to help kids learn the difference between lmnop and L-M-N-O-P.
Hattie and the Fox by Mem Fox
A slow build with a big reveal when a hen discovers a fox hiding in the bushes.
A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
Excellent wordless book about a dog and a ball. Ask the kids what they think it happening in the story and you’ll be surprised by their insightful answers.
The Wheels on the Bus
Itsy Bitsy Spider
If You’re Happy and You Know It