Online Story Time?

Have you ever taken your toddler or preschooler to story time at the library?  It’s so fun.  Lots of kids, books, songs, kid-friendly musical instruments, stuffed animals, toys.  It’s one of my favorite things to do with my younger kids.

But sometimes it’s just tough to get to the library.  I have some weeks so packed we can’t fit it in.  But I wanted to share with you one of my favorite new resources I’ve found: story time online!

On YouTube, there are whole channels devoted to story time.  For example, The New York Public Library films many of their children’s programs and posts them for everyone to see.  The librarian does songs, books and even teaches Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in Japanese.  Click here to check it out.

Now remember, though.  For young children to learn from media, they need to be co-viewing it with a parent.  The parent and child need to watch together and the parent needs to be helping the child process what they’re watching. (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016, Media and the Young Mind.)

So as you’re watching the online storytime together, be singing the songs with your child, doing the silly actions, commenting on the books and cuddling close together.  This will make it meaningful.

There are other channels that just read books aloud.  Like this one.  They’re simple and could easily be paused to talk about what’s happening in the story.

But one of my favorite resources is this next video.  She is a speech pathologist and gives FANTASTIC advice on reading with young kids.  It’s a bit long, 17ish minutes, but worth ever second.  It has change the way I read with my youngest daughter.  If you’re sick of your old routine check this out.

I’m so excited about the amazing resources available to us online!  Please share if you have any great early-literacy resources!  I’d love to hear them.

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