Story Time

Submitted by: Christine Turner, Atascocita
• Pre-school
Just like daddy by:Frank Asch
A very young bear describes all the activities he does during the day that are just like his daddy's.
Grandfather and I by:Helen E. Buckley
A child considers how Grandfather is the perfect person to spend time with because he is never in a hurry.
A perfect Father's Day by:Eve Bunting
When four-year-old Susie treats her father to a series of special activities for Father's Day, they just happen to be all of her own favorite things.
No nap by: Eve Bunting
Dad tries various activities to get Susie tired enough to take her nap, but they only exhaust him.
Dad's dinosaur day by:Diane Dawson Hearn
Dad's behavior changes when he becomes a dinosaur for a day.
Daddy makes the best spaghetti by:Anna Grossnickle Hines
Not only does Corey's father make the best spaghetti, but he also dresses up as Bathman and acts like a barking dog.
Dad and me in the morning by:Patricia Lakin
A deaf boy and his father share a special time as they watch the sun rise at the beach.
Let's go, Froggy! by:Jonathan London
Froggy and his father search the house for the mislaid items they will need on their bike trip.
Peeping and sleeping by: Fran Manushkin
Barry and his father take an evening walk, exploring the strange peeping sounds they hear and finding a surprise down at the pond.
Guess how much I love you by: Sam McBratney
During a bedtime game, every time Little Nutbrown Hare demonstrates how much he loves his father, Big Nutbrown Hare gently shows him that the love is returned even more.
Lucy's picture by:Nicola Moon
A young girl creates a special picture that her blind grandfather can "see" with his hands.
Octopus hug by:Laurence Pringle
When Mom goes out for the evening, Dad and the kids invent games filled with fun and laughter, and they all learn how to give an octopus hug.
Dads are such fun by:Jakki Wood
Animal and human children declare why their dads are such fun.
Daddy Daddy

Sung to: "Twinkle, Twinkle, little star"

Daddy, daddy let me say
I love you in every way
I love you for all you do
I love you for being you
Daddy, Daddy let me say
Have a happy Father's Day!
Thank You Dad

Sung to: "Row, Row, Row you boat"

Thanks, thanks, thank you, Dad,
Thanks for loving me!
Hugs and kisses, Hugs and kisses,
Come to you from me!
* Footprint picture made by tracing the foot or by letting the children step in paint and making prints. Print the following poem:

"Walk a little slower, Daddy"
Said a little child so small.
"I'm following in your footsteps,
And I don't want to fall.

Sometimes your steps are very fast,
Sometimes they're hard to see;
So walk a little slower, Daddy,
For you are leading me.

Someday when I'm all grown up,
You're what I want to be;
Then I will have a little child
Who'll want to follow me.

And I would want to lead just right,
And know that I was true;
So, walk a little slower, Daddy,
For I must follow you."
*Father's Day Card
Give your dad a special card for Father's Day.
* construction paper
* wrapping paper
* 3 buttons
* a photo or drawing of child

1. Fold a piece of construction paper in half.
2. Cut two strips of construction paper. Fold the top end down across the
strip at a diagonal. Glue them to the middle of the folded edge of the paper
to make a collar.
3. Cut a tie out of wrapping paper and glue to the "collar" of your card.
4. Glue two buttons on the collar, like buttons on a shirt.
5. Cut a square of construction paper bigger than the photo. Glue three
edges of it to the right side of the card to make a pocket. Glue a button to
the pocket.
6. When the glue is dry, stick the picture of yourself inside the pocket of
the "shirt." Write a special message to Dad inside the card to remind him
that you think he's terrific.
Why is it important to tell family stories?

It's a great opportunity for parents / families to communicate with their children and contribute to their literacy development.

It's a valuable experience to hand down family stories each generation. Many of our most powerful memories and important experiences come from our families.

The oral language development that goes along with telling family stories is a necessary component in literacy development. Studies of early readers show they come from homes where oral language is used in a variety of ways.

Children love to hear stories about their parents' and grandparent's childhood experiences and this helps them become avid listeners. They also like to hear about themselves -- such as telling them about the day they were born or adopted. Their wonder and excitement moves their imagination while listening to family stories.

Handing down stories is a great way to keep a family's heritage alive and an opportunity to convey family values. A knowledge of their family history helps them know who they are and make sense of their life.

Emergent Literacy Project Training Manual. Information written by Carol Nelson, Ed.D., Project Director of the University of Idaho Emergent Literacy Project.

The Family Storytelling Handbook: How to Use Stories, Anecdotes, Rhymes, Handerchiefs, Paper, and Other Objects to Enrich Your Family Traditions. By A. Pellowski. New York: Macmillan, 1987.

The America Reads Challenge: Ready*Set*Read for Families site has tips for families as their children's first teacher, activities for young babies, crawlers and walkers, toddlers and preschoolers, a suggested book list, and more resources.

Idaho Early Childhood Information Clearinghouse. This site provides information about young children, birth to age three, including links to Idaho programs and worldwide information, current practice and research, and child development information.
Most of the above information was written by Carol Nelson, Ed.D., Project Director of the University of Idaho Emergent Literacy Project. Posted in cooperation with the Emergent Literacy Project.

Additional Note: I would like to encourage you to visit the above website. Stephanie Bailey-White and Peggy McClendon have provided several ideas that further support this subject.