Becky, Jess, Hope and myself took a group of children from pre-school to visit the local library. A trip out into the community has many benefits, showing children the wider world they live in, supporting social and emotional development and of course the wonderful world of libraries cannot be beaten to inspire an early love of stories, books and literacy.
Becky planned the visit with the lovely Knutsford library staff team who promptly organised stories, singing, rhymes and activities linked to the stories! The stories we enjoyed and shared were:
The Giant Jumperee, written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Helen Oxenbury
When Rabbit’s friends Cat, Bear and Elephant come to help they are each scared away in turn by the mysterious voice.
“He can squash you like a flea
He will sting you like a bee
And he’s taller than a tree!”
But who is the Giant Jumperee?
and Who Woke the Baby, by Jane Clarke, illustrated by Charlie Fuge
It’s early morning in the jungle and little gorilla is NOT happy. Whoever woke him up?! As the mystery unfolds, we learn about a chain of events involving an assortment of animals who all played a part, but who did it all begin with…?
Sharing books helps children develop listening skills and fosters a love of books, the children listened with interest as the stories were read and their attention was maintained as the librarians read with animation and enthusiasm to the children. There were small pauses during each story giving children opportunity to ask questions and contribute to the story, the children asked their questions and added their own fabulous interpretation too.
The children listened with increasing attention and recall as the stories progressed and reached a conclusion. All of this learning in simple stories, read aloud, helping young children recognise that stories have a beginning, a middle and an end, helping their understanding of order and sequencing and best of all surrounded by interested, engaged and attentive adults who clearly love stories just as much as them!
Common to the two books was a frog, so the librarians introduced some frog rhymes, including the nursery favourite, “Five Little Speckled Frogs”:
“Five little speckled frogs,
Sat on a speckled log,
Eating some most delicious bugs.
One jumped into the pool,
Where it was nice and cool,
Then there were four speckled frogs.
Counting all the way down to none!
Hearing and Joining in with songs and rhymes are immensely enjoyable as children love repetition, helping them to listen to patterns of language. They of course joined in with the actions too and after the session we got creative and made our own green frogs.
At the end of the visit each child used the electronic scanner to check their books out. I can guarantee that the books taken back to nursery will be enjoyed and have even more meaning as a result of a very enjoyable trip to Knutsford library.