A beginning word about Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR)

I have found that the most effective way to interject Every Child Ready to Read (ECRR) principles (Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing) into storytime without the parents eyes glazing over is to say at least one sentence per storytime.

 You could use your 3-ring binder to help create a “storytime commercial”.  When you turn to the page with a PowerPoint sheet below you would be clued in to add a ECRR tip. 

Letter Knowledge
Narrative Skills
Phono Awareness
Print Awareness
Print Motivation
Vocabulary

I got some sample narratives from this site from Iowa’s Library Service Areas:  http://www.ilsa.lib.ia.us/ECL/buildkits.htm#resources

An example from this site (from the old ECRR but you could say what is in the bracket instead) would be:  “Rhymes and songs help teach “phonological awareness” – awareness of the sounds that make up words.  [Ever wondered why it is so important that you sing to your baby?]  You may have noticed that your child enjoys the way a nursery rhyme sounds even if it doesn’t make much sense to him.  When you introduce a new rhyme or song, repeat it at least twice.  Three times is even better.  And be sure to keep repeating the old, familiar rhymes.”

Saroj Ghoting – Early Childhood Literacy Consultant has several short sample narratives to share with parents that are ECRR 2 based (Talking, Singing, Reading, Writing, Playing).  I mix it up and use the more simple terms and the jargon terms depending on my mood or audience.

Perry Public Library has several storytime themes in PDF that also have ECRR narratives that fit the theme.

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