At “Growing Readers” storytime, I lead a group storytime filled with literacy activities for the first half hour of the program. Afterwards, the kids go to activity tables staffed by teen volunteers to play and do more activities. Each storytime has five different activity tables. I spend my time floating around and talking to parents/caregivers about early literacy. Through the table activities (and my guidance), I hope that parents learn tips on how to work with their young readers and how literacy is so much more than just reading. The kids just see the activities as fun!
Table Activity: Alphabet Sort & Match
Every Child Ready to Read Skill: Reading
At this table, we had sets of magnetic letters (both uppercase and lowercase) that the kids matched to laminated worksheets. The magnetic letters were purchased at Lakeshore Learning, and I found the worksheets online at a cross-stitch website.
This was a super popular table. The kids really enjoyed identifying the letters and sorting them on the sheets. Also, it must be said, they loved building magnetic letter towers as well. The letters were a great purchase, one that I will definitely be using with cookie sheets for other activities.