My students come from diverse backgrounds and households with approximately 40% who qualify for free and reduced lunch.
My students in Pre-K and the Developmentally Delayed class are new to being in school and often have difficulty sitting still and learning in groups.
Most of these children are between the chronological ages of three to five, but developmentally they are often much younger.
With so many more students with learning differences entering the Developmentally Delayed and traditional Pre-K programs, catching and keeping the attention of students during storytime is often a challenge.
Sensory storytime is all about movement and participation. Sensory bean bags, bells with ribbons, and story related finger puppets will get students involved in an interactive storytime in the library. While catching their attention is the first step in the learning process, keeping their attention is crucial.
Using manipulatives to engage students is a tactic every parent who has ever been to a toy store recognizes.
Using "toys" in storytelling helps keep students involved and gives them something to do with their hands. With these materials I hope to entice students who normally can't or won't participate in the library and classroom.
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