Thursday, July 2, 2009

Storytime ♥ For 2-5 Year Olds

Guest Blogger Heidi Rosenberg from Barefoot Books

Now the fun is really starting to happen. Children still love old favorites but now you can start reading stories with more words. Classic stories will start to kick in. You know the ones you remember as a child. The 3 billy goats, Jack and the beanstalk, The House that Jack built.

You'll probably still need to keep reading time to less than 20 minutes at a time or your child will get bored. You need to vary what you are doing. Sing songs, pick one or two short books. Books to go along with songs is a great way to reinforce the concepts. Important concepts with songs are
numbers. I bet you could name quite a few songs with numbers. Barefoot Books has a variety of books with music CDs (many on sale throughout July) and numbers such as Knick Knack Paddywack(on sale in July), Farmyard Jamboree is a great book combining counting in twos with learning about baby animals.

By this age 2 or 3 you may want to introduce paperback books to your child,
depending on your child. Remember each child is an individual some will have longer attention spans then others.

Think of a typical library story time. They usually start by having familiar short songs, read a
story, another short song with actions, another story maybe using a felt board and more action songs. The more fun you can make reading now, the more they will appreciate books as they grow.

Another way to make books more enjoyable for young children is to introduce an activity to go along with it. Maybe you have appropriate puppets or stuffed toys so you can bring the story live using them. Alternatively you could invent an activity to go along with the stories. This could be some kind of related craft or if its a color story maybe have different colored objects that they need to group. The possibilities are endless. Some books you can actually buy matching jigsaw
puzzles too. If you have a book about the world perhaps you could bring out a map or a globe.

If you would like to buy any Barefoot Books please visit my online store and use special offer code SCSHTE for an additional 10% discount.
July is an exciting month for offers on our books with music.

Thank you Heidi for another great post! If you have any questions or would like to contact Heidi about making a purchase you can email her at

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Robynn's Ravings said...

Books have created some of the warmest memories I have with my kiddos. It's worth every minute. I still read aloud to them and they're teens. We just finished a George MacDonald series while we were camping. Reading around the campfire is wonderful!

Together We Save said...

These books sound wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

Mammatalk said...

Great info. Off to check out Barefoot books.

Angie said...

Thanks for the tips and the book suggestions.

Carissa(GoodnCrazy) said...

Great stuff there. I love the art work on these books!!

heidi said...

type happy at checkout until july 15th for 20% savings

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