WHY STORY TIME?
We all know the value and importance of reading to children at home and allowing them to explore books on their own. Did you know that your child also benefits from attending group storytimes? Here are just a few of the reasons to take advantage of the group storytime programs we offer:
- Children watch others become engaged in a storytime and learn from each other.
- They are exposed to a different variety of topics and storytelling styles.
- They learn vital school readiness skills like sitting still for a period of time, how to pay attention to an adult other than a parent, how to take turns, and how to be quiet.
Storytimes can also be helpful for parents to learn songs and rhymes to support their child's learning and connect with other parents and caregivers.
“The simpler the toy, the more complex the play.”
Telling a story using simple felt characters stretches a child’s imagination and creativity. When possible, children are encouraged to take part in the story and are given felt pieces to be placed on the board at the appropriate time. Being included in the story adds to a child’s self-esteem and improves their listening skills as they anticipate their “part.” In addition feltboard storytelling offers your child experiences in the following areas:
Visual: Sight, spatial perception and color recognition
Tactile: Involves the senses – textures, sounds, colors, shapes
Fine Motor: Hand-eye coordination and manipulation
Auditory: Listening and hearing
Intellectual: Cause and effect, problem solving, math skills of counting, matching and sorting, and memorization
Social-Emotional: Self-esteem, exploring relationships, recitation, and cultural diversity
Creativity: Imagination, make-believe, music, and drama
Language: Speaking and listening, vocabulary and reading skills
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
WHAT HAPPENS AT FELTBOARD FRIDAY?
Children and their caregivers are invited to sit in chairs facing our oversized felt board. We open with a song and some clues about the theme. Children are encouraged to participate by adding a piece of the story to the board when it is their turn. Stories are kept short and animated to hold children’s interest. A related themed craft follows.
WHAT IF MY CHILD IS TOO YOUNG?
Parents are encouraged to try storytime at any age. Sometimes children remain interested in the short stories and songs and want to try the craft. Other days, children would rather play in the museum. Either way, the door always remains open and we welcome visitors to come in or leave at any point during the program.
DOES IT COST MONEY?
Feltboard Friday and the take home craft are included with museum admission.