Early Literacy


My story time based literacy program for young children

books . puppets . storyboards . music . reading lists . crafts


Locations in the San Francisco (East) Bay Area, CA

Early literacy programs create awareness about reading and writing before children begin to read and write. Research has shown that these programs help in the development of vital pre-reading skills that prepare children for a lifelong love for reading and learning.

Print Motivation (getting children excited about books and reading)
Print Awareness (knowledge of print, reading from left to right or right to left, holding a book the right way)
Narrative Skills ( the ability to describe, retell and comprehend what they read)
Vocabulary (knowing the names of things, emotions, and concepts)
Letter Knowledge (identifying letters and their sounds)
Phonological Awareness (knowing the finer sounds in words)

The elements I use to create a literacy-rich story time include –
Finger Play

My theme based story time sessions typically open with a welcome song, followed by the elements listed above. They will definitely include wonderful age-appropriate read-alouds of books on the chosen theme. Along the way, we’ll discuss interactive reading, how to pick out books, and other literacy related activities that nurture a love of reading in children beyond the class. The sessions will end with a good bye song. Lastly, there is an optional stay-and-read time for parents and care-givers to read to their child, so children can “read” more books from a well curated reading list. They can also mingle and make friends, and ask questions during this time.

THEMES include:
Concept based (Counting, Alphabet, Colors, Emotions)
Seasonal (Harvest, Rain, Summer)
Movement oriented (Actions and Finger play)
Nature & Environment (Bugs, Animals, Trees)
Multicultural (Bilingual books, Holidays, Foods, Countries)
Generic Pre-school themes (Vehicles, Farm Animals, Feelings, Food)

Being a mother, a children’s author, and a book reviewer has hugely helped me handpick appropriate books and songs that make story times enriching and entertaining for children and their families. Most of all, watching little ones go wide-eyed at a book or giggle during a song brings great joy to my world!