Institute 2014

Beyond Sensory Storytime #alsc14

In Beyond Sensory Storytime: Expanding Library Services to Children with Special Needs, Renee Grassi shared some great inclusive customer service strategies. These strategies include: – Person First Language Person First Language is words or phrases that that puts the person before the disability. For examples of First Person Language, visit www.disabilityisnatural.com. – Adjust Your Mindset Programs for people with disabilities will not look exactly like your usual program, and that’s okay. – Be Patient and Allow Processing Time Children with disabilities may have a hard time expressing what they need. By being patient and allowing processing time, we are giving them time to find a way to express themselves. – Simple Questions and Offer Choices Offer a choice board that features both text and pictures at the service desk so that nonverbal children (and adults!) can communicate. – Make Accommodations Is the program room too cluttered or too bright? Make…

Institute 2014

STEM and Nursery Rhymes #alsc14

The Sing, Talk, Read, Write and Play with Math and Science session focused on including STEM concepts in storytime. One of the biggest take aways is the fact that science and math concepts are not separate from early literacy, but a part of early literacy. Highlighting STEM in storytimes provides children with background knowledge. The more background knowledge a child has, the more likely he or she will recognize and understand concepts when reading. The best part of this is that STEM is already present in many storytime classics, including nursery rhymes. Take, for example, the rhyme, Jack and Jill. This rhyme provides opportunities to discuss cause and effect, force and motion, the term crown, using a pail as a tool, and measuring volume with water. Examine some of your favorite nursery rhymes. What STEM concepts can you find?