Early Literacy


Watching grown-ups and little ones interacting with words is a sight to see. Honestly, it’s incredibly beneficial for the child and an uplifting phenomenon for people in our profession — so, yes, why not words on the floor?

Wait?! Back up.

Let me tell you about our Floor-etry. First, floor-etry is a poem on the floor. That’s it. It’s simple and vastly influential in the process of creating an early literacy environment.  We here at the Allen County Public Library  got the idea from Saroj Ghoting’s website for early literacy. In a presentation put together by Dana Bjerke, Joanna Redman and  Kelly Wussow from the Hennepin County Library, you can flip through different slides and see inspiring ideas that make words accessible to even the littlest of patrons. We thought, “We can do that!”

And we did! We wrote a poem that is actually just a string of similes so the reader can start anywhere in the circle and the poem makes sense. We typed it up in HUGE, easy to read font, printed it out on bright paper and cut out the words. After cutting out the words, we laminated each one and added Velcro to the back for a temporary hold. We placed the poem in the front of our department in the shape of a (yellow) sun!So, yes, why not words on the floor!

Floor-etry really is Every Child Ready to Read friendly. When we are at the reference desk, we see little ones talk to their grown-ups about what is on the floor, and we watch the interaction start between the two. The grown-up and child walk around the circle while reading the words out loud. The circle is a fun walk way for the little ones to play around; they hop in and out of the center and step on the words as the grown-up reads. Hopefully, the floor-etry will inspire grown-ups and little ones alike to write their own poetry! After all, big words in a big circle on the floor are a perfect way to say, “HEY, Look at me! Words are fun! Poetry is fun!”We think the little ones in our library appreciate it!


Our guest blogger today is Erica Anderson-Senter, Children’s Librarian at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Erica can be contacted at eandersonsenter@acpl.info.

If you’d like to write a guest post for the ALSC Blog, please contact Mary Voors, ALSC Blog manager, at alscblog@gmail.com.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *