During the year I go to school at North Dakota State University in Fargo ND and study Vocal Music Education. For part of my studies it is necessary to work with children to gain teaching experience before I progress in my courses. Leading story times has done this for me. The last two weeks of each month I get to read to the preschoolers of the area. It is wonderful to see the same children from week to week, and see how excited they get.
For each story time I try to have an activity planned that plays into the month’s theme. Our themes are Museums, Prairies, and Bison. Some of the activities that we have done include: planting seeds, painting bison, identifying grasses in the pasture, and finally touching a mirror to learn what our fingers leave behind. I am overjoyed that when the group, no matter the size, engages in the activity you can see in their faces that they are learning and having fun.
Before any of this could happen there was some planning involved. I first had to decide on the themes that I mentioned above, and then I had to find materials and activities that would correlate. In doing this I was improving the lesson planning skills that I will later use as an educator. I have loved leading story times this summer and I hope to continue them next summer as well.