Introduction

To Parents

To Teachers

Why Classic Stories Matter

History of the Project

Resources

Kindergarten Lesson Plans Weeks 1 - 6

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Stories & Rhymes Lesson Plans

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

Week 5

Week 6

Story Home Experiences - 50 Stories

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Story Content Questions - 10 Stories

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Nursery Rhyme Home Experiences

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Nursery Rhymes Questions

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Classroom Posters

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Blank

20 Stories

30 Stories

40 Stories

8.5" x 11"

Printer Paper

11" x 17"

Tabloid Paper

13" x 19"

Super B Paper

  Download and print out one or more of the posters above to help keep track of how many, and which, stories your children listened to on the website or the DVDs. Most posters feature story titles, along with thumbnail pictures which very young children can ‘read’—some posters also include blank spaces in which you can hand letter titles of other stories you or the child might prefer. For each poster the first two titles refer to the rhymes-only versions of “Mother Goose Visit” and “Father Goose Visit.”

  Depending on printers you have available, you can print out posters in black ink or in color, on paper or cardboard, and can choose among three different sizes. Once posters are printed, in the rows on the left you can write in names of children and then mark an x or checkmark or use a sticker in appropriate boxes to indicate which stories they know—perhaps with different symbols to indicate whether a child listened to a story once or twice or three or more times. Repeated experiences of a single story are extremely important in helping children learn to better understand and to master new words, phrases, grammatical structures, sentence patterns, and other crucial linguistic elements. Fluent listeners become fluent readers.

  A teacher might use one 40-story poster for the entire class, and award students as appropriate a diploma for 20 stories (Expert) or 30 stories (Esteemed Expert) or 40 stories (Highly Esteemed Expert). The 40-story poster, incidentally, lists 41 story titles (not including the rhyme 'visits') so a child would earn the diploma though skipping one story, or might perhaps skip three stories if the teacher counts each rhyme 'visit' as one story.

Diplomas

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Customizable

20 Stories

30 Stories

40 Stories

Color

Black and White

  In addition to experiencing multiple retellings of individual stories, it’s extremely important to motivate children to listen to as many new and challenging stories and rhymes as they’re able to enjoy. Above you’ll find diplomas which you can print out and award to children who listen to the two rhyme collections and 20 stories (Expert), 30 stories (Esteemed Expert), or 40 stories (Highly Esteemed Expert). If you’d prefer to change any of the phrasing on the diploma, simply download the file and edit it as you please. Teachers may prefer to identify the granting authority as the teachers and administrators of the school, may prefer to name the school and school system, may decide to add a place for the principal sign at the bottom in addition to the teacher, or may identify the single signature at the bottom as by the ‘Parent’ rather than the ‘Teacher.’ Diplomas may be printed out in black ink, though some may be printed in color, and may be printed on white or manila or colored paper or card stock.

Rhyme A Zoo Chart and Stickers

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Use Avery Label Template 5167

Online Resources

TV News Stories

GRU makes video game to help kids learn reading skills (WRDW, February 2013)

GRU professors use DVDs, video games to improve students' vocabulary (WFXG, February 2013)

Magazine Articles

Fairy Tale Lessons (Augusta Magazine, July 2014)

Other Resources

Data on PPVT and Reading Scores

Video of Kindergarten Class Using Rhymes and Stories