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0 2 4.08%
1 8 16.33%
2 16 32.65%
3 8 16.33%
4 7 14.29%
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Old 08-23-2013, 01:57 PM
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I was curious so decided to start a poll....

How many books do you read to the daycare children per day? I usually read 1 during circle time and 1-2 right before nap. I will read more if the children ask and/or we have time. I feel bad as I feel I should really read to the kids more! We are just so short on time usually and now with my group being so young my time is limited even more .
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:12 PM
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I read about three at circle time because they ask fr mre, more, more. I also do lots of flannel board stories and/or prop stories, but not every day.

In my former life I was addicted to making fl. board stories and activities. They have been so well loved and used over the years. I have over 300. No lie! They are a combo of stories, math counting poems, and misc. activities.
Some are over 20 yrs old. Some are much newer! Literacy is my first love when working with kids.

I have never read a story at nap time...it's kinda weird I don't! I am too tired by that time and need a break! My group is young too. Don't feel guilty....you are doing a great jobs with story time. Most of us work alone and do it all. We only have so much time & energy!
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:12 PM
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I voted 1&2, but really it's 1 OR 2.

My group is 6 wks, 8 m, 8m, and 22 mo.
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I read between 5-10 per day. My DH is a librarian though so I just put books on hold and he brings them to me I don't have to make extra trips for it every week, they are all themed around our letter of the week. My DCK's love books and would probably even want MORE!
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:37 PM
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I read at least 5 but closer to 10 a day. Main reason is because they dont get read to at ALL at home.
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I read about three at circle time because they ask fr mre, more, more. I also do lots of flannel board stories and/or prop stories, but not every day.

In my former life I was addicted to making fl. board stories and activities. They have been so well loved and used over the years. I have over 300. No lie! They are a combo of stories, math counting poems, and misc. activities.
Some are over 20 yrs old. Some are much newer! Literacy is my first love when working with kids.

I have never read a story at nap time...it's kinda weird I don't! I am too tired by that time and need a break! My group is young too. Don't feel guilty....you are doing a great jobs with story time. Most of us work alone and do it all. We only have so much time & energy!
I so wish I had some flannel board stories and/or prop stories. I have a couple of felt stories but I just don't know how to juggle it all . How do you hold up the book and then do the flannel story...or do you just do the flannel story and tell them all? I also don't get how people do puppets during story time. It's all so awkward to me and I feel like I need 3 more hands .

Ay, I should be better about reading more books . I guess another reason I don't read as much as I should is because I get frustrated while reading and it makes me unmotivated. This is how it goes:the 1 year olds and one of my 2 year olds don't pay attention and wander and take out every imaginable toy when I'm "distracted," my 4 yo dd tests me 99% of the time (she asks questions completely unrelated to the story, she "doesn't like that book," somebody is sitting too close to her), then one of the 1 year olds will literally stand 2 inches from the book and block everyone's view, then I have to redirect literally about 10 times during a short book....ahh...by the time I'm done I want to tear my hair out and hide out in a closet! A book that should take about 5 minutes to read always ends up taking 10-15 minutes because of the constant interruptions.

The amount of books available is not an issue.....I get books from the library weekly and they are related to the theme. We have a ton of books to read .
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Old 08-23-2013, 02:52 PM
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I read 1-3 at circle time, 1 or 2 before nap, and 1-3 at afternoon story time and sometimes random books here and there when they ask.
I voted 3, 4, 5+ because it's anywhere from 3 to 8 or more.
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I read at least 5 but closer to 10 a day. Main reason is because they dont get read to at ALL at home.
same here. One of my dck's said to me once, "I don't have books at home." I asked the dcm at pick up that day and she confirmed that she hates to read so she never bought dck any. After I heard that I buy books for them all.

I read a TON during the day. I rotate books out monthly to correspond with our theme and by the end of the month all of the kids have them memorized.

I read 1-4 during morning circle, 6+ at nap (the kids all pick a story each), and we read every book that is out for that month during PM story time, 10+.
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same here. One of my dck's said to me once, "I don't have books at home." I asked the dcm at pick up that day and she confirmed that she hates to read so she never bought dck any. After I heard that I buy books for them all.

I read a TON during the day. I rotate books out monthly to correspond with our theme and by the end of the month all of the kids have them memorized.

I read 1-4 during morning circle, 6+ at nap (the kids all pick a story each), and we read every book that is out for that month during PM story time, 10+.
That is SO sad about the mom never having a book for her child. My goodness!
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3-6 planned books. Others as the kids ask.

1-2 at circle time, each of the kids pick 1 for nap (so 2-4)
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A minimum of 4. Usually it winds up being about 6-8.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:10 PM
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Honestly our day is revolved around reading......everything we do relates to books. so I would say in the ball park of about 8 different books, but then read the same book about 10 times that same day.



Everything that we do for that day will resort back to the book. We will do craft projects around it, dramatic play, build with blocks something related, and etc. We could go back and read the same book a million times that day if I did what they wanted me to do.
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:21 PM
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I read 3 at story time. 2 related to our "monthly theme" and one is chosen by my helper that day.

And then I read one at nap time. Typically that book is longer than the ones I read at story time, because before nap I have a captive audience
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I so wish I had some flannel board stories and/or prop stories. I have a couple of felt stories but I just don't know how to juggle it all . How do you hold up the book and then do the flannel story...or do you just do the flannel story and tell them all? I also don't get how people do puppets during story time. It's all so awkward to me and I feel like I need 3 more hands .

Ay, I should be better about reading more books . I guess another reason I don't read as much as I should is because I get frustrated while reading and it makes me unmotivated. This is how it goes:the 1 year olds and one of my 2 year olds don't pay attention and wander and take out every imaginable toy when I'm "distracted," my 4 yo dd tests me 99% of the time (she asks questions completely unrelated to the story, she "doesn't like that book," somebody is sitting too close to her), then one of the 1 year olds will literally stand 2 inches from the book and block everyone's view, then I have to redirect literally about 10 times during a short book....ahh...by the time I'm done I want to tear my hair out and hide out in a closet! A book that should take about 5 minutes to read always ends up taking 10-15 minutes because of the constant interruptions.

The amount of books available is not an issue.....I get books from the library weekly and they are related to the theme. We have a ton of books to read .
I voted 1 and 2 books a day. For the exact reason above. The kids do not sit still are fidgety and start talking. I have one dcg that if I say shhhh she starts scream crying. It's very frustrating!!!!

However, we do listen to books on tape during snack and lunch. I'm not even sure if the kids are listening or even care!!!
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I so wish I had some flannel board stories and/or prop stories. I have a couple of felt stories but I just don't know how to juggle it all . How do you hold up the book and then do the flannel story...or do you just do the flannel story and tell them all? I also don't get how people do puppets during story time. It's all so awkward to me and I feel like I need 3 more hands .

Ay, I should be better about reading more books . I guess another reason I don't read as much as I should is because I get frustrated while reading and it makes me unmotivated. This is how it goes:the 1 year olds and one of my 2 year olds don't pay attention and wander and take out every imaginable toy when I'm "distracted," my 4 yo dd tests me 99% of the time (she asks questions completely unrelated to the story, she "doesn't like that book," somebody is sitting too close to her), then one of the 1 year olds will literally stand 2 inches from the book and block everyone's view, then I have to redirect literally about 10 times during a short book....ahh...by the time I'm done I want to tear my hair out and hide out in a closet! A book that should take about 5 minutes to read always ends up taking 10-15 minutes because of the constant interruptions.

The amount of books available is not an issue.....I get books from the library weekly and they are related to the theme. We have a ton of books to read .
I love to make flannel board stories. I don't hold up the book and show them the book, I want them to focus on the flannel board.

Often we do a LOT of math with the flannel board. like 5 little apples in a tree, growing apples just for me. I picked one apple-what a treat ______apples left, so good to eat.....

I also do a lot of nursery rhymes with them. Or lets get susie/billy dressed.... THe kids love that because I am very silly. I will put the shoes on the hands or the socks on the head. They think I am crazy. I will ask then where do they go.

Flannel board is another way to teach colors. I love the 5 ice cream cones at the ice cream shop.

you can get a lot of good ideas from pinterest. I used to buy some, but I found joy in making them myself......
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I bring 4 books every day (so I voted 4) but I also have books in my classroom that are often read. I don't always read all 4 of mine but I try. My kids are mobile infants so they don't last as long as older kids.
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We do 1 or 2 curding circle time and 1 before nap and 1 during snack ... those are our definite ones, and then I will try and read whenever they ask me at other times, but it's hard to do that sometimes.

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I read about three at circle time because they ask fr mre, more, more. I also do lots of flannel board stories and/or prop stories, but not every day.

In my former life I was addicted to making fl. board stories and activities. They have been so well loved and used over the years. I have over 300. No lie! They are a combo of stories, math counting poems, and misc. activities.
Some are over 20 yrs old. Some are much newer!
Literacy is my first love when working with kids.

I have never read a story at nap time...it's kinda weird I don't! I am too tired by that time and need a break! My group is young too. Don't feel guilty....you are doing a great jobs with story time. Most of us work alone and do it all. We only have so much time & energy!
I am going to attempt making my first flannel board set this weekend, to go along with The Big Red Barn on Monday. I'm excited, but nervous, haha. My flannel board is not very large, but I think I can still manage it. The kids have loved when I have had other activities to go along with the story (clip-art figures cut out onto popsicle sticks).
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Right now with my group I read 2 books at circle time, more if they ask. We read less in the summer, and more in the winter. I think it all evens out.
I provide a literacy rich environment with lots of books, age appropriate magazines, posters, labels, etc. etc. etc. I LOVE to read and for my own pleasure will probably read about 75-100 books every year (I keep track on Goodreads) and I want to encourage that in my own kids and the dck's. I never want book reading to feel like it's a forced activity.
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I so wish I had some flannel board stories and/or prop stories. I have a couple of felt stories but I just don't know how to juggle it all . How do you hold up the book and then do the flannel story...or do you just do the flannel story and tell them all? I also don't get how people do puppets during story time. It's all so awkward to me and I feel like I need 3 more hands .

Ay, I should be better about reading more books . I guess another reason I don't read as much as I should is because I get frustrated while reading and it makes me unmotivated. This is how it goes:the 1 year olds and one of my 2 year olds don't pay attention and wander and take out every imaginable toy when I'm "distracted," my 4 yo dd tests me 99% of the time (she asks questions completely unrelated to the story, she "doesn't like that book," somebody is sitting too close to her), then one of the 1 year olds will literally stand 2 inches from the book and block everyone's view, then I have to redirect literally about 10 times during a short book....ahh...by the time I'm done I want to tear my hair out and hide out in a closet! A book that should take about 5 minutes to read always ends up taking 10-15 minutes because of the constant interruptions.

The amount of books available is not an issue.....I get books from the library weekly and they are related to the theme. We have a ton of books to read .
I always read at the end of lunch, as the kids are finishing up. That way, they are still in their chairs, and it solves most of those same problems.
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My husband reads 2 actual books per day during story time, but I read at least one a day to a small group spontaneously during free play or centers.
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I have 1 & 2 year olds. I would guess 25-30 board books a day. If my butt makes contact with the floor they all start flocking to the bookcase and swarm me with books. Can't say I mind.
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I voted 1 and 2. Each day I have 1 or 2 scheduled to read as a group.

However, I have a bookcase full that the kids can get to, and any time they bring me a book, I read it to them.
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We read three books at circle time and occasionally willnread a few more as requested or to calm down before pickups.
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1-2 at circle time and then 1-2 at nap. Then if they ask at other times I will read to them too.
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