Students sing their way to literacy


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Riley Peters spun around the room at the Austintown library during the story time focusing on the letter "S" Feb. 6.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.To begin the toddler story time at the Austintown library Feb. 6, librarian Nikki Pahulla spelled "snake" and showed a picture of a snake.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Jill (left) and Larin Vargo sang "S-N-A-K-E" together at the "S" -themed story time at the Austintown library Feb. 6.


Neighbors | Natalie Scott.Austintown librarian Nikki Pahulla read "The Splendid Spotted Snake" by Alexander Wilensky and Betty Schwartz to children at the toddler storytime Feb. 6.


Toddlers at the Austintown library learned about the letter “S” and animals, insects, and sounds that begin with “S” Feb. 6. The story time, led by librarian Nikki Pahulla, focused on singing songs and rhymes to help children discover similar sounds and words.

Pahulla began the story time by singing the song “S-N-A-K-E” to the tune of “Bingo.” Next, she read “Splendid Spotted Snake” by Alexander Wilensky and Betty Schwartz, which talked about a snake that grew over the course of the book. Children also sang “The Itsy Bitsy Spider,” which has many “S” words in it, such as spider, spout and sun. Pahulla also read “Safari Animals” by Simms Taback, which showed certain animal traits and asked children to guess which animal was being talked about based on those traits.

Other activities at the library included marching, dancing and twirling to Raffi’s CD “Everything Grows,” counting strawberries, and singing “If You’re Happy and You Know It.”

The story time ended with a craft in which the letter “S” was decorated with stickers and other items that begin with the letter “S.”

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