Davis: Bippity boppity bumble bee, can you say your name for me?
Student: Uh, Gaelo.
Davis: Gaelo. Let's clap it. Gaelo. Let's snap it. Gaelo. Let's stomp it. Gaelo.
Davis (Interview): I teach at First Place to Start Childcare Center, and we have ages four and five year olds. In our read aloud today we the story Joseph had a little overcoat. We chose that book because it added to our clothing theme, but it also expanded their vocabulary on different kinds of clothing.
Davis: Who is this? Remember? Who is that? Remember his name? Starts with a J. Jo…
Davis: All right. And he has a bunch of friends on there. Who are his friends?
Student: All of the animals.
Davis: All the animals are on there.
Student: That's a chicken.
Davis: A chicken. What's that one?
Students: A cow.
Davis: A cow. And look, all of his friends here. What are they doing?
Student: He's singing.
Davis: Singing. Exactly. He's singing. So Joseph had a little overcoat. It was old and…
Davis: Worn. And what was worn? What did we say, talk about worn?
Student: It means it's getting old.
Davis: It's getting old…
Davis (Interview): So we chose that book because they were able to repeat parts of the story over and over again, and they were able to use that repetition to expand their vocabulary.
Davis: Joseph had a little necktie. It got..
All: Old and worn.
Davis: And then Joseph had a little button. One day…
Student: He lost it.
Davis: He lost it. Yes, Hellah.
Student: Uh, and then he made a story of it.
Davis: You remember so well. And what is he doing?
Students: Looking for it.
Davis: He's looking for it. And, wow. Is he looking very, very hard for that, 'cause he's done what?
Student: And he's moving the stuff away. And there's a hole on his wall.
Davis: A hole?
Student: It's right there on his wall.
Davis: Come show me.
Davis (Interview): When we're reading stories to them they're able to be a bit more creative, so it's, it's something that comes from reading aloud, because he comprehended, he understood the story, but he was able to take it a step further.
Davis: Okay. I like that story too. And you know what? I brought some coats, and so we can see what the vest look like and what the overcoat looks like. Who wants to try on the overcoat that Joseph had?
Davis: Okay. How about Gracia?
Davis (Interview): We gave them a chance to act out the story, so each child was able to put on one of those types of clothing, so they were able to gain a lot more comprehension.
Davis: I need, uh, Jaden, you come and hold the book, and we'll go back to the pages and see. Thank you, Jaden.
Davis (Interview): We did have one little boy that we had to sit and turn the pages, which is also very important to children in reading aloud.
Davis: After he had the jacket, then it became a what?
Students: A vest.
Davis: A vest. So after it was a jacket, it became a vest. What's missing off of the vest that was on the jacket? What are these things here?
Davis: Sleeves. So, who knows what it's going to become next?
Student: A scarf.
Davis: A scarf. Let's turn the page and let's see. There it is. What is it?
Students: A scarf.
Davis: A scarf.
Davis (Interview): Allowing the children to become a part of the story helps them to understand, and that's what reading aloud is all about.
Davis: …jacket. And then it becomes a vest, and then a scarf, and then a tie, and then a handkerchief, and then a…