Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Take Home Storytime: Let's Swim

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Bag contains two cardboard boat die cuts
    • Last used: 7-30-14
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Let's Swim!

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about how different animals swim

Get ready to WRITE by developing your motor skills with lacing. All you need is a piece of cardboard with some holes and yarn or string. If the yarn frays, wrap a little tape around the end to make it easier to poke through the holes.

SING along with Laurie Berkner on one of her popular cds, including Victor Vito.

PLAY with your boat! Decorate it and make up a story to go with it.

READ some of these stories about swimming
  • Sergio makes a splash by Edel Rodriguez
  • See what a seal can do by Christine Butterworth
  • The most obedient dog in the world by Anita Jeram
  • Sink or swim by Valerie Coulman
  • About crustaceans by Cathryn Sill
For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Preschool Interactive: Let's Swim

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy messages
    • Encourage children to note differences in similar pictures
    • Encourage motor development with lacing
    • 25 children and adults in attendance
  • Attendance: 19 with a couple wandering in afterwards. Only 6 kids actually sat through storytime.
  • Connections/Feedback
  • Notes for the future: I always forgot how much time interactive stories/games like the Crustaceans flannelboard takes. We only read two other stories.
Books
  • Sergio makes a splash by Edel Rodriguez
  • See what a seal can do by Christine Butterworth
  • The most obedient dog in the world by Anita Jeram
  • Sink or swim by Valerie Coulman
Flannelboard/Movement/Music
Early Literacy Aside
  • Repeated phrases (Most Obedient Dog)
  • Identify differences (Crustaceans)
Project: Lace and sew (MaryAnn Kohl's Preschool Art pg 52)
  • Supplies
    • precut shapes out of shirt cardboard with some holes punched in them
    • yarn, tape, hole punches, crayons, scissors
  • Kids use tape to stiffen the yarn and lace it through the holes.

Friday, July 25, 2014

We Explore Favorite Artist Michael Hall

  • Program Goals
    • Show children and caregivers different art techniques
    • Introduce children and caregivers to new authors and new perspectives on favorite authors
    • Provide a flexible program that is open to a variety of ages and needs
    • Introduce shapes and colors
    • Introduce using a ruler
    • Practice rhyming (early literacy skill)
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
  • Attendance: 21
  • Connections/Feedback: I started out with a very small group, then ended up with a lot of people wandering in at the end. The kids were younger, so we couldn't talk as much about the art as I had hoped, but I did work with one kid on using a ruler and My Heart is Like a Zoo went very well as we identified the heart shapes in each picture and talked about how they were broken up to make the animals. I wasn't able to practice rhyming with them (too young) but we did talk about shapes and colors.
  • Notes for the future
Art Project Part 1: Cutting (10-10:15)
  • I told the parents to label the kid's space with a nametag and then the kids cut their paper into a variety of shapes.
  • Supplies
    • Construction paper
    • Scissors
    • Rulers
    • Pencils
    • Nametags
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
  • Books
    • Perfect Square
    • My heart is like a zoo
    • It's an orange aardvark
    • Cat tale
  • Snack - graham crackers (napkins)
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
  • The kids took the pieces they'd cut and glued them into pictures. I also had crayons to add details.
  • Supplies
    • White construction paper (9x18)
    • Glue sticks/glue

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Mad Scientists Club: What Floats, What Flies?

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage kids to think about how and why things float and fly
    • Encourage creative thinking and problem solving
    • 40 children and adults in attendance
  • Attendance: 40
  • Connections/Feedback: After I modeled questions "why do you think your plane flew that way? What would make your boat sink?" Several parents started following suit and engaging in dialogue with their kids.
  • Notes for the future
    • This is actually two programs and normally there would be an experimental portion to go with each project, but I did a special summer combination and dropped those portions. I had an idea right after we started and put tape lines and targets on the floor in front of the ladder we were testing the airplanes from and that was really good - got the kids talking/working on how to make the planes fly in different directions.
Project: Making Boats
  • Plastic swimming pools filled with water
  • Small styrofoam plates
  • Foil, wax paper, freezer paper
  • Scrap paper, cardstock
  • Popsicle sticks, rubber bands, straws
  • Tape, packing tape, duct tape
  • Scissors, rulers, pencils
  • Permanent markers
Project: Making paper airplanes

  • Paper
  • Rulers, pencils, scissors
  • Foil, wax paper, rubber bands, popsicle sticks

Display books
  • Science experiment series by Alex Kuskowski and Ellen Lawrence
  • Paper airplane guides by Christopher Harbo

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Take Home Storytime: Grow, Grow, Food!

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Bag contains leftover Elephant and Piggie cut-outs, random shapes
    • Last used: 7-23-14
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Grow, Grow, Food!

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about how plants grow

Get ready to WRITE by developing your motor skills - try stringing beads and buttons on pipe cleaners

SING along with Laurie Berkner on one of her popular cds, including Victor Vito.

PLAY with your paper bag puppet
  • Turn your paper bag into a puppet by using the paper scraps, as is or cut into different shapes, to decorate it

READ some of these stories about food and the plants it comes from
  • Tea party rules by Ame Dyckman
  • Plants feed me by Lizzy Rockwell
  • Mmm...let's eat! by Libby Koponen
  • Lunch by Denise Fleming
For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at www.elkhorn.lib.wi.us, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian
jwharton@elkhorn.lib.wi.us, 262-723-2678 ext. 14