Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Outreach: Autumnal Animalia

  • Program Goals: 
    • Introduce kids to animal behavior, specifically seasonal (migration etc.)
    • Introduce kids to seasons
    • Complement school curriculums focusing on fall
    • Distribute outreach brochure and encourage children to visit the library
  • 2014 Notes
    • TLC Thursday class 1 (4K) (13): Really loved Tap the Magic Tree but Eat like a bear was too long and I read it near the end and I don't think they really heard any of it. They did like Those Darn Squirrels even though they were wiggly.
    • TLC Thursday class 2 (4K) (13): I need to figure out a different layout for the kids to sit - they sit around the edge of a square rug and I'm in the middle but the ones on the edges can't see and squish themselves in closer and closer until they're falling over the other kids.
    • TLC Thursday class (3s) (12): Found out today this class does not have 5 or 6 kids - it has TWELVE. I just keep hitting them on a low day. They got really into Kitten's Autumn but less so into Tap the magic tree. I had a better mix of younger stuff and activity rhymes today but still came up a couple minutes short (partly b/c certain people were being Naughty)
    • Tibbets Tuesday class 1 (Kindergarten): I came in late due to another program so I skipped the opening and just ran through a couple things quickly. I tried Eat like a bear but they were crazy wiggly and didn't want to listen.
    • Tibbets Tuesday class 2 (Kindergarten): Most of the kids like Tap the Magic Tree and singing their names first helps because I can randomly call out names to come up and help.
    • Tibbets Tuesday class 3 (Kindergarten): This class was crazy, as their teacher warned me. I did manage to fit in Round Robin and The Book that eats people.
    • TLC Wednesday class (4K): 
Books
  • Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
  • Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert
  • Every Autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky
  • Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy by Jane Brocket
  • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
  • Those darn squirrels and Those darn squirrels fly south by Adam Rubin
  • Eat like a bear by April Sayre
  • Round Robin by Jack Kent
  • The book that eats people by John Perry
  • Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
Vocabulary
  • omnivore
  • hibernation
  • migration
Remote Collections
  • TLC - Fall, animals, harvest, pumpkins, apples, migration, Halloween
  • Tibbets - (I am starting a remote collection with one class) - fall, animals, harvest, pumpkins, apples, Halloween

We Explore Favorite Artist Eric Carle


  • Program Goals:
    • Introduce Eric Carle and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills (ripping, painting)
    • 20 children and adults in attendance
  • Evaluation
    • 10-21-14, 10-29-14
      • Attendance: 3 classes of 1st graders (approx. 20 kids, 2 adults each)
      • Connections/Feedback: This was as much about connecting with the teachers as the kids. I want to expand my reach with these programs and get more classes to sign up for them, so it was a good start.
      • Notes: I really need an associate. I've been borrowing other staff and this was especially fraught on the 21st because it started at 9, so I had to come in an hour early, and then ended at 10, when toddler storytime started and I had to leave asap for a different outreach group. With older kids it goes faster - we had plenty of time at the end, which was good because on Tuesday I forgot the snack! I can spend more time on the initial painting I think.
    • 1-31-14
      • I revamped this to make it a series of programs, once a month. I used apples instead of grapes this time and also had some bananas. 
    • 5-10-13
      • Attendance: 20 people (14 kids)
      • Notes: I have been getting very small groups for the non-performer We Explores, but this was a very nice size - 20 people, which means about 14 kids. I think this is a perfectly reasonable size for our population and for the type of program this is. Everyone LOVED it and I think this was my most successful non-performer We Explore yet. 
Art Project Part 1: Painting (10-10:15)
As the kids come in, they get aprons and start painting. I remind everyone to write their names at their spots, not to paint too thickly and pass out paper towels to blot the paintings. I just used a couple colors. Then we blotted them with paper towels and left them to dry. This takes about 15 minutes. I start gathering the kids to the rug for storytime after 15 minutes, but latecomers continue painting.
 
Supplies
  • Paint (red, blue, green) 
  • 8x11 white construction paper 
  • paint brushes, paper towels, aprons 
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
I start with the Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet and book. After this interactive story, I ask the adults to hand out the snack and we read more Eric Carle books. Depending on the audience, I talk about animal sounds, counting, coloring techniques, imagination, texture, etc.

Books
  • Very Hungry Caterpillar (puppet program) 
  • The Very Busy Spider 
  • 1, 2, 3 To the zoo 
  • The artist who painted a blue horse 
Supplies
  • teddy grahams or animal crackers
  • sliced apples
  • Dixie cups and napkins 
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:40-11)
Everyone went back to their paintings and cut them up, then glued them onto the paper to make collages. More paper towels may be needed for things that are not quite dry.

Supplies
  • 8x12 white construction paper 
  • Scissors, Glue 
  • paper towels 
Display: Eric Carle books

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Mad Scientists Club: Wind Science

  • Program Goals: 
    • Experiment with the science of wind/force/gases
    • Encourage creativity
    • 35 kids and adults in attendance
  • Notes for the future
    • 10-16-14
      • Attendance: 18
      • Connections/Feedback: One few family - grandmother who takes care of kids didn't know we had this program every Thursday and will be coming again. The weather suddenly turned gorgeous and our book drop was overflowing, so people were clearly dumping everything off and taking off to sports etc.
      • Notes: More balloons! I could also use a more sturdy ladder.
Project: Paper Airplanes
Create paper airplanes. Launch from ladder. I put marks (with tape) on the floor so they can measure how far they go and hit a target

Supplies
  • Paper (construction paper, scratch paper)
  • Tape, scissors
  • Ladder and masking tape for the floor
Experiment: Hot Air/Cold Air
I got this from Read Sing Play. The kids put a balloon over the mouth of an empty bottle. Put in very cold and then very hot water and the balloon inflates.

Supplies
  • Plastic water bottles
  • Balloons
  • Pitchers
  • Hot and cold water
Experiment: Wind Play
I also got this from Read Sing Play. It's just a fan and straws and you practice blowing things - how far can you blow, which blows faster the fan or the straw, etc.

Supplies
  • Fan (large and small)
  • Straws
  • Streamers (ribbon, crepe)
  • Miscellaneous things to test
Display
  • Paper airplane books
  • Science experiment books

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

We Explore Nature: Fall

  • Program Goals: 
    • Learn about seasonal things (animals, leaves, migration, etc.)
    • Offer program on no 4K day
    • Encourage children to go outside and explore
    • Develop early literacy skills
    • 20 parents and children in attendance
  • Evaluation
    • 10-15-14
      • Attendance: 17
      • Connections/Feedback: One little boy, at the end of storytime, suddenly popped out with one of our vocabulary words "migration" which was awesome.
      • Notes: I did not prep in time and did not have Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar so I just showed a picture and we talked about how some caterpillars sleep in the winter, like bears.
Project 1: Creating woolly bear caterpillars, squirrel ears, and flying geese puppets (10-10:15)
Kids label their space with a nametag.
  • Caterpillars - glue pompoms to tongue depressors
  • Squirrels - staple triangles to strips of paper, staple into crowns, color
  • Geese - glue to tongue depressor, color
Supplies
  • pompoms
  • strips and triangles of paper
  • geese (free coloring page here)
  • stapler, glue dots, crayons, scissors
  • file labels (name tags)
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
Collect everyone with the Storytime Song, ask parents to pass out snack.
  • Books
    • Nuts to you by Lois Ehlert
    • Tap the magic tree by Christie Matheson
    • Rainy, Sunny, Blowy, Snowy what are seasons by Jane Brocket
    • Every autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky
    • Leaf man by Lois Ehlert
    • Secret Life of the Woolly Bear Caterpillar by Lawrence Pringle
    • Awesome Autumn by Bruce Goldstone
    • Honk Honk Goose by April Sayre
    • Kitten's Autumn by Eugenie Fernandes
  • Flannelboard/Movement
  • Vocabulary
    • Migration
    • Hibernation
    • Fall & Autumn
    • Seasons
    • Colors (red, orange, brown, yellow, green)
  • Snack
    • Apples, pretzels
    • napkins, plastic cups
Project 2: Leaf Colors (10:40-11)
I gave out leaves and fingerpaint and encouraged the kids to paint the leaves, paint their own leaves, etc.
  • Supplies
    • real leaves, die cut leaves
    • 9x12 white construction paper
    • fingerpaint
    • paper plates, paper towels, aprons
Our vocabulary words on the chalkboard

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Take Home Storytime: We Are the Dinosaurs


  • 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
    • Last used: 10-14-14
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: We are the dinosaurs!

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

TALK about dinosaurs. You can find books about dinosaurs in the new animals section in the picture books, or in the juvenile nonfiction (back towards the family bathroom) under 567.9

Get ready to WRITE by drawing! You can use markers or crayons to decorate your dinosaur

SING along with Laurie Berkner to "We are the Dinosaurs" online or on her cd Whaddya Think of That?

PLAY with your dinosaur! After you have decorated it, make up some stories - what is the dinosaur doing? What does he say? Does he just roar or can he talk?

READ some of these stories about dinosaurs

When dinosaurs came with everything by Elise Broach
Inside-Outside Dinosaurs by Roxie Munro
I'm Big by Kate McMullan
Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime by Bob Shea

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