Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Science Tricks

The exploding rockets are never not fun.
  • Program Goals
    • Explore different types of science
    • Encourage children to ask questions
    • Have fun with science
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Defying gravity with forks
  • Supplies
    • forks, cups
    • toothpicks
    • matches
    • cup of water (to extinguish matches)
  • Sources
Experiment: Static electricity
  • Supplies
    • Balloons
    • Styrofoam plates
    • Styrofoam balls
    • Towel pieces
  • Source
Experiment: Alka-Selzer rockets
  • Supplies
    • alka-seltzer (had a previous supply in the basement)
    • film canisters (purchased on Amazon)
    • water
Experiment: Speeding stick
  • Supplies
    • popsicle sticks
    • dish soap
    • tub of water
  • Source
    • Cool science tricks by Daniel Tatarsky
Experiment: Balloon kebabs
  • Supplies
    • balloons
    • skewers
    • oil
  • Source
    • It's not magic it's science by Hope Buttitta
Ice fishing
  • Supplies
    • ice cubes and dishes
    • salt
    • string
    • water
  • Source
    • Magic tricks with science by Samantha Bell

Other materials
  • prisms
  • cardboard tubes
  • straws
  • bubble solution

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Rock 'n' Read: Let the show begin!

Magicalamity wings
  • Program Goals
    • Continue book clubs with kids who have aged out of Bookaneers or find the lower books too easy.
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 3-5)
4:30-4:35: Introduction
  • Introductions
  • How Rock 'n' Read works
    • At the first meeting, or when they attend for the first time, kids receive a binder with a variety of starter sheets. They can get more sheets as needed online or at the next meeting. They do not have to fill in the sheets for each book, they're just for fun and to help them remember what they read. 
    • Books are due at the next meeting. They have a due date taped to the front of each book. Don't forget your library card!
    • It's ok if you don't feel like talking about your book or didn't finish.
    • We all read at different levels and speeds. This isn't a contest or a class; we're here to have fun reading together!
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • Make notebooks and bookmarks if it's the first meeting, discuss what books they like and why and what their favorite things are. Otherwise, crafts and talking about our books!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. It depends on how many kids attend. Sometimes I write/draw them on the chalkboard. Sometimes I put them on the whiteboard or put bowls in front of the books for them to put their names in. Sometimes the group is small enough not to have to take turns.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep from the prize cart.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Katherine Tillotson

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Katherine Tillotson and her art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Watercolors (10-10:15)
I premixed watercolors and had thick paper for them to paint on (because they like to soak it!)
  • Supplies
    • Aprons
    • paint cups
    • watercolor paints
    • paper
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug. This is a new one, so I tried several different titles to see how it would go. I finished with It's Picture day today!
  • Books
    • It's picture day today by Megan McDonald
    • All the water in the world by George Ella Lyon
    • Night train by Caroline Stutson
    • Shoe dog by Megan McDonald
    • All ears all eyes by Richard Jackson
  • Also available
    • Penguin and little blue by Megan McDonald
    • Nice try tooth fairy by Mary Olson
    • When the library lights go out by Megan McDonald
  • Snack
    • Graham crackers
    • Napkins
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:45-11)
Tillotson primarily uses watercolors, but she does include collage techniques especially in It's picture day today! so I used this for the second part of the art.
  • Supplies
    • Paper scrap tub
    • Buttons, sparkles, feathers
    • Paper
    • Scissors, glue sticks
Evaluation

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Messy Art Club: Puppetry

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Felt puppets
  • Purchased kits from Discount School Supply
Project: Sock puppets
  • Recycled and purchased socks
General puppet supplies
  • styrofoam plates, dixie cups, small paper plates
  • paper tubes, popsicle sticks (different sizes)
  • googly eyes, buttons
  • stickers, sparkles
  • rods (purchased from craft store and walmart)
  • yarn, felt
  • handmade paper (donated)
  • permanent markers, fabric markers, regular markers
General Tools
  • Scissors, staplers
  • Hot glue, glue dots, white glue (cardboard for hot glue)
  • Duct tape, packing tape, regular tape

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bookaneers: Setting sail on the sea of books



Bookaneers is actually my private homage to China Mieville, but I am not going to tell the 1st graders that.
  • Program Goals
    • Meet patron request for more programs, specifically book clubs, for younger readers
    • Collaborate with school reading specialists to meet the needs of struggling readers
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 1-3)
4:30-4:35: Introduction (new attendees and beginning of the year)
  • Introductions
  • How Bookaneers works
    • At the first meeting, or when they attend for the first time, kids receive a binder with a variety of starter sheets. They can get more sheets as needed online or at the next meeting. They do not have to fill in the sheets for each book, they're just for fun and to help them remember what they read. 
    • Books are due at the next meeting. They have a due date taped to the front of each book. Don't forget your library card!
    • It's ok if you don't feel like talking about your book or didn't finish.
    • It's ok to have a parent or friend help you read and/or write in your binder
    • We all read at different levels and speeds. This isn't a contest or a class; we're here to have fun reading together!
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • Make/decorate notebooks and bookmarks if it's the first meeting, discuss what books they like and why and what their favorite things are. Otherwise, crafts and talking about our books!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. It depends on how many kids attend. Sometimes I write/draw them on the chalkboard. Sometimes I put them on the whiteboard or put bowls in front of the books for them to put their names in. Sometimes the group is small enough not to have to take turns.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to keep from the prize cart.