Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Rock 'n' Read: Let the show begin!

  • 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
    4:30-4:35: Introduction
    • Have kids make name tags, explain how Rock 'n' Read will work, remind them that everyone reads at different levels and speeds and we will be reading books about lots of different things. They don't have to finish their book and it's just about having fun!
    4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
    • Pass out notebooks and bookmarks to decorate 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. I started initially printing the sheets, but went to drawing them on the chalkboard b/c it was too much paper. They can select more than one book - we choose top picks, second picks, and then I sort of auction off the books that are left.
    • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep.

    Thursday, February 4, 2016

    Messy Art Club: Paper Projects

    • Program Goals
      • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
      • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
      • Develop fine motor abilities
      • Attendance: 35
    Project: Suncatchers

    How it works: Kids cut or rip tissue paper and then tape it across the cut-outs, kind of like iris folding only much simpler. Lots of them like to hang their creations around their necks like necklaces afterwards. I only use markers in the community room b/c they're easier to clean off the tables than crayons.

    Supplies:
    • Paper cut-outs (recycling! I save all the paper cut outs from die cutting to use for this but I also cut some from my stash of shirt cardboard. The kids get the die cut shapes to keep as a bonus or we use them later.)
    • Tissue paper
    • Yarn
    • Markers
    • Tape, hole punchers, scissors

    Project: Paper Weaving
    Supplies
    • Thick pasteboard strips (donated supplies)
    • Construction paper (regular and 9x18)
    • Scrapbook paper
    • Paper cutter
    • Tape (regular, packing tape, duct tape), staples, scissors
    Other information
    Project: Valentines
    Supplies:
    • Paper
      • 9x18 purple, pink, red
      • handmade paper (donated by a patron)
      • die cut paper hearts
    • markers, sequins, glitter glue
    • scissors, glue, popsicle sticks (for spreading), sink
    Evaluation

    Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    Winter Wigglers: Dance Party

    • Program Goals
      • Offer an active program during winter
      • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
      • Encourage parents to play with their children
      • Attendance: 20
    Playlist no. 1
    • Hand out shakers
      • Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner
      • Shakin' Everywhere by Jim Gill
    • Sit Down
      • The Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell (Blue Clouds)
    • Put away shakers and stand up
      • Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
      • Train beat song by the Sugar Free Allstars
      • Loud/Quiet by Caspar Babypants
    • Sit down and hand out strummies
      • Samantha the Butterfly by Fox and Branch
    • Put away strummies and stand up
      • List of Dances by Jim Gill
      • Sneezing song by Jim Gill
    • Hand out shakers again
      • Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner
      • Rattle my rattle by Elizabeth Mitchell
    • Put away shakers
      • Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill
      • Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell
    Playlist no. 2
    • As kids come in
      • Good Morning by Stacy Buehler "Songs for Wiggleworms"
    • Dance around edge of rug
      • Merry-go-round by Elizabeth Mitchell "Little Seed"
    • Dance
      • Fast and Slow by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
    • Sit down
      • Beethoven's Five Finger Play by Jim Gill "Music Play for folks of all stripes"
    • Curl up small to start, follow actions
      • Baby's getting up by Caspar Babypants "This is fun"
    • Balance around edge of rug
      • Balance Beam by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
    • Make a train and move around room, depending on age of kids
      • Little red caboose by Elizabeth Mitchell "Catch the Moon"
    • Stand up and dance, following the instructions (sit down at end)
      • I changed my mind by Jim Gill "Music play for folks of all stripes"
    • Hand out shakers, stay sitting
      • Milkshake song by Anne-Marie Akin "Songs for Wiggleworms"
    • Shake to the rhythm, pick and eat apples (flannelboard), put away shakers
      • Ten Green Apples by Alan Mills
    • Stand up, do actions and basically jump up and down
      • Drive the firetruck by Rob Newhouse "Songs for Wiggleworms"
    • Follow actions
      • Peanut Butter and Jelly by Rob Newhouse "Songs for Wiggleworms"
    • Sit down, hold up fingers
      • Five days old by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
    • Stand up and do animal actions (tell kids to do their favorite animals)
      • Animal inside you by Frances England "Family Tree"
    • Dance and follow actions
      • I really love to dance by Laurie Berkner "Buzz Buzz"
    • Hand out shakers, follow actions
      • Stop and Go by Elizabeth Mitchell "Catch the Moon"
    • Follow actions, sizzle and pop
      • Popcorn calling me by Laurie Berkner "Buzz Buzz"
    • Follow actions
      • Walking, Walking by Anne-Marie Akin "Songs for Wiggleworms"
    • Dance elegantly
      • Ella the elegant elephant by Caspar Babypants "Hot Dog"
    Evaluation

    Tuesday, February 2, 2016

    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
    4:30-4:35: Introduction
    • Have kids make name tags, explain how Bookaneers will work, remind them that everyone reads at different levels and we will be reading books about lots of different things and that a parent or friend can help with reading if needed.
    4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
    • Pass out notebooks and bookmarks to decorate 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. I started initially printing the sheets, but went to drawing them on the chalkboard b/c it was too much paper. Sometimes I put them on the whiteboard or put bowls in front of the books for them to put their names in.
    • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep.


    Monday, February 1, 2016

    Take Home Storytime: ABCs


    • 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 Winter 2016
    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: ABCs

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

    TALK about the ABCs. What letters do you see in the books? What sounds do they make?

    Get ready to WRITE by tracing the paper letters in your take home bag with your finger.

    SING the ABC stop song - this is a great way to not only teach the abcs but also get kids to focus on listening for directions. Also, it's fun! (http://tinyurl.com/jtcdfbz)

    Make letter cards to PLAY with. Glue your letter to one side of the card and draw a picture of something that starts with the letter on the other side.

    READ together! Letter knowledge includes numbers as well as letters. Try some of these fun alphabet and counting books. You can find more concept books in the picture book area by looking for the yellow concept sticker.

    • Baby Bear Counts One by Ashley Wolff
    • Caveman: A B.C. story by Janee Trasler
    • Z is for Moose by Kelly Bingham
    • 10 Hungry rabbits by Anita Lobel
    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