Thursday, January 29, 2015

Mad Scientists Club: Science of Snow

  • Program Goals
    • Learn about snow crystals, symmetry
    • Learn how to use a microscope
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Attendance: 35
  • Evaluation
    • 1-29-15
      • Attendance: 44
      • Feedback/Connections: A new attendee came - one of the teachers at a local group that does science shows! It was pretty awesome because he could tell the kids about the science behind some of what we were doing.
      • Notes: I didn't have the books on snow that I wanted, b/c I didn't request them early enough and I meant to have pictures of snow crystals but didn't have time for that either. Next year. We went through a LOT of baking soda, especially because the kids wanted to take their "snow" home. Next year, make sure you remind people first that the snow puffs up over time, so if you seal it in sandwich bags...
Project: Snowflakes
Kids made snowflakes - next year I will have pictures and more resources on crystals, symmetry, etc.
  • Stencils (to practice symmetry)
  • Paper
  • Pencils, rulers, markers
  • Scissors, tape, staplers
  • Ribbon
Experiment: Looking at snowflakes
I purchased a microscope for the library and we had plenty of snow. I put my aide in charge of the microscope.

Experiment: Magic puffing snow
I got this from Fun at home with kids. We did not use any coloring, as I expected a lot of it to end up on the floor.
  • Large plastic tubs, baby wipes
  • Ingredients:
    • 3 cups baking soda (break up clumps)
    • 1/4 cup shampoo (mix until completely combined)
    • 5 tblsp water (mix)
  • When you're reading for puffing
    • sprinkle 1/4 citric acid over the top and mix until combined. Takes a long time to completely puff up.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Take home storytime: Penguins

  • 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: 1-28-15
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: Penguins!

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

TALK about penguins. Look for fiction and nonfiction stories about penguins in the Animals: Birds neighborhood. Practice narrative stories by retelling the story after you read it. Talk about what penguins look like before you begin your craft.

Get ready to WRITE by cutting out your penguin pieces, decorating them with crayons or markers, gluing them together, and adding cotton balls for a fuzzy penguin tummy. All these activities help with developing fine motor skills needed for writing. Craft is taken from Sweet and Lovely Crafts

SING along with Kathy Reid-Naiman on her winter CD, "Sing the cold winter away" which includes traditional rhymes and fingerplays as well as holiday songs.

PLAY with your penguins!

READ some of these stories about penguins
Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev
Penguins, Penguins Everywhere by Bob Barner
Penguin Story by Antoinette Portis
Penguins by Liz Pichon
Penguin chick by Betty Tatham
Flight School by Lita Judge

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

Preschool Interactive: Penguins

  • Program Goals
    • Model early literacy skills through stories and art
    • Offer a program at a new time (early afternoon) to meet the needs of 4K students
    • Learn about penguins!
    • Attendance: 15
  • Evaluation
    • 1-28-15
      • Attendance: 15
      • Connections/Feedback: Several familiar families and 3 new ones came.
      • Notes: This is my first try at an afternoon storytime. The sun hits me right in the eyes, which is a bit of a drawback!
    • 1-15-14
      • Attendance: 26 (15 participatory kids)
      • Notes: This was the first PI with my slightly updated format, using the five early literacy practices instead of the six skills. We've had a bout of extremely cold weather last week and lots of snow last night, and my preschool attendance is always low in the winter, so I didn't expect too many people to show up. The tape I ordered hadn't come, so we had misc. multi-colored masking tape, some black circle stickers, and markers. After we put our penguins on the board, we sang through the numbers to the tune of "Ten Little Indians" (no, I would never sing the actual song, but it's the only tune that would work).
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Welcome back to Preschool Interactive! I will be offering Preschool Interactive once or twice a month in the afternoon and until May. If you have not attended Preschool Interactive before, or it's been a while, we will be practicing the five early literacy practices; Talking, Singing, Reading, Playing and Writing throughout our storytime and art time afterwards. If you would like to continue storytime at home, there are take home storytimes in the children's area. This storytime is a little longer, so if you feel wiggly it's ok to take a break out in the play area and come back at the end to participate in our art project.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Turtle's Penguin Day by Valeri Gorbachev

Early Literacy Aside: Who's ready to sing? We have some penguin songs to tunes you might already know!

Movement: Mr. Penguin and I'm a little penguin

Nonfiction: Penguin chick by Betty Tatham

Early Literacy Aside: Reading isn't just letters, it's numbers as well! Everyone take a penguin and when I call your number, come put it on the board. Let's add up all our number penguins!

Movement: Number Penguins

Short story: Flight School by Lita Judge

Short story: Penguins by Liz Pichon

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Black and white art

Prep: Paper plates, masking tape, markers

Kids make penguins (or other things) with their tape and write or have parents write a story

Monday, January 26, 2015

Toddler substitute storytime: Quiet and Loud

  • This is my substitute storytime whenever I have to cover for my school colleague who does babies and toddlers. I don't do it often enough that people will realize I'm just repeating it and it's a nice basic set up.
  • Evaluation
    • 1-26-15
      • I covered for Pattie's evening storytime, Tiny Tots. 14 people came, which is about average, and I actually knew most of them. We played with the puppet theater afterwards.
    • 2-25-14
      • The kids aren't used to a flannelboard, b/c Pattie doesn't use it, so that's a bit chaotic.
  • Little Chicken's Big Day by Katie Davis
  • This little chick by John Lawrence
  • Clap Hands by Lorinda Cauley
  • Can you make a scary face? by Jan Thomas
Craft: Die-cut puppets
  • Die-cut shapes
  • Crayons/markers
  • Popsicle sticks, tape

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Messy Art Club: Feel it with Felt

Angry Bird and sling
  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
  • Evaluation
    • 1-22-15
      • Attendance: 19
      • Feedback/Connections: This was a very small group but I have a couple people who would really like me to do sewing workshops again and they come to this. I really should get that started again...
      • Notes: I felt like ick and was exhausted from the morning outreach. Nobody really stayed much past five though, thankfully. The stuff the kids glued really isn't permanent, but no way was I dealing with a glue gun.
    • 7-17-14
      • Attendance: 48
      • Notes: I had a lot of felt scraps and wanted to do something with them. I had reservations a little too close to the event about doing something potentially involving sewing with the volume of kids I often have in the summer, but I was supposed to have multiple volunteers so I hoped it would be ok. My volunteers did show up and one turned out to be excellent. All the kids but one were accompanied by adults who enjoyed getting to be a little crafty as well.
  • Recycled cardstock
  • Felt scraps
  • Die cut felt shapes
  • Buttons
  • Yarn
  • Needles, thread, stuffing
  • Glue, staples
  • Scissors
  • Pencils
I have a needle rule - I don't put them out to take, they have to get them from me, an aide or volunteer. They are responsible for holding the needle the ENTIRE time they have it and they are NOT to lay it down somewhere and forget it! Same thing with the good/sharp scissors