Thursday, April 17, 2014

Messy Art Club: Painting Eggs

  • 4-17-14: I cut file labels in half length-wise to use as tags and got long boxes out of the basement for egg dryers. We had enough eggs for all the kids of the 65 attendees to have 2 each and still enough for next year! I just need to remember next year to start with four egg drying boxes and have them all on the table.
  • 3-14-13: I bought a LOT of eggs this year and hoped that we would have the numbers to justify the expense. I allowed 2 eggs per child and we used 80 eggs, so I estimate about 60 people came. The egg cartons weren't perfect - lots of people didn't stick their skewers all the way through, so the eggs tended to swing around. I forgot that I meant to give people sticky tags to mark their eggs. Note for next year! 
  • 2012: The skewers worked really well, but I need to remember to bring the egg cartons over to stick them in to dry at the beginning of the program, not the end. Ran out of eggs very fast. Need to enforce 1 per child. No, those are not "leftovers" those are for next year - or for the kids who come at the end of the program!
Project: Painting eggs

  • Styrofoam eggs purchased from S&S Worldwide (240 for $80)
  • skewers, egg cartons
  • acrylic paint, brushes, water cups, paper plates
  • tablecovers, aprons, paper towels

4K Outreach: Things That Grow

  • April 16-17, 2014: The theme they gave me this week was "country" and I wasn't sure exactly what that was supposed to be, and next week was "earth week" so I decided "things that grow" would sort of cover both.

  • Class 1: This class is younger (and wigglier) so I started with Do you know which ones will grow? which is really for a younger audience. Then we did the "Garden vs. Not Garden" which took a long time, and I should think about having a "things that grow and are then made into things" category. Then we did Red and they all voted for another board story so we finished with "Enormous Carrot" and only 2 kids had to be in time-out! One kid did say it was supposed to be a radish.
  • Class 2: I started with Do you know which ones will grow and then we did the garden game. I told them they were my quiet class, so I knew they could still still for a longer story and we read Weeds find a way and then finished with Red.
  • Class 3: This is not my quiet class. We did the same as the first group yesterday, only louder and wigglier (and with Easter bunny crowns).
  • Weeds find a way by Cindy Jenson-Elliott
  • Seed, Soil, Sun by Cris Peterson
  • Colors in Nature: Red by Rebecca Glaser
  • Do you know which ones will grow by Susan Shea
Remote Collection Themes
  • Earth Week
  • Mother's Day
  • Oceans

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Preschool Interactive: It's Eggs!

  • 4-16-14: We're all eggy this week, which is as close as I get to Easter-themed programming. Our eggs for Chick Central just arrived this week as well! We decided to go with chickens and not ducks - we didn't do too well with ducks last year. I did a similar egg-themed storytime last year, but it had mostly different stories. I only had 14 people today, but I'm determined to keep this storytime going until I have expanded outreach and have something to replace it. We skipped Chicken-Chasing Queen, which was too long for the age of this group, and spent a lot of time on the oviparous game.
Dancing time (shakers) and name tags: "I know a chicken" from Jim Gill sings the Sneezing Song

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Egg painting on thursday, eggs coming soon (or already arrived), closed on Friday, Pete the Cat next Friday.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County by Janice Harrington

Movement: Here's a little egg

Nonfiction: Chickens aren't the only ones by Ruth Heller

Movement: Are you oviparous?

Early Literacy Aside: Clapping out the rhythms in a story helps us hear the smaller sounds inside of words. We're going to clap to the rhythm of this story and also make some animal sounds!

Movement: This little chick by John Lawrence

Short story: Fox and the hen by Eric Battut

Short story: Chickens to the rescue by John Himmelman

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Hatch an egg

Prep: Die cut white circles, birds and ducks. White paper, scissors, tape, crayons and markers.

Kids cut their circle in half. Tape one half to the paper to make a pocket. Decorate. You can tape it to make a lift the flap, or tape the duck to the paper, etc.

Take Home Insert

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Kindergarten Outreach: Animal Friends

  • 4-15-14: The kindergarten teachers don't really care what theme I use and I figure the kids get plenty of holiday-themed stuff at school, so sometimes I'll branch out into random themes. This one I pcked mostly because I had a bunch of new books I wanted to read that had no particular theme except sort of animals!

  • 10:15 Class: The teacher has been really nice about having them get their snack earlier. All of the kids that were out sick last time were back (some of the more *cough* strong personalities in the classroom) but everyone was quite reasonably well-behaved. We read Weasels which the kids really got into (with a little help pointing out what was going on), then Flight of the Honey Bee in which we were doing ok until we came to the wasp and then things kind of devolved from there into "bugs which have stung me". Then we read Cheese belongs to you which they thought was funny and part of Best Foot Forward - we didn't finish because we were doing a lot of discussion on the animals and then they had to go to their next thing.
  • 10:45 Class: We were wiggly today. One little girl informed me before we started that "I can't keep my hands still, they are too wiggly!" We read Weasels and they laughed hysterically (and really, really wanted to point to all the weasels) then we read Guardian Team which was a little long but they made it through. Then we read Cheese belongs to you and they spontaneously added an EWWWW after each new rat. They did a really good job of silencing themselves when I held up my hand to read the next sentence though. We finished with Best Foot Forward and got all the way through, although it was a little chaotic at times, and then I got hugs from everyone and tied shoes while they were lining up to go to their next class.
  • 11:15 Class: We were super wiggly. Someone had to go to timeout and I had to bar them from joining in because we were having some *cough* behavior issues. But we had fun anyways and I even had some time to chat with the teacher - she's the one I've known the longest and she set up my visits originally. We read Weasels, which was quite popular again, then Feathers which ended with an argument over whether or not penguins had feathers and I had to go back and find the picture. Then we read Cheese belongs to you which they were a little skeptical about, and then we finished with Best Foot Forward which didn't work quite as well because part of rowdiness of this class is that they love to give silly answers, a couple students particularly, but once I figured out which ones were in a silly mood I just didn't call on them.
  • Guardian Team by Cat Urbigkit
  • Best foot forward by Ingo Arndt
  • Cheese belongs to you by Alexis Deacon
  • Flight of the honey bee by Raymond Huber
  • Weasels by Elys Dolan
  • Feathers by Melissa Stewart

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mad Scientists Club: Bridge Science

  • 4-10-14: This sounded like such as awesome idea, but when I went to plan it I had a hard time of thinking how it would work and then I got too busy with our massive circus party. I did get some good ideas from Amy Koester's Bridge Science program and hopefully I'll rewrite the program to go with that eventually. I had a smaller group, thankfully, and they came up with some interesting things, not all bridge-related, but fine by me as I was still in a state of exhaustion.
  • Cardboard/boxes
  • Books on bridges
  • Popsicle sticks (2 sizes)
  • Yarn
  • Tape (regular, duct tape, packing tape)
  • Scissors (big and small)
  • Glue dots
  • Staplers, hole punches