Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Preschool Interactive: birds


  • 2-27-13: Fairly big snow storm last night and I only had 15 people this morning. I abridged Bees and Snails as we read it - we mostly talked about the patterns and shapes. I didn't get the Little Bird flannelboard done, so we talked about patterns in sound and sang Casper Babypants' Loud Bird from Sing Along. The kids were getting restless so I abridged About Birds as well.
  • 2-22-12: Big group back again, 45! My soggy day note really didn't work as the weather suddenly changed to sunny. Sigh. Limelight Larry was not as popular as I had hoped, this group was too big for the little pictures I think. Otto the Book Bear was a HUGE hit. I tried a different set up, having the first half of the craft on two tables and the second half on the other two tables, but the group was too big and spread out. Maybe lay out the first part of the craft next time, then come around with the bleeding art tissue paper. [note - at this storytime we made peacocks out of paper plates and tongue depressors and took home rainbow frogs]
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy art club tomorrow, Dr. Seuss Celebration on Friday.

Early Literacy Theme: Narrative Skills, one of the early literacy skills children need in order to learn how to read, is expressive language, including being able to describe things, to tell events in order, and to retell stories. We'll be practicing this skill today in a number of ways, including having everyone participate in the stories.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Three hens and a peacock by Lester Laminack

Movement: Rain on the green grass

Nonfiction: Bees, snails and peacock tails by Betsy Franco

Movement/Flannelboard: Little bird by Elizabeth Mitchell

Short story: Blue chicken by Deborah Freedman

Short story: About birds by Cathryn Sill

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Decorating wings with patterns.

Prep: Markers, crayons, tape, butterfly wings

Kids decorate wings making patterns especially with tape.
Storytime!
Bailey colors in her patterns


Sound patterns with Loud Bird

Hailey and McKenna

The twins decorate their wings

Tyler works on scribbles

Clare shows off her wings

so adorable!

Clare and Mia




































Take Home Insert
Thank you for attending today's Preschool Interactive!

Our early literacy skill was: Narrative Skills, expressive language, including being able to describe things, to tell events in order, and to retell stories.

You can practice this skill at home by letting kids tell the story by looking at the pictures, before or after you read the book.

Our stories today included:
Three hens and a peacock by Lester Laminack
Bees, snails and peacock tails by Betsy Franco
Blue chicken by Deborah Freedman
About birds by Cathryn Sill

Our songs and rhymes included:
Rain on the green grass http://tinyurl.com/85zkj8c
Little bird by Elizabeth Mitchell from You are my little bird

More stories and songs to try at home:
Elizabeth Mitchell has several cds with folk music. Check out her videos on utube to get ideas on how to use the music with kids.

Our take home craft is: Peacocks

You will need: Tape or glue, decorations
Attach the feathers to the peacock's body and decorate.

Library events coming soon: 
February 28, 3:30-5:00pm Messy Art Club: Laminated die cuts
March 1, 4:00pm Dr. Seuss Celebration (registration required)

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

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