Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Letter Knowledge

  • 7-31-13: At 9:55 there was one little girl in the play area. When I opened the door, and by the time everyone had wandered in, we had about 35 people. We did have one super wiggly kid, but I just kind of read over him and everyone really loved the beach project. The toddlers yesterday were crazy about it too. [replaced Monkey by McDermott, Is this a house for hermit crab, Blue Chameleon]
  • 7-30-13: Pattie was on vacation so I just used this with the toddlers in both Tuesday sessions. I added Baby Bear Sees Blue and its flannelboard and cut some of the other books.
  • 8-1-12: I had a nice mix of old and new attendees. Z is for moose was hugely popular. I still don't like it.
Dancing time and name tags: "I know a chicken" by Laurie Berkner from Best of the Laurie Berkner Band (shakers)

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy Art quilting, no more We Explore until fall, Book Experience.

Early Literacy Theme: Letter knowledge is knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Hands off my honey by Jane Chapman

Movement: We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

Early Literacy Aside: Letter knowledge includes number knowledge, so we're going to read some stories about numbers.

Nonfiction: These bees count by Alison Formento

Movement: Jumping Beans

Short story: Count the monkeys by Mac Barnett

Short story: Z is for moose by Kelly Bingham

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Sand/Glue beaches

Prep: Pour rainbow sand into big tubs. Paper plates, shells, glue, spoons

Kids Draw pictures with the glue, then pour the sand over them and shake it off into the tubs. Add shells to make a beach scene.

Take Home Insert



Thank you for attending today's Preschool Interactive!

Our early literacy skill was: Letter Knowledge, knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds.

You can practice this skill at home by pointing out the letters in the stories you read together - not just in alphabet books - and by encouraging scribbling, the first step to writing.

Our stories, songs and rhymes today included:
Hands off my honey by Jane Chapman
Count the monkeys by Mac Barnett
These bees count by Alison Formento
Z is for moose by Kelly Bingham
Jumping Beans
We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen

More stories and songs to try at home
Look on utube for a great rendition of We're going on a bear hunt by Michael Rosen himself!

You can find more fun alphabet books in the concept section of the library. Look for titles like LMNO Peas by Keith Baker and A Fabulous Fair Alphabet by Debra Frasier

You will need: Some scratch paper, tape or glue, scissors

How many letters can you make out of your circles? Can you make a C? An O? Try turning your circles into the animals we read about - can you make a circle into a crab? What about a chameleon?

Library events coming soon:
Thursday, Messy Art Club: Quilts

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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