Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Preschool Interactive: summer

  • 8-7-13: Aaaand we're done. Only 15 people came today, really just two families. Most people are on vacation (school here doesn't start until September) or they were over in the park with Pattie. But the kids did like the summer stories and we just talked a lot. [Replaced Traction Man and the beach odyssey, Cactus Hotel, Hot rod hamster, Hogwash]
  • 6-20-12: Hmm. Having trouble getting the kids to salsa with me! I'm working on getting the older kids to help me demo, otherwise the kids just stand there shaking the shakers. It was insanely hot and I didn't need Hogwash (which hadn't come in time anyways) so I left it out. Not quite back in the groove of storytime and this is a crazy week.
Dancing time and name tags: "I know a chicken" by Laurie Berkner from Best of the Laurie Berkner Band (shakers)

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Book Experience, programs end on Saturday, changes in the fall

Early Literacy Theme: Print Awareness includes knowing that print has meaning, knowing how to handle a book, and noticing print all around

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Night Sky Wheel Ride by Sheree Fitch

Movement: Hop little bunnies

Nonfiction: It's a firefly night by Dianne Ochiltree

Movement: Five hungry ants

Early Literacy Aside: Our next story is about observing the world around you. One way to do that and practice your print awareness is look for words

Short story: Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki

Short story: Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Suncatchers

Prep: Cut shapes out of shirt cardboard, tape, tissue paper, markers, yarn, hole punchers

Kids tape tissue paper over the cut outs, decorate the outside, and hang them with yarn (or make necklaces out of them)

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

Our early literacy skill was: Print Awareness, knowing that print has meaning, knowing how to handle a book, and noticing print all around.

You can practice this skill at home by pointing to the words as you read stories aloud.

Our stories, songs and rhymes today included:
Night Sky Wheel Ride by Sheree Fitch
It's a firefly night by Dianne Ochiltree
Wait! Wait! by Hatsue Nakawaki
Summer days and nights by Wong Herbert Yee

More stories and songs to try at home:
We'll be taking a break from programming, but you don't need to take a break from visiting the library! Look in the nonfiction under 745 for books with crafts, activities and more, check out book and cd combinations under Garfield and check out or download free music to have your own dance parties at home!

Our take home craft is: Streamers

You will need: Tape

Tape your streamers to your stick. Try out some dance moves! The library has lots of children's music to dance to in the children's area or you can download songs for free on Freegal.

Library events coming soon:
Thursday, Lego Club
Saturday, Book Experience

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

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