Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Alligators and Crocodiles, with a few monkeys on the side

  • 9-18-13: I invited a local 4k school to join our storytime and this was the first trial of that. They came around 9:30 and checked out books and did the craft, then joined storytime, then they left and the "regular" people - all 11 of them - did the craft. I am back to obsessing over this program. And we didn't actually use Catch that Crocodile, although one of the moms sat down to read it to her kids afterwards.
  • 9-19-12: This was a good one - it's all things I know well (except Albert Alligator, and I did that 3 times so it's in my head now). Some people were very worried that there wasn't a "sample" of how the craft was supposed to look. I've found this is almost always grandparents for some reason. So I did a lot of explaining about process art. The egg carton thing didn't really work - there wasn't time to cut out enough and..meh. The paper was enough.
Dancing time and name tags: "List of dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Welcome Step Ahead, Lego Club tomorrow, Science with Pattie on Friday. [replaced What to do if an elephant stands on your foot]

Early Literacy Theme: Narrative Skills is expressive language, being able to describe things, to tell events in order, and to retell stories. Narrative skills help children understand what they hear and read.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Hooray for Amanda and her alligator by Mo Willems

Movement: Albert the Alligator

Early Literacy Aside: For our nonfiction story today, we're going to read a folktale. These are stories that people have been telling each other for hundreds of years. They make great read-alouds because they often have fun parts to repeat and interesting characters, like the tricky monkey in this story. Folktales help kids learn narrative skills, b/c they have repetitive refrains and make it easy to retell stories.

Nonfiction: Monkey: A trickster tale by Gerald McDermott

Flannelboard/Movement: Five little monkeys 

Short story: I'd really like to eat a child by Sylviane Donnio

Short story: Catch that crocodile by Anushka Ravishankar

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Alligator mouths

Prep: Cut green paper into two large triangles. Popsicle sticks, tape, scissors, markers, crayons

Kids cut teeth along one edge, tape to sticks, decorate, and chomp!

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

Our early literacy skill was: Narrative Skills, which is expressive language, being able to describe things, to tell events in order, and to retell stories. Narrative skills help children understand what they hear and read.

You can practice this skill at home by reading a wide variety of books to your child. Nonfiction, poetry, graphic novels, picture books, and chapter books. Look for topics your child is interested in like trains or dinosaurs. Try reading short chapter books, like Down Girl and Sit by Lucy Nolan or Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo.

Our stories, songs and rhymes today included:
Hooray for Amanda and her alligator by Mo Willems
Monkey: A trickster tale by Gerald McDermott
Catch that crocodile by Anushka Ravishankar
I'd really like to eat a child by Sylviane Donnio
Albert the alligator
More stories and songs to try at home: Look for nonfiction about alligators and other reptiles and animals in the 500s. Gerald McDermott has written several folktales with colorful illustrations that are fun to read aloud. Look for more of his folktales in the picture book section.

Our take home craft is: Clothespin alligators

You will need: Glue, markers or other decorations

Glue your decorations to the clothespins. Don't let your alligator eat too much!

Library events coming soon: 
September 19, 3:30-5pm, Lego Club
September 20, 10am, We Explore Science

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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