Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Reading Words, Growing Gardens

  • 10-2-13: I realize that most people don't garden in October, especially not in the midwest, but I feel it's nice to do something to green up the coming winter. Like my butterfly program in January. We didn't read Plant a Little Seed. Instead of using food coloring, I used tempera for the eye droppers. I poured some water in the cups and then a dollop of paint. While it was messy - as you can see - it was easier to clean up than food coloring. This little character hasn't been interested in storytime since he started coming last summer, preferring to hang out in the play area, but the eye droppers were irresistible and he couldn't tear himself away! It did take me almost an hour to clean up though.
  • 8-8-12: Last PI of the summer session. We didn't have time to read Plant a little seed - Pretty ladybug is a looooong song, especially if you have more than 10 kids (I had around 20). The eye dropper project was a little messy, so I don't think we'll do it too often, but the kids loved it.
Dancing time and name tags: "List of dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Experience and Explore Early Literacy tomorrow

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

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: How to teach a slug to read by Susan Pearson

Movement/flannelboard: Pretty ladybug

Nonfiction: Wolfsnail by Sarah Campbell

Movement: This is the way we plant a garden

Short story: Plant a little seed by Bonnie Christensen

Short story: Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Dip and dye papers (Preschool Art pg. 36)

Prep: Cover tables with newspaper, make bowls of food coloring, aprons, coffee filters, eye droppers

Kids: Drip paint onto the filters with the eye droppers

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

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

You can practice this skill at home by looking for letters in every day activities. Not just on signs or in the grocery store, but on walks, driving in the car, or doing chores together at home.

Our stories, songs and rhymes today included:
How to teach a slug to read by Susan Pearson
Wolfsnail by Sarah Campbell
Plant a little seed by Bonnie Christensen
Pumpkin Cat by Anne Mortimer

More stories and songs to try at home:
Look for more gardening projects in the juvenile nonfiction under in the 635s

Our take home craft is: Planting seeds

You will need: Water, a sunny window, and patience!
Add a little water to your bag. Tape it to a sunny window and wait for the magic of germination to begin!

Library events coming soon:
October 3, 3:30-5pm, Lego Club
October 3, 6:30-7:30 Explore and Experience Early Literacy

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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