Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Halloween


  • 10-30-13: I picked out an alternate pumpkin story, in case my audience was too young. I love Kohara's Ghosts in the house, but it always makes me nervous that I'm going to have an anti-ghost or anti-witch family get upset, especially since I am getting more homeschooling families who are pretty conservative, so I replaced it with Lois Ehlert's Boo to you. I also changed over the ghost craft for take home. It probably doesn't matter, since I think most of those families just don't come to the library in October, but better safe than sorry. This was a younger group overall so we didn't read The Biggest Pumpkin Ever and our favorite title was Just Say Boo!
  • 10-10-12: I picked out bits of Awesome Autumn to read, as it was a bit long. Half the kids suddenly appeared with food, so I'll have to make an announcement if this happens again - this is supposed to be an allergy-safe program. Some people peeled off their tape, some didn't. I had extra bags ready in case some people didn't want ghosts, but didn't have anybody there who objected.
Dancing time and name tags: "List of Dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise, Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements:
Messy Art Club monster boxes tomorrow, library closed Nov. 1

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: The biggest pumpkin ever by Steven Kroll
Alternate: Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

Movement: Autumn Leaves

Early Literacy Aside: One of the ways we practice letter knowledge is by looking at letters in books. This book has lots of big letters and we're going to look closely at the different ways they are written.

Nonfiction: Awesome autumn by Bruce Goldstone

Song: I'm a little pumpkin

Short story:  Boo to you by Lois Ehlert

Short story: Just say boo! by Susan Hood

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Tape art/masking tape letters

Prep: Masking tape, paper, crayons, markers

Kids make art with the tape or letters, draw, peel the tape off to reveal white letters (paper will rip a little)

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mad Scientists' Club: Color Science

  • 10-21-13: I had a lot of ideas for this, but by the time I got to plan it only a few days ahead and was sick and with everything else going on, I just went with simple stuff. The kids really like painting and mixing paint, so whatever, it worked out fine in the end, especially since I had my aide clean everything up! I did note that nobody cares about further resources, so I didn't bother with a bookmark. Several kids pointed out to me that "color is not science" and I found out the next morning that since I told my aide to clean out all the paint cups and stuff as well she ended up staying late and had to get another staff member to help her, but it was a weird day.
  • Old magazines with animal pictures
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors, markers, glue
Project/Experiment: Paint a rainbow/Mix it up paint
  • White construction paper
  • Paint
  • Paintbrushes, eye droppers
  • Plastic palettes
  • Aprons, paper towels, wipes, covers for tables
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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Folktales

  • 10-23-13: I let the kids glue on their own eyes, instead of doing it ahead of time. We used glue dots and this was a fascinating thing for everyone. Only 21 people, but in my library that works out to about 5 adults and 16 kids, so that's a good number. I didn't need the last two stories, b/c this is a pretty long storytime with all the actions. [Replaced Greedy Sparrow]
  • 10-3-12: We had some crazy wigglers today, so I skipped Greedy Sparrow, but we read all the others and enjoyed them. I need to be firm about kids not touching the flannelboard, but it's never been an issue before!
Dancing time and name tags: "List of dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements:
Mad Scientists Club tomorrow, We Explore Fall on Friday

Early Literacy Theme: Narrative skills; expressive language, including being able to describe things, tell events in order, and to retell stories.

Early Literacy Aside: Today we're going to be reading lots of folktales, stories people have told to each other for a long, long time. Folktales are a great way to develop narrative skills because they have simple, predictable plot structures and usually include repetition.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: No dinner! by Jessica Souhami

Movement: Little old lady who was not afraid of anything by Linda Williams

Music: Cat goes Fiddle-i-fee

Movement: Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald

Short story: Ivan the terrier by Peter Catalanotto

Short story: Huff and Puff by Claudia Rueda

Closing song: Sunny Day
Process art: Eye tell a story!

Prep: Glue sets of eyes onto white paper. Put out markers, crayons, pencils.

Kids draw faces around the eyes and create their own stories about the characters.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Fall

  • 10-16-13: I thought the preschool was joining us today and did a whole new set-up for the room, pulled books, etc., but they didn't show - I'm not sure what happened, because they are usually really on top of letting me know. I had a decent group today, although I did have a couple younger kids who were very insistent on doing the craft instead of listening to storytime and for some reason no one wanted to sit on the rug, so they were all scattered out in the hinterlands. I was probably just kind of flustered with the school not showing up too.
  • 9-12-12: It was very wiggly with an all-new group of kids, many of them younger. I threw an apple/jumping rhyme after the nonfiction and cut seasons. We also used tape to hold the leaves down and it was an awesome project. I loved how some kids carefully painted around the leaves, then took them off and painted in the shapes!
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 and We Explore Science coming up.

Early Literacy Theme: Vocabulary is knowing the names of things, feelings, concepts and ideas.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Those darn squirrels by Adam Rubin

Movement: Five little leaves

Early Literacy Aside: Reading nonfiction together is a good way to build vocabulary. There are lots of nonfiction titles appropriate for young listeners (and readers). Look in the nonfiction for favorite subjects like dinosaurs, trains, animals, seasons and more!

Nonfiction: Every autumn comes the bear by Jim Arnosky

Flannelboard: Fall is not easy by Marty Kelley

Short story: Seasons by Anne Crausaz

Short story: Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Leaf painting

Prep: Die cut white leaves. Put out leaves, paper, paint, aprons

Kids put the leaves on the paper, paint on and around. Take the leaves off and you'll see the shapes left behind.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Colors

  • 10-9-13: Kind of ironic that I invited the preschool to join us b/c of dropping numbers...and now I'm getting big numbers. 36 people today! We didn't read Go Go Grapes or do Hop little bunnies - our flannelboards took up a lot of time. [Replaced Crafty Chloe, Pass it on]
  • 6-13-12: Very chaotic beginning to the summer session, but lots of new people came and had positive responses. Did have some people who left halfway through - always worrying, wondering if they got bored or had to be somewhere, or thought the program was something else...Anyways. Two kids were scared of Hop Hop little bunnies - first time that ever happened, but I toned it down in the repeats and it was ok. Pass it on passed over the heads of the younger kids but a couple older siblings giggled through the whole thing. And my flannelboard of colors was too hard to put up - I need to attach the letters to bigger pieces of flannel so I don't have to fiddle with them.
Dancing time and name tags: "List of dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy Art snake painting, family game night, We Explore block party

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

Opening name song: The more we get together

Early Literacy Aside: We are going to practice recognizing letters and colors today at the same time! In our next story, Baby Bear sees many different colors and we're going to spell them out on the flannelboard

Long story/Flannelboard: Baby Bear sees blue by Ashley Wolff

Movement: Five Eggs and Five Eggs

Nonfiction: Go Go Grapes! by April Pulley Sayre

Movement: Hop Little Bunnies

Short story/Flannelboard: One little blueberry by Tammi Salzano

Short story: Monsters love colors by Mike Austin

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Painting

Supplies: Paper, paint, brushes, water, aprons, baby wipes

Prep: Lay everything out!

Kids: Paint!

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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

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