Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Build it! With Animals!


  • 2-26-14: Small group - it's freezing and windy - but a core group of very attentive kids. I almost didn't read to the end of the plan, but reminded myself that it's ok if some kids wander out, the rest are listening (even if that's only...um...6)
  • 11-14-12: This was a really, really good storytime. We had a large group (most of them late, but that doesn't really bother me and lots of them are coming from gym time). The kids sat through all the stories and several people remarked on how much they loved the craft. A good reminder that it doesn't have to be fancy to be good!
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Mad Scientists tomorrow, Dr. Seuss on Friday

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: A house in the woods by Inga Moore

Early Literacy Aside: Rhymes and poetry are a good way to learn to hear the small sounds in words. In addition to rhyming picture books, you can find whole books of poetry back in the nonfiction area!

Movement/Flannelboard: There was a little turtle by Vachel Lindsay

Nonfiction: The very best bed by Rebekah Raye

Movement/Flannelboard: Two little blackbirds

Short story: Who's that scratching at my door by Amanda Leslie

Short story: Too tall houses by Gianna Marino

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Build houses with shapes from Storytime Katie

Prep: Markers, crayons, glue, cut squares and triangles

Kids glue and decorate the paper to make houses

Take Home Insert


Thank you for attending today's Preschool Interactive!

Our next session is March 5 and we will be having fun with DUCKS. Bring friends and siblings: the suggested age for Preschool Interactive is 3 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend and participate as they are able.

Today we used the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing.

We TALKED about houses and different places that animals - and people - live

We practiced WRITING by drawing and coloring

We SANG
There was a little turtle by Vachel Lindsay
Two little blackbirds

We PLAYED with puppets in storytime and shapes in art time

We READ
A house in the woods by Inga Moore
The very best bed by Rebekah Raye
Too tall houses by Gianna Marino
Who's that scratching at my door by Amanda Leslie

You can keep practicing these skills at home. Try practicing your READING skills by reading poetry together. Poetry and rhyming stories help children hear the smaller sounds in words, one of the first steps in early literacy that leads to reading! You can find many rhyming books in the picture books, but don't forget to look in the 811s in the nonfiction for even more poetry.

Our take home craft is: Shapes

You will need: Imagination!

Arrange your shapes to create different things - then start all over! You can glue them in place and decorate them, or just keep reusing them.

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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