Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Preschool Interactive: It's Snakesss

  • 4-30-14: I only have one more storytime, so of course a gazillion people and lots of new people showed up today! Like, more than 30! Storytime got even more exciting when one of the moms suggested she pop home and bring back her snake and I was like YES! So we not only read stories about snakes, and sang songs about snakes, and looked at cool pictures of snakes (yes, even the ones where it's eating whole rats) we also got to touch a real snake! She's promised to bring him back for the reptile science program this summer as well. We did end up with some paint on the chalkboard (totally my fault, since I was watching her kid because you can't watch a snake and an active child at the same time and I wasn't watching close enough....) but that's all good too since it's hardly noticeable, but enough that I now have a reason to request the chalkboard be repainted so that it's magnetic which it was suppose to be in the first place but somehow wasn't.
Dancing time and name tags: "Silly Dance Contest" by Jim Gill sings the Sneezing Song 

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Closed on Friday, next week is the last week of programs.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: My snake Blake by Randy Sieger

Early Literacy Aside: We're going to sing our next song with the help of some special toys - something you can make really easily at home! Having something to do with your hands while you're reading or singing can help you remember better - try looking around at home for simple props or check out some of our book and puppet bags.

Movement: I'm being swallowed by a boa constrictor

Nonfiction: Snakes by Nic Bishop

Movement: Mr. Snake

Short story: On my way to the bath by Sarah Maizes

Short story: Monkey's friends by Ruth Brown

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Wiggly Snakes

Prep: Acrylic paint, brushes, paper plates, wooden snakes. Ask parents to help pour out small amounts of paint. Aprons.

Kids paint - snakes can dry on paper plates, works better if there is wax paper.

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

Our last session is May 7 and we will be having fun with Rain Showers and Spring Flowers. Preschool Interactive will resume in the summer. 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 snakes

We practiced WRITING by making small movements with our fabric boa constrictors

We SANG snaky songs

We PLAYED with paint and snakes that wiggle

We READ My snake Blake by Randy Sieger
Snakes by Nic Bishop
On my way to the bath by Sarah Maizes
Monkey's friends by Ruth Brown

You can keep practicing these skills at home. Try practicing your PLAY skills by finding a prop to act out a book or checking out some of the library puppets.

Our take home craft is: Snake puppet!

You will need: Drawing materials, tape or glue
Decorate your snake (or worm, or caterpillar) and tape them to the stick. Put on a puppet show!

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

1 comment:

Swalena Griffin said...

I thought it was just me when a large group of new people show up a week before the last storytime. Maybe it's that time of year when their other activities end.