Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Rain showers, Spring Flowers

  • 5-7-14: Last storytime of the spring. I'll be on "break" until summer programs start on June 7. A small group - 14, but included some new people and some regulars, all of whom are looking forward to returning for the summer. The garden game didn't work as well as it did with my outreach groups, but it was still pretty fun and the kids liked it. I ended without doing the Patterson Puppies because we were at time and because I was getting hoarse from trying to talk over a very happy baby who wanted to sing the whole time!
Dancing time and name tags: "Silly Dance Contest" by Jim Gill from Sneezing Song

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Last week of programs, will resume June 7, Muffins with mom on Saturday

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: In the garden, who's been here by Lindsay George

Movement: Little Brown Seed

Early Literacy Aside: Our next story is going to introduce numbers in different ways, so I hope you'll all help me count the caterpillars! It's important to know numbers as well as letters when we're practicing our early literacy skills.

Nonfiction: Ten little caterpillars by Bill Martin

Movement/Flannelboard: Garden vs. Not Garden game

Short story: Hooray for spring by Kazuo Iwamura

Short story: The Patterson Puppies and the Rainy Day by Leslie Patricelli

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Bleeding tissue rainbow flowers

Prep: Die cut flower shapes out of shirt cardboard. Bleeding art tissue paper, water, and paint brushes

Kids "paint" the flowers

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

We will be on break until summer programs begin June 7. Come back and see us in the summer for more fun storytimes - and bring your friends and siblings!

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

We TALKED about what grows and what does not grow.

We practiced WRITING by painting

We SANG songs about flowers and seeds

We PLAYED with a sorting game

In the garden, who's been here by Lindsay George
Ten little caterpillars by Bill Martin
Hooray for spring by Kazuo Iwamura
The Patterson Puppies and the Rainy Day by Leslie Patricelli

You can keep practicing these skills at home. Try practicing your Letter Knowledge skills by practicing lots of different concepts like shapes, colors and numbers as well as letters! Look in the picture books for the bright yellow sticker marking concept books.

Our take home craft is: Suncatcher

You will need: Tape, scissors, hole punch, decorations
Tape your tissue paper pieces to cover the outline. You can cut them into smaller bits with the scissors. Decorate your suncatcher. Punch holes and use the ribbon to hang it in a window.

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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