Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Ocean

  • 6-11-14: First preschool storytime back this summer. It was pouring rain. I forgot to write out the words for Five little Seashells so we didn't use it, but I didn't need it anyways, especially since I added a flannelboard component to Animals in the Ocean at the last minute. I had 5 kids actually listening but a lot of others wandering in and out. [replaced Old Robert and the sea-silly cats by Barbara Joosse]
  • 9-26-12: Ocean Sunlight turned out to be a little long, but almost 10 kids stayed in the room for it, and I shortened it a little at the end. With so many younger kids drifting in and out, and especially since I TELL people they can take a break and come back for the craft, I have got to get over feeling guilty when they do! One mom told me I needed to be nicer to myself about not remembering names. Thank you very nice mom! Whose, er, name I can't remember. But her daughter is SYDNEY not Bailey. I also cut Nanook, b/c we were all getting wiggly and ready to make art with holes in it!
Dancing time and name tags: "Fruit Salad Salsa" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito (with shakers)

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Welcome back to storytime! Don't forget to sign up for summer reading at the children's desk with Ms. Emily if you haven't already. Next week there will be no official storytime, instead we will be running a special field trip for Safety Town, the summer school kindergarten program. You are welcome to come and join in with the tours, storytimes, and activities with the kids.

Opening name song: The more we get together

In our first story, we're going to listen for rhyming words. Rhyming helps us hear the smaller sounds in words and practice getting ready to read!

Long story: Circus Ship by Chris van Dusen

Movement/Flannelboard: Five little seashells

Nonfiction: Ocean Sunlight by Molly Bang

Movement/Flannelboard: Animals in the ocean

Short story: Nanook and Pryce by Ned Crowley

Short story: I spy under the sea by Edward Gibbs

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Drawing with holes from Playing by the Book

Prep: Cut various sizes of holes in ledger sized paper. Put out markers and crayons

Kids draw frames, pictures, etc.

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

Our next session is June 25 (there will be no regular storytime June 18 - a special school visit is coming and families are welcome to join in the activities planned) and we will be having fun with a water theme! 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 photosynthesis in the ocean

We practiced WRITING by drawing around holes in our paper

We SANG about the creatures in the ocean

We PLAYED with our art project - drawing with holes!

Circus Ship by Chris van Dusen
Ocean Sunlight by Molly Bang
Nanook and Pryce by Ned Crowley
I spy under the sea by Edward Gibbs
You can keep practicing these skills at home. Try practicing your READING skills by checking out books that rhyme or poetry and clapping out the rhythm of the words. Also, our process art today came from Playing by the Book, a blog with lots of great ideas for extending stories

Our take home craft is: Whale puppets

You will need: Tape or glue, decorations

Attach your whale to the popsicle stick. Decorate and send her diving through the sea!

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Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-2678 ext. 14

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