Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Butterflies

  • 1-22-14: I split this into an ABC storytime and a butterfly storytime, so the ABC books will show up later. I didn't need Flutter Flutter Butterfly or Waiting for Wings. This went really well and the strummies were a success, as was the Very Hungry Caterpillar. I remembered this time it's easier to put the book on my lap, instead of trying to hold it in one hand. I'm doing well in my goal to have more puppets and activities in storytime!
  • 1-23-13: This went really well. When I explained our early literacy theme, one little boy said "this is just like school!" I did much better with the Very Hungry Caterpillar puppet and boards, actually having him talk and so on. I also brought out my metamorphosing caterpillar/butterfly puppet for the kids to pass around while we talked through Nic Bishop's Butterflies and Moths (we don't really, technically, read that one). I didn't read Waiting for Wings and I felt like Z is for Moose was a big over the kids' heads. The craft was really, really popular with the kids and parents.
  • 1-18-12: Caveman was GREAT. We did it interactively, practicing the alphabet and it was a huge hit. The story kinda derails near the end, but it didn't matter. We skipped "the insects in the meadow" everyone was too wiggly and wanting the last story. Also belatedly realized that this was supposed to be letter knowledge, not print awareness and have updated it accordingly for the next time I use this plan.
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy Art Club Butterfly celebration is tomorrow.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Houdini the amazing caterpillar by Janet Pedersen

Movement: Flutter, flutter butterfly

Nonfiction: Nic Bishop's Butterflies and Moths

Early Literacy Aside: One of the ways we practice to be ready for writing is controlling our motor skills. Playing an instrument can be a good way to do that. We're going to practice fast and slow with an easy instrument you can make at home yourself - a strummie! Listen carefully to the music and play fast and slow.

Movement: Samantha the Butterfly by Fox and Branch from Things are coming my way with Strummies from Teach Preschool (I made ours with kleenex boxes ahead of time)

Short story: Waiting for wings by Lois Ehlert

Movement/Flannelboard: Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, interactive flannel board/puppet

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Fold 'n' Paint

Prep: Fingerpaint paper, fingerpaint, paper towels

Kids paint and then fold the paper to create symmetrical designs

Take Home Insert


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Outreach: Lakeland

  • 1-21-14: Lakeland is our special education school, so it's always different when they come to visit! I was working with two adult life skills classes, which are comprised of teens with low cognitive abilities.
  • Class 1: Their bus was late, so we only had about 30 minutes instead of an hour, but that's ok because I don't think I could fill an hour! There were six teens and several of them had been before, so they recognized some things. We walked through the circulation area, children's area, and tech services, then we ended up in the storyroom where we read everything. One student enjoyed participating and several others made an effort as well. We practiced checking out a book and then put pennies in the wishing well in the lobby, which was a huge hit.
  • Class 2 - they were supposed to come the following Tuesday, but school was cancelled due to the weather. They may reschedule later.

Tour: A short tour of the lower level, paying particular attention to the circulation area (where we checked out a book on the school's institutional card), looking at all the things in Technical Services, and ending up in the Storyroom.

Storytime: I had a number of simple books with interactive elements. If the students weren't able or willing to participate, the teachers and I just did them
  • Go away big green monster by Ed Emberley
  • What will fat cat sit on? by Jan Thomas
  • The wide-mouthed frog by Keith Faulkner
  • I spy with my little eye by Edward Gibbs
Craft: I had this just in case we were in the mood - I had big gingerbread man die cuts, markers and crayons. This class isn't usually into crafts, but I like to be prepared!