Thursday, July 31, 2014

Messy Art Club: Sand Art

  • Program Goals
    • Younger kids - encourage motor development (pouring and stirring), create patterns
    • All ages - encourage creativity and experiment with different art techniques and supplies
    • Provide a flexible program open to all ages and skill levels
    • 40 children and adults in attendance
  • Attendance: 58
  • Connections/Feedback: Talked to parents about making art with kids - it's ok for them to make something too!
  • Notes for the future
    • 7-31-14: Small tubs of sand are perfect - a few left over and enough for everybody.
    • 9-26-13: Used leftover colored sand and shells. Kids really like to just mix it all up, so it's not worth buying the sand in bulk.
Project: Sand Art (with shells)

Supplies
  • Sand, shells
  • Thick paper - recycled cardstock and/or construction paper, paper plates, pencils
  • Plastic tubs, spoons (dixie cups b/c someone took a bunch of my spoons)
  • Glue sticks, glue

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Take Home Storytime: Let's Swim

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Bag contains two cardboard boat die cuts
    • Last used: 7-30-14
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Let's Swim!

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about how different animals swim

Get ready to WRITE by developing your motor skills with lacing. All you need is a piece of cardboard with some holes and yarn or string. If the yarn frays, wrap a little tape around the end to make it easier to poke through the holes.

SING along with Laurie Berkner on one of her popular cds, including Victor Vito.

PLAY with your boat! Decorate it and make up a story to go with it.

READ some of these stories about swimming
  • Sergio makes a splash by Edel Rodriguez
  • See what a seal can do by Christine Butterworth
  • The most obedient dog in the world by Anita Jeram
  • Sink or swim by Valerie Coulman
  • About crustaceans by Cathryn Sill
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

Preschool Interactive: Let's Swim

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy messages
    • Encourage children to note differences in similar pictures
    • Encourage motor development with lacing
    • 25 children and adults in attendance
  • Attendance: 19 with a couple wandering in afterwards. Only 6 kids actually sat through storytime.
  • Connections/Feedback
  • Notes for the future: I always forgot how much time interactive stories/games like the Crustaceans flannelboard takes. We only read two other stories.
Books
  • Sergio makes a splash by Edel Rodriguez
  • See what a seal can do by Christine Butterworth
  • The most obedient dog in the world by Anita Jeram
  • Sink or swim by Valerie Coulman
Flannelboard/Movement/Music
Early Literacy Aside
  • Repeated phrases (Most Obedient Dog)
  • Identify differences (Crustaceans)
Project: Lace and sew (MaryAnn Kohl's Preschool Art pg 52)
  • Supplies
    • precut shapes out of shirt cardboard with some holes punched in them
    • yarn, tape, hole punches, crayons, scissors
  • Kids use tape to stiffen the yarn and lace it through the holes.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Take Home Storytime: Grow, Grow, Food!

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy message and encourage families to continue early literacy at home
    • Encourage circulation and storytime attendance
    • Reach families who are unable to attend storytime
  • Notes for the future
    • Bag contains leftover Elephant and Piggie cut-outs, random shapes
    • Last used: 7-23-14
Miss storytime? You can practice many of the early literacy concepts we use in storytime at home! Don't forget to sign up for text alerts so you can make it to the next storytime!

Theme: Grow, Grow, Food!

Use the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing with these books and projects!

TALK about how plants grow

Get ready to WRITE by developing your motor skills - try stringing beads and buttons on pipe cleaners

SING along with Laurie Berkner on one of her popular cds, including Victor Vito.

PLAY with your paper bag puppet
  • Turn your paper bag into a puppet by using the paper scraps, as is or cut into different shapes, to decorate it

READ some of these stories about food and the plants it comes from
  • Tea party rules by Ame Dyckman
  • Plants feed me by Lizzy Rockwell
  • Mmm...let's eat! by Libby Koponen
  • Lunch by Denise Fleming
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

Preschool Interactive: Yum, Yum, Food!

  • Program Goals
    • Pass on early literacy messages
    • Give children an opportunity for motor development (stringing beads)
    • Learn about plants and growing things
    • Promote pizza gardens program
    • 25 children and adults in attendance
  • Attendance: 18 + 7ish that wandered in afterwards to do the project
  • Connections/Feedback: Several kids said they really liked the flannelboard retelling of Lunch. Also had a visiting patron from Eau Claire (came with regular attendee) who said how much they enjoyed the small group and that the kids all got to participate. Connected the plants in Plants feed me to things growing in the pizza gardens.
  • Notes for the future: Forgot the marker for the garden game, but a mom handed out the pieces while I went to get it.
Books
  • Tea party rules by Ame Dyckman
  • Plants feed me by Lizzy Rockwell
  • Mmm...let's eat! by Libby Koponen
Flannelboard/Movement/Music
  • Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito (opening with shakers)
  • The More We Get Together (names)
  • Garden vs. Not Garden
  • Lunch by Denise Fleming (flannelboard)
Early Literacy Aside
  • We're going to practice two sets of vocabulary today - colors and names of vegetables
Project: Beads
  • Supplies
    • Beads, buttons, pipe cleaners
  • Kids string the beads and buttons on the pipe cleaners.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Guess!


  • 7-16-14: I wasn't sure if I was going to regret not having any movement, but with all the lift the flap and I spy book I figured we wouldn't need it - and I could always throw in something if needed. I had a lot of older kids and they were all very into the guessing so it worked out fine. I didn't use Flappy though. 

    • Dancing time and name tags: "Fruit Salad Salsa" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

      Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy Art Club, We Explore Science

      Opening name song: The more we get together

      Long story: Guess again by Mac Barnett

      Early Literacy Aside: Talking and reading together is the best way to build your child's vocabulary. There are more books in this series that encourage conversation. If you enjoy this story, check out the others!

      Nonfiction: Who's Like Me? by Nicola Davies

      Short story: Flappy, waggy wiggly by Amanda Leslie

      Short story: I spy pets/I spy farm by Edward Gibbs

      Closing song: Sunny Day

      Process art: Lift the flap collage

      Prep: Old magazines, paper, shapes, scissors, markers, tape, staples

      Kids cut and tape pictures, then tape a flap over the pictures. They can staple pages together to make a book.


      Friday, July 11, 2014

      We Explore Puppets

      • 7-11-14: I forgot I was doing an afternoon program today and scheduled this in the morning. I also forgot it was senior travel - no parking! This is the last playgroup I'll do for a while. I enjoy these and they have a nice, steady attendance but I'm cutting back on programs and my director would like me to do more specifically planned things. So, last one. About 25 people came, everyone had a good time. Bye-bye puppets!
      • 1-24-13: I've decided this is a good fall-back play group that we can do every couple months. About 20 people show up and it's very casual. I don't stay in the room, just kind of wander in and out and chat with parents, help people find books, suggest upcoming programs, etc.
      • 7-26-13: It was raining and quite a few people showed up - over 20. We had lots of fun and it was a nice, casual play time. I also told a lot of people about our circulating toys, so they could take puppets home with them. I decided to make my summer we explores much more casual, drop-in type events. I'm planning the school year ones to be more performer/outside programmer oriented. I simply have too much to do to handle such an involved program and we weren't getting the numbers to justify the time.
      For this program I opened up the Storyroom puppet theater and brought out all the puppets. I also had materials available for the kids to make their own puppets.

      Supplies
      • Die cut shapes
      • Popsicle sticks
      • Tape, markers, crayons