Wednesday, February 18, 2015

We Explore Nature: Patterns

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a program for 4K kids not in school
    • Encourage families to explore outside
    • Learn about patterns
    • Develop early literacy skills
    • Develop motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Evaluation
    • 2-18-15
      • Attendance: 17
      • Connections/Feedback: Several new families. This really rammed home how important it is to have someone on the desk during programs - the families would not have known they could come in mid-way if there hadn't been someone to tell them.
      • Notes: Everyone had fun, but overall this wasn't the best of this series. I hadn't rehearsed the concept of patterns well enough beforehand and with a lot of younger kids it went over the heads of some and was too easy for others. We mostly focused on the "spot the difference" books which was fun, but only really reached the more aggressive front half of the kids, while the others were too shy to come forward to loo at the smaller pictures. But some of them checked out the books to read further at home, so there's that. We didn't have the actual apple slicing, since I hadn't had time to buy apples and made a flannelboard the day before. And I ate the one apple I had before storytime.
Project 1: Stencils and Spinning ladybugs (10-10:15)I had our stencils to use and the kids could make a spinning ladybug. I can't find the link for the original project, but you fold the die cut ladybugs in half, glue them together with a piece of yarn down the middle, and they spin. This is more about symmetry than patterns, but whatever.
  • Supplies
    • Stencils
    • die-cut ladybugs, yarn
    • Markers, crayons, scissors, glue
Storytime/Snacktime: (10:15-10:40)
Collect everyone with the Storytime Song, ask parents to pass out snack. I had a number of books about patterns to read and look at and also a guessing game of fruit slices. Ideally I would slice apples to show the star as well.
  • Supplies
    • Graham crackers
    • apples
    • knife, napkins
  • Books
    • Bees, Snails and Peacock tails by Betsy Franco
    • Not all animals are blue by Beatrice Boutignon
    • Odd one out by Tritta Teckentrup
    • Swirl by Swirl by Joyce Sidman
    • Growing Patterns and Mysterious Patterns by Sarah Campbell
    • Spotty Stripy Swirly by Jane Brocket
Project 2: Fingerpaint (10:40-11)
I encouraged the kids to make patterns with their fingers and the popsicle sticks
  • Supplies
    • Fingerpaint
    • Paper, popsicle sticks, wet wipes

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