Friday, July 17, 2015

We Explore Favorite Artist Steve Jenkins

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Steve Jenkins and his art
    • Encourage gross and fine motor skills
    • Attendance: 20
  • Evaluation
    • 7-17-15
    • Attendance: 17
    • Feedback/Connections: Saw a couple families I hadn't seen in a while. Kids really connected with the storytime at this one and they checked out a lot of Jenkins' books.
    • Notes: Paint doesn't really fit with this artist, but I needed a second part and I had paint on the brain I guess.
Art Project Part 1: Collage (10-10:15)

  • Handmade paper
  • Plain paper
  • scissors, glue
Storytime/Snacktime: 10:15-10:40
I call people to storytime with the Storytime Song, then have the parents pass out the snack. We only did two books, Actual Size and What can you do with a tail like this? because we spent so much time discussing them. The kids absolutely loved coming up to compare themselves to the animals in the first and I have a flannelboard/guessing game for the second book.

Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:40-11)

  • Washable paint in no-spill cups
  • 9x12 paper
  • Paintbrushes, aprons, and lots and lots of wipes

Friday, July 10, 2015

We Explore Nature: Growing things

  • Program Goals
    • Offer a summer storytime for a wide range of ages
    • Encourage outdoor experience and involvement in the gardens
    • Attendance: 20
Storytime: 10-10:30
I started with shakers and Laurie Berkner's "Fruit Salad Salsa" then we read The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes, Do you know which ones will grow? by Susan Shea, played "Garden vs. Not Garden", did "Little Brown Seed" and read Lola plants a garden by Anna McQuinn.

Craft time: 10:30-11:30
I had a volunteer (i.e. my mom who was on vacation ha ha) cut the bottoms off a whole bunch of the gallon water jugs I collected. Pattie brought in cord, duct tape, and foam stickers and I contributed pipe cleaners, beads, and tools. The kids made them into wind chimes.

Picnic/Outdoor time: 11-12
Yeah, this isn't happening. The gardens are NOT child friendly! My aide and I spent over an hour weeding in the heat and with mosquitos. My aide also punched holes in the bottom of the tomato pots which I neglected to do. Then one little girl came out and helped me water. The good news is our foundation is interested in making a community children's garden and so next year we expect great things!