Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Preschool Interactive: Let's eat!

  • Program Goals
    • Model early literacy skills through stories and art
    • Offer a program at a new time (early afternoon) to meet the needs of 4K students
    • Learn about healthy food choices
    • Attendance: 15
  • Evaluation
    • 2-25-15
      • Attendance: 8
      • Feedback/Connections: All new families! One I had met before, but not in storytime. They enjoyed the stories even though it was a small group and what I had planned was older.
      • Notes: I still need to make a flannelboard for Edible Alphabet. Even the younger kids liked it - they love finding the ladybugs in the pictures.
    • 2-20-13
      • Attendance: 11
      • Notes: We read all our stories, but left out all the songs except Five Fat Peas and the kids weren't really interested in that. I need a bigger audience to get them involved in movement.
    • 2-15-12
      • Attendance: 25
      • Notes: I wanted a flannel to go with Edible Alphabet, but didn't have time to make it. I threw in Jeremy Tankard's Me Hungry after Edible and cut "the animals on the farm". Boots was a very...energetic song and the kids were pretty relaxed. They loved all the stories, especially Me Hungry and Wild Boars! 

Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff

Movement: Five fat peas

Nonfiction: Edible Alphabet by Carol Watterson

Movement: Jumping Beans

Early Literacy Aside: We're going to practice our early literacy skills by reading a rhyming story next! Everyone gets to help out on the refrain, "Monsters don't eat broccoli!"

Short story: Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Hicks

Short story: Me Hungry by Jeremy Tankard

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Cookbook Scrapbook

Prep: Scissors, glue, magazines, recycled cardstock, crayons, markers, staplers

Kids cut out pictures of food and ingredients or people eating. They can staple their pages together into a book and write (with their caregivers' help) on them.

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

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Paws to Read: Winter Reading Program 2014

Last year I started a winter reading program, Paws to Read. I only had about 26 participants, but for the first year I thought that was pretty good.

This year I made some changes to the program. I simplified it even further, took out the the stuff for staff since they never used it, and opened it up to all ages.

Who can participate? All ages, toddlers to teens

How does it work? Kids take as many reading challenges off the bulletin board as they want. When they're completed, they put them in the box by my desk. Each Friday I draw names (which are posted on the bulletin board and Facebook) and those kids get to pick from the prize box.

On the 13th/14th I had a "party" which was really just moving all the crafting materials from Messy Art Club: Have a Heart into the Storyroom and leaving it open for two days. 26 people came on Friday, around 30? people on Saturday.

I had about 35 kids this year, which was a small increase.