Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Candy Science

  • Program Goals
    • Experiment with food (chemical reactions)
    • Attendance: 35
When kids came in they got to pick up a cup of candy and then took it to the different stations.

Experiment: Sour Candy Bubble Test
  • Supplies
    • sour candy
    • baking soda
    • bowls and warm water
Experiment: Candy Oil Tests
  • Supplies
    • candy - Starbursts, Skittles, Tootsie rolls, or taffy
    • bowls and warm water
    • microwave and plates (optional)
Experiment: Shedding candy skin
  • Supplies
    • candy - jelly beans, dots, tootsie rolls
    • bowls and warm water
Experiment: Candy Colors
  • candy - skittles, lollipops, other color-coated candy
  • bowls and warm water
  • coffee filters, foil
  • glasses with 1/2 inch of water
  • All experiments were from Loralee Leavitt's Candy Experiments and Candy Experiments 2
  • I made handouts of the different experiments to do on the tables. You can see them here.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Let's Grow!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Introduce early literacy to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Plant the tiny seed by Christie Matheson
    • Watermelon seed by Greg Pizzoli
    • *What will grow by Jennifer Ward
    • *Fantastic flowers by Susan Stockdale
    • Go Go Grapes by April Pulley Sayre
  • Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
    • *Up in the garden and down in the dirt by Kate Messner
    • *Plants can't sit still by Rebecca Hirsch
    • Do you know which ones will grow by Susan Shea
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • *Planting the wild garden by Kathryn Galbraith
    • *Yucky worms by Vivan French
    • On Meadowview Street by Henry Cole
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Mo Willems: Pig Party!

Let's go for a drive!
  • Program Goals
    • Saturday program in spring
    • Celebrate Elephant and Piggie!
  • Craft: Elephant and Piggie Puppets
    • Create puppets with lunch bags and puppet pieces
    • Supplies
  • Craft: We are in a book
    • Create your own books
    • Supplies
      • Handmade paper, notebook paper
      • Scissors, staples
  • Craft: We are growing!
    • Create your own grass character puppets
    • Supplies
      • Green paper, markers, scissors, popsicle sticks, tape
  • Craft: The Cookie Fiasco
    • Create a cookie
    • Supplies
      • Cardboard circles (die cut)
      • Markers, decorations, glue
  • Game: Can I Play Too?
    • Mark off area
    • Game is to keep a balloon (ball) in the air without using your hands
    • Supplies
      • Balloons
      • Masking tape (to mark floor)
  • Game: Let's go for a drive/Don't let the pigeon drive the bus!
    • Masking tape road lines in lobby - have kids decorate cars and "drive" them in the lobby. Must take turns! At least one person to supervise!
    • Supplies
      • Cardboard boxes, stickers, markers
  • Food
    • I Really Like Slop!
      • cereal to mix and match
      • Supplies
        • Bowls, cups (for scooping), spoons
        • Breakfast cereal
    • Should I share my ice cream?
      • ice cream, bowls, spoons
      • server, napkins, trash can
    • Duckling gets a cookie?!
      • cookies from school, napkins
  • Decoration and Misc.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Rock 'n' Read: Let the show begin!

Magicalamity wings
  • Program Goals
    • Continue book clubs with kids who have aged out of Bookaneers or find the lower books too easy.
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 3-5)
4:30-4:35: Introduction
  • Introductions
  • How Rock 'n' Read works
    • At each meeting kids will get a new notebook (if needed) and choose 1 or more books to check out (don't forget your library card!). Books will be due at the next meeting.
    • It's ok if you don't feel like talking about your book or didn't finish.
    • We all read at different levels and speeds. This isn't a contest or a class; we're here to have fun reading together!
4:35 - 5:15: Discussion, craft, snack
  • Make/decorate notebooks and bookmarks if it's the first meeting, discuss what books they like and why and what their favorite things are. Otherwise, crafts and talking about our books!
5:15-5:30: Booktalks, Voting
  • I booktalk each book and have them vote on which one they want. It depends on how many kids attend. Sometimes I write/draw them on the chalkboard. Sometimes I put them on the whiteboard or put bowls in front of the books for them to put their names in. Sometimes the group is small enough not to have to take turns.
  • If it's the last meeting of the school year, they each get a book to take home to keep from the prize cart.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Chomp! Let's Eat!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits
    • Introduce early literacy to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Monsters don't eat broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks
    • *Run for your life by Lola Schaefer
    • Cow loves cookies by Karma Wilson
  • Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
    • Poor little guy by Elanna Allen
    • Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper
    • Little Red and the very hungry lion by Alex T. Smith
    • One day in the eucalyptus eucalyptus tree by Daniel Bernstrom
    • A Hungry Lion by Lucy Ruth Cummins
    • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff
  • Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Runaway dinner by Allan Ahlberg
    • *How to swallow a pig by Steve Jenkins
    • I will not eat you by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Balloon Science

  • Program Goals
    • Practice following instructions/directions
    • Practice the scientific method
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Static Electricity
All you need for this is balloons and kids. The kids rub the balloons on their heads, the carpet, or anything else and then see what they stick to.

Experiment: Blowing up balloons with chemistry
The baking soda and vinegar one is easiest - put the baking soda in the balloon and the vinegar/water mixture in the bottle. The sugar and yeast (a couple spoonfuls of each) needs to be shaken and can take about 30 minutes to expand.
  • Supplies
    • Baking soda, vinegar
    • Sugar, yeast
    • Water bottles w/caps, balloons
    • Funnels, tablecloths, wipes, paper towels
Experiment: Spinning Penny
I got this from Steve Spangler Science. Basically you put a penny (or other small object) in a balloon, blow it up, and make it spin. It's all about centrifugal force!
  • Supplies
    • Pennies or other similar sized objects
    • Balloons
Experiment: Balloon parachutes
I really wanted to do some experiments with helium, but left it too late to acquire any. Then my aide pointed out we could just buy some helium balloons. I let the kids experiment with balloon parachutes. I had the kids create balloon baskets with paper and tape, attach them to the balloon with string, and then take turns experimenting by dropping them off the ladder with various items in the basket to see how fast they'd fall.
  • Supplies
    • Balloons, string, paper, tape
    • Objects to weigh down "basket"
    • Ladder

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Dr. Seuss Celebration

  • Program Goals
    • Popular program theme
    • Afternoon program for all ages
    • It's traditional
    • Attendance: 35
  • For Messy Art program, place tables around the outside of the room for the various crafts. One table by the door holds the Dr. Seuss books.
  • For themed (Saturday) program, tables at the front of the room for cupcakes, movies at the back (circle of chairs around tv), tables at right angles to the walls on the right, tables parallel to walls on the left.
Activity Stations
  • Cat in the Hat: Create a striped Dr. Seuss hat
    • Supplies
      • Paper plates, red and white paper, ribbon/yarn
      • scissors, tape, staplers, hole punch
  • Seuss libs: Fill in the Seuss madlibs
    • Supplies
      • Worksheets with Seuss madlibs
      • Blank paper, markers, pencils
  • Seussimals
    • Supplies
      • Pipe cleaners, Pom poms, beads, buttons
      • glue dots
  • Seuss Masks: Be a Dr. Seuss feathered creature
    • Supplies
      • Paper plate masks (pre-cut)
      • Feathers, markers, yarn/ribbon
      • Glue, scissors
  • McElligott's pool: Decorate and "catch" fish
    • Paper fish (die cut or pre-cut)
    • Handmade paper scraps
    • Yarn/ribbon, popsicle sticks
    • Glue, scissors
  • Movie set up playing Dr. Seuss movies
  • Cupcakes:
    • cupcakes (7 mixes or 100 total), frosting (4-6 tubs), food dye (8 bottles)
    • plates, napkins, (disposable) bowls, popsicle sticks, big spoons for scooping

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Science Does Dough

  • Program Goals
    • Learn how to measure and estimate
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Learn how to follow a recipe
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Soap Foam Dough
I got this from And Next Comes L. I had a little trouble finding enough foaming hand soap and ended up using some antibacterial stuff as well.
  • Large plastic tubs, aprons, baby wipes, sink, paper towels, plastic tablecloths
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Foaming hand soap
  • Corn starch
  • Watercolors
Project: No Bake Playdough
I just grabbed this recipe off the internet here
  • Large plastic tubs, aprons, baby wipes, sink, paper towels, plastic tablecloths
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Flour, oil, salt
  • Food coloring

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Messy Art Club: Paper Projects

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Suncatchers

How it works: Kids cut or rip tissue paper and then tape it across the cut-outs, kind of like iris folding only much simpler. Lots of them like to hang their creations around their necks like necklaces afterwards. I only use markers in the community room b/c they're easier to clean off the tables than crayons.

  • Paper cut-outs (recycling! I save all the paper cut outs from die cutting to use for this but I also cut some from my stash of shirt cardboard. The kids get the die cut shapes to keep as a bonus or we use them later.)
  • Tissue paper
  • Yarn
  • Markers
  • Tape, hole punchers, scissors
Project: Paper Weaving
  • Thick pasteboard strips (donated supplies)
  • Construction paper (regular and 9x18)
  • Scrapbook paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Tape (regular, packing tape, duct tape), staples, scissors
Other information
Project: Valentines
  • Paper
    • 9x18 purple, pink, red
    • handmade paper (donated by a patron)
    • die cut paper hearts
  • markers, sequins, glitter glue
  • scissors, glue, popsicle sticks (for spreading), sink

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Get up and move!

  • Program Goals 
    • Encourage library visits during the winter
    • Introduce some active books to teachers and students
    • Build relationships with students and teachers
    • All kids received an invitation to the Dr. Seuss party in March.
  • Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
    • Don't push the button by Bill Cotter
    • *Move! by Steve Jenkins
    • *Guess who, Haiku by Deanna Caswell
  • Preschool & Kindergarteners (*Nonfiction)
    • Mix it up by Herve Tullet
    • It's a tiger by David LaRochelle
    • Stripes the tiger by Jean Leroy
  • Long stories (*Nonfiction)
    • Open very carefully by Nicola O'Byrne
    • The bear who wasn't there by LeUyen Pham
  • Flannelboard/Movement/Activity
  • Previously used titles
    • Use your imagination by Nicola O'Byrne
    • Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox by Susan Blackaby
    • Warning: Do not open this book! by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Please, open this book! by Adam Lehrhaupt
    • Hop, Hop, Jump! by Lauren Thompson
    • *Do you know which ones will grow? by Susan Shea
    • Can you move like an elephant? by Judy Hindley
    • *Who has these feet? by Laura Hulbert
    • Jump by Scott Fischer
    • Honk, Honk, hold tight by Jessica Souhami

Winter Wigglers: Obstacle Course

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20

  • Obstacle Course pcs (in file cabinet behind Jennifer’s desk)
  • Masking tape, stickers, easel with poster/instructions
  • Boxes for airfield (use B&T boxes from basement or tech services)
  • Hoops, beanbags, playground balls (basement)
  • Bubble wrap and foam sheets (basement)
  • Blocks from closet
  • Puppets in Storyroom

There are five possible activity areas

  • The Airfield OR Hoops and Beanbags
    • Set-up in open area in front of children’s desk
      • Use the masking tape to make a “runway” on the floor. Kids decorate boxes with stickers and then take turns “flying” their airplanes.
    • OR
    • Set-up in open area in front of children’s desk
      • Lay out the hoops on the floor
      • Optional - add “targets” or a line to stand behind with masking tape
      • Kids jump or throw beanbags into the hoops
  • Obstacle Course
    • Set-up: Lay the obstacle course pieces out in order between the shelves
      • Add a strip of masking tape for the “tightrope”
      • Make sure the jumping dots are lined up
  • Bouncy place
    • Set-up: Ideally integrate it into the obstacle course, put it after the frog or kangaroo bouncing spots. Needs a fairly open area. Lay out the bubble wrap and foam sheets.
  • Soft and Cozy Fun
    • Set-up
      • Put out tub of puppets. Pull curtain across. Remind kids NOT to go behind the curtains. Open puppet theater doors (tops). Lock ONE side of lower doors.
      • You can put out some of the simpler/soft baby toys, but NOT the ball pits.a mistake b/c big kids get into it)

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Outreach - Science Saturday

At the beginning, when everything was
still clean. It didn't last long!
Table 1: Lego Building Club
  • Giant Lego tub
Table 2: Library promotion
  • Osmo
  • 3-D printer items
  • Maker kits, science experiment books
  • Tablet and scanner (to check out)
  • Program calendars
Table 3: Mad Scientists Club

  • Mix 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 water, and food coloring
  • Mix 1 tsp of borax and 1 cup of very hot water
  • Pour borax solution into glue solution. Stir until cooled, then work with hands until all the water is worked out
  • Glue, borax, food coloring
  • measuring cups, mixing bowls, spoons, pitcher
  • tablecloth, wipes, ziplock bags

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Messy Art Club: Make it stick!

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and using different art styles/materials
    • Help build gross and fine motor skills
    • 35 attendance
Project: Sticker resist
How it works: The kids are supposed to put stickers on the paper, paint with watercolors, then remove the stickers to leave a shape. It never works quite like I want it to - I think I need better paper and/or stickers.

  • liquid watercolors
  • paper (need watercolor paper)
  • stickers (still using the shape stickers from 3 years ago!)
  • paint cups, brushes, tablecloths, aprons, paper towels

Project: Tape art and stickers
How it works: I collected as many different kinds of tape and stickers as I could. I had my aide pre-cut the sticker sheets so nobody would walk off with the whole stack.

  • Stickers - geometrical shapes, small glittery stickers, and everything I could find in the cupboard
  • Tape - colored masking tape, colored craft tape (or washi tape)
  • Markers, Paper

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Outreach Storytime: Animals in the snow

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage library visits during the winter
    • Teach kids about animal behavior and other winter phenomena
    • Distribute handout to encourage kids to visit the library
Toddlers (*Nonfiction)
  • Kitten's Winter by Eugenie Fernandes
  • *Who has this tail by Laura Hulbert
  • Into the snow by Yuki Kaneko
Preschool and Kindergarten (*Nonfiction)
  • *Best in snow by April Pulley Sayre
  • *Otters love to play by Jonathan London
  • Arctic White by Danna Smith (did not use)
  • One very big bear by Alice Briere-Haquet
  • *Bear report by Thyra Heder
Long Stories (*Nonfiction)
  • Rabbit's snow dance by Joseph Bruchac
  • Mina's white canvas by Hyeon-Ju Lee
Vocabulary: Hibernation, Migration, Snowflake, Weather

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Raising a Reader

Occasionally I present to adults about reading, literacy, etc. These are those occasions.

1-19-17 MOPs
I talked about 3 words to remember - RELAX, EXAMPLE, and INTERACT. I told moms to relax about their preschoolers not reading, to cut out some time for themselves so kids see them reading, and to focus on interaction in screen time.

I used these books to demonstrate the five early literacy skills - Read, Write, Sing, Talk, and Play
  • Hoppity Frog by Emma Parish (board book)
  • Blocks by Irene Dickson
  • Sing by Joe Raposo
  • What animals really like by Fiona Robinson
  • Create with Maisy by Lucy Cousins
  • A squiggly story by Andrew Larson
as well as toy bags from the library. I also had event calendars, 1,000 books before kindergarten folders, and handouts with resources.

A Long Time Ago
I was invited to a child development class at the high school to speak about library-as-a-career stuff, choosing books for children, and reading aloud. First time I've ever really been in a high school classroom. It went ok, I even got some kids to laugh at the right spots and some mildly interested questions. I'm putting down what I did because I might go back some time for the earlier child development class and I don't want to start from scratch...this is sort of roughly what I did, although it was a lot more hopping around and not as organized as it looks here.

First, I gave a brief How-I-Became-A-Librarian speech. Next time, I should add in the practicums and experiential work I did, not just the schooling, partly because I think hands on is more useful than academics and partly because I had extra time at the end, so I can!

Then, I started with the very early board books and gave examples of reading books with infants and young toddlers. The boardbooks I used were:
  • eyelikenature: Leaves
  • indestructibles: Flutter! Fly! by Karen Pixton
  • Baby Faces by Margaret Miller
Then I talked about books with more narrative and text for older toddlers, as well as how different books work for different kids.
  • How do dinosaurs love their cats? by Jane Yolen
  • Can YOU make a scary face? by Jan Thomas
I also showed books with a simple storyline and pictures that work well with both toddlers and preschoolers and talked about adapting stories to fit your group.
  • Digby Takes Charge by Caroline Church
  • Duck Soup by Jackie Urbanovic
I talked about what makes a good easy reader, how easy readers are changing (from stuff like Dick and Jane to Toon Books and Mo Willems) and what makes a good beginning chapter book.
  • Pigs make me sneeze by Mo Willems (also used this to show how some easy readers work as read-alouds)
  • Benny and Penny by Geoffrey Hayes
  • Extreme Machines by Christopher Maynard (really, any DK nonfiction reader will work here)
I talked about how important it is to keep reading aloud to kids after they've started reading on their own, how it increases vocabulary and improves comprehension and is just plain fun!
  • Book that eats people by John Perry
  • Chester by Melanie Watt
  • Billy Twitters and his blue whale problem by Mac Barnett
I also did a presentation on using nonfiction as read-alouds and beginning readers and why it's important not to limit kids to fiction.
  • Down down down by Steve Jenkins (this is a great example of using nonfiction with text that's too dense for reading aloud to a pre-1st grade group. It makes a great interactive experience by having the kids guess the names and types of different animals and discussing their behavior)
  • Wolfsnail by Sarah Campbell (I would have taken my galley of Growing Patterns, but I lent it to somebody else...they were duly grossed out by the meat-eating snail and I used this as an example of a nonfiction easy reader that also works as a read-aloud)
  • Forest Explorer by Nic Bishop (I couldn't find Spiders or Frogs or Moths & Butterflies. This one doesn't really work as a read-aloud, but I wanted them to see an author that can be used much the same way I use Steve Jenkins but with photographs)
Extra books I took but didn't use:
  • Busy Penguins by John Schindel (boardbook)
  • Birthday for cow by Jan Thomas (picturebook)
  • Race you to bed by Bob Shea (picturebook)
  • Night Lights by Susan Gal (picturebook)
  • Mitten by Jan Brett (picturebook)
  • Froggy eats out by Jonathan London (picturebook)
  • Dinosaur Hunt by David Catrow (easy reader)
  • Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa (easy reader)
  • About Amphibians by Cathryn Sill (nonfiction picturebook)
  • Squeaky Door by Margaret Read MacDonald (picturebook)
  • Pigeon finds a hot dog by Mo Willems (picturebook)
  • Wild boars cook by Meg Rosoff (picturebook)
  • Guess Again by Mac Barnett (picturebook)

Mad Scientists Club: Science of Snow

  • Program Goals
    • Learn about snow crystals
    • Learn how to use a microscope
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Snowflakes
Kids made snowflakes (I'd like to add more resources on symmetry and crystals)
  • Paper
  • Scissors
Experiment: Looking at snowflakes
I purchased a microscope for the library and we had plenty of snow. I put my aide in charge of the microscope.

Experiment: Magic puffing snow
I got this from Fun at home with kids. We did not use any coloring, as I expected a lot of it to end up on the floor.
  • Large plastic tubs, baby wipes
  • Ingredients:
    • 3 cups baking soda (break up clumps)
    • 1/4 cup shampoo (mix until completely combined)
    • 5 tblsp water (mix)
  • When you're reading for puffing
    • Sprinkle citric acid over the top and mix until combined. Takes a long time to completely puff up.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Winter Wigglers: Dance Party

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20
Playlist no. 1
  • Hand out shakers
    • Victor Vito by Laurie Berkner
    • Shakin' Everywhere by Jim Gill
  • Sit Down
    • The Little Bird by Elizabeth Mitchell (Blue Clouds)
  • Put away shakers and stand up
    • Hands are for clapping by Jim Gill
    • Train beat song by the Sugar Free Allstars
    • Loud/Quiet by Caspar Babypants
  • Sit down and hand out strummies
    • Samantha the Butterfly by Fox and Branch
  • Put away strummies and stand up
    • List of Dances by Jim Gill
    • Sneezing song by Jim Gill
  • Hand out shakers again
    • Fruit Salad Salsa by Laurie Berkner
    • Rattle my rattle by Elizabeth Mitchell
  • Put away shakers
    • Silly Dance Contest by Jim Gill
    • Sunny Day by Elizabeth Mitchell
Playlist no. 2
  • As kids come in
    • Good Morning by Stacy Buehler "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Dance around edge of rug
    • Merry-go-round by Elizabeth Mitchell "Little Seed"
  • Dance
    • Fast and Slow by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Sit down
    • Beethoven's Five Finger Play by Jim Gill "Music Play for folks of all stripes"
  • Curl up small to start, follow actions
    • Baby's getting up by Caspar Babypants "This is fun"
  • Balance around edge of rug
    • Balance Beam by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Make a train and move around room, depending on age of kids
    • Little red caboose by Elizabeth Mitchell "Catch the Moon"
  • Stand up and dance, following the instructions (sit down at end)
    • I changed my mind by Jim Gill "Music play for folks of all stripes"
  • Hand out shakers, stay sitting
    • Milkshake song by Anne-Marie Akin "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Shake to the rhythm, pick and eat apples (flannelboard), put away shakers
    • Ten Green Apples by Alan Mills
  • Stand up, do actions and basically jump up and down
    • Drive the firetruck by Rob Newhouse "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Follow actions
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly by Rob Newhouse "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Sit down, hold up fingers
    • Five days old by Laurie Berkner "Rocketship Run"
  • Stand up and do animal actions (tell kids to do their favorite animals)
    • Animal inside you by Frances England "Family Tree"
  • Dance and follow actions
    • I really love to dance by Laurie Berkner "Buzz Buzz"
  • Hand out shakers, follow actions
    • Stop and Go by Elizabeth Mitchell "Catch the Moon"
  • Follow actions, sizzle and pop
    • Popcorn calling me by Laurie Berkner "Buzz Buzz"
  • Follow actions
    • Walking, Walking by Anne-Marie Akin "Songs for Wiggleworms"
  • Dance elegantly
    • Ella the elegant elephant by Caspar Babypants "Hot Dog"

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Wigglers: Block Party

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an active program during winter
    • Offer a program on Wednesday morning that will be open to toddlers and preschoolers
    • Encourage parents to play with their children
    • Attendance: 20
  • Blocks (I plan to slowly grow this collection. I'm especially interested in adding chalkboard blocks, but didn't have time to make them)
    • Vinyl blocks from children's area
    • Wooden, cardboard, and rubberwood blocks from Discount School Supply
    • Duplos and duplo tables
  • Other play materials
    • Chalk for the chalkboard wall
  • I moved all the tables to the back of the room and put on Elizabeth Mitchell or other calm music. There is an easel at the front of the room with a poster for the block party on it and a clipboard for people to sign in.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Take Home Storytime: Animals in the Snow

  • 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
    • Last used January 2017
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: Animals in the snow

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

TALK about the books. What animals do you see in the books? How do they behave in the snow? Are they real animals or pretend animals?

Get ready to WRITE by using fine motor skills to make a rainbow snowflake.
  • You will need scratch paper (newspaper or paper bags), paintbrush, and water
  • Instructions - put your snowflakes on the scratch paper. Lay your bleeding art tissue on the snowflakes. "Paint" them with water and watch the colors bleed onto the snowflake!
SING a song or do a fingerplay rhyme. Rhyming and clapping rhythms helps children hear the sounds in words, part of phonological awareness. The following rhymes are great for recognizing rhythms and there are several versions online.

Five little penguins
Five little snowmen standing in a row
Search online for "learning with snow by Jean Warren" for more activities and songs

PLAY in the snow! What kind of things do animals do in the snow? Can you copy them? Can you look for animals in the snow?

READ together! The following books talk about real animals in the snow and fun stories about playing in the snow.

The fox in the dark by Alison Green
Animals in Winter by Martha Rustad
When Winter Comes by Nancy Van Laan
Kitten's winter by Eugenie Fernandes
Duck skates by Lynne Berry

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Jennifer Wharton, Youth Services Librarian, 262-723-9143