Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Alligators and Crocodiles, with a few monkeys on the side

  • 9-18-13: I invited a local 4k school to join our storytime and this was the first trial of that. They came around 9:30 and checked out books and did the craft, then joined storytime, then they left and the "regular" people - all 11 of them - did the craft. I am back to obsessing over this program. And we didn't actually use Catch that Crocodile, although one of the moms sat down to read it to her kids afterwards.
  • 9-19-12: This was a good one - it's all things I know well (except Albert Alligator, and I did that 3 times so it's in my head now). Some people were very worried that there wasn't a "sample" of how the craft was supposed to look. I've found this is almost always grandparents for some reason. So I did a lot of explaining about process art. The egg carton thing didn't really work - there wasn't time to cut out enough and..meh. The paper was enough.
Dancing time and name tags: "List of dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Welcome Step Ahead, Lego Club tomorrow, Science with Pattie on Friday. [replaced What to do if an elephant stands on your foot]

Early Literacy Theme: Narrative Skills is expressive language, being able to describe things, to tell events in order, and to retell stories. Narrative skills help children understand what they hear and read.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Hooray for Amanda and her alligator by Mo Willems

Movement: Albert the Alligator

Early Literacy Aside: For our nonfiction story today, we're going to read a folktale. These are stories that people have been telling each other for hundreds of years. They make great read-alouds because they often have fun parts to repeat and interesting characters, like the tricky monkey in this story. Folktales help kids learn narrative skills, b/c they have repetitive refrains and make it easy to retell stories.

Nonfiction: Monkey: A trickster tale by Gerald McDermott

Flannelboard/Movement: Five little monkeys 

Short story: I'd really like to eat a child by Sylviane Donnio

Short story: Catch that crocodile by Anushka Ravishankar

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Alligator mouths

Prep: Cut green paper into two large triangles. Popsicle sticks, tape, scissors, markers, crayons

Kids cut teeth along one edge, tape to sticks, decorate, and chomp!

Take Home Insert

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Preschool Interactive: What's New

  • 9-11-13: Aaand, we're back! I've decided to use the first storytime back to introduce fun, new books. I've also changed from labeling the storytimes by early literacy skill to theme. I'm ok with themes as long as I remind myself that you only need one book to make a theme, you don't have to slavishly follow it in every book, song, rhyme, and craft. I had a very large group - about 35 people - with lots of babies and 4k kids (no 4k today). I did have a few panicky moments that the babies were crying, the kids were wiggly, etc. but I reminded myself it was the first day and it was all ok. We didn't have time for I Spy Pets, but two parents were excited to check out the books afterwards. I loved how everyone magically quieted down at the end when we sang Sunny Day and my kids from last year sang their hearts out. [replaced Fuddles, Happy Birthday Hamster, Don't squish the sasquatch]
  • 7-25-12: We're really loving the glitter finger paint I got from Discount School Supply. I did have a lot of kids today who didn't want to touch the paint, but that's why I keep brushes handy! Had an unusually quiet and listening group today, best reading of What do you do with a tail like this EVER! I have a flannelboard of pictures from the book and I handed out a couple from each page. When the kids' picture came up, they put it on the board and we guessed what it might be, then we turned the page and read about their animal. We didn't actually use Five Gray Elephants, we were busy reading!
Dancing time and name tags: "List of dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Welcome back to Preschool Interactive. Ice Age Trail, Mad Scientists Club, Step Ahead preschool will be joining us. Kids' displays, 10KBK.

Early Literacy Theme: Print motivation is a child's interest in and enjoyment of books and reading. We're going to read lots of new books today, that the library just got! Letting kids pick out their reading choices and trying out new books is a great way to get motivated to read together.

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Millie and the big rescue by Alexander Steffensmeier

Movement: Loud Bird by Caspar Babypants

Nonfiction/Flannelboard: What do you do with a tail like this? by Steve Jenkins and Robin Page

Movement: I saw a little duck

Short story: I spy pets by Edward Gibbs

Short story: Little Mouse by Allison Murray

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Fingerpaint

Prep: Cut fingerpaint paper into smaller pieces, have sticks to scoop out paint and paper plates to put it on.

Kids paint!