Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Preschool Interactive: Halloween

  • 10-30-13: I picked out an alternate pumpkin story, in case my audience was too young. I love Kohara's Ghosts in the house, but it always makes me nervous that I'm going to have an anti-ghost or anti-witch family get upset, especially since I am getting more homeschooling families who are pretty conservative, so I replaced it with Lois Ehlert's Boo to you. I also changed over the ghost craft for take home. It probably doesn't matter, since I think most of those families just don't come to the library in October, but better safe than sorry. This was a younger group overall so we didn't read The Biggest Pumpkin Ever and our favorite title was Just Say Boo!
  • 10-10-12: I picked out bits of Awesome Autumn to read, as it was a bit long. Half the kids suddenly appeared with food, so I'll have to make an announcement if this happens again - this is supposed to be an allergy-safe program. Some people peeled off their tape, some didn't. I had extra bags ready in case some people didn't want ghosts, but didn't have anybody there who objected.
Dancing time and name tags: "List of Dances" from Jim Gill makes it noisy in Boise, Idaho

Introduction, welcome, and announcements:
Messy Art Club monster boxes tomorrow, library closed Nov. 1

Early Literacy Theme: Letter knowledge is knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: The biggest pumpkin ever by Steven Kroll
Alternate: Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas

Movement: Autumn Leaves

Early Literacy Aside: One of the ways we practice letter knowledge is by looking at letters in books. This book has lots of big letters and we're going to look closely at the different ways they are written.

Nonfiction: Awesome autumn by Bruce Goldstone

Song: I'm a little pumpkin

Short story:  Boo to you by Lois Ehlert

Short story: Just say boo! by Susan Hood

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Tape art/masking tape letters

Prep: Masking tape, paper, crayons, markers

Kids make art with the tape or letters, draw, peel the tape off to reveal white letters (paper will rip a little)

Take Home Insert
Thank you for attending today's Preschool Interactive!

Our early literacy skill was: Letter knowledge; knowing that the same letter can look different, that letters have names and are related to sounds

You can practice this skill at home by making letters out of playdough, bread dough, paper, yarn, and other things. Tactile learning is one of the ways to keep children's attention and they will be more likely to remember their letters if you teach them in fun ways rather than drilling the alphabet.

Our stories today included:
The biggest pumpkin ever by Steven Kroll
Pumpkin Trouble by Jan Thomas
Awesome autumn by Bruce Goldstone
Boo to you by Lois Ehlert
Just say boo! by Susan Hood

More stories to try at home:
To practice recognizing letters, try reading easy readers together. They often have simple words and large print that is easy to follow. Look for easy readers by Mo Willems, Stan and Jan Berenstain, and the We Both Read series by various authors.

Our take home craft is: Seed pumpkin!

You will need: Glue, optional decorations
Tape or glue your pumpkin to your popsicle stick. Decorate with seeds or other items.

Library events for ages 3-6 coming soon:
Oct. 31, 3:30-5pm Messy Art Club: Monster boxes
Nov. 1, Library closed

For more library events, new books, and more, check out our website at, join us on Facebook, or talk to a librarian. Please let me know if you have suggestions or questions!

Jennifer Wharton
Youth Services Librarian
262-723-2678 ext. 14

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