Wednesday, March 5, 2014

working take home storytime

  • 3-5-14:  It snowed AGAIN but I still had a decent group - 16 people. The kids were very attentive but not very interactive. The group was just too small. We really like button people though, and are always happy when that craft comes out. [replaced Do like a duck does and Duck and Goose]
  • 10-24-12: Last storytime of the fall session. A bit smaller group, since this is the monthly playgroup with Miss Pattie over at the Parks and Rec center. We didn't get around to Duck and Goose and Duck Soup was a bit old for this audience, but fun nevertheless and button people are one of our favorite crafts.
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Lego Club tomorrow, newsletter available with early literacy calendar

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Duck soup by Jackie Urbanovic

Early Literacy Aside: Repetition and singing is a good way to learn vocabulary. Remind yourself of this when you're singing the same song the umpteenth time - it's all for the sake of education.

Movement/puppets: Down on Grandpa's Farm

Nonfiction: Just ducks! by Nicola Davies

Movement/Flannelboard: Five little ducks

Short story: Duck to the rescue by John Himmelman

Short story: Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Button People from Kids Can Press Jumbo Book of Crafts by Judy Ann Sadler

Prep: Pipecleaners, buttons, bead heads, beads, permanent markers, scissors

Kids string the buttons to create button puppets.

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

Our next session is March 12 and we will be having fun with FOOD (no actual snacks will be served (-:). Bring friends and siblings: the suggested age for Preschool Interactive is 3 and up, but all ages are welcome to attend and participate as they are able.

Today we used the five early literacy practices; talking, singing, reading, playing and writing.

We TALKED about ducks!

We practiced WRITING by stringing buttons, building our motor skills

Five little ducks
Down on Grandpa's Farm

We PLAYED with
Buttons and pipe cleaners to make button people

Duck soup by Jackie Urbanovic
Just ducks! by Nicola Davies
Duck to the rescue by John Himmelman
Clumsy Duck by Britta Teckentrup

You can keep practicing these skills at home. Try practicing your TALKING skills by not substituting simple words - use your fanciest words and then explain them or look up the meaning together! Nonfiction is great for building vocabulary.

Our take home craft is: Duck puppets

You will need: Glue or tape, decorations

Glue or tape the feathers onto your duck, decorate it, and tape it to the popsicle stick. Quack, quack!

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

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