Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Let's Get Wet!

  • 6-26-14: I cancelled last week's storytime because of the big outreach program, so I wasn't sure what attendance would be like this week. I'm seriously thinking about cancelling this program in the fall and concentrating on outreach - I can reach a lot more preschoolers that way. Looking back at 2012...I can't remember the last time I had 30+ people in this storytime. I had about 25, but at least half of them would normally be in school.
  • 7-18-12: It was a really crazy day. I had lots of new people which is good. It's funny, the room is full, more than full and yet 36 doesn't seem like a large number. Although about 24 of those were kids.
Dancing time and name tags: "Fruit Salad Salsa" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Summer reading, Mad Scientists Club tomorrow

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Squid and Octopus friends for always by Tao Nyeu

Movement/Flannelboard: Five little seashells
(I have a LOT of shells, so for the last line of this rhyme, the last time we repeated it, I gave all the kids a shell)

Early Literacy Aside: Our next book is full of poems about the sea. We're going to read some of these poems and listen to the sounds of the words, especially the way they rhyme. Rhymes help develop phonological awareness.

Nonfiction: In the sea by David Elliott

Movement/Flannelboard: Animals in the ocean

Short story: Seven little mice go to the beach by Haruo Yamashita

Short story: Duck dunks by Lynne Berry

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Finger paint

Prep: Aprons, fingerpaint, paper, paper towels

Kids paint

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

Our next session is July 9 and we will be having fun with GROWING. 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 animals that live in the ocean and listened for rhymes

We practiced WRITING by painting with our fingers

We SANG The animals in the Ocean and rhymed with Five Little Seashells

We PLAYED with pictures on the flannelboard

Squid and Octopus friends for always by Tao Nyeu
In the sea by David Elliott
Seven little mice go to the beach by Haruo Yamashita
Duck dunks by Lynne Berry

You can keep practicing these skills at home. Try practicing your READING skills by playing I Spy with rhymes in the books you read. For example, "I spy something red in this picture that rhymes with sock." Answer - block!

Our take home craft is: Fun in the Sun

You will need: Paper, glue, drawing materials
Use your shapes to make a summer picture!

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

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