Thursday, September 21, 2017

Book Explosion

  • Program Goals
    • Meet the needs of kids transitioning out of my Rock 'n' Read book club
    • Offer a book club for a new age group
    • Encourage both voracious and struggling readers
    • Attendance: 5 (grades 5/6)
Introductions; How Book Explosion works
  • Open to 5th grade and up (I'm flexible about ages for this program)
  • We will be exploring a different genre each month - the kids will get to choose books from a selection
  • This is not school. Everyone gets a plastic binder (which they can decorate) and notebook paper (if they want it) but they are not required to do anything with it. Or finish their books. They can come get different ones from the selection, or additional ones if they want.
  • We meet once a month on the third Thursday in the teen area.
Book discussion and crafting time
  • I don't require anyone to talk; if I ask a question and they don't want to answer it's fine. Then again, I have to remind some people that they can't have a mini Harry Potter fan fest of their own while we're discussing something else...
  • For our first meeting we decorate our notebooks. We'll have different art/craft activities that go with each genre. And snacks. There will always be snacks.
  • September: Introductory meeting
  • October: Humor
  • November: Fantasy
  • December: Adventure
  • January: Real stories
  • February: History
  • March: Mystery
  • April: Animals


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Science Tricks

The exploding rockets are never not fun.
  • Program Goals
    • Explore different types of science
    • Encourage children to ask questions
    • Have fun with science
    • Attendance: 35
Experiment: Defying gravity with forks
  • Supplies
    • forks, cups
    • toothpicks
    • matches
    • cup of water (to extinguish matches)
  • Sources
Experiment: Static electricity
  • Supplies
    • Balloons
    • Styrofoam plates
    • Styrofoam balls
    • Towel pieces
  • Source
Experiment: Alka-Selzer rockets
  • Supplies
    • alka-seltzer (had a previous supply in the basement)
    • film canisters (purchased on Amazon)
    • water
Experiment: Speeding stick
  • Supplies
    • popsicle sticks
    • dish soap
    • tub of water
  • Source
    • Cool science tricks by Daniel Tatarsky
Experiment: Balloon kebabs
  • Supplies
    • balloons
    • skewers
    • oil
  • Source
    • It's not magic it's science by Hope Buttitta
Ice fishing
  • Supplies
    • ice cubes and dishes
    • salt
    • string
    • water
  • Source
    • Magic tricks with science by Samantha Bell

Other materials
  • prisms
  • cardboard tubes
  • straws
  • bubble solution

Thursday, September 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 the first meeting, or when they attend for the first time, kids receive a binder with a variety of starter sheets. They can get more sheets as needed online or at the next meeting. They do not have to fill in the sheets for each book, they're just for fun and to help them remember what they read. 
    • Books are due at the next meeting. They have a due date taped to the front of each book. Don't forget your library card!
    • 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 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.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

We Explore Favorite Artist Katherine Tillotson

  • Program Goals
    • Introduce Katherine Tillotson and her art
    • Encourage building motor skills
    • Encourage experimenting with artistic techniques
    • Attendance: 20
Art Project Part 1: Watercolors (10-10:15)
I premixed watercolors and had thick paper for them to paint on (because they like to soak it!)
  • Supplies
    • Aprons
    • paint cups
    • watercolor paints
    • paper
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
Sing the Storytime Song to call people to the rug. This is a new one, so I tried several different titles to see how it would go. I finished with It's Picture day today!
  • Books
    • It's picture day today by Megan McDonald
    • All the water in the world by George Ella Lyon
    • Night train by Caroline Stutson
    • Shoe dog by Megan McDonald
    • All ears all eyes by Richard Jackson
  • Also available
    • Penguin and little blue by Megan McDonald
    • Nice try tooth fairy by Mary Olson
    • When the library lights go out by Megan McDonald
  • Snack
    • Graham crackers
    • Napkins
Art Project Part 2: Collage (10:45-11)
Tillotson primarily uses watercolors, but she does include collage techniques especially in It's picture day today! so I used this for the second part of the art.
  • Supplies
    • Paper scrap tub
    • Buttons, sparkles, feathers
    • Paper
    • Scissors, glue sticks

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Messy Art Club: Puppetry

  • Program Goals
    • Encourage creativity and problem-solving
    • Allow children to experience different art products and styles
    • Develop fine motor abilities
    • Attendance: 35
Project: Felt puppets
  • Purchased kits from Discount School Supply
Project: Sock puppets
  • Recycled and purchased socks
General puppet supplies
  • styrofoam plates, dixie cups, small paper plates
  • paper tubes, popsicle sticks (different sizes)
  • googly eyes, buttons
  • stickers, sparkles
  • rods (purchased from craft store and walmart)
  • yarn, felt
  • handmade paper (donated)
  • permanent markers, fabric markers, regular markers
General Tools
  • Scissors, staplers
  • Hot glue, glue dots, white glue (cardboard for hot glue)
  • Duct tape, packing tape, regular tape