Thursday, November 16, 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.
Schedule
  • September: Introductory meeting
  • October: Humor
  • November: Fantasy
  • December: Adventure
  • January: Real stories
  • February: History
  • March: Mystery
  • April: Animals

Evaluation

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Messy Art Club: Holiday Ornaments

  • Program Goals
    • Offer an inexpensive holiday program for families
    • Encourage creativity and using different art styles/materials
    • Help build gross and fine motor skills
Fuzzy tree friends
My associate made these cute felt candy cane mice - the kids really enjoyed it, but next time I'd probably cut a few more in advance. I think she got the pattern here.

Supplies
  • Felt
  • Scissors
  • Candy canes
  • Google eyes
  • Mouse pattern
  • Permanent markers
Project: Puzzle ornaments
Using up the puzzle pieces! You can paint these, but I'm not up for it by this time of the year usually. Again, I'd hot glue more ornaments in advance.

Supplies
  • puzzle pieces
  • glue, glitter, glitter glue
  • hot glue gun (supervised)
Project: Ceramic ornaments
I got a deal on these, otherwise to get enough for potentially 50-60 people is too expensive. 

Supplies
  • Ceramic ornaments (60?) (Discount School Supply)
  • Acrylic paint, brushes, aprons, paper plates, wax paper (to dry them on)
Project: Plastic ornaments
You need a lot of these and they are cheap plastic, so get extra! The big bubbles are the best, but people like the other shapes so I try to get some of them as well. Make sure you get the ones that pop open, otherwise kids will just fill them with sequins and nobody has that many sequins.

Supplies
  • Colorations Clear Ornaments (Discount School Supply)
  • Sequins, ribbon, glitter glue
  • glitter, containers to shake it in
  • glue, scissors, tablecloths
Project: Paper chains
If you don't have fancy paper, regular paper and markers works just fine.

Supplies
  • Paper, markers, scissors, tape
Project: Glitter Pinecones
The important thing with this is to have enough big tubs to shake the glitter over and to remind people to tie their strings on FIRST.

Supplies
  • Pinecones, yarn or ribbon
  • Glitter, glue, large plastic tubs

Project: 3-D paper ornaments
You fold the die cuts in half, glue the halves together. You do need symmetrical shapes. You need at least four, but you can add more and make it fancier. It works best if you glue the yarn or ribbon down the middle while/before you add shapes.

Supplies:
  • die cut shapes (Christmas trees, stars, gingerbread men)
  • hole punches, markers, scissors
Evaluation

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Bookaneers: Setting sail on the sea of books



making puppets for Mr. Ball
Bookaneers is actually my private homage to China Mieville, but I am not going to tell the 1st graders that.
  • Program Goals
    • Meet patron request for more programs, specifically book clubs, for younger readers
    • Collaborate with school reading specialists to meet the needs of struggling readers
    • Encourage kids to build reading skills and enjoy reading!
    • Attendance: 5 kids (grades 1-3)
4:30-4:35: Introduction (new attendees and beginning of the year)
  • Introductions
  • How Bookaneers 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.
    • It's ok to have a parent or friend help you read and/or write in your binder
    • 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/decorate 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 keep from the prize cart.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Mad Scientists Club: Slime

  • Program Goals
    • Learn how to measure and estimate
    • Experiment with chemical reactions
    • Learn how to follow a recipe
Project: Classic Easy Goo
  • Recipe: 
    • 1 tsp borax, 1/2 cup hot water (mixed) 
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup water, food coloring or paint (mixed) 
    • Pour borax solution into glue solution and stir
    • Then work with hands until all the water is worked out. 
  • Supplies 
    • borax 
    • glue 
    • food coloring or paint
    • measuring cups and spoons 
    • bowls 
Project: Slime with stuff in it (liquid starch)
  • Recipe:
    • 1/2 cup glue, 1/2 cup liquid starch
    • Add liquid starch by the tablespoon until the mixture is no longer stringy and does not stick to the sides of the bowl
    • Knead
    • Add pompoms, sand, or other ingredients and knead to mix thoroughly
    • Too sticky? Add starch. Too slimy? Add glue.
  • Supplies
    • glue
    • liquid starch
    • food coloring or paint, pompoms
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • bowls
Other Supplies
  • sink, paper towels, cloth towels
  • ziplock baggies

Other Slimes
Polka Dot Slime
Color-changing slime
Sand slime
https://artfulparent.com/2017/03/rainbow-fluffy-slime-recipe.html



Monstrous Mess

  • Program Goals
    • Fun, messy art program for kids who are off school
    • Sub for toddler storytime (provider is n/a)
    • Non-Halloween activities for families
I planned to run this approximately from 10am to noon. Toddler storytime usually meets at 10am and 11am. Since there was no school, I had both my aides available. I also pulled in additional staff to cover the youth services desk in the morning. The focus was on paint and messy art for the morning and some sensory activities.

Painting activities
  • Painting pumpkins - leftover pumpkins from a program, tempera paint, brushes
  • Fingerpaint - fingerpaint, paper
  • Scratch art - pre-made cardstock with crayons, kids cover it in black paint and draw designs with popsicle sticks. Additional crayons and cardstock to make your own.
  • Watercolors and biocolor - diffusion paper in various shapes, brushes
Sensory activities
  • 1 swimming pool with a pumpkin cut open to be investigated
  • 1 swimming pool with water and dish soap and plastic food from the kitchen
Other
  • Sink, paper towels, cloth towels
  • Plastic tablecloths on the tables (and on the floor below)
  • Aprons
I also put out monster and art books, our donation pig, and had my aides take pictures

Evaluation

  • 10-31-17
    • Attendance: 62 (estimate)
    • Notes: I will only do this again if it falls on the right day - no school AND a Tuesday. But everyone had a lot of fun and there was paint everywhere! If I do it again I need to schedule the aides a little longer for more clean-up time.