Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Build it! With Animals!


  • 2-26-14: Small group - it's freezing and windy - but a core group of very attentive kids. I almost didn't read to the end of the plan, but reminded myself that it's ok if some kids wander out, the rest are listening (even if that's only...um...6)
  • 11-14-12: This was a really, really good storytime. We had a large group (most of them late, but that doesn't really bother me and lots of them are coming from gym time). The kids sat through all the stories and several people remarked on how much they loved the craft. A good reminder that it doesn't have to be fancy to be good!
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Mad Scientists tomorrow, Dr. Seuss on Friday

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: A house in the woods by Inga Moore

Early Literacy Aside: Rhymes and poetry are a good way to learn to hear the small sounds in words. In addition to rhyming picture books, you can find whole books of poetry back in the nonfiction area!

Movement/Flannelboard: There was a little turtle by Vachel Lindsay

Nonfiction: The very best bed by Rebekah Raye

Movement/Flannelboard: Two little blackbirds

Short story: Who's that scratching at my door by Amanda Leslie

Short story: Too tall houses by Gianna Marino

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Build houses with shapes from Storytime Katie

Prep: Markers, crayons, glue, cut squares and triangles

Kids glue and decorate the paper to make houses

Take Home Insert

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Valentines

  • 2-12-14: I used the new Brownie Groundhog, since I used the first one last week, and added a flannelboard for Cupcake. I had a lot of younger kids (well, relatively a lot - total of 24 ppl) and I wasn't sure they'd sit through the whole thing, but they did. Mostly.
  • 2-13-13: I keep reminding myself that last year there was practically no snow and we didn't have 4K five days a week. Nonetheless, my attendance is worrying me. I posted on Facebook the general theme and craft on Tuesday, I only prepared a small amount of crafts and take home bags, it was a glorious sunny day, and 35 people came. I had much simpler Valentine's Day craft stuff, since we are doing Valentines for Messy Art Club tomorrow. 
  • 2-8-12: Wow! Super huge group today! I had construction paper to fold in half, paper hearts, foam hearts with sticky backs, sparkles, glue, markers, and crayons. Fun but messy. The kids LOVED doing the two familiar songs, although I had a stampede on the flannel board for five little snowmen (and afterwards one of the toddlers covered it with crayon, but oh well it still holds flannels) 
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy Art Club tomorrow, Valentines!

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Brownie Groundhog and the Wintry Surprise by Susan Blackaby

Early Literacy Aside: Singing and movement are both great ways to reinforce concepts like learning the body parts or rhyming, which is an important part of early literacy skills. We're going to sing and rhyme in this song all about the parts of the body.

Discussion: What do you love?

Movement: Everybody knows that I love my toes

Holiday stories/Flannelboard: Cupcake by Charise Mericle Harper

Movement: Hop little bunnies

Short story: How do you hug a porcupine by Laurie Isop

Short story: Plant a kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Valentines

Prep: Die cut flannel hearts, glue dots, sparkles, jewels

Kids decorate the hearts

Take Home Insert