Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Elephants

  • 3-19-14: Drizzly, rainy day, only 15 attendees. There were a couple people outside, but they didn't realize it was ok to come in late!
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Messy Art Club, We Explore, T-shirts, no programs Spring Break

Opening name song: The more we get together

Early Literacy Aside: Our first story is a guessing game, where we'll be asking lots of questions. As kids develop, they're able to answer questions faster but it can still take up to 10 seconds, so don't worry if we don't get answers right away!

Long story: The Thingamabob by Il Sung Na

Flannelboard: I dream of an elephant by Ami Rubinger

Nonfiction: Amazing Animals: Elephants by Kate Riggs

Movement/Puppets: Big Gray Elephant

Short story: What to do if an elephant stands on your foot by Michelle Robinson

Short story: Elecopter by Michael Slack

Short story: Hide and Seek by Il Sung Na

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Painting

Prep: Paint cups, paintbrushes, paper, aprons

Kids paint!

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Friday, March 14, 2014

We Explore Favorite Artist Melissa Sweet

  • 3-14-14: Ideally, I'd do the second half of this with watercolors, but I don't have any so we just used tempera paint. I was so tired this week I was thinking about using crayons or getting colored pencils instead, but I soldiered on! I would have liked to have a more thematic snack (like pie or berries or ice cream or something), but without an official assistant I felt that was too complicated. I think this was my BEST yet. A great group of kids and, most exciting to me, three families drove 30 minutes from another town specifically because someone had told them about this program!
Art Project Part 1: Magazine collages (10-10:15)
  • I encouraged kids and parents to cut out words as well as pictures to decorate their paper and reminded them to leave room to paint!
  • Supplies
    • old magazines
    • scissors, glue
    • 9x18 white construction paper
Storytime/Snacktime (10:15-10:40)
  • I started with Carmine a little more red and we talked about all the different fancy words and practiced pronouncing them. Then I asked the parents to distribute the snacks and we read Easy as pie, and Rubia and the three Osos.
  • Supplies
    • strawberry fig newtons, apples
    • napkins
Art Project Part 2: Painting (10:45-11)
  • The parents had already tidied up the collage materials, so we just brought out the paint cups and put on our aprons
  • Supplies
    • Aprons, paper towels
    • Paint cups (red, green, blue), paint brushes

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Yum, Yum, Food!

  • 3-12-14: This is, wonder of wonders, a brand-new storytime! Not recycled at all! Small but attentive group - 14. We didn't read Who ate all the Cookie Dough or do "five little doughnuts" because we spent a long time discussing Time to eat. Also, they really loved Runaway Dinner, which made me sooo happy. I think the book is hysterical and awesome but a lot of the time kids just don't get it - all my kids this time were 3-4 and they totally got it!
Dancing time and name tags: "Boots" by Laurie Berkner from Victor Vito

Introduction, welcome, and announcements: Mad scientists, we explore art and stories

Opening name song: The more we get together

Long story: Runaway Dinner by Allan Ahlberg

Storytelling/Flannelboard: Enormous Carrot

Movement: Five little kernels

Early Literacy Aside: Nonfiction is a great way to build vocabulary and learn exciting new words! There is some fun nonfiction on display in the storyroom and also some suggestions on the board where you can find more nonfiction in the library.

Nonfiction: Time to eat by Robin Page

Movement: Five little doughnuts

Short story: Hungry Hen by Richard Waring

Short story: Who ate all the cookie dough by Karen Beaumont

Closing song: Sunny Day

Process art: Hungry circles

Prep: Paper plates, glue, seeds

Kids glue the seeds in circles and patterns on their plates

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Preschool Interactive: Ducks

  • 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.

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