Monday, June 23, 2014

Summer Reading so far . . .

So far this summer we have had Mad Science, Kitchen Science, Science Movies and the Home Depot come to the library.  Participation has been high and I look forward to the rest of the summer.  Here are some of the pictures from the events so far . . .













Thanks for all the support!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Summer Story Time

Summer Reading is here!  I am so excited for all the activities that we have planned for today.  I had a storytime this morning with a different mix of ages than what I normally have as school is out.  I tried to do some stories that were kind of mix to keep the older kids interested.

The first story I used was called "Dog Breath" by Dav Pilkey.  Fun story about bad breath.

Then I had four kids help and do the story "Humpty Dumpty's Dilemma" from the summer reading manuals.  They did them as stick puppets.  After the story, I had 6 "Humpties" (boiled eggs in bags with different objects) and I had the kids make a prediction as to rather he would crack or not and then the kids dropped humpty.  I think it worked fairly well.  Here are a few pictures that were taken.







Wednesday, May 21, 2014

DADS

Even though Father's Day is a few weeks today, we had a storytime to honor our Dads today.  Summer Reading starts next week and we won't have a regular story time until Aug. even though we will have something every week.

I found some fun Father books that we read:
My Daddy is a Giant by Carl Norac
Mitchell's License by Hallie Durand (My favorite!)
Knuffle Bunny by Mo Willems

Activities:
Daddy's Ties song
Movement song to tune of Farmer in the Dell
ABC song and activity where they followed the alphabet trail and stated the alphabet as they went.

Craft:
I found a fun idea online at sugardoodle.net to make bowties with M&M's for the Dads that I let the kids make.  I did have suckers for them so that hopefully the ties would make it to the Dad/s.  Here are some pictures. 










Next week is Summer Reading Registration.  Cya then!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

1000 Books Before Kindergarten

Congratulations to our first 500 book reader for 1000 books before Kindergarten. 

Brianna McGary!


Fun Books

We had no specific theme for story time today.  I had a bunch of books that were just fun to read so I shared them with the kids today.

Opening Song:  If You're Happy and ABC song, we did the ABC's backwards today also.  The kids did great.

Book 1 - Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by James Dean.  Love this book!  I had some big buttons in my hand and when a button popped off in the story I flipped it out to the kids.  Worked great but it did get the kids wound up a little.
Book 2 - You are a Lion! and other fun Yoga Poses by Taeeun Yoo.  I had the kids do all of the poses as we went along and I tried to do them too.  I am not as limber as I used to be but the kids did great.
Book 3 - Bark, George by Jules Feiffer.  Cute story that kept them guessing at the end.
Book 4 - We're Going on a Lion Hunt by Margery Cuyler.  I always like these stories.  It might have be better to just do the Lion Hunt activity as some of the kids were familiar with the outline.
Book 5 - There Is A Bird on Your Head by Mo Williems.  An Elephant and Piggie book.  These are always fun to share.

Other activities:  Hokey Pokey

Craft:
I asked the kids to draw what they were going to be doing for the summer.  Here are some pictures.




Next week we will do Dads.


Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mothers

With Mothers Day right around the corner we did a Mother story time today.

Opening Song:  If you're Happy and You Know It and the ABC song.

Books Shared:
My Monster Mama Loves Me So by Laura Leuck
What NOT to Give your Mom on Mother's Day by Martha Simpson
Seven Hungry Babies by Candace Fleming

Activities:
Song:  I Love Mother (tune: Frere Jacques)
Find the hidden Mom.  I had pictures of animals and had them find the "MOM" that was hidden behind.
Old MacDonald had a Farm.  Then I showed them the version Old MacDonald had some Pets.  It is a more action version instead of animal sound version.

Craft:
I found some scratch board in the shape of the word MOM that I let the kids scratch and decorate to give to their moms.











Kids are awesome!  Cya next week.