Wednesday, April 16, 2014

EASTER STORYTIME

Happy Easter!

Books read today:
The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen
Minerva Louise and the Colorful Eggs by Janet Morgan Stoeke
The Easter Ribbit by Bernice Chardict

Activities:
Alphabet Match UP = I had the alphabet written on each part of a plastic easter egg. (A - a).  I spread out the big letters on the table and had them draw out and match up the alphabet by letter and color of the egg.  The kids seemed to enjoy this activity.
Little Easter Rabbit - fingerplay
Here is a Bunny - fingerplay
Balance an egg on a spoon walk- The kids did this very well.  I had the game that I had purchased that had wooded eggs and spoons so we did not have any problems.
Easter Egg hunt - I had one kid go out and another hide the egg.  We used the hot and cold signals to help them find the eggs.  This worked very well.

Craft.
I had white paper cut into the shape of large eggs.  Then I had the kids draw on them with a white crayon.  With watercolor paint and a q-tip they then painted their eggs.  This was fun and the kids did a great job.  Here are a few pictures that I managed to capture:




Next week we will finish the alphabet with X, Y, and Z.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

MONEY WEEK STORYTIME

We had a special Money Week story time today.  We began like always with the opening songs of "If Your Happy and You Know It" and the ABC song.

I talked to the kids and asked them about money.  They answered with comments like: spend it, buy stuff, and with encouragement that they can save it.

"Sheep in a Shop" by Nancy Shaw was read and lead right into the book by Dr. Suess, "One Cent, Two Cent, New Cent, Old Cent" which I kid of shipped through here and there.  Good money book but wordy.  I tried to get the kids involved by showing them what money used to look like and how it is what we have now.  Then we played a game.

They did very well at remembering what coin was on the cards.  I then tried to have them figure out how many pennies are in a nickel and so forth.  They did pretty good on the smaller ones but the quarter to the dollar was still a little hard for them to understand.

I then wrapped up by reading, "Bunny Money" by Rosemary Wells.  This is the story of how 2 bunnies spent there money.

We ended with our standard "If Your Happy and You Know It" and went into the craft/store portion of story time.

The kit provided us with banks for the kids to fold and tape together and they also provided us with "Library Loot" that I gave the kids so that they could shop at the library store.  They had $1 to spend at the store.  I had one little girl tell me how lucky she was and that her brothers were going to be so jealous when she got home with her loot.  Another one came out and told the other librarian all that she had done and showed her her stuff.  All in all I think they all had a great time.  Here are some pictures:








Thanks to our sponsor for this event; US Bank, and to Micki for all the stuff to share with the kids.
Next week:  EASTER!



Friday, April 4, 2014

Science Fab Lab - Balance

Had a lot of fun at our Science Fab Lab today.  After talking about balance and what it is I had the kids try a couple of balance experiments.  Here are pictures from their projects.

























Wednesday, April 2, 2014

W is for . . .

We had a lot of "W"iggle fun today!

Books read:
Maisy's Wonderful Weather Book by Lucy Cousins
Wiggle by Doreen Cronin
I Went Walking by Sue Williams
Winston the Book Wolf by Marni McGee
The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli

Activities:
I wiggle, wiggle my fingers . . . .
Did you ever see a wiggle worm.  We also did wiggle snake so the kids could slither across the floor.
Song: This is the was we walk to school.

Ending Song:  If you Happy . . .
The kids kept wanting to add other movements so by the end we were clapping, jumping, stomping, spinning and dancing all around.

Craft:  Simple Watermelon slice:  Needed paper plate cut in half and crayons.  Had kids decorate there own watermelon slice.  They got pretty colorful as you can see in the pictures provided.










Wednesday, March 26, 2014

V is for . . .

V is for . . . van, vegetables, violin, violet, volcanoes . . .

Stories read:
This in the Van that Dad Cleaned by Lisa Ernst
Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert
Volcanoes and Earthquakes by Gina Nuttal (I did not use all of this book just part about volcanoes)

Activities:
V is for Vacation song
Find the pea under the Veggie game.
V is for Vacuum.

I did not do a regular craft for today.  I have a volcano kit so we tried to get the lava to flow.  I have a mom who took pictures she is going to send me and then I will add them here.

Have a great day!
Here are the picture that Laurie sent:  Thanks Laurie!