Wednesday, August 27, 2014

DREAMS!

As today was the anniversary of the "I have a Dream" speech, I thought it would be fun to do a dream story-time. 

We started with "If Your Happy And You Know It" as my phone had died ( I need to remember to check it at night) and I had no music.  Then we sang the ABC song.

The first story I shared was "Good Night, Good Knight" by Shelley Thomas.  I made flannel boards of a knight, 3 dragons, horse, rocks for caves and a glass of water, book, and music signs.  Then as I told the story I had the kids roar and clippity clop and climb in the appropriate parts.  It was fun.  I forgot some of the words but the flannel parts helped me to remember the basics of the story.

Next, we read "Buglette, the messy sleeper" by Bethanie Murgivia.  This is a story of a bug that has dreams every night and how one of those dreams save the day.  Cute story.

Then I read, "Fish Had A Wish" by Michael Garland.  About a fish who wishes he could be something else but finds out being himself isn't that bad.

I had another flannel story I shared called the "Bears Pajamas".  Then we did the Hokey Pokey.

We still had a little bit of time so I read another story called "The mixed up chameleon by Eric Carle.

We had a special celebration today instead of an activity/craft.  I introduced the 1000 book read before kindergarten program and we celebrated the fact that I had our first kid complete the program.  I brought her up and gave her her new book and we all congratulated her and then we all had cookies that I had got from the local deli.

All in all a great day.  I did not get very many pictures but here are a few:


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mosquitos

I had fun in storytime today even though the theme I chose was a little hard to find good books to share with the kids.  Thanks to all those who post about their storytimes I was able to get some ideas and was able to do it without as many books as I usually like to use.

Opening Song: Clap Your Hands

Books Shared:
The Thing That Bothered Farmer Brown by Teri Sloat
The Aminal by Lorna Balian (not really a mosquito story but worked as the other book did not arrive in time for storytime)

Activities:
We talked about mosquitos and shared some facts about them and then we did the fingerplay called "Little Turtle" that I found online.  I went through this a few times and had the kids to the actions with me.  I also did the string story called "The Mosquito" by StoryVine.  I got lost a few times but I got it to work.  I thought I had practiced enough but I should have practiced more! 
We also did the "Freeze Song" and "Shoo Fly"

Craft:  We made mosquitoes.  I found the pattern online, blew it up bigger for little hands and here is what the kids came up with.


















Wednesday, August 13, 2014

UpCyle Art

We had our first UpCycle Art event today.  Laurie had them take magazines and cut shape out and glue them on paper to make a design.  Lots of fun and great turn out.  Here are some pictures.












Back to School Story Time

We are working on getting back in the groove of weekly storytimes and then posting them.  Today our Theme was "Back to School".

Opening Song:  "Bean Bag" song/activity.

Books Read:
On My Very First School Day I Met . . . by Norman Stiles
Mouse's First Day of School by Lauren Thompson
Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton
Pete the Cat, The Wheels on the Bus by James Dean

Activities/Rhymes
Mary Had A Little Lamb - flannel
Humpty Dumpty
"Freeze Song"
"Wheels on the Bus"

Craft:  Coloring Sheet of a bus.





Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Storytime is back on track!

We started storytime again for the preschoolers.  We had a mixed crowd today as school does not actually start until Monday.

Rhymes:
"If your happy and you know it"
Rhyme cube:
Hey Diddle Diddle
Books Shared:
Pete the Cat - Twinkle, twinkle, little star by James Dean
Kitty Cat, Kitty Cat, Are you Going to School? by Bill Martin
Down by the Barn by Will Hillenbrand (love the illustrations in this one)
Activity/crafts
We played rhyming games and instead of a craft today I had three stations of activities they could go through - a weather dog dress up, a match the rhyming pictures and practice writing.

My goal this year is to do a mix of activities/games or crafts.  We will be starting an Upcycle Art that will be doing crafts Wednesday afternoons also.

Here are a couple of pictures:


More Summer Events

Here are more pictures from summer events.

 Robot Arm


 Weather Storytime

 Magic in REading


 Solar Science



 Water/Bubble Science



 Awards