Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Big Kids Storytime: Winter Bears

Big Kids Storytime: Winter Bears

It's finally cold enough for wintery storytimes here! Here's what we were up to this week:

Bread and Butter
(quiet and loud today)

Letter of the Week: V
(we came up with violin, volcano, vroom, and velociraptor)

William's Winter Nap by Linda Ashman



40 Years On An Iceberg
(I learned this song decades ago in Girl Scouts and it was still a huge hit! The closest version I found is from the Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada)


Polar Bear's Underwear by Tupera Tupera


Storytime Challenge
Today's challenge was all about visual discrimination and we did fantastically! We tried to find out which snowflakes were the same and which were different using this printable from Teachers Pay Teachers. 


Thursday, January 10, 2019

What I Read This Week 1/11/2019

I read 3 new (or pretty new) early readers this week that I really enjoyed. None have official Guided Reading levels yet, but all are relatively low level with lots of colorful illustrations-


Float, Flutter by Marilyn Singer
Illustrated by Kathryn Durst
(January 1, 2019)





Party Pigs! by Eric Seltzer
Illustrated by Tom Disbury
(January 1, 2019)


Space Cows by Eric Seltzer
Illustrated by Tom Disbury
(August 28, 2018)


Some more fun ones:

Otter series by Sam Garton


The Adventures of Otto series by David Milgrim


Chicken series by Adam Lehrhaupt
Illustrated by Shahar Kober
*slightly higher level, but still simple and fun


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Little Scientists: Dinovember

Little Scientists take on dinosaurs! This was one of my favorite Little Scientists sessions of the year. As usual, we started with a story (Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner) and then broke out into stations. Here's what we were up to:



We used our math cubes to measure how tall or long pictures of dinosaurs were and then assigned some superlatives like shortest or longest.

I like using tangrams when I can- they're great for practicing fine motor skills and visual discrimination.



We also worked on estimating skills by guessing how many people could fit inside a triceratops footprint and how many steps it would take to walk from a triceratops nose to tail. (I found the printable footprint here)




We practiced our field work with shovels and then brushes to find different types of dinosaur toys.

I usually have a one-t-one correspondence activity, since it is such an important skill for future math & science success. This one matched dinosaurs with a digit to eggs with a number of dots.

Visual discrimination is also an important skill for scientists and puzzles are a great way to practice that. Each puzzle only having 2 pieces makes it easier for toddlers and preschoolers.


Having a physical activity seemed like a good idea for when the weather is so yucky. Moving around like dinosaurs fit our theme and got some energy out! I used a prize wheel from our summer reading club and added tasks like "roar like an ankylosaur" and "jump like a triceratops".

Our take-home experiment today was making your own fossils. Each scientist got air dry clay, two dinosaur figurines, and instructions on how to make their own fossils. I made sure everyone got two different figurines so the scientists could observe the differences between the fossils they made.






Sunday, October 14, 2018

Terrific Twos Storytime: Birds

Can't Wait to Celebrate
from Jim Gill's CD The Irrational Anthem
ABCs
Open/Shut Them
Count to 10

Balance the Birds


Where's Little Duck? felt game
Little duck is hidden behind one of several colored eggs- can we find him?

If I Was a Bird
By Old Town School of Folk Music in the CD Wiggleworms Love You

Breathing Ball


Ducks Away


Got a Feather
(to the tune of Clementine)
Got a feather, got a feather, got a feather on my [nose, toe, etc.]
First I lost it, then I found it
Got a feather on my [nose, toe, etc.]

5 Little Birds + felt board
(to the tune of 5 Little Ducks, learned from my coworker)
One little bird with feathers of blue
Flew beside a green one and then there were two.
Two little birds came singing in the tree
The red bird came and then there were three.
Three little birds wishing there were more
Along came the purple bird and then there were four.
Four little birds, happy to be alive
Found a little yellow one and then there were five.
Five little birds as happy as can be
Singing a beautiful song just for you and me!

Splish Splash Ducky


I Know a Chicken + egg shakers
From Laurie Berkner's CD Whaddaya Think of That?

Bubbles in the Air + Bubbles
Goodbye Train
Stamp

Big Kids Storytime: Birds

Bread & Butter
ABCs
Letter of the Week

Giggle Giggle Quack


Got a Feather
(to the tune of Clementine)
Got a feather, got a feather, got a feather on my [nose, toe, etc]
First I lost it, then I found it
Got a feather on my [nose, toe, etc.]

Vulture View


If I Was a Bird
By Old Town School of Folk Music on the CD Wiggleworms Love You

Bird Band


Storytime Challenge
Owl Opposites- we matched owls (big, cold, etc.) with their pairs (small, hot, etc). My coworker printed the owl cards, but I believe they came from the blog 1+1+1=1.

Library Doors
Stamp

Terrific Twos Storytime: Frogs & Toads

Can't Wait to Celebrate
from Jim Gill's CD The Irrational Anthem
ABCs
Open/Shut Them
Count to 10

Spotted Singers
by Kelly Calhoun


1 Little, 2 Little, 3 Little Froggies
1 little, 2 little, 3 little froggies
4 little, 5 little, 6 little froggies
7 little, 8 little, 9 little froggies
10 little froggies say...ribbit!

Walking, Walking
*We used Anne-Marie Akin's version from the CD Songs for Wiggleworms, but a similar version can be found on Youtube:


Breathing Ball
(really called a Hoberman Sphere)


Jump!


Jumping and Counting
From Jim Gill's CD The Irrational Anthem

5 Green and Speckled Frogs
5 green and speckled frogs sat on a speckled log
eating the most delicious bugs- yum, yum!
One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool
Now there are 4 green speckled frogs
(repeat until no frogs are left)

Where Is Mama?


Bubbles in the Air
Bubbles
The Goodbye Train + Stamps

Big Kids Storytime: Frogs & Toads

We're back to storytimes this fall at the library! I'm still playing catch up on posting, but this frogs & toads theme went especially well. Here's what we were up to:

Bread & Butter hello song
ABCs
Letter of the Week

The Princess and the Frogs


Walking, Walking
*We used the Anne-Marie Akin version from the CD Songs for Wiggleworms, but I also found this similar version on YouTube:

I Don't Want to Be a Frog!


Jumping and Counting
(a personal favorite from Jim Gill's CD The Irrational Anthem)

Storytime Challenge
Today we played a roll and cover style game using dice with numerals instead of dots. This was a good test to judge how well the kids could recognize numerals and it helped me think about apropriate challenges for future weeks.

Big Kids Storytime: Winter Bears

Big Kids Storytime: Winter Bears It's finally cold enough for wintery storytimes here! Here's what we were up to this week: ...