Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers

January 7, 2014 on 1:02 am | In 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Science, Books, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Storytime Component | No Comments

Our next story is about a rabbit who notices a black rabbit following him around in the light of day. Let’s see if you can figure out what that black rabbit is.
Activity: Use a flashlight to demonstrate making a shadow. If you want you can do this after the book as an explanation.
Read The Black Rabbit by Philippa Leathers.
Activity: Hand out flashlights for children to make hand shadows. Ask questions about how to make a shadow larger or smaller. Have children and adults experiment together.

Early Learning Aside–Empower: As you walk around outside during the day, talk about shadows and how they are made. Do you see your shadow on a cloudy day? at night? When you talk with children about shadows, you are helping them learn about earth sciences, their world and how it works. Children are curious and interested in the world around them. Your explanations will later help them understand what they read.

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Sequence Cubes

November 6, 2013 on 7:40 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Math, Background Knowledge--Science, Crafts/Activities, Example Aside, Playing, Practices, Storytime Component, Storytime Handouts | No Comments

Storytime Activity: The cubes shown here are made from 6” x 6” packing boxes. There are 6 sequences per cube, one for each side of the cube. You can see here a sequence of three for caterpillar to cocoon to butterfly and from pumpkin to carving a jack-o-lantern face, to the finished jack-o-lantern.
To play, each family or small group gets three cubes as a set. A child rolls a cube and describes the picture. If the child is unable to respond, the adult helps the child reply or labels the picture with one word. Next, different people in the group look for other items in the sequence on the remaining two cubes. [For easier sequences use only two items, for harder sequences use four or more cubes.]
Early Learning Aside:
Talking about sequences, first, second, third, what happens next supports scientific and mathematical thinking with this cube activity. In this case we will be playing with sequences of three, three in a row. Talk together about the pictures and what pictures make sense to be in the sequence. Then line up the cubes in a row in order from left to right. [Note that a 1, 2, 3, sequence could be from less to more or more to less. It is still a sequence.]
Continue the game as another person rolls a cube; repeat the process.
Instructions to make and use the cubes:  cubesseq

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Craft

April 23, 2013 on 8:40 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Letter Knowledge, Storytime Component | No Comments

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Craft:
Offer enough materials for one per person (children and adults). Use construction paper cut outs for tree and cocoanuts, or offer a blank sheet of paper to draw a tree. Children can color their trees, and glue coconuts and leaves to tree. The youngest children can pat the glued pieces. Older children can write letters or something that looks like a letter.  If they know how to write their name, they can write those letters on their tree.  Encourage adults to describe and talk about what their children have drawn and made.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: As you make things with your children, you can take opportunities to support their awareness of letters. With your preschoolers, help them write the letters in their name, but don’t worry if it’s not perfect. For younger children, talking about shapes, like the shapes of the cocoanuts or the shapes in the leaves, is the beginning of letter knowledge because children recognize letters by their shapes. Enjoy!

Submitted by Katie Ringenbach, Bucks County (PA) Public Library

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Elmer by David McKee Craft

April 15, 2013 on 7:56 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Books, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Storytime Component, Vocabulary | No Comments

Extension Activity: Elmer Puppet
Hand out elephant cut outs on white card stock and colorful construction paper squares to glue to the elephant or crayons to color the elephant. They then glue a popsicle stick to the back. Encourage children to describe what they made and to retell the story using their puppet. Adults with babies can make a colorful elephant to move in front of their babies’ eyes and talk about the shapes and colors.

Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Adults as you play with your children or make crafts with them, try to use a word they are less familiar with. Children learn words best through their experiences, not by memorizing words. You might use less familiar words for colors, like fuschia or magenta, or perhaps the way the elephant is walking, lumbering slowly along. You have many opportunities throughout the day to build your children’s vocabulary. It is these little things you do over and over again that make a difference.

Submitted by Katie Ringenbach, Bucks County (PA) Public Library

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There Were Ten in the Bed by Annie Kubler or Five Little Monkeys

April 15, 2013 on 7:52 pm | In 2's and 3's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Narrative Skills, Books, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Music/Songs, Phonological Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

Extension Craft Activity: Five in the Bed
Hand out half-sheet of construction paper cut lengthwise and figures for children to decorate. Younger children glue five figures in the bed; older children decorate with more detail.
Each child also gets a brad so that they can rotate their figures onto and out of the bed as in the book/song.

Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Adults, your children are not only using their art to reinforce retelling the story There Were Ten in the Bed we read today, but also to reinforce our early literacy skill.  Singing is a great way to support phonological awareness in that it slows down the words and gives a different note to each syllable, so today’s activity is a 2 for 1!

 

Submitted by Katie Ringenbach, Bucks County (PA) Public Library

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Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern

March 15, 2013 on 9:04 pm | In 0 to 2, 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Background Knowledge--Book/Story--Narrative Skills, Crafts/Activities, Storytime Component, Storytime Handouts | No Comments

Empower Aside: I have a handout for you related to the book we did with a flannel board today in storytime, Too Much Noise. Using little cues like the flannel board pieces can help your children retell the story. The handout has squares where your children can draw in the animals, you can cut them out and then retell the story together. Your youngest children can say the animal sounds, slightly older children can say the names of the animals and perhaps repeat the words “too noisy” and your preschoolers can try retelling the whole story. All of these are stages in helping your children develop narrative skills which will help them later understand what they read and how stories work. Enjoy!
Handout for Too Much Noise:  multsttoomuchnoise

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Fold Your Own Book

September 12, 2012 on 8:41 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Storytime Component | No Comments

Today you’re going to make your own book, using just one sheet of paper.
[You'll need one piece of paper per person per book and scissors.]
Here is a video clip of how to make the book: fold a book   (Video from Northwest Territories Literacy Council, Canada)
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Adults, having your children write in the pages of their own books helps them understand how books work, both the turning of pages and also understanding that what they write represents what they say. Whether you are writing words for them or they are drawing pictures or scribbling, you are helping them develop print awareness, knowing that print has meaning. It is easy to do so you can make many books. Make little books for yourself as well as you have fun together.

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Fold a Book

August 22, 2012 on 2:35 am | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Print Concepts / Awareness, Storytime Component | No Comments

Craft Activity: Folding a book from one piece of paper can be used in a variety ways. You need one piece of paper and a scissors. The larger the piece of paper, the larger the book.
Early Literacy Aside–Empower: Have your children draw a story with a picture on each page. Let them tell you what is happening on each page and you write it down. Your children are learninghow stories work and they are learning how books work. Both are skills that will help them as they learn to read.

Fold a Book Handout:  foldbook
How to Fold a Book video clip:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=prup2z43Jhw

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Playing with Directional Words

May 23, 2012 on 8:30 pm | In 2's and 3's, 4's and 5's, Adult Aside, Age Levels, Crafts/Activities, Empower Aside, Playing, Practices, Storytime Component, Storytime Handouts, Vocabulary | No Comments

Early Literacy Aside–Empower: We can help children learn new words as we play with them. In today’s storytime we read We’re Going on a Bear Hunt which had directional words. Here is a game you can play. Show your child an item (a shoe perhaps) and hide it in a room with a little of it showing. Give your child hints about where to find it using position words like right, left, above, below, and so on. You can also give clues like, “You’re getting warmer or colder” as they get closer or farther away. Here is a handout with the game and some activities to support pre-reading skills.
Handout–game with five practices

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