Storytimes

Letter “G” Storytime

This lesson is a part of my ABCs storytime series! I recently began a do lesson-planning style inspired by VIEWS2 and Lindsey from Jbrary's storytime flow planning. So far, it has been a clunky planning style, but I feel like it encourages me to be more intentional and confident in my storytimes. I plan to… Continue reading Letter “G” Storytime

Storytimes

Letter “F” Storytime

This storytime is a part of my ABCs storytime series! Books for the tots Life With My Family by Renee Hooker & Karl Jones Go Fish! By Tammi Sauer One Lonely Fish by Andy Mansfield Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson Happy by Mies Van Hout for preschool+ (there were some adorable frog books that were a little too… Continue reading Letter “F” Storytime

Book Reviews

How to Write about Trauma for Children: My December Reads

This December was a slow reading month for me, with the holidays in full swing. However, I realized as I was writing this post that several of the books I read this month dealt with childhood trauma in some way. I am not an author, but I imagine it must be difficult to write about… Continue reading How to Write about Trauma for Children: My December Reads

K-5 Literacy, Storytimes

Winter Activities for K-5 Storytime

Winter is coming! And so is the time for winter storytimes. I facilitate a toddler storytime at my library, but I also go out to local schools and do outreach with Kindergarteners, 1st graders, and occassionally older grades. For additional resources, see my Winter Storytime and Cold Weather Animals Storytime. Those storytimes were designed for toddlers, but combined… Continue reading Winter Activities for K-5 Storytime

Preschool STEAM

Preschool Art Mediums: Toy Sculptures

When we think of sculpture, we immediately think of mediums like clay. For preschool, this often translates to playdough. In my preschool STEAM programs that focus on art, I make it a goal to introduce the children to mediums they may be unfamiliar with. For this program, we made sculptures, but instead of play dough… Continue reading Preschool Art Mediums: Toy Sculptures

Storytimes

Letter “E” Storytime

This storytime is a part of my ABCs series. Books A Parade of Elephants by Kevin Henkes Peas on Earth by Todd H. Doodler Can I Eat That? By Joshua David Stein (preschoool+) The Odd Egg by Emily Gravett Activities Where Are You Little Chick? I found this activity at Jen in the Library. However, I did it… Continue reading Letter “E” Storytime

Storytimes

Letter “D” Storytime

This storytime is a part of my ABCs series. Books My letter "d" was long, but the * indicates a book I actually read for the storytime itself.  Dalmation and a Digger by Rebecca Elliott The Digger and the Flower by Joseph Kuefler One Pup's Up by Marsha Wilson Call We Love Dinosaurs by Lucy Volpin* Splish, Splash Ducky by… Continue reading Letter “D” Storytime

Preschool STEAM

StechEAM: Building Computational Thinking Skills in Preschool

For a recent preschool STEAM program, I focused on activities that build the computational thinking skills that form the foundations of future technological and digital literacy. This is a technology program that requires... absolutely NO "real" technology!! Station #1 : Code Cooties Game Supplies Needed Painter's Tape "Cooties" (printed large on paper works fine) Instructions… Continue reading StechEAM: Building Computational Thinking Skills in Preschool

Storytimes

Letter “C” Storytime

Books for the tots Cock-a-Doodle, Quack Quack! By Ivor Baddiel and Sophie Jubb Construction Cat by Barbara Odanaka Clip, Clop by Nicola Smee Wee Little Chick by Lauren Thompson Chicky Chicky Chook Chook by Cathy MacLennan Wow, It's a Cow! By Trudy and Jay Harris for preschool+ The Catawampus Cat by Jason Carter Eaton Click, Clack, Moo by Doreen Cronin The Cow Who… Continue reading Letter “C” Storytime

K-5 Literacy

The Dewey Decimal States of America

I have a class from a local Montessori school that visits me once a month at the library for outreach programs. We have toured our main library, worked on digital literacy skills, and today, we learned the basics of researching The United States. What We Learned I started our lesson by reviewing how to choose… Continue reading The Dewey Decimal States of America