This week I hosted a Family Fun Day for our county’s Early Headstart program! Early Headstart serves families who meet federal income guidelines from pregnancy up through kids of age 3. The family fun days stress parent/child interaction, so I planned a mini storytime followed by early literacy stations.
When I first started Homeschool Hub, I asked the kids what topics they would be interested in for our Read it! programs. In addition to hearing 15 kids talk about how much they love Minecraft for 10 minutes, I also heard a lot of love for the Percy Jackson series. For this month’s Read it! we studied Greek mythology, and had a lot of fun on a hero quest and creating our own mythical creatures.
I first saw the idea for a storywalk somewhere on the internet, but I was reminded of it by Rebecca, and I knew I wanted to put one up! Mo Willems is a big hit our library, both with kids and staff, so I ordered two extra copies of Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus and started cutting.
This month for Maker Monday we made art bots!
Homeschool Hub: Make it! is a maker based monthly program for homeschool students. We love to build, and for the first program I decided to have the kids build bridges. After a lot of internet searching, I came up with a brief overview of bridges:
Music & Movement is a preschool movement program that I just started, based on a program I volunteered with when I was in library school. The kids love it, the parents love it, and I love it. Plus, I can count it as my work out for the day!
Homeschool Hub is a series of library programs for homeschool families and students of all ages. We have a pretty large homeschool population in my community, and they were already using the library as a place to meet for programs! It seemed like an obvious connection. Once a month we have a Read it! book based program and a Make it! maker program.
We get about 20-35 people at each program, and the kids range from toddler (who participate in the interactive stuff) through elementary, with a couple middle school age students who pretend to be bored but can’t help getting excited about some stuff.
For the first Book it! program, we learned about poetry.
First, we talked about poetry in general, and I read some reverso poems and a bunch of silly Shel Silverstein poems. Then, we learned about different kinds of poetry (acrostic, etc) and wrote some poems together.
Next, we split up into stations:
Poetry blocks. I pulled out my story blocks, and let the kids build their own reverse poems. They had a lot of fun with this one, and liked reading them out loud.
Shape poetry. I printed out outlines of shapes and read an example of a circle poem. Some of them just wrote poems on the shapes, but some of them related their poem to the shape.
Rhyming. The kids wrote lists of rhyming words and then turned them into poems.
Illustrated poems. I put out a huge stack of poetry books, and the kids chose a poem to illustrate.