A couple weeks ago during our library staff meeting time, we had a maker program for staff. Whenever there’s a 5th week we do something fun/professional development-y, and I suggested that we pull out all our maker stations and let the staff explore. Here’s why:
The current favorite storytime song at my library is Bubble, Bubble, Pop! I don’t know if it’s the bubbles or the pop or maybe just my fabulous singing voice (ha!), but they LOVE this one. We do it all the time, and I have a whole bag of felt fish to go along with. So clearly, I decided that we needed to be singing this great song in Spanish too.
Last month we did a version of reader’s theater in Homeschool Hub, adapted for an all ages group. First, we talked a little about theater and plays (some of the kids are part of our local kids Shakespeare group). Next we watched some readers theater videos before diving in.
Part of my re-vamped bilingual storytime plan included monthly visits to read bilingual stories at one of our elementary schools. This school has the highest number of Hispanic kids and ELL families, and the school librarian agreed to let me come read to every single K, 1, and 2 class during library time the last week of each month. I love reading to older kids, and I was super excited to share stories in Spanish, highlight Hispanic authors and illustrators, and make some more connections with the kids.
I figured I could probably bank on at least one kid in each class knowing who I am, and fortunately I was right (although some just remembered me as “the lady who wore the costume“). Most classes had at least one kid who knew a little Spanish, and my favorite part was watching their eyes light up when I spoke to them in Spanish and seeing the pride on their faces as they told me that they/their dad/grandma/mom/uncle speaks Spanish too!
Our latest Maker Monday was all about the robots! In addition to the Spheros that we own, I also had a kit of Lego Mindstorms from our system. I outsourced the building ahead of time to a bunch of middle schoolers, and we had all the basic bricks assembled for the program.