Last month I hosted a family fun event for our Early Head Start program. I tweaked the program based on what worked well last time and to better fit the younger audience. Here is what I came up with:
Bubbles. As kids finished eating (lunch provided by EHS) I had out a few quiet toys and blew a bajillion bubbles to engage the kids while grownups finished eating and got cleaned up. Continue reading Family Fun Day: storytime + dance party
This month in Little Makers we worked on pinching. Here’s what we did:
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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.
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This Family Fun Night was held at a local elementary school for the Head Start class. This year they have a high number of Hispanic kids and I love doing bilingual storytime with this group.
The Head Start Family Fun Nights always start with a free dinner, and families that need transportation are bussed to the school. Rather than just a storytime, the teacher wanted something for this event that would really encourage parent/child playing and interactions as well as literacy. Some of her kids never play (or read) with their parents, and she wanted to provide an opportunity for play and learning for both parents and kids. So I came up with a super easy and fun Not a Box program!
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This month for Little Makers we sorted. We have so many random craft supplies lying around, and we had just gotten a new bag full of donated stuff. The part of me that loves organizing is a HUGE fan of sorting, and I loved getting to share this with kids.
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Last fall, we didn’t offer bilingual storytime at the library. This was a really tough decision for me to make, and something that definitely made me feel like a failure. Bilingual storytime was something I was proud of, something I had started as soon as I was hired, and one of the biggest ways our library was serving Spanish speakers and creating awareness about diversity in our community.
Continue reading From bilingual storytime to just storytime: a learning experience
This fall I was insanely excited to start a baby storytime at my library. There had been one a few years ago, but when the babies aged out they ended up with toddler and preschool storytimes instead. I decided to tack on a babytime (0-18 months) before toddler storytime, allowing plenty of time for play in between.
Our toddler storytime is called Wiggletime, so for the babies one of my great coworkers came up with the name Snuggletime. (Rejected titles included cuddletime, tickletime and, uh, fondletime).
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