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“Bringing in the New Year” Story Explorers book club

We talked about how we celebrate NYE in the states, staying up until midnight, watching a ball drop. We talked about New Year’s Eve is celebrated on December 31/Jan 1st here. I told them that in China and other Asian countries they celebrate New Year’s differently.

Read Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin.

We practiced fine motor skills using kid-friendly chopsticks to sort pompom balls like this post from Living Montessori Now.

We talked about symmetry and made dragons like this post from Not So SAHM.

We made Fu signs (good luck) like this post from To the Lesson.

Gong xi ni!

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“The Day It Rained Hearts” Story Explorers preschool book club

Read The Day it Rained Hearts by Felicia Bond.

We talked about how personalized Cornelia Augusta made all of her Valentines.

We traced our arms and used heart cookies cutters for leaves to make Trees of Love. The link to the blog where I got this is broken so I just used the picture on pinterest as a template.

 

I love how this boy colored grass at the bottom of his tree.

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This boy’s mom helped him write his name.

This girl loved the marker on her hand from her mother tracing it.

We made lovebugs like this post from Buggy and Buddy.

Then I set out supplies and gave the kids free reign to make whatever type of Valentine they would like. I love how much the parents loved this one too.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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“The Bear in the Book” Story Explorers preschool book club

The Bear in the Book CLEL Bell award is a winner in the ECRR2 category of READ. Read The Bear in the Book by Kate Banks. 

We talked about how bears stay warm in the winter during hiberation. Then we did a science experiment showing how fat keeps bears warm like this post from I Can Teach my Child.

Then we made bear dens like this post from Funky Fresh Firsties.

I love how this boy added more animals in the forest.

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“Tough Boris” Story Explorers preschool book club

Tough Boris is one of my favorite storytime books. Not only is it about pirates (always a hit), it has great vocabulary (massive, scruffy, greedy), and it explores the deeper topic of emotions. No matter how massive or scruffy you are as a pirate, even pirates cry when sad events occur. We first did a felt bored with faces with different emotions from King County Library System.

Read Tough Boris by Susan Middleton Elya. 

Song: Jim Gill’s “I’m so Mad…

We made parrots out of circles like this post.
  

We old-fashioned newspaper pirate hats.

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“La Madre Goose” Story Explorers preschool book club

To kick off October’s Story Explorers book club, we talked about the importance of nursery rhymes in teaching the rhythm and cadence of a language.

Read La Madre Goose by Susan Middleton Elya. I only read a few of the rhymes: Peter Peter; Three Little Gatoncitos; Hey Diddle Diddle; The Little Cerdo went to Market; Little Boy Azul; Little Juan Ramon; One Potato, Dos Papas,  and Twinkle Twinkle Small Estrella. 

We played two rounds of hot potato while reciting the One Potato, Dos Papas rhyme.

We made star sensory bags like this post from Playground Park Bench.

We used Tube Locks to make horns for Little Boy Azul.

We practiced our fine motor and early math skills sorting and making patterns for the mitoncitos for the three little gatitos.

 

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“Around the World Follow the Trail” preschool book club

We began by discussing trails and where they take you. Luckily we live in Colorado so the kids are very familiar with riding bike trails and hiking the mountains. I asked what kinds of things they see in the mountains. They mentioned animals and rocks and trees. I asked them what else they see in the world. They mentioned water and cities.

Read Around the World: Follow the Trail by Craig Shuttlewood.
This book was much simpler than the books I normally read in this book club, but I love that the kids can take the book home to run their fingers over the “trail” themselves.

We then followed the trail of activities around the room. Our first stop was the ocean where we made whales from egg cartons like this post from i heart crafty things.   This activity was  more prescriptive than most of the activities I normally do, but following directions is also a useful skill to attain. One of our volunteers cut out the whale parts and painted the egg carton pieces in advance for us to save time, and I used the razor to make the slits in the top of the whale.

 

We then followed the trail to the forest where we practiced pine cone weaving. I sort of threw this activity in last minute, but it ended up being immensely popular!

We also identified the paw prints of the animals we may see in the forest. This activity was made by a librarian before my time.

We finally followed the trail to the desert for free play in the sand.

I’d say they had a good time.

 

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“Inside This Book (are Three Books)” preschool book club

We began by talking about how books are made: who writes them (author) and who draws the picture (the illustrator).  We talked about stories and using our creativity.

Put your hands in the air
And touch the ground.
Put your fingers on your nose
And move your tongue all around.
Put your hands on your shoulders.
Put your elbows on your knees.
Put your chin in your hands and say,
“Read me a story, please.”
Source: King County Library System

Read Inside This Book (are Three Books) by Barney Saltzberg.

We then made our own books like this post from Premeditated Leftovers.

I love how creative the kids got. One girl wrote her story about a girl swimming in green slime. 
One boy kept wrote letters (and some shapes that weren’t letters) and then made his mom read the silly sounds he wrote.

 

 

 

 

And one little girl wrote a story about a unicorn who lost its horn in the woods. A girl found it and returned it to the unicorn, who then gave the girl a ride to thank her.

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“Bunny Cakes” preschool book club

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We began by talking about going grocery shopping and buying the ingredients to make a recipe.

Read Bunny Cakes by Rosemary Wells.

We then made a grocery list and went “shopping” for what we needed to make a bunny rice cake.

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“The Little Old Lady who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything” preschool book club

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We began by talking about how some things seem scary but in the end, they’re not.

Read The Little Old Lady who Wasn’t Afraid of Anything  by Linda Williams. We read this book walking around the room when the little old lady walked. I also brought in props to hand to participants: 2 shoes, a pair of jeans, a flannel shirt, 2 gloves, a hat, and a light up pumpkin head. Although we had more kids than props, I learned a fun bit of info from a fabulously silly librarian (shout out to Cliff Davidson) at Denver Public Library: it’s ok to not have enough props for everyone. Kids love watching other kids participate. The kids had to shake their props and make noise whenever cued.

We then experimented with water and Reese’s Pieces, like this post from Playdoh to Plato.

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We then used this scarecrow printable and potato stamps to make our own scarecrows, like this post.

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These guys decided to forgo the scarecrow and just got to stamping. That’s how learning and creativity happen, folks.

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“Go! Go! Go! Stop!” Story Explorers preschool bookclub

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We began by talking about opposites and what that means (which, by the way, is always difficult to do under pressure without mentioning the word “opposite” in the definition, so prepare in advance!) Heehee

This is Big
This is big, big, big.
(Stretch hands far to side)
This is small, small, small.
(Cup hands together over lap)
This is short, short, short.
(Hold palms horizontally, close)
This is tall, tall, tall.
(Hold palms horizontally, far apart)
This is fast, fast, fast. (roll hands quickly)
This is slow, slow, slow. (roll hands slowly)
This is yes, yes, yes. (nod)
This is no, no, no! (shake head)
Source: Mel’s Desk and promotion of CLEL in addtion to shameless self-promotion Storyblocks

Two Little Black Birds
Two little black birds sitting on a hill
One named Jack and one named Jill
Fly away, Jack. Fly away, Jill.
Come back, Jack. Come back, Jill .
Sitting in a car… near and far
Flying in the sky…low/high
Sitting on a gate…Early/late
Sitting on a pole…Fast/slow
Sitting on the ice…Mean/nice
Sitting on a gate… Wobbly/straight
Sitting on a mop… Bottom…top
Sitting on a cloud… Quiet and loud
Sitting on a lily… Serious/silly
Source: Jbrary

Read Go! Go! Go! Stop! by Charise Mericle Harper

Song: Kira Willey’s “Stop and Go

We then played a few rounds of the game Red Light Green Light.

We used pompoms to learn the sight words “go” and “stop,” like this post from 3 Dinosaurs.
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We then made our stop and go signs to play more Red Light Green Light at home.

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