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Books for 4-6 year olds on Tuesday, March 22

Image of itemToday we explored a different kind of ABC book.  This story is told in three-word sentences or phrases that all start with A-B-C (as in the title).  After we finished the story, we tried to make some of these sentences ourselves; though everyone knew lots of words that started with A, B, or C, it was a bit complicated to make them into phrases.  We had fun trying, though!

 

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Pete the Cat had four buttons, and Joseph had one, but both of them had to figure out what to do when they lost them.  Read the stories to find out what they did!

 

 

Preschool books on Monday, March 21

Happy Spring!  But wait….  It’s snowing.

We had such a mild winter this year that I don’t remember wearing my snowflake sweater in a storytime.  Well I had it on today.  We had a very small turnout for storytimes this morning.  The schools opened on time, but it was still snowing when our storytimes began.  These are the books I read:

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Toddler Storytime, Friday, March 18

We had a wonderful time in Toddler Storytime today.    During the reading of the story today, many grownups joined in on the repetitive words “had ten little fingers and ten little toes.”  It is not always easy for children at this age to attend to one book being read in front of a large group, so  when the little ones hear their grownups joining in, it really helps to engage them in the story.   Today it worked out great!

The story that everyone helped to read today is one of my favorites, by Mem Fox.

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Baby Storytime, 0-12 months, Friday, March 18

During Baby Storytime I shared a statistic from the American Academy of Pediatrics.  “The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends parents start reading aloud at birth.  Only 15% report heeding the advice.”  This lead to a great conversation about finding good times during your day to read to your baby.  Some people find reading at bedtime works well for them.  Other people find that cuddling together after waking up from a nap is a great transition.  Be creative and find a time or two in your day to regularly read to your baby.  This habit of daily reading will serve you and your baby well in the future.

Today we read a favorite book of mine, that is so sweet and enjoyable.  Start reading today and come to the library to borrow a copy of it!

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Playspace at Home: Ice, Ice, Baby!

Image of itemThis week was our first look at Mouse Paint, by Ellen Stoll Walsh. This book explores the concept of color mixing through the story of three white mice who play in three jars of paint: one red, one yellow, and one blue. The paint themselves, then dance in the puddles of paint and watch the colors mix together.

What we did: Our staff prepared colored ice cubes in the three primary colors. We had a bin with red cubes, one with yellow, and one with blue. Children could put the different colored cubes together in small plastic bowls, then watch the colors mix as the ice melted.

Why it matters: This activity introduces children to two important scientific concepts: color mixing and states of matter. The color mixing ties in with the Mouse Paint story, and gives kids a hands-on way to explore how a red ice cube and a blue ice cube will melt together to form purple water. The melting ice itself demonstrates the changing state of matter from solid to liquid as it warms. Manipulating the ice with their hands also gives kids a unique opportunity for sensory play.

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How to do it at home: Fill and ice cube tray with water, then put a drop or two of food coloring in each segment. You can do an entire tray in one color, or use a different color for each cube. We used only the three primary colors: red, yellow, and blue. After the ice has frozen, remove it from the ice trays and play with the different colored cubes. As they melt, the colors will run together and mix to form orange (red + yellow), green (yellow+ blue), and purple (blue + red).

Taking it to the next level: Explore what happens if you change the ratio of the different colors. A yellow ice cube and a blue cube will make green, but what happens if you use two or three yellows and only one blue? Does it change the shade of green that you produce? What happens when you mix all three colors together? How many drops of food coloring does it take to produce ice cubes with saturated colors?

Image of itemAdditional reading: Another great book that explores color mixing is Hervé Tullet’s Mix It Up! This interactive concept book asks the reader to rub, shake, and tilt the pages to mix colored paint dabs together.

Books for 4-6 year olds on Tuesday, March 15

It’s almost spring, and St. Patrick’s Day is two days away– events that make me think of the color green!  Our first book was about two green friends, one of whom had some trouble getting his garden to grow.  But when the two friends help each other, there’s a happy ending!

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Our other story had to do with the green of “go;” but we found out that you might need some “stop” as well!  Everyone did a great job helping me read this story