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Program of the Week (3) Reading Buddies Activities-Ugly Pie




Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a schoolage program even programs for teens. 
Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! Please include a mention of the feature in your post and link back here too:)
 I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.

“Program of the Week”

Reading Buddies Activities:
Reading Buddies is a weekly program at my library where children (schoolage) in grades 1-4 who need practice reading are paired with an adult or teen for assistance. It’s one of my favourite programs at the library as it’s a privilege to watch the growth in confidence in the children over the weeks.


I begin each week by welcoming the children and the volunteers. I usually of 12 in my program and a volunteer for each of them.
I read a book, and then offer an activity based on the book. The children are welcome to participate and complete the activity with their volunteer as well as their reading practice or spend the entire time reading together. Each program is 1 hour in length. 


The book for this week:


Ugly Pie by Lisa Wheeler: 

Lisa Wheeler

Oh how I love to read this book. I have used it in my Reading Buddies program in two different sessions and its always  a hit.  Bold colourful illustrations. Rhyming, lyrical text that just begs to be read aloud with a southern twang. After reading I invite the kids to “create” their own recipes and versions of “ugly pie” with their reading partners. We share them out loud together after reading time, and it’s so fun to hear what they come up with. :) 


Do you offer a Reading Buddies program or something similar at your library? Tell me about it in the comments section….





Program of the Week (2)-Family Storytime


Feature at Storytime with Jen
Introducing a new feature at Storytime with Jen
“Program of the Week”

Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a school age program even programs for teens. 
Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! Please include a mention of the feature in your post and link back here too:)
 I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.

Family Storytime: 

Can you Make a Scary Face?

Can You Make a Scary Face?

This summer’s reading club theme in Ontario is “Imagine” and this book by Jan Thomas is perfect for it.
It’s a wonderful participation book, and will get the whole family up and moving. I use this one to open the storytime. (there is a part in the book where everyone is invited to stand up and do the chicken dance!)

Not a Box

Not a Box
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis is the story of a rabbit that discovers a box only it’s not a box, it’s whatever he imagines it to be. After this story I show a small box and we all think (imagine) what else it could be…a boat? (we then sing row row your boat) a robot? (we stand up and act like robots.)..a space ship? we pretend to blast off into space.
Freeze Dance-one of my favourite games to play. Put on some great tunes (child friendly) and dance away!
Press Here

Press Here
Press Here by Herve Tullet is an interactive book.We followed the “instructions” in the book and the children and their grown ups loved it!




Program of the Week – Storytime -Three Billy Goats Gruff


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   Introducing a new feature here at Story Time with Jen
“Program of the Week”

    Each Thursday I’ll be posting my favourite children’s program from the week. It could be a story time program, a school age program even programs for teens. Below the post each week you’ll be able to link up and share your favourite program from the week too! I thought this would be a fabulous way to share ideas.
My program this week:  Preschool Story Time
For my preschool story time’s I start with a great book and then build the program around it. I generally use the same songs, and rhymes over the course of a session, but if you’d like me to include them for next week I can.
The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff
Books used:
The Three Billy Goats Gruff
Featured Book
      Whose food is this?  Steve Jenkins
Fabulous Flannel Board Source (used for retelling) :
It’s amazing how quickly the children learned “The Three Billy Goat’s Gruff”
Activity:
For the closing activity for this program we made troll grass heads:
Materials:
Cups
cotton balls
grass seeds
items for decorating
pantyhose/nylon socks
1. Cut the ends of pantyhose (I get pairs from the $ store)
2. Have the kids sprinkle grass seed in the bottom of the pantyhose
3. Add the cotton balls
4. Tie it closed and shape into a head
5. Have the kids decorate.
When the kids get home they can add water to their cup, and place their troll head inside. Put it in a sunny spot.  They will love telling you the following week about how their “Troll’s Hair” is growing:)
I’m looking forward to reading about your programs. Link up below and leave a comment.