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What Pet to Get?


WhatPetToGet

I adore books by Emma Dodd.  They have such broad age appeal and work well for my two’s group as well my preschoolers.  What Pet to Get? by Emma Dodd is the featured book in this program.

 In this story time we discuss what we think would make the best pet? Is it a Dinosaur? A Bear? What about a T-Rex or a Rock? The majority of the books above all deal with unusual animals as pets, I especially love Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown and Silly Doggy! by Adam Stower which has a great twist in the end.

Of course you could sing the traditional songs: Bingo, How much is that Doggy in the Window, I have a dog and his name is Rags. But I love this unusual one below….

Albuquerque the Turkey (click title for source)

Albuquerque is a turkey,
And he’s feathered and he’s fine.
And he wobbles, and he gobbles,
And he’s absolutely mine.

He’s the best pet that you can get,
Better than a dog or cat.
Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
And I’m awfully glad of that.

Albuquerque, he’s my turkey,
He’s so cozy in his bed,
Because for our Thanksgiving dinner,
We had scrambled eggs instead.

It always makes the kids and their parents smile.

I’ve done a wide array of craft activities with this program, but I think the overall favourite was when we created Pet Rocks. The children decorated them, made a home for their pet out of egg cartons and gave their pet a name. I heard about their “pet rocks” for weeks after this program

What’s your favourite story to tell about Pets?





Storytime Program: Bear Feels Sick


 

Bear Feels Sick

I love using this story time program with my preschool groups. The featured book is Karma Wilson’s Bear Feel’s Sick and I use the other books to support the concept of  how we can care for others as well as keeping those pesky germs to ourselves.

After reading Bear Feels Sick, we re-enact the story together. I bring out a teddy bear who has the sniffles and lay out the props from the story-all things to help bear feel better. I ask the children if they remember what the animals did in the story to help bear feel better? I invite them to come up, choose and item (i.e. Tissue) and use it on bear. They love caring for bear and it’s also a great opportunity to see if they recall the order in the story and how the items were used.

Song:  Aside from my traditional Opening/closing song routine, in this program we share:

*John Brown’s Baby (tune of Glory Glory Hallelujah) 

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo) -(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo)-(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

John Brown’s baby had a cold upon his chest (achoo)-(Rock arms like your rocking a baby)

So he rubbed it with camphorated oil which is just like Vicks. -(Rub Chest)*

Start song slowly and then speed up faster and faster as you go.

Felicity Floo Visits the Zoo by E.S. Redmond is the story of a sick little girl who has the flu, sneezes and coughs in her hands and then proceeds to touch everything in her path, spreading the germs and a sticky green goo everywhere she goes. (yuck)

After this story we talk about the importance of hand washing and why we should always cover our mouths and nose when we sneeze with our arms or a tissue.

To illustrate this I bring out a spray bottle with water. I ask the children to imagine that I am about to sneeze and I do not  cover my nose or mouth-I then spray all the kids in front of me (usually it’s met with squeals of delight) We chat about how if it was a real sneeze or cough I’d be spraying them with germs not water. I pretend to sneeze again but this time cover the spray spout with my arm.

-after this activity they often ask me to spray them again:)

I’m not a huge fan of offering crafts every program but we have made Get-Well Cards as a closing activity as well.

Love to hear your comments!





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….