Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Southside PreSchool Story Time

Storytime Crafts This summer, we had a great session of Preschool Story Time which went along with our “Catch the Reading Bug Summer Reading Program” that featured what else? Bugs! There were spiders, walking sticks, butterflies, bees and ants, Oh My! We made rain sticks, door hangers, placemats, and all kinds of cool stuff!

The Very Hungry CaterpillarAnd of course we read stories about bugs such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, and Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk, and so many more. We sang songs like “The More We Get Together” and “There’s a Spider on the Wall” by Raffi, and did the Itsy Bitsy Spider finger play numerous times in both Spanish and English.

Miss Spider's Tea PartyThe “Bug Lady” came to visit with her awesome collection of butterflies and moths. Children were introduced to their numbers and their alphabet by featuring a letter and a number of the week with color pages and a sticker craft. At one story time we had an attendance of 102! That was fun!

Itsy Bitsy Spider
Since school is in full swing for the kids starting in September, Southside’s Fall session of Preschool Story Time begins on Wednesday, September 24th at 10:30 am. As this blog goes out, I am having a blast planning the themes, finger plays, songs, stories and crafts. Finger plays and rhymes come to life during circle and large groups as preschool children show word meaning through simple actions and finger movements. Preschoolers develop memory and recall skills as they sing and recite the songs and poems. The holidays are coming up, and as the stores display autumn wreaths, costumes, even twinkle, twinkle little stars, they will be reflected in story time in the coming months.

The program is designed for children two to five years old. Preschool Story Time will be running until December 10th, 2008, with the exception of November 26th for Thanksgiving. You can register your child at Southside by calling 955-2828. Until September 24th, please come by Southside Library in Children’s on Monday at 4 pm to enjoy our New Books Story Time. We feature new books before they go out on the shelves. There are also lots of new books and audios that are coming in all the time. Take a look and see for yourself!

post and photo by TT @ SS

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