Not sure if I’ve written about it before, but there is an apartment complex near my school that we are doing outreach for over the summer. I think there is a 5th grade teacher hosting a book club; our interventionist has bookmarked and modeled some “educational” websites, and I am doing storytime every other week.
I think that out of all of the hats I wear as a librarian / library media specialist/ teacher – librarian, my favorite is planning and doing storytime. Especially a storytime that might not have a thing to do with a curriculum standard. A storytime just for fun and a storytime just for the encouragement to love reading and books has always been what I enjoy the most. So, it is summertime and that’s what I’m doing…here is what I’ve done with them so far. No pictures yet, but if I think about it, I’ll upload some later.
Storytime #1 – Summer Theme!
We read Let’s Do Nothing by Tony Fucile and Power and Glory by Emily Rodda. We started with a fingerplay and talked about what we enjoy doing during the summer (watching TV, playing video games, playing outside, etc.). I also had other books around that had to do with the summer – they looked through those after I was done reading.
Let’s Do Nothing was the last book I read and it ends with “let’s do SOMETHING!” so we decorated cookies to look like the beach. I brought plain sugar cookies (beach), blue icing (water), goldfish, teddy grahms (sunbathers), life saver candy (floats), and gum (cut up into little rectangles to look like beach towels). Each kid got a cookie and set to decorating it (and eating it, of course!). I also gave them reading logs from the public library summer reading program to keep up with. The public library is treating me like a daycare, in that, I gave the kids reading logs and I will be keeping up with prizes. The parents of these kids won’t have to worry about getting them to the public library throughout the summer to pick up prizes, which I think is really great. Not sure of the background and home life of all these kids, but it seems to be that a lot of the parents work (and/or are single parents) and probably don’t have the time to get them to the public library, so I’m glad they are working with me on this.
Storytime #2 – Let’s eat!
I read Wild Boars Cook by Meg Rosoff and The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog by Mo Willems; again I had other food themed books there for them to look at after storytime. We again started with a fingerplay.
Wild Boars Cook ends with a massive cookie recipe. I brought a copy of the recipe for everyone and after reading the book, we made our own massive cookie! I brought everything we needed: flour, sugar, eggs, salt, baking soda, m&ms, chocolate chips, and gumdrops (that’s what wild boars put on their cookies!) I also brought measuring spoons, cups, etc. and we all read the recipe together, mixed up the ingredients and stuck it in the oven. It does take 30 minutes to bake and I knew that not everyone would be able to stick around and wait, so just like every cooking show you’ve ever seen, I had one already baked and finished for them to eat. I hope that they came back the next day to get a little bit of the cookie THEY made! (this apartment complex has a community center with a kitchen, which is where I am doing the storytimes).
Next time = music theme! Marty will be helping me and the Wii will be involved – can’t wait!