Here is a timely activity you might be able to fit into your remaining time with students this spring. Peter Reynolds, author/illustrator of "The Dot" has generously created this template for Dream Seeds where students may collect their dreams. What a nice way to send them off for the summer, with some goals and aspirations to work towards!
Memorial Day Art Project!!! This link will take you to an easy art lesson marking Memorial Day designed for kindergarten students. Follow the directions and make a colorful flag with your students. Click on the image to the left for the complete website.
I hope you are all remembering to not only use, but share with staff and parents, all the wonderful artwork Jan Brett so generously makes available on her website at www.janbrett.com. This could make a great newsletter blurb!! If you can't fit in using her Halloween items before the big day, look ahead to Thanksgiving, and Christmas. And don't forget.... she even has Library signs! And bulletin board materials, coloring pages and activities galore. The lady is amazing! I just shared it with my son, who is teaching English as a second language to a group of preschoolers in Moscow. What a treasure trove for him...especially after he receives the Jan Brett books I mailed last week!! Katie
My apologies for not getting you information on this earlier (thanks Sharon for bringing it to my attention). If nothing else mark your calendars for next year (in August) to go to Candlewicks website for their packet to help you plan and celebrate International Dot Day! Meanwhile maybe some of you can still take advantage of the event by sharing Peter Reynolds book "The Dot" with your patrons during what is left of this week and next. Katie
Local author Cherie Stihler just shared this discovery with me.....illustrator Tom Lichtenstein (of Duck Rabbit; Shark vs Train and What Are You Grumpy About? among others) has a wonderful page of downloadable activities related to his books. Just click on the link in the left hand column for Activity Guides. Maybe you'll want to look at the other links as well!!
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Printable Toys with the public on his blog. He may think they're for preschoolers but I think lots of older children will enjoy adding some color and using them for a variety of creative activities. Maybe they'll even be inspired to design some of their own! I personally love the Travel Size Paris set and think you could pair this with books like How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World as well as Eloise and the Madeline series, Babar, The Invention of Hugo Cabret and The Inkdrinker series to name a few. You could extend the concept to a world wide display by adding his Sydney Opera House and then maybe having the students create some other notable landmarks.Joel Henriques has generously shared his
Over the holiday break no less!!! Check it out at Deb Marshall's blog. All you YA lit lovers can sign up and participate and maybe one of us can tweak it into an activity for the far north next year!! I'm sure intrigued and see a book in her TBR (to be read) pile that I heard about just last week....Breadcrumbs by Anne Ursu that I might be inspired to go find at Gullivers or B & N and read for the event! I could get a Kindle version and start tonight but then how would I be able to loan it or donate it to a local library?? Katie
The public library is offering a couple events worthy of sharing with your students.
On Monday, September 26th, a No School Day, they are offering a Drop-In Crafts event with the theme of Hats They say, "Drop by the Berry Room anytime from 1:00 to 5:00 PM and make a free hat craft with materials supplied by the library. For ages 3 and up. "
Also they are putting together a School Berry Room Bulletin Board and inviting students to show their school spirit by participating. For more details call the Youth Services desk at 459-1052. They also show a "Teen Meeting" scheduled for September 1 at 5:00pm in the auditorium.