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Story Time ~ ART

 

My computer is on it’s way out, but it appears to be working now so I’ll try to get a post in!

Here are my story time plans….which my dog just stole off the table and my husband had to bribe her with a treat to get it back. The paper is a bit soggy and has teethmarks. In case you wanted to know.

Ahem….

Story Time – Art (ages 3-5)

  • Introduction (if there’s anyone new I’ll introduce myself and say a little bit about what we’re going to do. I usually ask how everyone is doing, if they did anything fun over the weekend. If there’s a birthday, we’ll sing 🙂
  • Announcements (I’ll let parents know about upcoming programs or remind them that there’s no story time the next week, etc.)
  • Opening Song: “My Hands Say Hello” (to the tune of “the farmer in the dell”)

My hands say hello, my hands say hello / Every time I see my friends, my hands say hello  (Ask kids to  name body parts and sing the lines again – as many times as your sanity allows.)

  • Books (part 1)

Patrick Paints a Picture by Saviour Pirotta                                                                                                                                            Art by Patrick McDonnell

                

Art is a really cute book about a boy named Art who does….you guessed it! Art. The kids really liked this one. Highly recommend it!! Love all of Patrick McDonnell’s books!

  • Song/Dance Break (I find that I can sometimes get 3 books out of them if we stop for a song/dance break. I usually use “Shake Your Sillies Out” by Raffi. I have no idea what tune this is supposed to go to, so I sort of made one up. It’s great for an especially rowdy group.)
  • Books (part 2)

~If I think they’ll make it through one more book, then I go for it. The third book I read was The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle. This is a great book because it shows the kids that art can be anything you want it to be.

  • Game/Activity (we played The Color Game – which is a song by Jim Gill. I have bags with construction paper circles of each color he mentions in the song and we go through and talk about what colors things are so they are ready for the song (it goes a bit fast.) We had Jim Gill at our library a few years ago and he was AWESOME!
  • Walking, Walking – I usually end with this game/activity/song. They LOVE it. Have them line up in a circle behind you and start walking in a big circle, saying the words and doing the actions.

Walking, Walking (to the tune of “Frere Jacques“)

Walking, walking
Walking, walking
Hop, hop, hop!
Hop, hop, hop!
Running, running, running
Running, running, running
Now we stop
Now we stop.
 
  • Craft (using Bingo Daubers the kids made their own “modern art” pictures. Fun & easy, especially as this particular story time doesn’t leave as much time for a long craft.
  • Snack (Yeah, I usually have a snack. I started it and now I can’t go back. I chose rainbow goldfish for this one, but I also try to get something healthy and allergy-free to go with it. Pre-cut apple slices in a bag (I’ve only been able to find these in larger bags at Walmart or Target) work well and the kids really like them. So do the parents!

Fin. 🙂

 

 

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Picturebook Friday ~ Me…Jane

Little Brown ~ 2011

This picturebook is so lovely, from it’s photo album-like jacket design, to its 19th & early 20th century engravings, and all of the wonderful illustrations by Patrick McDonnell in between. I have been hoarding this book in a pile to review for awhile, and I was so happy to see it was a Caldecott Honor book (along with another favorite, Grandpa Green.)

Me…Jane is like a scrapbook of Jane’s young life, combining actual photos of Jane with her stuffed chimp Jubilee, with the muted engravings of animals, leaves and other things from nature, as well as the gentle comic-style illustrations of the main story. The colors are soft and muted. Most of the text appears on the left page, along with the engravings, and the illustrations on the right, giving the story a slower pace and the reader time to take in the story.I particularly love the double-spread filled with Jane’s actual drawings and diagrams from when she was a child.

The story begins with Jane receiving her stuffed monkey, Jubilee, and takes the reader through her childhood of being outside and observing nature. She learns as much as she can, reading books about animals, and falling in love with Africa, through stories of Tarzan. All of this is done with a very life-like Jubilee by her side. Then she falls asleep, only to wake up in Africa, grown up and studying the chimpanzees. The final picture is not an illustration, but the famous photo of Jane Goodall with a hand outstretched and touching a baby chimp, doing the same as her. The final few pages contain information about Jane, a message from her, and some information about the illustrations and engravings.

Completely Caldecott-worthy. Love it!

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