Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pumpkins!

This Toddler Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 29, 2014.

Books:
Apples and Pumpkins by Ann Rockwell, illustrated by Lizzy Rockwell




Plumply, Dumply Pumpkin by Mary Serfozo, illustrated by Valeria Petrone





Songs:

Everybody Say Hello!
(tune: "London Bridge")

Everybody say hello, say hello, say hello,
Everybody say hello, hello Wesley!

(Wesley is my turtle puppet who pops out of my apron pocket whenever we sing this song.  Then he sits quietly on his rock and listens to the stories and sings along with us.  At the end of storytime he says goodbye to the children, gives them high fives, eats pretend food from their hands, blows kisses, and plays hide and seek!)


Pumpkins Growing

(tune: "Are You Sleeping?")

Pumpkins growing...(echo)
On the ground (echo)
Look at all the pumpkins (echo)
Orange and round (echo)


Rhymes: 

Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Pumpkin, pumpkin, sitting on a wall,

(sit up straight and tall)
Pumpkin, pumpkin, tip...and fall!
(lean to one side, then fall over)
Pumpkin, pumpkin, rolling down the street
(roll across the floor)
Pumpkin, pumpkin, trick or treat!
(sit up straight)



Playtime Activities:
Today I offered a cut pumpkin for the children to explore!  This type of experience can provide a great opportunity to enrich your child's vocabulary!  Why not try using some of these words while describing a pumpkin to your child?:
Lined, Little, Smelly, Light, Fat, Orange, Rough, Round, Hard, Short, Green, Speckled, Big, Bumpy, Plump, Tall, Smooth, Heavy, White, Squishy, Cold, Stringy, Slimy, Soft, etc.

Here are photos from today's storytime:











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I left the pumpkin out until Miss Michelle's Preschool Storytime dismissed.  Here are a few photos of some of the children in her Preschool program:











Each Toddler Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Every Child Ready to Read® @ your library®, PLA and ALSC logos are registered trademarks of the American Library Association and are used with permission.

Papa Bear & Me Storytime

This Papa Bear and Me Storytime was presented at Bellevue Public Library on October 28, 2014.

Books:

Let's Build by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Miki Sakamoto




Mighty Dads by Joan Holub, illustrated by James Dean



Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson




Daddy's Zigzagging Bedtime Story by Alan Lawrence Sitomer, illustrated by Abby Carter










Each Papa Bear & Me Storytime includes activities that support one or more of the five early literacy practices identified as essential in helping your child develop the skills they need before they can learn to read. The five practices – singing, talking, reading, playing and writing –were developed for Every Child Ready to Read®, an initiative of the Association for Library Services for Children (ALSC) and the Public Library Association (PLA).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Reading at the Ranch 2014!


Reading at the Ranch, a Wake Robin Elementary School activity sponsored by Wake Robin's PTA, was held at Bellevue Berry Farm and Pumpkin Ranch on October 23, 2014. 


Books:

Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas



Spider Sandwiches by Claire Freedman, illustrated by Sue Hendra



Monster Needs a Costume by Paul Czajak, illustrated by Wendy Grieb



Song:



Check out the BEAUTIFUL evening we enjoyed at the ranch!

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Here is Miss Michelle reading "Monster Needs a Costume"

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Here are some photos from the event:





My chihuahua, Henry, put on his favorite costume for Reading at the Ranch.








Miss Michelle and I thank Principal Zavala and the Wake Robin PTA for inviting us to be guest readers at Reading at the Ranch again this year.  We had a wonderful time!



Native American Cultural Fair

The Bellevue Public Library's Native American Cultural Fair was held at the library on Saturday, October 11, 2014.

Headlining our event was award-winning author Joseph Bruchac.  Mr. Bruchac's visit was funded by Humanities Nebraska, Mrs. Carol Gendler, Nebraska Arts Council, Nebraska Cultural Endowment, UNO College of Education, and the Omaha Public Schools Native Indigenous Centered Education Program.  Joe (as he introduced himself) is the author of more than 120 books which include picture books, chapter books, young adult novels, and books for adults.

Joe entertained his audience with a variety of tales from native American tribes.  His wonderful storytelling kept everyone captivated as we laughed and responded to his tales. While photos were not taken of his performance, here are some pictures taken before his presentation and at the meet and greet and book signing that took place afterwards.






Pamela Duncan, standing to the right of Joe, was on hand to provide sign language interpretation for anyone who needed the service.




Ellen Scott from The Bookworm Bookstore was on hand to sell copies of a few of Joe's books following his presentation.  Joe was gracious in making himself available to sign copies of his books, sit and chat with some audience members, and pose for photos.










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Following Joseph Bruchac's performance, attendees were invited to enjoy the music of local musician Michael Murphy.  Michael brought a Native American flute, as well as a drone flute to play for his audience.  He also spent time showing children how to decorate their own balsa wood flutes to take home.



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Several parents and interested adults stepped forward to help the children.  Some cut lengths of yarn while others helped the children with wrapping the yarn around the flute.








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If you are interested in Michael Murphy's music, you might like to purchase one of his CDs, which are available at Rebecca's Indian Trading Post.

Rebecca's Indian Trading Post generously loaned us a table-full of artwork, herbs, clothing, and musical instruments which we placed on exhibit during this event. Regretfully I didn't get any photos of the display.  If any of my readers happened to take a photo of the display, I would love to add the photo to this post!  

Our Cultural Fair also included a puppet show performed by local puppeteer Brian Henning.  The audience arrived and took their seats in anticipation of the start of the show.





Brian Henning, seen backstage before his performance of "Native American Tales", an original puppet show.



In Brian's "Native American Tales", Little Crow's sister, Mourning Dove, tells him several tales she had learned from their grandmother.  The stories included "How Opossum Got Her Tail", "How Beaver Raced Turtle", "How Crow Became Black", and "A Mouse Tale" (a version of the story about an ant and a grasshopper).


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I am so grateful to Susan McWilliams, Assistant Professor at UNO College of Education, who contacted me about hosting Joseph Bruchac during his visit to the metro area.  Susan is a member of the Omaha Family Literacy Partnership which worked to bring Mr. Bruchac to town.  Her patience in answering my myriad logistical questions was very much appreciated!  I hope this is not the last time you see her name in my blog, as I would love to partner with her again in hosting an author visit or other activities designed to encourage and celebrate literacy within families!