Friday, February 25, 2011

Baby Program: Share Words

This was the first time I've done a (very simple) draw and tell for babies.  It was well received!  After the "story," I explained that in a similar way, one should explain to the baby what one is doing throughout the day -- describing the chores being done etc.


(If the embedded image does not display, visit the upper right hand corner of this blog. Under "Youth Services Programs and Resources," choose "Baby Programs, 6-23 mos." Then choose "(2011 2 23)
Share Words.")


Thursday, February 24, 2011

Gotta Move! Program: Birthdays (Letters Bb & Cc)

I had a LARGE group for this program today -- 20 kids and 13 adults.  With some newbies and kids ranging from infants to six year olds ... It was all I could do to keep the attention (and control!!) of the crowd and make sure everyone was as engaged as possible and having fun ...  Forget about any "talking points" on ECRR to the adults! 

That's one reason I am a stickler about making and giving the program handout below.  Before I begin, I make sure I put it in the hands of every grown up and say, "This is what we are doing and why we are doing it."  True, a few handouts get left behind, but it's an effort at communicating the importance of the early literacy skills.   

(If the embedded image does not display, visit the upper right hand corner of this blog. Under "Youth Services Programs and Resources," choose "Music and Movement (and Early Literacy!) Programs)." Then choose "(2011 2 24) Birthdays (Letters Bb and Cc)."



For the "Four Candles" rhyme, I had four plastic, battery operated candles that turned off and on.  Below are the images I used to tell "Rub a Dub Dub."  (They are available in the "Graphics" folder.)  They were also in the Sound Suitcases.  (I had a Bb and a Cc sound suitcase today.)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Toddler Program: Talking about Love (Narrative Skills)

I am liking the visual communication of information on this handout. If parents are the reluctant readers of programming handouts, here's plenty of white space and visuals!

(If the embedded image does not display, visit the upper right hand corner of this blog. Under "Youth Services Programs and Resources," choose "Toddler, ages 2 and 3." Then choose "(2011 2) Talking about Love.")

Saturday, February 12, 2011

What Is the Public Library?

Old Graduate Notes Re-Thought and Linked

Education vs. Entertainment?
  • "The Profession" by Melvil Dewey in the American Library Journal Volume 1 Number 1reprinted in LJ Classics June 15, 1989
    • Yes, Dewey the ideal is to "...shape the reading, and through it the thought, of [our] whole community" but as you yourself also said we must also continue "... regarding carefully the wants of [our] special community."
    • "The school teaches them to read; the library must supply them with reading which shall serve to educate..." 
... Intellectual Freedom!  A Celebration of Equal Access to All Forms of Information
Information vs. Knowledge?
... Investment in the Use of the Mind!  A Commitment to Community and Social Resources

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

"Silly Bears" Print Motivation Program for Toddlers



Print the images below on card stock.  Cut the polar and panda bear in half, and cut the brown bear in four pieces to create puzzle pieces.  The third page of brown bears were images I might use next time.