Quarterly Report: What I've Read Recently

Another three months have gone, and with it, summer. I miss it already. If you're curious about what I've been reading during the rest of 2014, check out my posts for January to March, and for April to June. I had an interesting quarter of reading, I think, this time around. A wide  variety of things: historical romances, non-fiction, young adult titles, and everything in between. Read on if you want to see what I read these past few months!

Storytime → Bugs


Activity: Finding nametags - I did this during my spring session as well, and I like it because it allows everyone to get to know one another and lets the kids get used to seeing their printed names. It becomes a little game at the beginning for everyone to settle in and find their name and learn their letters at the same time.

Opening Songs

Hands go Up! x2
Open Them, Shut Them x2

The Books

Book 1: I love bugs / Emma Dodd
Book 2: The very hungry caterpillar / Eric Carle

Extension Activities

Action Rhyme: Head and Shoulders [from childhood]
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes,
Eyes, ears, mouth and nose.

Song: The Ants Go Marching [from childhood]
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, hurrah! Hurrah!
The ants go marching one by one, the little one stops to suck his thumb,
And they all go marching down, to the ground, to get out of the rain.
[two/tie a shoe; three/climb a tree]

Song: If You're Happy and You Know It [from childhood]

Action Rhyme: Dance Your Fingers [Webster Library, NYPL YouTube]

Rhyme: Itsy Bitsy Spider [from childhood]


construction paper bee - inspired by this bumblebee craft, I thought it'd be good to have the craft focus on another type of insect that we didn't focus on within the actual storytime section.

Closing Song

The More We Get Together x2

How'd It Go?

It didn't. This was set to be the last session for my summer toddler storytime that never was. Hopefully, I'll be able to reuse it in the future.

Inspired by Artists IV: Jackson Pollock

For one month I'm leading an art series for children, wherein they can learn, experiment, and create art pieces just as the masters did. If you'd like to check out the rest of the series, see the links below:

For the final week of the series we covered Jackson Pollock, a great participant in the abstract expressionist movement of the mid-20th century. I think Pollock, like Picasso, is a great artist for children to learn about because of the basic name recognition that even non-artsy people have with him.

For this session, I wanted participants to learn about how an artist like Pollock moved and used his body to create artwork. I'll be honest, the idea of paint flying everywhere did get me pretty nervous about this session. Because of that, I tried to work in some alternative methods of creating abstract art that wouldn't have kids flinging paint with abandon. This meant incorporating dipped-string painting and paint-blowing (using a straw).

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