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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Apple Story Time: October 15, 2019

Books:
All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin
From Apple Trees to Cider, Please! by Felicia Sanzari Chernesky
The Starry Giraffe by Andy Bergman *
Tap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson *
Ten Apples Up on Top by Dr. Seuss *

Craft: Standing Apple Tree
This week's craft is based on the picture at left.  The children colored a quarter sheet of cardstock, rolled, and glued it to make into a tree trunk.  I then cut two slits in the top of the roll.  The kids then colored a cloud shape and glued on red tissue paper pieces as apples.  This makes the tree top.  The top was slid into the slits so the tree could stand.

Extension Activities:
- Conduct a taste test.  Try several different types of apples to see which your child/family likes best.
- Visit an apple farm to pick apples.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Fall Story Time: October 7-8, 2019

Books:
Every Autumn Comes the Bear by Jim Arnosky
Fall Is Not Easy by Marty Kelley *
In the Middle of Fall by Kevin Henkes
Red Are the Apples by Marc Harshaman *
When Autumn Falls by Kelli Nidey

Craft: Paper Plate Leaf Wreath
The children were given a paper plate ring with a piece of yarn tied around it for a hanger.  They could glue small fall-colored die-cut leaves on the wreath.  They were also given 5 larger white die-cut leaves to color and glue on.  They could make it into a family wreath by writing the names of their family members on the larger leaves.

Extension Activities:
- Red Are the Apples talks about the different colors seen in the fall.  Play a game of I Spy using fall colors as you go on a fall walk.
- Create a leaf collage.  Collect various fallen leaves and glue them onto paper to make pictures.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Building Blocks Nominees Story Time: Week 4: September 30-October 1, 2019

Books:
Hello Hello by Brendan Wenzel *
I Just Ate My Friend by Heidi McKinnon *
Where Is Bear? by Jonathan Bentley *

Craft: CD Teddy Bear
The kids colored cardstock cutouts of bear's head and paws before gluing to a used cd-rom.




Extension Activities:
- Hello Hello introduces aspects as animals throughout the book.  Ask your child to come up with their own "Hello's" based on the aspects they see in the illustrations.
- Play a game of hide and seek with the CD Teddy Bear craft you make.  Hide the teddy bear and see if your child can find it.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Building Block Nominees Story Time: Week Three: September 23-24, 2019

Books:
Eat Pete! by Michael Rex *
A Perfect Day by Lane Smith *
The Rabbit Listened by Cori Doerrfeld *

Craft: Outlined Rabbit
The kids colored a large sheet with a bunny outline on it.  They then glued on small paper squares to the black outline.

Extension Activities:
- Discuss with your child what things would make up their "perfect day".
- The Rabbit Listened shows different ways to react when things go wrong.  Discuss with your child the different ways of acting and which they think are better.


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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Building Block Nominees Story Time: Week 2: September 16-17, 2019

Books:
Beware the Monster! by Michael Escoffier
Can I Be Your Dog? by Troy Cummings

Craft: Dog Puppet
Kids colored a dog face, ears, and tongue before gluing them to a paper bag to make into a puppet.

Extension Activities:
- Can I Be Your Dog? is told through letters.  Have your child write a letter to someone.  If they are not able to write yet, have them draw pictures to tell a story in the letter.
- Beware the Monster can be a little scary for younger children.  Ask your child for ways they could "beat" the monster to help them combat any fear they might have.


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