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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Rhyming Story Time: February 20, 2018

Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox
Here Comes the Big, Mean Dust Bunny! by Jan Thomas *
Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss
I Dream of an Elephant by Ami Rubinger *
Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas *

Craft: Rhyme Flash Cards
The kids colored a cardstock sheet of rhyming flash cards.  They could then cut the sheet into the flashcards if their adult agreed.

Literacy Extensions:
- Practice rhyming by asking your child to come up with rhymes for common words.
- Make more rhyming flashcards.  Use simple coloring sheet images and large text to print the word on each card.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Valentine's Day Story Time: February 12-13. 2018

Here Comes Valentine Cat by Deborah Underwood *
If You'll Be My Valentine by Cynthia Rylant *
Love Monster by Rachel Bright
Mr. Goat's Valentine by Eve Bunting
The Night Before Valentine's Day by Natasha Wing

Craft: Love Bug
The children colored a large heart as bug wings and glued to a used CD-rom.  An oval was decorated as the head and glued at the point of the heart.  Sequins could be glued on to decorate their love bug.

Literacy Extensions:
- Practice writing skills by having your child write out valentines.  Have them write their names and possibly "I Love You" or "XOXO".
- When reading If You'll Be My Valentine, turn it into a guessing game.  Have your child guess to whom the boy is giving the various valentines.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Skunk Story Time: February 5-6, 2018

The Easter Bunny's Assistant by Jan Thomas *
A Pet for Petunia by Paul Schmid *
The Skunk by Mac Barnett *
Who Needs a Bath? by Jeff Mack

Craft: Skunk
This week's craft is pictured at left.  The kids colored a cardstock cutout of a skunk before gluing on cotton balls for the stripes and white parts of the skunk.

Literacy Extensions:
- At the end of A Pet for Petunia, the girl decides she would like a pet porcupine.  Ask your child for reasons why a porcupine would or would not make a good pet.
- Practice letter recognition.  Ask your child to point out the various letters making up "SKUNK" as you read through the book.

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Best of 2017 Story Time: January 29-30, 2018

Different? Same! by Heather Tekavec *
I Am Bat by Morag Hood *
Toad on the Road by Stephen Shaskan *

Craft: Frog
This week's craft was based on the picture at left.  The kids were given a third sheet of cardstock to color and glue into a cylinder.  Two eyes were glued to the top of the cylinder.  Two long strings of green paper were folded and glued to the sides for legs.

Literacy Extensions:
- Toad on the Road is a great book to introduce safety while playing.  Use the book to discuss rules for playing outside and how to stay safe.
- Extend the book Different? Same! with a visit to the zoo.  As you view the animals ask your child how the various animals are the same and different.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Best of 2017 Story Time: January 22-23, 2017

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin *
Shorty & Clem by Michael Slack *
There's a Pest in the Garden! by Jan Thomas
Chicken Wants a Nap by Tracy Marchini

Craft: Shorty Headband
The children colored a half sheet template of Shorty's face before gluing on three tetth and strips to the back to make into a headband.

Literacy Extensions:
- Groovy Joe promotes sharing.  Do a survey with your child of which foods they would share with others.
- After reading Shorty & Clem, talk about mail and how the postal system works.

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