Monday, July 21, 2014

The Magical World Of Animals Visits The Westport Library

This past week at the Westport Library, we were lucky enough to be visited by folks from the Kansas City Zoo along with several of their animals.  

We were able to see a leopard tortoise

a rat snake

a Netherland rabbit

and a bare-eyed cockatoo.

Afterwards, the zoo had a table set up with all kinds of animal items for the kids to explore and touch.  They included different types of fur and one very large egg!

We even got some video of the program.  Check it out:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Preschool Storytime: Blast Off!

For Preschool Storytime this past week, our theme was Blast Off, and that is exactly what we did - we took our storytime fun straight to outer space!

After our opening song, we warmed up with the flannel board song/activity We're Flying Off To Space, which goes like this:

We're flying off to space
We're flying off to space
I think we'll see the moon up there
We're flying off to space

At this point, we put the moon up on the flannel board, and the kids were asked what else is in space.  They came up with planets, stars, rockets, and aliens.  We then sang the song again - multiple times, but replaced the word moon with the word planets, stars, rockets and aliens.  As we sang each verse, we added the corresponding item to the felt board. 

(thanks to for the idea.)

We loved reading the following books:

We then moved back to the felt board and did the song/activity If You're Going To The Moon (sung to the tune of If You're Happy and You Know It.)  

This was similar to our first felt board of the day because the kids had to think about what they would wear in space.  Besides a space suit, they came up with a space helmet, gloves and boots. 

As the kids came up with each idea, we put that item on the felt board, sang a new verse of the song and created a movement to go with it.  It went something like this:

If you're going to the moon wear your boots (stomp stomp)
If you're going to the moon wear your boots (stomp stomp)
If you're going to the moon, this is what you have to do
If you're going to the moon, wear your boots (stomp stomp)

Continue on with wear your gloves (clap clap) and wear your helmet (pat pat). (thanks to Mel's Desk for this idea.)

We then practiced counting aliens.

To finish off the day we watched the movie, Curious George: Rocket Ride and sang our goodbye song.

Come join us for our next storytime when our theme will be Around The Pond.  We will be learning all about things that live in or near ponds.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

Storytime For Twos: July 8, 2014

Storytime For Twos at the Westport Library has never been more fun. We began with our opening song and then warmed up with the movement activity Open Shut Them. 

We read:

We practiced shapes on the felt board:

Then we got our material sponge balls out and had a blast squeezing them, switching the balls from hand to hand, bouncing them, and then doing a movement activity which allowed us to practice placement.  (For example, we placed the balls over our heads, under our chins, between our knees, below our feet, behind our backs, etc.)

Come join us next Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. for Storytime For Twos and be part of our awesome reading and learning adventures!  We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Preschool Storytime: Sink or Float

Does it sink or does it float?  That was the theme of our Preschool Storytime this past week.  For a warmup, we sang our hello song (Come Along And Sing With Me) and did the movement activity/song Roll Roll Roll Your Hands.

It was then time to sink into some great books, and we enjoyed the following stories:

Sink or Swim

After reading, we performed science experiments with sinking/floating objects and discovered some important things:

1.  Heavy things are more likely to sink than light things.

2.  Wood and plastic usually float better than metal.

3.  Some metal (like aluminum) does float - depending on its size,   shape and weight.

4.  Sponges can float - but they absorb water and eventually sink when they get heavy enough.

Once our fun science lesson was finished, we moved on to music and sang our ABCs while pointing to the letters on our felt board.

We also watched the movie Max's Bath from the DVD Playtime With Max and Ruby.

Come join us on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 for Preschool Storytime.  With so much good reading going on, you'll be glad that you did!  See you there!

Storytime For Twos: July 1, 2014

Tuesdays at the Westport Library have never been more exciting.  That's because every Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m., it's Storytime For Twos.

This past week, we read:

All three books were incredibly interactive and allowed us to practice counting and colors, learn body parts, identify animals and make various car sounds -  all of which was FUN!

We also did the movement activity Roll Roll Roll Your Hands, sang the alphabet song while pointing out the letters on our felt board and played a matching game with bows.

What we discovered from the bow activity is that it was easier for us to pick out matching items than to identify an item which does not belong - so we will keep practicing this skill.

With all this reading and learning going on, the time flew by, and  before we knew it, it was time to sing our goodbye song (Do You Know What Time It Is) and say so long.

Won't you join us for Storytime For Twos?  With great books, fun learning activities, and lots of laughter, it's the place to be on Tuesday mornings!  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Science, Science, Mmmmm.....

Summer programming at the Westport Library is off to a great start thanks to Stone Lion Puppets and their science-based production, The Lab Rat Experiment.  

The kids enjoyed the black-light part of the musical program while they sang the song Science Science Mmmmm and giggled at the antics of the silly puppets - all while learning fun science facts.  

At the end of the show, Stone Lion Puppets even answered questions and showed the puppets and props to the kids close up - including Einstein R. Rat.

Join us at the Westport Library for our next special kids program on Tuesday, July 15, at 10:00 when the Kansas City Zoo presents The Magical World of Animals.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Preschool Storytime: Bubbles and Books

Preschool Storytime was both fun and informative this past week at the Westport Library.  Our theme was Bubbles and Books - and we had a good time with both!

We began by discussing different ways to make bubbles.  We came up with several ideas:

1.  Blowing bubbles in your milk-filled glass with a straw
2.  Pouring a cup of soda
3.  Bubble bath in the tub
4.  Washing dishes with soap
5.  Chewing gum
6.  Blowing bubbles with a wand
7.  Spit bubbles

To help us understand more about bubbles, we read:

We then decided to dive into some experiments.  We began by dropping popcorn kernels into a cup of soda.  At first they sank - then they magically floated to the top!  We learned that the bubbles in the soda helped the kernels float.

We also learned that bubbles are round because when we blew bubbles from a square bubble wand - the bubbles still came out round!

Then it was time to do what makes storytime so awesome - we enjoyed several great books together like:

After sitting still for several stories, we needed to get active. First we did a couple of movement activities:


A small bubble (make a circle with your hands)
A medium-sized bubble (make a larger circle with your hands)
A great big bubble I see (make a large circle with your arms)
Now let's count them, are you ready? 
1-2-3 (make the three circles again)
POP! (clap hands loudly once.)


Bubble Bath

Bubbly Bubbly Bubbly Bath (wiggle all ten fingers)
Filled to the top (raise fingers overhead)
Listen to the bubbly bubbles (cup hands over ears)
Pop! Pop! Pop! (clap hands three times)

(from the book Family Storytime by Rob Reid)

Then we sang Tiny Tim with the hand movements. (The kids love popping their big pretend bubbles at the end of this one!)

Our storytime movie was Harry The Dirty Dog.

Join us for our next Preschool Storytime (July 1 at 10:00 a.m.) when we will explore another science-based theme - Sink or Float.

Bubbles still float in the air as we watch our storytime movie