Monday, July 28, 2014

Preschool Storytime: Around The Pond

This week at Preschool Storytime we learned all about ponds and the animals and plants who live in and near them.

To begin, as the children arrived for storytime, they listened to "pond sounds," including frogs, crickets, and more.

We then read the following books:

We did a feltboard game called What's In The Pond  

and did the tube story/song - Five Green and Speckled Frogs.

We then sang our goodbye song and said so-long until our next Preschool Storytime adventure.

Join us for storytime this coming Tuesday at 10:00 when we will have a special musical guest:  The Sugar Free All Stars!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hooray For Storytime For Twos! July 22, 2014

Storytime For Twos at the Westport Library is always filled with fun! This past week, we read:

Afterward, we got out the streamers and moved all over the place. We twirled, bounced, shook, waved, wiggled, marched, hopped, jumped and made shapes with the streamers - and the kids loved it.  

Why don't you join us for some of the fun?  Our next Storytime For Twos will be Tuesday, August 12 at 9:30 a.m.  See you there!

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!