Tuesday, January 29, 2019

The Science of Reading

Do yourself a favor and download this free pdf that takes you through the science of reading!

PDF HERE from R-I-S-E Arkansas


Thursday, January 17, 2019

I'm Mr.Snow....

Here in Oklahoma we have a Snow-pocalypse on its way. It reminded me of Snow and Heat Miser and their awesome songs. You know it is on its way when your local weatherman posts this a week before:

For the record, I have never bought bread or milk when a snowstorm is coming. My cart gets hot cocoa, popcorn and bottled water. It is supposed to start in two days. We will see. It may do nothing!
But if it does-I am looking forward to organizing my home office. Yes, Marie Kondo fever has struck me!

I have been working on organizing the library storage room. Everything has a color-coded place. It is still a work in progress!

During Winter Art Time, the kiddos made construction paper penguins and melted snowpeople out of shaving cream mixed with Elmer's glue.
We read a book on penguins and danced to snow songs.

This is the Winter display I did in the children's area.

The snowflakes took me forever to cut. I always use what we have on hand to make displays.

And this is the display I made above the children's shelves. The trees were a total DIY I made with scraps and such.

Blurry, but the sign says " 'Tis the Season to be Reading!"

I have been working on a genealogy project for a patron. I had an "a-ha" moment while researching records because one of them had the person's name badly misspelled. Finding that one missing piece was like doing detective work. I love doing research! 


Monday, January 7, 2019

Winter Wonderland

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Hey all,
A few days ago we had a little Winter weatherice and snowfall. My son enjoyed playing in it! This Winter we have had pretty mild weather for Oklahoma. I fear that means mosquitos will be bad this Summer.

This Winter weather had me looking for some Winter ideas you can use for teaching/homeschooling/library programs. So let’s share!
Do you want to build a snowman?
Look at this snowman segmentation activity. It is great for phonemic awareness. Phonemic awareness is the ability to hear, identify and manipulate sounds. It is so important to develop pa skills in early childhood. You can download it from Fantastic Fun and Learning blog HERE. 

mitten match

Mitten sight word matching looks like so much fun! I believe that this activity would help with learning sight words that are valuable because these words are high frequency--or often seen in reading and writing. This is from Books and Giggles and you can download it HERE.

Melted snowman

I wish I had taken a photo of my melted snowman craftivity-but alas, it is at work at the moment. I plan on doing it at the library during my Winter Art Time program. You use shaving cream and school glue (like Elmer's) to make a puffy paint melted snowman. Then you add his parts. I had seen the idea on Pinterest, but found the template I used for the project at Messy Little Monster and you can get it HERE. 

Stay warm, darlings!