The best part of Jamboree-by-the-Sea Is when Kate Stadt, Children's Librarian at the Manchester Library, spreads out the books for children to select a book for parent and child one-to-one reading together time. Jamboree starts up again on 3/23.
Last week at Sweet Dreams Story Makers we made glitter glue art. Just drizzle glue on paper, fold and press, and open it up to see what happens. This activity strenghtens tiny hand muscles by squeezing the glue bottles and it develops fine motor skills when we encourage the child to gently hold the ends of the paper to open it up. It develops literacy skills as we engage in conversations and stories about the art. Is it a bug? A butterfly? An umbrella? Why do you think that? What happens if we add more paint? Let's do another. Parents and children participated together in this activity for a half an hour. It took me a while to wipe the glitter glue off the tables, but it was worth it. -Lisa
Here we go round the mulberry bush on a cold and frosty afternoon. 🎶
We had a full house today at the Manchester Library for story time time jam. We are Brain Builders! Babies and toddlers, all 0-3, joined together and we sang Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush, we read Here We Go Round The Mulbery Bush by Jane Cabrera and added lots of verbal play to foster phonemic awareness (Bush, sh, sh, and lots of giggles) we played with balls (hand eye-coordination and labeling colors) while practicing the ASL signs for BALL and MORE, and we jammed out with instruments to This Little Light of Mine and Blue Skies.
It was a fun afternoon and we all enjoyed getting in from the cold. Stay warm!
Self-confidence rises out of a sense of achievement. Children become self-confident when they show competence in an area, whether it be cutting with scissors or finally walking across the room. Words of praise and encouragement help to raise self-esteem, but self-confidence comes from the moments that a child suddenly realizes, "I can do it!" Here is a list of books to read with your children that are great for raising self-confidence awareness.
Today was the first M Is For Museum of the season and the children and parents explored Apple themed books and made Apple Prints. Enjoy!
M Is For Museum is the second Friday of each month at Wenham Museum, a donor and visitor supported non-profit institution.
We had so much fun today at the Manchester-Essex Memorial School playgroup, Music, Books & More, making Hand Print Lions! Now, this may look like just a fun, little craft, but it is so much more - this is Brain Building In Progress! Children explored STEM concepts by tracing and identifying a circle to make the head, they challenged their point of view and spatial awareness by turning their own hand print upside down to create the lion body, they practiced fine-motor skills by cutting the circle out and cutting fringe for the mane, and this was tied into literacy and body-awareness skills when we read the book Here Are My Hands by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault and as we discussed our hands, other parts of our bodies, and laughed and talked about our lives in relationship to each page of the book.
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What you need: Paper plates, yellow paint, yellow paper, black magic markers, glue, googley eyes, child safe scissors.
1. Trace a circle on a piece of yellow construction paper.
2. Cut out the circle
3. Chip into the circle to make a lion mane. Be sure to rough it up to make it look like fur!
4. Decorate the lion face with magic marker and googley eyes. Always have googely eyes on hand - best craft supply ever.
5. Squirt a glob of yellow finger paint or washable paint on a paper plate. Squish it around, draw letters in the paint, make a mess, and finally lay your hand flat in the paint to make a hand print on a blank piece of paper.
6. Make a hand print.
7. Turn the paper upside down. Whoa. Different point-of-view.
8. Glue the head on top of where the pinky finger is painted.
The children in our group each told a story about the lion. One lion was getting ready to race a cheetah. Who won? The lion. Another lion was hanging out with a bee. Another saw an elephant. So many creative stories.
Before this craft we read Here Are My Hands.
And, we practiced identifying sizes and matching our own hands against the opening pages of the book Hands Can, by Cheryl Willis Hudson and photographs by John-Francis Bourke. We talked about how sometimes we may not read a whole book, but just look inside for a specific piece of information, in this case the hand prints. Even the littlest baby got in on the fun and the children laughed that her foot was as small as the biggest hand. ,
Most importantly, we had fun. Parents, grand-parents, children and baby siblings. Laughing, learning and coming together on a beautiful fall morning. See you next week!
Katie, a librarian at the Hamilton-Wenham Library, has put together a fabulous STEM series called Little Explorers. I will be joining her for the next few weeks and helping out. Pre-registration is requested for all or some of the sessions. Hope you can be there!
Lisa Cheney, CFCE Coordinator, Hamilton-Wenham RSD.