Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Off to Preschool!


Preschool is a wonderful and exciting time for your child!  It is an opportunity to make new friends and learn from other adults.  Share your excitement about school with your child.  Focus on all the fun, new things he'll be learning and doing.  If you're excited, then your child will be too!

Once school starts, reserve some special quiet time for you and your child at the end of the day.  Take a few minutes to talk about your child's day, share some books, and other familiar activities.  No matter the age, reading aloud is one of the most important things you can do with your child.  Reading aloud builds many important literacy skills and helps children recognize what reading for pleasure is all about.  Ask at the Early Learning Center Help Desk if you'd like some school-related book recommendations.

Remember, some children will need several weeks to transition into a new routine, so give them time!     

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

You Don't Want To Miss Out!



Our Dive into Reading summer program is almost over! Be sure to stop into any of our three branches no later than August 8 to claim prizes for your child and your family!  Prizes for children from birth through 8th grade include:


  • Choice of a paperback book or a mini-bundle of comic books (while supplies last)
  • Pass to swim free one time at Wing Park Pool or Lords Park Pool
  • Ticket to attend A Night at the Library Event
  • Spin the prize wheel to get a coupon from a local business


Thursday, July 26, 2018

Storytime Programs - Summer 2018, Week Eight

Welcome to the final week of Summer storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Row, Row, Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera (presented with puppets) Click here to find the book in the catalog.
I Love Boats by Flora McDonnell Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: Splashing Up and Down
Splashing up and down in my little red rowboat (bounce baby)
Splashing up and down in my little red rowboat
Splashing up and down in my little red rowboat
Won't you be my darling?
Waving to a whale.... (wave)
Don't stand up or you might tip over (lean left and right)


                        Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child develops the capacity to share the use of space and materials with others.
Approaches to Learning - Self-Regulation 4: Share Use of Space and Materials

Child demonstrates an increasing ability to observe, anticipate, and reason about the relationship between cause and effect.
Cognition Science 1: Cause and Effect

Preschool Puppets & More! Storytime
 (For 2 year olds-Kindergarten and an adult caregiver)

Books
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck Click here to find the book in the catalog.

YouTube Song
 I'm A Little Fish by Laura Doherty (Click on the image below to watch it one more time.)




                         Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:


Child shows interest in books, songs, rhymes, stories, and other literacy activities in increasingly complex ways.
Language & Literacy Development 5: Interest in Literacy

Child develops close relationships with one or more familiar adults (including family members) and interacts in an increasingly competent and cooperative manner with familiar adults.
Social and Emotional Development 3: Relationships & Social Interactions with Familiar Adults

Spanish Family Storytime/Cuentos para la Familia (For the whole family)

STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math)

Activities
Science: Children learned how animals like seals, whales, and walruses survived the cold ocean thanks to their blubber. To learn this children put their hand in a plastic glove, spread shortening on the glove then wrapped with plastic wrap.  After that, they placed that hand in ice water.

Technology: Children used coloring sheets and the Quiver app to see their colored images in 3D!
For Engineering children “built” boats out of egg cartons or with corks and saw them floating on water.

Art: Children made an under the ocean theme on a graham cracker with frosting and fish crackers and afterwards ate their creation.

Math: Children counted the animals that were in front of them, mentioned the animals, and if the animals lived in water, had shells, etc.

It was a program full of learning and fun!  At home try any of these activities and learn more about the ocean!

Como último programa de verano sobre el océano este verano, quería que las familias aprendieran sobre el océano con las actividades de STEAM. (Ciencia, Tecnología, Ingeniería, Arte, Matemática).
Estas fueron las actividades que hicieron los niños:

Para Ciencia, los niños aprendieron sobre animales como focas, ballenas y morsas y cómo sobreviven el océano frío gracias a su grasa.
Los niños pusieron la mano en un guante de plástico, untaron la manteca alrededor del guante y luego lo envolvieron en una envoltura de plástico. Luego, colocaron esa mano en agua con hielo.
¡Esta fue una gran manera de saber cómo estos animales se mantienen calientes!

Para la Tecnología, los niños usaron hojas para colorear y usaron la aplicación Quiver para ver sus imágenes en 3D.

Para la Ingeniería "construyeron" barcos de cajas de huevos o con corchos y los vieron flotando en el agua.

Para el Arte, decoraron una galleta con tema “bajo el océano” con glaseado, galletas de peces y  y luego comieron su creación.

Para las Matemáticas contaron los animales que estaban frente a ellos y mencionaron los animales y mencionaron si los animales vivían en el agua, tenían conchas, etc.

¡Fue un programa de aprendizaje y diversión!  ¡En su casa intenta algunas de las actividades y aprenda más sobre el océano!










Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Storytime Programs - Summer, 2018, Week Seven

Welcome to the seventh week of Summer storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Peekaboo! in the Ocean by Child's Play
Wiggle Like an Octopus! by Harriet Ziefert and Simms Taback Click here to find the book in the catalog.


Action Rhyme: The Fish in the Ocean
The fish in the ocean swim about (make swimming motions with arms)
Swim about, swim about
The fish in the ocean swim about
All day long
Octopus - wiggles his arms/ shark -eats them up (open arms big and wide and clamp shut like a mouth)


                        Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child shows increasing proficiency in fundamental locomotor skills (e.g. rolling, crawling, cruising, walking, running, jumping, galloping)
PD 1: Perceptual-Motor Skills and Movement Concepts

Child shows increasing awareness of self as distinct from and also related to others.
SED 1: Identity of Self in Relation to Others

Preschool Puppets & More! Storytime
 (For 2 year olds-Kindergarten and an adult caregiver)

Books
My Octopus Arms by Keith Baker Click here to find the book in the catalog. 

Action Rhyme: Ocean Hokey Pokey
You put your crab claws in
You take your crab claws out
You put your crab claws in and snap them all about
You do the ocean motion and you turn yourself about
That's what it's all about!
(You put your shark teeth in...and you chomp them all about)
(You put your octopus arms in...and you hug them all about)
                          


                         Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:


Child shows increasing awareness of letters in the environment and their relationship to sound.
LLD 9: Letter & Word Knowledge

Child increasingly persists in understanding or mastering activities, even if they are challenging or difficult.
ATL REG 3: Engagement & Persistence

Spanish Family Storytime/Cuentos para la Familia (For the whole family)

Books/Libros 
¿Dónde estoy? by Gabriela Rubio/Where am I? by Gabriela Rubio  Click here to find the book in the catalog/Haga clic aquí para encontrar el libro en el catálogo.

Todas las semanas he estado leyendo adivinanzas de una caja de Tesoro.  Dentro de la caja de Tesoro está la contestación de la adivinanza, un animal peluche del mar.
Ésto les ayuda a los niños a pensar y preguntar sobre los animales del mar.  ¡También ellos pueden hacer sus propias adivinanzas a ver si las puede constestar! ¡Hazlo un juego!

Every week I have been reading riddles from a Treasure Chest and inside the treasure chest there is an ocean animal.

This helps children think and wonder what animals live in the sea.
They can also make up their own riddles; see if you too can guess! Make it a game!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Storytime Programs - Summer 2018, Week Six

Welcome to the sixth week of Summer storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Books
Busy Elephants by John Schindel Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Splash! by Flora McDonnell Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Up the Hill (presented with puppets)
Here goes a turtle up the hill, creepy, creepy, creep, creep (extend arm down slightly like a hill and creep other hand up arm)
Here goes a rabbit up the hill, hop, hop, hop, hop (hop hand up arm)
Here goes a snake up the hill, slither, slither, slither, slither (slither hand up arm)
Here goes an elephant up the hill, thud, thud, thud, thud (move heavily up arm)
Here comes an elephant down the hill, boom, boom, boom, boom, CRASH!  (bounce hand down arm and clap hands loudly for CRASH!)


                        Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child explores the environment in increasingly focused ways to learn about people, things, materials, and events. 
Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation 1: Curiosity and Initiative in Learning

Child understands increasingly complex communication and language.
Language and Literacy Development 1: Understanding of Language

Preschool Puppets & More! Storytime
 (For 2 year olds-Kindergarten and an adult caregiver)

Books
Solomon Crocodile by Catherine Raynor Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Alligator, Alligator
Alligator, alligator long and green
Alligator, alligator teeth so mean
Snapping at a fly, snapping at a bee
Snapping at a frog but he didn't catch me


                         Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child becomes increasingly competent and cooperative in interactions with peers.
SED 4: Social and Emotional Development

Child explores the environment in increasingly focused ways to learn about people, things, materials, and events.
Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation 1: Curiosity and Initiative in Learning

Storytime Programs - Summer 2018, Week Five

Welcome to the fifth week of Summer storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)


Books
Leo Can Swim by Anna McQuinn Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Brave Buzzy (from Buzzy's Big Beach Book) by Harriet Ziefert and Emily Bolam Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: All Around the Kiddie Pool (Tune: Pop Goes the Weasel)
All around the kiddie pool
The children chased the bubbles
The children laughed and had such fun
Pop, go the bubbles!  (clap loudly)



                        Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child develops the capacity to share the use of space and materials with others.
Approaches to Learning and Self-Regulation 4

Child shows awareness of safety and increasingly demonstrates knowledge and safety skills when participating in daily activities.
Health 1

Preschool Puppets & More! Storytime
 (For 2 year olds-Kindergarten and an adult caregiver)

Books
The Whale in my Swimming Pool by Joyce Wan Click here to find the book in the catalog.
Breathe by Scott Magoon Click here to find the book in the catalog.

Action Rhyme: Three Jellyfish
Three jellyfish, three jellyfish
Three jellyfish sitting on a rock
One fell off.
Two jellyfish, two jellyfish
Two jellyfish sitting on a rock
One fell off.
One jellyfish, one jellyfish
One jellyfish sitting on a rock
One fell off.
No jellyfish, no jellyfish
No jelly jellyfish sitting on a rock.


                         Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child shows increasing proficiency in fundamental locomotor skills (e.g. walking, running, jumping)
PD 2: Gross Locomotor Movement Skills

Child develops relationships with one or more familiar adults and interacts in a cooperative manner with familiar adults.
SED 4: Relationships & Social Interactions with Familiar Adults


Thursday, June 28, 2018

Storytime Programs - Summer 2018, Week Four

Welcome to the fourth week of Summer storytime programs.  In addition to our weekly storytimes, there are numerous special events happening so be sure to check our Events Calendar http://gailbweb.gailborden.info/evanced/lib/eventcalendar.asp, give us a call, or stop by the desk in the Early Learning Center if you would like more information.  We hope that you'll be joining us.  Remember, we have storytimes at all three locations!  Below you will find some of the books, rhymes, and fingerplays we are presenting this week.

Tiny Tales (For babies 0-23 months and an adult caregiver)

Big Books
Sing a Song of Sixpence by Pam Adams
I'm a Little Teapot by Lakeshore Learning
(These books are not available for check out.  Please ask at the Early Learning Center Help Desk for similar titles.)

Action Rhyme: Five Fat Sausages
Five fat sausages frying in a pan (hold up five fingers)
All of a sudden - one went "BANG"! (clap loudly)
Four/Three/Two/One/Zero



                        Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child shows increasing ability to add and subtract small quantities of objects.
Cognition: Math 3: Number Sense of Math Operations

Child develops the capacity to share the use of space and materials with others.
Approaches to Learning – Self-Regulation 4: Interest in Literacy

Preschool Puppets & More! Storytime
 (For 2 year olds-Kindergarten and an adult caregiver)

Books
Clumsy Crab by Ruth Galloway Click here to find the book in the catalog.  

Action Rhyme: Five Little Seashells
Five little seashells sleeping on the shore
Swish! went a big wave, and then there were four
Four little seashells quiet as can be
Swish! went a big wave, and then there were three
Three little seashells pearly and new
Swish! went a big wave, and then there were two
Two little seashells having great fun
Swish! went a big wave, and then there was one
One little seashell lying in the sun
Swish! went a big wave, and there were none
Five little seashells gone out to sea
Wait until morning and they'll return to me


                         Parents & Caregivers

Kindergarten Readiness is one of Gail Borden’s top priorities for your preschoolers.  Today in storytime, your child will practice the following KIDS standards:

Child shows developing understanding of number and quantity.
COG: MATH 2: Number Sense of Quantity

Child develops the capacity to share the use of space and materials with others.
ATL-REG 4: Shared Use of Space and Materials

Spanish Family Storytime/Cuentos para la Familia (For the whole family)

Books/Libros 
Breathe by Scott Magoon Click here to find the book in the catalog/Haga clic aquí para encontrar el libro en el catálogo. 


Activity w/Parachute and Youtube Song: “Las olas del mar” by Tu Rockcito 


Hoy en nuestro programa de cuentos leímos el libro Breathe (Respira) por Scott Magoon. El libro cuenta de una bebé ballena que disfruta de su hábitat, el mar. ¡Utilizamos el paracaídas para hacer las olas del mar, hacia arriba y abajo!  Para diversión en su casa con su niño pueden utilizar una sábana y moverla hacia arriba y abajo, de lado a lado fingiendo que son olas del mar y también pueden mencionar las criaturas que viven en ella. ¡Miren a ver cuántas conocen!


Today in our storytime we read the book Breathe by Scott Magoon. A story about a 
baby whale who enjoys its habitat, the ocean.  We used a parachute to make ocean
waves, up and down and side to side!   For fun at home, you and your child can use
a blanket, make ocean waves, up and down, side to side, and mention ocean animals! 
See how many you know!