Growing a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
One Little Seed by Elaine Greenstein
Our summertime reading theme, “Dig into Reading” began this week with our theme, SEEDS. We began by reading the classic color story, Growing a Rainbow. The kids enjoyed the large colorful illustrations. I love the way the author illustrates real flowers and categorized them by their color.
One Little Seed is a very quick read but does a really excellent job illustrating the planting and growing process. The words and illustrations are very simple, but the idea is potentially complex. This is a story that can easily be expounded upon to give your group of children plenty to discuss… or it can be left just as it is for a baby storytime.
My extension activity this week was a fingerplay. This was a big favorite with my group. Many of the children (including ones that would normally be considered a bit too young) were really interested in working out this fingerplay themselves. I repeated it three times during storytime, and I think I could have repeated it a few more times without any complaints.
This Is My Garden
This is my garden
(place left hand, palm toward sky, in front of you)
I’ll rake it with care
(use first 3 crooked fingers of right hand to “rake” left palm)
Then some flower seeds I’ll plant in there
(with thumb and forefinger “pinchers” touch garden four times to plant seeds)
The sun will shine
(right hand pinchers in air above “garden” twist wrist and open fingers)
The rain will fall
(wiggle fingers of right hand down to garden)
And my garden will grow up straight and tall
(put right hand under left hand “garden” push right hand fingers up through left hand to grow)
Our art word this week was SCRIBBLE. We had a brief discussion about the nature of scribbling. We had a brief discussion about whether we enjoyed scribbling (the jury was 50/50). Then we introduced our project this week. This project gave the children the opportunity to scribble with crayons on a smaller piece of paper. They then had were able to scribble with white school glue on top of their crayon scribble and place a variety of beans and seeds in the glue.
Despite the fact that there were multiple opportunities for this project to go wrong, it worked out very well. The amount of glue used was appropriate to the task (for preschoolers) and seeds were not scattered everywhere across the library. Most importantly, the children really seemed to enjoy the fine motor skills of squeezing the glue bottles and placing the seeds.
Featured art station set up:
- White school glue (Elmer’s)
- A variety of seeds and beans