Thursday, February 22, 2018

St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Fundraiser

Update 2/22/18 - Thank you to everyone who has donated so far, I have raised 2,225$ with your support.


I always joke about shaving my head but now I am finally going through with it. Yup, March 23rd, 2018 I’m shaving my head with the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to raise money and fund cures for kids with cancer. Join me in raising awareness and money for childhood cancer research.

Every two minutes, a child is diagnosed with cancer – that’s 300,000 kids every year. St. Baldrick’s exists to find cures for these brave kids. By raising money and shaving my head, we are helping to fund the most-promising childhood cancer research in the world.

My hair will be donated to Wigs for Kids. Wigs for Kids has been providing Hair Replacement Systems and support for children who have lost their hair due  medical issues at no cost to children or their families.

Please help support this cause and my efforts to educate about childhood cancer with your donation to St. Baldrick's today. 


Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mardi Gras - School Age Program

Our Mardi Gras Program was for kids 5+ and we hosted this program at night.  Next time I think we'd consider an after school event as the turnout was low.  During any of the craft time we played the cd Jazz for Kids; Sing, Clap, Wiggle and Shake.  

Book - 
Lady Pancake & Sir French Toast by Josh Funk

Felt - Princess and the Pea and the Pancake
Using the story The Princess and the Pea by Harriet Ziefert, I rewrote the story so that the pea is hidden under 10 pancakes, 10 splashes of maple syrup and 10 pats of butter.  I cut the shapes for each ingredient.  I passed all the shapes out randomly and then had the kids add them to a plate I brought so we could see how high the stack got. I will include the rewritten script at the bottom of the post. 

Craft - Make jester hats using the templates at the link below. You will need construction paper in three colors , scissors, glue and a stapler or tape.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Today Only - Share the Love Double Your Donation Event

Valentines Day any donations you make I will double with my own money. So not only will I shave my head and donate my hair for St.Baldricks children's cancer research I will also be donating my own money. Any donation made within the 24hrs of February 14th (with a little wiggle room on the sides for friends in all the time zones) I will double with my own money in one lump sum the next day.

Please donate, like and share.


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Preschool Storytime - Sharing

The More We Get Together (And Read Together): Storytime Welcome Song by Jbrary

The more we get together, together, together
The more we get together
The happier we'll be
For your friends are my friends
and my friends are your friends
The more we get together
The happier we'll be

The more we read together, together, together
the more we read together
the happier we'll be.
Read big books and small books
Read short books and tall books
The more we read together
the happier we'll be.

Share, Big Bear, Share by Maureen Wright
Groovy Joe Dance Party Countdown by Eric Litwin
The Very Greedy Bee by Steve Smallman

Wiggle Your lah-De-Da by Ralph's World for All Around Ralph's World
Dance Freeze Melt by Mr. Eric and Mr. Micheal from Rockin' Red

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Parachute Play Songs

This is an update to my first Parachute Play post. That post was a full program based around the parachute; it also included some stories.  This post will be songs and rhymes that I have been using lately at the end of a traditional preschool storytime for children ages 3-5 years old and their grownup. I usually do parachute play for one class during a 6-8 week block of storytimes and we will play for about 15 minutes. All of these activities work best with grownups helping at the chute so that no one gets knocked to the ground.  I usually pick a few of the songs each time.  I don't do everything listed below because I think that would be a very, very long storytime. 
Omaha Public Library

Bread and Butter
Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let's say shake the chute as high as we can

Bread and butter, marmalade and jam
Let's say shake the chute as low as we can


Let's Go Riding on an Elevator from Jbrary

Let's go riding on an elevator
Elevator, elevator,
Let's go riding on an elevator,
Come along with me!
First floor, Second floor, Third floor, Fourth floor, Fifth floor,
And.... down-down-down-down-down.