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Frogs Preschool Storytime

This week at the center we had frogs for our preschool storytime, it was fun and I got to try out some new storytelling techniques.

We opened up with a Jim Gill song–I Can’t Wait to Celebrate! And then did a little introduction to frogs, what they eat, how they move, how they eat, and so on.

I then read Karma Wilson’s Frog in a Bog–I love the rhyme, but the pictures SUCK. Really, it is hard to see what you are saying, so one has to do a lot of pointing out. A Frog in the Bog

Then we were going to do Raffi’s 5 Green and Speckled Frog, but ended up doing Jumping and Counting to get the wiggles out.
After that I read Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton, which is an amazing storytime book, with all kinds of fun actions for the kids to make as the story is told. Down by the Cool of the Pool

I then presented a fold and tell story for the kids, of the Rain Hat. It involved folding paper to make a rain hat, then a firefighter hat, then a pirate hat, and then a boat, which we all rode in until it crashed and became a life jacket. It was really funny because a kid in the audience was actually wearing a pirate hat.

After that we sang the Wiggleworm’s Row, Row, Row your boat, which involved tied in with the fold and tell.

Our final element was a creative dramatic of the book Rainy Day Puddle, RAINY DAY PUDDLE which is a much better creative dramatic then a book. The kids acted out the animal sounds then one character jumped in as the other kids made rain sounds.

Chicken Preschool Storytime

My boss came to observe this storytime, and I was pretty nervous. I actually recorded myself doing the storytime in advance so I would have plenty of practice, and so I would make sure I was panning and pacing correctly. That was a really good experience, and periodically I will do this if I’m worried about a flannel or activity. Fortunately my boss had lots of good things to say, just suggesting I make sure the volume on the CD player was high enough to reach the back of the room.

Opening Song: Jump Up, Turn Around, Jim Gill

Intro: Chicken puppet and eggs! (the chicken puppet actually laid eggs, we talked about vocabulary, and we had an egg in a shell puppet to talk about how chicks hatch from eggs)

Book: Cock-a-Doodle Quack! Quack!, Ivor Baddiel Cock-A-Doodle Quack Quack

Song: Milkshake Song, Songs for Wiggleworms

Book/Flannel Little Red Hen Little Red Hen Big Book
(First we read the book, then the children helped me tell the story with the flannel, and I told the parents about the importance of ready to read narrative skills, and encouraged the children to tell the story at home.)

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It!

Flannel Where’s the Chicken? (I omitted this, as we were running short on time)

Book: Hungry Hen, Richard Waring Hungry Hen

Craft: Chick in Shell (children cut out shapes that came together to make an egg shape, which were hooked together with a brad, so a baby chick popped out)

Overall, this storytime was a lot of fun, and the excitement was added to when the flannel board unexpectedly came crashing down when I went to start the “Little Red Hen” flannel. The entire room of 65 children (mostly preschool age, but some toddlers and infants) and parents went dead silent, and fortunately no one was hurt, not even the flannel board. Everyone recovered quickly–and since I had everyone’s attention, we were able to continue with the story!

Final Project

Originally, I had planned on starting a new blog for my final project, but upon consideration I thought it would be appropriate to host the work for my final project on my blog here, as it is a location dedicated to my professional work and was founded to share my ideas on literacy and particularly in libraries. One of the most important directions that literacy in libraries is headed is towards promoting the skills needed to use the electronic tools that more and more libraries are adopting and investing so much time and money on adding to their websites’. So, I will be using this blog to track the process of my project, to present my conclusions, and host the tools I plan on creating to help resolve some of the accessibility issues I’m discovering.

 

For my final project for my Master’s in Library Science degree, I am reviewing the electronic presences of four libraries in order to determine to what degree they provide assistance to children, teachers, and parents in using the various digital tools they offer. All of the libraries reviewed provide a variety of services for patrons on their websites, ranging from the OPAC (online public access catalog), subscription databases, downloadable e-books and audio books, RSS, as well as other Library 2.0 type technologies. The degree to which these tools are accessible varies depending on the website and the service. Some tools are difficult to access because they are buried in the website, while others lack clear directions in how to use the service. However, the largest barrier to use of most libraries’ electronic services is that they lack sufficient explanation to illustrate why someone would want to use the service through a clear description of what can be achieved through its use and the audience it is directed towards.

 

In my next posts, I will introduce the four libraries I am reviewing and then talk about some of the services they offer.

Ten Random Things about Me

I am a pretty random person, and I talk too much, a lot of it about myself (sorry folks, I’m working on it!) So this activity should be right up my alley. BUT I pretty much have said all the interesting random things about me already. That means this might not be interesting or new, but here it goes:

  1. I enjoy travelling but have no sense of direction, and so have wound up lost in various major cities and even a jungle once.
  2. My favorite book is Ender’s Game, I have read it dozens of times, and once met Orson Scott Card.
  3. I’m always discovering new hobbies and then finding out I have no time or space for them. Last year it was beading, year before it was keeping fish (which I still do), and this year it is a little bit of everything including keeping snakes.
  4. I’m adicted to Diet Coke.
  5. I grew up in a suburb in Utah, way back before it became an enormous suburb.
  6. When I have time, I watch all kinds of courtTV, and love both the people’s court and the real life mysteries.
  7. My room mate and I try to out do each other in finding awesomely bad movies and watching them, while making fun of them.
  8. I eat at Bob Evans way too much.
  9. I have three sisters and a brother, three younger and one older, who all live across the country.
  10. Someday I’d like to take up photography, but right now I kind of stink at it, particularly taking pictures of my snakes and fish. (They just don’t stay still!)

What I've learned from Learning and Playing…

I’ve enjoyed L&P for many reasons–partially because I enjoy exploring new (or new to me) technologies, and partially because I enjoy goofing off on work time. Now my job usually involves a fair amount of goofing off anyway, working with children seems like that most of the time. But L&P has allowed me to goof off with coworkers, many of whom I didn’t know as well as I do now.

Perhaps my very favorite thing I’ve discovered during L&P is RSS feeds. Though I did switch to google reader because bloglines was missing some entries, and I wasn’t getting updates timely or completely. Regardless, I LOVE RSS! I try to convince my family that they could love it too, but many of them fail to see the point. I hope that when I go out to visit them for Christmas, I can demonstrate how awesome and easy RSS is.

Hopefully, the library will continue to offer such fun and informative programs in the future. Personally, I think it would be fun to explore some of our own premium resources, since they are not always used equally across the board, and many of us don’t know how to use them to their full potentials.

Why Moldi?

I was checking out Moldi for one of the last learn and play things–it is really very cool, and I found a book that I could down load and read. It does make me want, maybe to get an electronic book–just a little bit more knowing that I’d have another way to access books–and maybe not spend so much to buy them!

BUT, honestly, who decided that Moldi was a good name for something? Besides an ironic cheese company, I can’t think of something where it would actually be an attractive name. Really,I just can’t see myself saying to someone–“Have you checked out what’s available at Moldi?” Perhaps this is just a way of forcing us to explain exactly what the letters stand for each and every time that I say it.

I just don’t understand why they couldn’t have named it a number of other things, here are a few suggestions:

  • Central Ohio Library Digital Initiative: or Coldi
  • Mid-Ohio Digital Library Initative: or Modli
  • Digital Initiative, Central-Ohio or Dic-o

Any other suggestions?

Being Cool

I’m not cool, and most days I’m satisfied with that. Sometimes I wish I were cooler, but I know that that wish takes me even further away from “cool.” I once read (in a really stupid airline magazine, for a good example of how uncool I am) that people who are actually cool are those who don’t want to be, but by wanting to be cool you automatically remove yourself from the possibility.

Anyway, this had a point, which was that people who blog or podcast, must at some level want to be cool. I say this because there is some assumption on the part of the creator of the blog/podcast that their content is interesting enough that someone else will want to read it/listen to it. (I acknowledge my desire to be cool, and to get a flashdrive)

I confronted this reality for two reasons today: one is that podcasts are thing 21, and two that another blog I follow linked my blog. This last thing led to a giddy thrill of excitement, even if it was a reciprocal link.

Podcasts are something I’ve never really understood–sure I get the concept of how it works, and in some cases why, but for the most part I’d rather read something then hear it. I do think it is great for distributing library events to those who couldn’t attend. I found a couple public libraries that podcast some of their adult and YA programing–like author visits, so those who couldn’t attend could hear the author. I found a great list–on the best practices wiki of libraries using podcasts.

I don’t know that I want to subscribe to a podcast–as I said I’d rather read most information, but I know how and can even see the advantage in some cases.

YouTube, Guilt, and Cornsnakes

Well, I honestly never thought I’d see the day when I could concievably watch youtube, when I was supposed to be working and not feel guilty. And actually that day is not today, so maybe I was right. Even though this is a learn and play thing I still feel bad watching Youtube at work. Mostly that is because I don’t have headphones or a dollar, so other people have to hear at least a little. But it just doesn’t feel remotely productive.

I am doing this on my lunch, and well…I don’t need to explain myself really! Urg, anyway, I don’t normally use YouTube that much, more just when someone links it or recommends it. Occasionally I’ll look up funny library clips.

Today’s library clip is brought to you by SnakeBytesTV, who follows me on Twitter. I had never heard of them before that, but I suppose they found me by searching people who were interested in snakes. I had someone add me because I said I like fish–they were about fish sure enough, CATCHING and EATING them! Somehow not the same thing as aquarium fish! Anyway, without further ado–Cornsnakes on Snakebytes (which is pretty good, though they call Amels Albinos and Anerys Blacks, even though both are technically Albino, and the Anerys are not so black)

CML Power Tools

Back in the spring, I remember hearing about the new tool bar that CML created. I was pretty excited and wanted to try it out. Unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out where to go to get it at home. I looked all over the website and even tried a few searches of the internet. After a while I gave up and forgot about it, maybe it wasn’t released to the public or there weren’t any links from the main page.

When I came to Whetstone, I was happy to see that some of the computers had the tool bar installed, so I got to try it a little. I wasn’t impressed, maybe because of lingering resentment about not being able to find it.

For this activity in Learn and Play I downloaded the catalog plug in for my internet browser. It is actually pretty cool, just so long as I remember when I have it selected and when I am searching google. I like to go from searching the internet for ideas for storytimes, to searching if we have that book in our catalog!

Discovering 2.0 Tools

Learn and Play has pretty much all been about discovering Web 2.0 tools, so when I saw that number 17 involved discovering 2.0 tools I wondered what new angle they had found on the subject. Well, it turns out there are groups that aggregate all sorts of tools into one place and allow users to vote for which are the best and most popular. For this week, we are encouraged to explore some and see if they are useful/interesting.

Now, many of the tools we have already used are on this list, as well as less popular versions of the same type of tool. So I can’t say I’ve never heard of them, or that all the tools were useless. What I can say, is that I had no desire whatsoever to sign up for another web 2.0 tool. I may just be jaded about the whole 2.0 thing, or irritated at making yet another user profile/password/yadda yadda. But for thing #17 I’ve discovered that sometimes it is better to enjoy what you have and not go looking for more.

After all, I’m still discovering new ways to use the tools I have signed up for–so that is where I am focusing my attention. And, many of the tools I use are on that list, even if I didn’t discover them from the list.