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May is aflutter with butterflies in the

Little Falls Public Library.

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If you have a minute, you really need to visit the library and check out the beautiful butterfly display in our front window.

We even centered our Growing Readers story time around butterflies this morning.  We colored butterfly pictures, and the children practices tracing the letter “B”.
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We read The Butterfly Hunt, Waiting for Wings, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  As we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar, we put the items the caterpillar ate on the flannel board.  It was an interactive story, and the children had fun guessing colors and counting aloud.

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After singing our favorite songs, we made our very own caterpillars and butterflies.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Crafts - Story Time Little Falls Public Library

The children did lots of gluing and had fun drawing faces on their creations.

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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is just beyond your grasp, but which, if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you.  ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne

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We also have a lovely collection of real butterflies, framed in shadow boxes, at the library.  We would love for you stop in and see them!

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Felt Rhyme - Frog Theme Growing Readers Story Time

Down At The Pond

Five little frogs were down at the pond, down at the pond at play.

Along came a hungry _(insert child’s name)_, and chased one frog away.

Four little frogs were down at the pond, down at the pond at play.

Along came a wiggly _(insert child’s name)_, and chased one frog away.

Three little frogs were down at the pond, down at the pond at play.

Along came a giant _(insert child’s name)_, and chased on frog away.

Two little frogs were down at the pond, down at the pond at play.

Along came a purple _(insert child’s name)_, and chased on frog away.

One little frog was down at the pond, down at the pond at play.

Along came a flying _(insert child’s name)_, and chased on frog away.

Then no little frogs were down at the pond – down at the pond at play.

Where do you think the little frogs went – when they all hopped away?

Frog Themed Books - Growing Readers Story Time

As you may have already guessed, today’s story time theme was frogs. We read Bradley McGogg, The Very Fine Frog, and we also read The Wide-Mouthed FrogBradley McGogg is full of rhyming words and tongue twisters, so it was fun to read and interesting for the children to listen to.

Today, we also sharpened our scissor skills (pun intended), and practiced cutting out frogs.  This was challenging for the kids, but they were determined and did a wonderful job.

At craft time, we made paper bag frog puppets.

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We hope you enjoyed our little story time recap.  We’ll be back next week with butterflies!

 

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Growing Readers Story Time - Theme Ducks

Today, at Growing Readers story time, we talked about ducks.  We learned that they have webbed feet, feathers that repel water, and feet that don’t feel the cold.

Come Along Daisy - Growing Readers Story Time

We read Come Along Daisy, written by Jane Simmons.  It is a cute story of a duckling who disobeys her mama, gets separated from mama duck, and finds herself all alone.  She learned the lesson of obedience the hard way.

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We also read The Duckling Gets A Cookie, written by Mo Willems.  If you haven’t read any of the Pigeon books, you should.  The stories are quite funny, and the children really enjoy them.  In this book, duckling asked nicely for a cookie, and he got one.  Pigeon was upset, because he asks for things all the time and doesn’t get them; however, Pigeon’s request are unusual.  He asks to drive the bus and get a walrus for a pet.  It’s a silly story, but it teaches politeness, sharing, and friendship.  We love reading it!

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Five Little Ducks

5 little ducks went out one day,

Over the hills and far away,

Mother duck called,

Quack, quack, quack,

And 4 little ducks came waddling back. (3,2,1…)

The children enjoyed this little rhyme and shouted “Quack, quack, quack” at the perfect time.

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At craft time, we made ducks.  The children glued on wings, feet, feathers, a beak, and two googly eyes.

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We also watched the following duck video.  They children were very attentive and thought the duck, who kept asking for grapes, was funny.

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Today’s story time was for the birds.

…quite literally!

The children strung Cheerios onto pipe cleaners and turned them into little bird feeders to take home and hang on a branch.

Bird Feeders made from Cheerior and pipe cleaners - Little Falls Public Library

If you hadn’t already guessed, the theme at today’s Growing Readers story time was birds.   We sang about birds, learned fun bird facts, pretended to fly like birds, and made bird feeders.

We reviewed our shapes and colors with fun felt bird houses.

Felt Bird Houses - Growing Readers Story Time - Little Falls Public Library

We also used felt hoot owls to practice our counting.

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Five hoot owls sitting in a tree,

One flew away!

How many do you see?

Four hoot owls…three hoot owls…two hoot owls…etc.

We sang Sticky, Sticky Bubblegum, Can You, and If You’re A Pet and You Know It.  Then we acted out the following rhyme.

Little birds, little birds, jump up and down.

Little birds, little birds, don’t make a sound.

Little birds, little birds, tip-toe to me.

Little birds, little birds bend your knees.

Little birds, little birds peep, peep, peep.

Little birds, little birds, sleep, sleep, sleep.

Little birds, little birds, fly to the leaves.

Little birds, little birds, sit down please.

We read Birds and Purple Little Bird.

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Please forgive me for not taking any pictures of the children this week.  I got very involved in story time and completely forgot to grab my camera.  Next week, I’ll remember to take more pictures.