Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Christmas at B-HVS

Again this year, I was delighted to be asked to read to students today during Bridgewater-Hebron Village School's afternoon of holiday activities. What a fun way to start Christmas week - for B-HVS kids, and for me, too!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

STEM Saturday: "Gingerbread" Houses

Graham cracker bases, sticky royal icing, and lots and lots of candies and other yummy goodies! Saturday morning Christmas fun at the Gordon-Nash!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Must Be Santa

It was our last Storytime before Christmas! We read Fletcher and the Snowflake Christmas by Julia Rawlinson, where Fletcher tries to be sure Santa can find the Rabbit family's new burrow. Then we heard Grumpy Badger's Christmas by Paul Bright. Grumpy Badger did not like Christmas and reminded us a little of Mr. Grinch! Our last story was Bear Stays Up For Christmas by Karma Wilson. We loved this story of Bear staying awake to celebrate with all his friends.

Our craft was a Santa with a red paper plate body. We added a face, then covered it with a cottony beard around his "cherry" pompom nose. A red hat, black boots, and green mittens finished Santa's Christmasy outfit! 
We also sang "Must Be Santa" and played along with jingling bells! Unfortunately, our recording was lost. There's no Storytime next Thursday! It's Christmas!! Have a merry one!

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Christmas Mouse

Today's Storytime featured stories about mice at Christmastime! We read Laura Numeroff's If You Take A Mouse to the Movies, a funny story about a mouse who starts the events of the book just by asking for popcorn. The Gingerbread Mouse by Katy Bratun told the story of a mouse who lived in a few different kinds of houses before finding the perfect home. Together at Christmas by Eileen Spinelli was a tender story about ten little mice friends on Christmas Eve. And we read my favorite, The Tale of the Christmas Mouse by Judith Fringuello, a rhyming book about a mouse who prepares each year for a special Christmas Eve visitor!

Then we crafted our own Christmas mice, with heart shaped faces and triangle hats. The white hats were colored on both sides so that the tip could be left up or turned down. A sparkly band and a cotton pompom completed the hat. What cute little Christmas mice!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Last Thursday

Thursday was Storytime at the Gordon-Nash, and our volunteer extraordinaire Brandie was reading to participants about Christmas trees! Then the children decorated their own paper tree to take home and display. 
Pompoms, stickers, jewels, stars...such festive Christmas trees! Big thanks to Brandie for a job well done!
Thursday was also Share-a-thon day at the state's Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference, and I was here (with my friend Miss Blessing), telling attendees about our STEM Saturday sessions! People played with conductive playdough and made LEDs light up, like we did, and they made some sturdy structures with marshmallows and sticks! Even though they were grown-ups, I think they had STEM fun - just like we do!