Monday, August 10, 2020

Read-Aloud: No Dinner! The Story of the Old Woman and the Pumpkin

 Here's our last Storytime for the summer, based on a folktale from India. 

Week 5 Finishes, Our Last Week Begins

Although Week 5 is in the books, all of the previous week's activities are still available online through these blog posts, and any can be done at any time during August. These spinners were our craft from Week 5 and are great toys that kids can easily make themselves. Nice job to this young patron and his family!

Here's the link ( to activities for our final week, which will look a little different. I've put a Fairy Tale Escape Room activity in place of a Bingo sheet. There's a scavenger hunt to look for objects in familiar stories. The STEM activities have all been introduced during the other weeks and the new challenge, if accepted, is to make an engineering suggestion, plan, or creation for another fairy or folk tale. As a writing activity, I'd love to get emails with feedback from kids and families as to what worked and didn't work for them this summer. As always, your family may do as much or as little as you like, and kids can also go back to other weeks to complete items they may have missed. Remember, the focus is as it's always been - to read and to have fun.

Please be sure to get photos of activities or completed sheets or records to me within the next few weeks. Around the time that school begins, I'd like to distribute small prizes to those children who participated this summer. Thank you so much to families who have made use of these activities. As much fun as it's been to plan this unorthodox Summer Program, I am so hopeful that our 2021 program will be a more recognizable as the programs from other years. 

I leave you with one of my favorite photos - kids reading at night by headlamp. Hoping you and your family have a wonderful last few weeks of summertime. 

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Monday, August 3, 2020

Wow! It's Already Week 5!

What a great week we had with activities last week! Many photos are already on the Gordon-Nash Facebook page, and I'll be adding them here a little later on this morning. But, in the meantime, here's the link to the activities for Week 5 - and, if you have some more, keep the photos coming from previous weeks.