Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Pre-School Storytime/Craft–Chinese New Year—Year of the Rooster



Image result for year of the roosterSPECIAL CHINESE NEW YEAR STORYTIME/CRAFT – AGES 3-9

10 A.M. OR 4:30 P.M. Tuesday January 31st

Join us for a Storytime/Craft celebrating the Year of the Rooster and our area’s wonderful diversity.  We’ll also create noisemakers and parade around the library!   
No registration required.



Music: Multicultural Movement Fun (Kimbo): #17 – Chinese New Year Dancing Dragon

Book: Bringing in the New Year by Grace Lin (younger) or This Next New Year by Janet S. Wong (only if older 4’s & 5’s)

Action Song: (Wash your) Head Shoulders Knees & Toes (get clean & ready for the new year)

2017: Year of the Rooster stories :

Book: Cock a Doodle Moo by Bernard Most

Action Song: “Chicken Dance” (hand motions “beaks” with fingers, flap arms, wiggle bottom and knees, clap…then swing from child to child around the room.

Book: Chicken Story Time by Sandy Asher

Puppets/Song: “Cluck Cluck Red Hen” (Raffi)


Book: Minerva Louise by Janet Morgan Stoeke (Alternates: Charlie Chick by Nick Denchfield or The Red Hen by Rebecca & Ed Emberley or Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker or Here a Chick, Where a Chick by Suse McDonald)

Song/Shakey Eggs: “I Know a Chicken” The best of the Laurie Berkner Band [music CD].

Oh, I know a chicken and she laid an egg
Oh, I know a chicken and she laid an egg
Oh my goodness, it’s a shaky egg!
Shake your eggs!
(Fast, slow, circle, etc.)

Fold Out Book: The Dancing Dragon by Marcia Vaughan


Music shakers: kid used markers to decorate outside (bottom) of 5” paper plate, then folded in half, stapled 3/4 way around, poured in rice and finished stapling. Added curly ribbon decorations.

Dragon/Lion dance “head”: Kids used markers (optional construction paper & gluesticks not used because crowd was large) to decorate yellow bulletin board paper (about the size of a tablecloth) which we used for our parade around the library. – used music from Lion Dance on Youtube.

Optional VHS to show while crafting: Reading Rainbow: Liang and the Magic Paintbrush.


Additional Song Possibilities: Dan Zane’s “All Around the Kitchen,”  Pete Seeger’s “I Had a Rooster,” “The Old Hen Cackled and the Rooster Lay the Egg” on The Best of the Land of Nod v. 1



Monday, January 30, 2017

Heart of Art–Drawing Lessons with the BRRHS Art Honors Club


On January 30th, members of the Bridgewater HS Art Honor Society taught kids how to draw faces, on February 13th, they’ll continue learning about how to draw the rest of a person. (Kids who didn’t attend on January 30th are welcome.)  Lessons will continue with “drawing animals” on April 17th.

Ashley, Alyssa, and Vita demonstrated the step by step process of dividing the oval and puting the features on a face on the easel as the kids did the same on their papers.

1.2017  Supplies: easel with paper & Sharpie, 8x11 or 8x14 paper, pencils, erasers (optional: markers, colored pencils, or pastels for adding details afterwards)

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Create Recycled Musical Instruments (Ages 5-11)


1/25/2017  4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

We'll hear the true story Ada's Violin about a group of children in Paraguay who learned to play orchestra instruments made from trash then create our own instruments with recycled materials. Please bring any coffee cans, oatmeal containers, small boxes or any other items that might make fun sounds!

While kids arriving & during crafts, showed Youtube selections of their performance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfeixjFB-AM&list=RDMkTQQ0m8Ys8&index=12
More here:
rocking it out! 

Read: Ada’s Violin by Susan Hood

Profile of the founders: Nicolas Gomez & Favio Chavez How Things Work by T.J. Resler(National Geographic, 2016), p. 110-111 (instrument detail), instrument ideas p.118-119.

More instrument ideas from Crafty Kids: Music Makers & Toys – Homemade Kazoo p. 7, Box Guitar p. 15. 

Craft tables: Make drums, harmonicas*, shakers, rubber band plucked instruments… (rubber bands, string, scissors, hole punches, corn, cardboard, Makedo tools, markers, waxed paper, masking tape)

harmonicas: www.exploratorium.edu/afterschool/activities/docs/soundsandwich.pdf


Our “recycled orchestra”: L->R Everett, Alyssa, and Chelsea Coffin, “Miss Carol”, Zane & Sabrina Hoffman, Rajasree Mohta, Liam Northrop, Aniya Phillips, Hriday Narang, (on steps: Krishna, Alice Jiang)


Friday, January 20, 2017

2017 Mock Caldecott Results



(Look here for the methodology used: carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2015/01/mock-caldecott-committee-be-judge.html )

Mock Caldecott Results Bedminster School – approximately 300 students – 5 groups

Are We There Yet?
by Dan Sandat -- Gold (3), Silver (1)
Maybe Something Beautiful
illustrated by Rafael Lopez-- Gold (1), Silver (2)
They All Saw a Cat
  by Brendon Wenzel --  Silver (3)
The Night Gardener
by the Fan Brothers-- Silver (3)
  by Aaron Becker -- Gold (1) Silver (1)
The Airport Book by Lisa Brown – Silver (2)
Du Iz Tak
by Carson Ellis – Gold (1)
Ada’s Violin
illustrated by Sally Wern Comport – Silver (1)
We Found a Hat
by Jon Klassen – Silver (1)

Individual group results:
Valentine, Hofman, & Hogan -- Winner(tie):


3rd Grade --  Winner:


Kindergarten -- Winner:

Lovejoy & McFarland -- Winner:

4th Grade -- Winner:

Here are the other books the kids considered:


Raw Numbers (Preliminary votes each book received at Bedminster School – I saw 5 classes, if there is a number in parens, it means there were less than 5 bookmarks found)

Ada’s Violin  53
The Airport Book   69
Are We There Yet?   75 
Before Morning   66
The Cat from Hunger Mountain  46
Daniel Finds a Poem  40
Du Iz Tak?   38
Freedom in Congo Square   21 (4)
I am a Story   62
Maybe Something Beautiful   55
The Night Gardener   86 (4)
The Perfect Tree  70
Return   56
School’s First Day of School  62 (4)
Steamboat School     31
There is a Tribe of Kids    62
They All Saw a Cat    85
This is Not a Picture Book   60
Thunder Boy Jr.   44
The Uncorker of Ocean Bottles   43
We Found a Hat   55


Bridgewater Library 2017 Mock Caldecott Winner:

Honor Books:


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