What’s Happening!

Here is a glance at our Happenings …

Burnham Bunch Storytime : Storytime and craft for Preschoolers on Wednesday  from 10:30 – 11:00

Burnham Girls: Tuesday, Grade 3-5 from 3:15 – 4:00

LEGO Brick Builders: Thursday, K-Grade 5 from 3:15 – 4:00

If you would like to register for any of our programs, please email jkallay@burnhamlibrary.org

Burnham Bunch: Dr. Seuss!

We read two of my favorite books today Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can you? and A Great Day for UP! Both books are great read-aloud books and perfect for my crew. We capped off our stories with a little song found on Jbrary called Put Your Hands Up High — the kiddos loved it so much, we sang it THREE times! Our craft was an easy one today, Mr. Brown’s cow … complete with green horns and red hair. MOO!

What’s Happening!

Here is a glance at our Happenings …

Burnham School: Wednesday, Grades K/1, 4 and 5 and Thursday, Grades 2 and 3

Burnham Bunch Storytime : Storytime and craft for Preschoolers  Thursday from 10:30 – 11:00

If you would like to register for any of our programs, please email jkallay@burnhamlibrary.org

Burnham Bunch: Music, Music, Music!

I found a great set of inexpensive musical instruments at Ikea. I couldn’t wait to try these babies out! So, today was ‘music class!’ The set came with rhythm sticks, a drum box, a sound tube, an ‘egg’ shaker, and two tambourines. I needed a few more pieces for our group, so I made some jingle bell bracelets and a few egg shakers using plastic Easter eggs, popcorn kernels and some duct tape. Due to the extremely windy weather we had last night, school was delayed or cancelled for some kiddos — which meant we had our usual crew plus siblings!

I started off sharing Music Class Today! by David Weinstone. It is a great little book and if you visit the link provided on the inside flap, you can download a free musical version of the text! I love the illustrations in the book. So much is going on!

Next I introduced our instruments and our next book: Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig. I found an idea to incorporate our instruments and the book at ABC’s of Reading. I used our flannel board to display pictures of our instruments along with each animal. At the end, I just let them jam! So, fun!!!

For our craft today we made our own instruments. We used water bottles, popcorn kernels, dry beans, and some pom-poms for color. I couldn’t find the tops for the bottles, so I duct taped them closed and added their names. I find it amazing how patient preschoolers can be. If I asked our grade schoolers to wait their turn, it would turn into anarchy! But, our kiddos just watched and waited.

All in all, it was a GREAT day!

Burnham Bunch: The Mitten

I love sharing The Mitten by Jim Aylesworth!  Prior to reading, I handed-out laminated animals to each child. As I read, I ask the children to ‘climb’ into our mitten when it is their animal’s turn. We were a small group, so I ‘climbed’ in as well. So many giggles! The second book shared today, was I’m Cool by Kate and Jim McMullan. I have always had a fascination with Zambonis. I love the way the ice is wiped clean and fresh! Well, this book explains all the ‘ins and outs’ (in a super-simple, fun way) of the mysterious Zamboni.

Our craft for the day: mittens (of course!) I enjoy incorporating many different painting techniques. Especially techniques that are completely mess-free! If you search Pinterest for “Ziplock bag painting,” you will sees tons of ideas for this mess-free technique. We began with the kiddos selecting two colors of paint and then placing their oak-tag mitten inside a Ziplock bag. I squeezed a bit of paint onto the top of mitten and zipped-up the bag. After a bit of smooshy painting: Voila! A masterpiece. This is a definite ‘try this at home’ craft!