We’re still in the thick of Summer Reading Club promotion, but instead of going out to visit a class, a kindergarten class came to me! A local kindergarten class of about 16 children came to spend an hour at the library and learn a bit about summer reading club.
I used my old favourite, “If you’re happy and you know it”, as my instructional song, providing a bit of structure and routine throughout the visit. We started with:
If you’re happy and you know it sit on your bums
If you’re happy and you know it sign hello (we practiced the ASL sign for hello)
If you’re happy and you know it say hello
If you’re happy and you know it hands in your laps
It was awesome! Who knew that an old standby could come in so useful?
Because the theme of this year’s SRC is “Build It”, I started off our visit with a robot story:
Boy + Bot / Ame Dyckman
The kids got a kick out of my robot voice, and we had a nice little discussion about what we might do to help our robot friend. It’s not the most fun choice for story times, but it did tie in nicely, and the illustrations are pretty cute.
In keeping with the “Build it” theme we then sang a song about high rise buildings – the elevator song!
Finally it was time to talk about Summer Reading Club!
I love getting the kids to guess the correct answer when talking about SRC:
“How much do you think it costs to join Summer Reading Club? 1 million jellybeans? Two thousand nickels?”
“What do you think you get at the end of Summer Reading Club, after you’ve read for 50 days? A goldfish? A sock?”
“How many minutes a day should you read during Summer Reading Club? At least a million? Zero?”
I opened the floodgates a little when I asked for some suggestions of good books to read during Summer Reading Club. It turns out everyone had multiple favourite books they were desperate to tell me about! But, that’s ok, if the conversation is going to get sidetracked, I’m happy if it’s because of an extended book discussion. 🙂
After a bit more information about SRC it was time to pick out some library books.I once again turned to that trusty tune.
If you’re ready for some books, stand up! / If you’re ready for some books, stand up! If you’re ready for some books, if you’re ready for some books, if you’re ready for some books, stand up!
If you’re ready for some books, line up! / If you’re ready for some books, line up! If you’re ready for some books, if you’re ready for some books, if you’re ready for some books, line up!
This was the most disciplined, orderly kindergarten class I had ever encountered – it was almost eery how quiet and well behaved the were! They descended upon the readers section like a very quiet horde and picked it clean.
I’m always interested in what the kids zero in on in the stacks, and today there seemed to be a run on Biscuit books.
After a few minutes of book selecting and silent reading, it was time to line up and walk to the check out counter.
It was a great little visit, and hopefully the children will be back to sign up for SRC.