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‘Story Time’

Read Aloud 15 MINUTES by CindyB

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This is a non-profit organization that is working to make reading aloud every day for at least 15 minutes the new standard in child care/parenting. “Reading aloud is the single most important thing a parent or caregiver can do to improve a child’s readiness to read and learn.” In an era of high stakes testing and education reforms and revolution, research has repeatedly proved that children who are read aloud to will get a head start… Read More

STEM[bots] and Gummy Science!

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STEM[bots] is a new program that allows children to explore concepts in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) using hands on fun. This week our intrepid 3-5th graders learned about the Scientific Method and how to ask and answer questions by making observations and doing experiments.  The problem at hand was how to save Fred, a “shipwrecked” gummy worm whose life jacket ( a gummy ring) was stuck underneath his boat ( a plastic cup). The only… Read More

Planting a Garden!

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The Fairfield Woods Branch Library is now home to a freshly-planted vegetable garden, courtesy of the many preschool helpers that attending our Garden storytime and planting event on Friday, June 6. Stop by the Fairfield Woods Branch this summer and watch our garden grow……….and maybe if you’re lucky, it will be time to pick some peas, beans, or other yummy vegetables! Thank you to Amie Guyette Hall, certified Square Foot Garden educator, for her efforts in bringing this… Read More

Woodsie Band by Diane P

Pig Joins the Band

Story Time at Fairfield Woods ended on a “HIGH” note!  We conducted our “Woodsie Band” with bells, rhythm sticks, and a xylophone and performed our own version of the sound of music!  We read Little Pig Joins the Band and used the CD for added sound effects.  The Children’s SongBag by Paul DuBois Jacobs contains many simple compositions without sharps or flats, which can be banged out on the xylophone.  We made a cardboard guitar as a… Read More

Does a Zookeeper Sleep at Night? By Ms. Diane

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Where do all the zoo animals sleep at night? The “Woodsies” know! During story time we danced like elephants, roared like tigers, stretched like giraffes, and read Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann. We also watched the Weston Woods DVD which accompanies the book. The children laughed at the mischievous gorilla and the animal antics. We did wonder if the Zookeeper had a good night’s sleep! Good Night, Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann Picturebook Peggy Rathmann Ages 4-8

Travel Into the World of Imagination

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The  Woodsies  storytime group enjoyed an  exciting, mystical journey as they traveled  along  the” yellow brick road” into the world of make believe and imagination.  What an adventure when you travel with Al and his faithful dog Eddie in “Hey, Al” by Arthur Yorinks. Hey, Al By Arthur Yorinks Picture book Age Pre-School-Grade 1       OR!!   The happiness you  find in the simple treasures of everyday life  as you enjoy a neighborhood stroll  as… Read More

In Like A Lion Out Like A Lamb

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“March Comes in Like a Lion and Goes Out Like a Lamb” As folklore goes, this phrase, passed down from generation to generation, may be traced back to ancient times and those who watched the stars. March begins as the Constellation Leo is crossing toward the meridian. Leo is the Lion. Towards the end of the month, the Constellation Aries begins to rise. Aries is the ram. Scholars have also traced the phrase back to the… Read More

Fun Read Alouds by Ms. Beth

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Parent’s Guide To “Read Alouds” by Ms. Beth 1. Pick a book that YOU love! Here are some that I love: Kindergarten – Grade 1 Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons by Eric Litwin That is Not a Good Idea! by Mo Willems Grades 1-2 Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin The Dog Who Cried Wolf by Keiko Kaszka Are You A Horse? by Andy Rash Grades 3-4 I Wanna Iguana by Karen Kaufman Orloff What’s With This Room? by Tom Litchenheld… Read More

Books That Go Zoom-Vroom-Choo

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Zoom! Zoom! by Robert Burleigh is a busy, colorful, comic-feeling picturebook that would make a fantastic storytime piece. I expected a CD to accompany the book since the rhymes are so sing-songy that they could be, well, a song. There are lots of details and colors that would keep any toddler occupied, though it might not entice those with a refined sensibility for picturebook illustrations. They are fun, yes, but do not offer anything unique or… Read More

Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane

Princess Hyacinth

Fairy Tales and Cardboard Castles by Ms. Diane   The Woodsies have been very active designing castles that would delight the Royal Families of Europe! We used large and small paper towel tubes for turrets and recycled cardboard packing material for the castle.  Add some color with crayons and glitter and you have a sparkling palace fit for a King or Queen! Princess Hyacinth by Florence Parry Heide is one of the picturebooks I read during our… Read More