FIZZ, BOOM, READ!
It's International Women's Day!
And I'm creating a blog post to focus on STEAM for young participants in our 2014 summer reading program:
STEAM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math are always a part of the library, but right now - it's the focus, big time! * and we're lovin' it!* The trend for the past 8-10 years is that GEEK is cool. Amen! Many of us in the library sciences field - full of detail, information, technology and literacy got here because we really like STEAM. (Geek or not, it's what we love)
We're always incorporating learning in our story times and now...well, we're bringing it! Rockin' it! And the whole world is making sure that we are reaching our young girls as we spread the math, science, technology, engineering and art to our community. So, I say...Full STEAM Ahead for International Women's Day!
This summer you will find all sorts of techie specials in our library system. MaKey MaKey, Squishy Circuits, Goldie Blox, and so much more.
You'll also find me leading the group with techie art projects with school age children, because I just can't resist these sorts of displays around the children's department!
And still there's more...the youngest participants in our Summer Story Times...they need BUBBLES and BOOKS and FLANNELS! Here's a mini- how-to Fizz, Boom, Read your preschool story times:
Use bubbles...we all love them. Make it summer fun. Kendra has a Hello Bubble song - check it out! Piper and I will blow bubbles with all of our groups. (actually, Piper's better at watching bubbles!) Anyway...moving on to..
Dinosaurs.. are always big! Yes, I wrote that! BIG. And yes, indeed some were little. I know, I know! Take a look here for Dinosaur Flannels and more dinosaurs for story telling. Or let's make some robot flannels - look here @ Library Quine's!
Space ships, rocket ships are totally inter-gallactical-ly fantastic! (I wish I did not write that sentence!) Storytime Katie made some beautiful rocket ships that I plan to flannelize very soon. Take a look at her post.
And if you are thinking rocket ships and aliens, please think: Mr Wuffles! by David Wiesner. A cat, a space ship, aliens and even ants. I haven't figured out how to share this book in story time, but I love it. Any ideas?
If you made monster flannels...maybe you can use them as space aliens this summer.
Or make a set of space aliens in their space ship - just like Katie's!
I have ants! Flannel ants, whew! They work for science and singing!
And I have the science of the bird nest and the baby bird! In My Nest by Sara Gillingham is a perfect story for little ones. Click here!
No doubt there is plenty more STEAM if I go through all of my Flannel Board inventory. (math with Pete the Cat and his four groovy buttons! oh yeah!) Look at your collection through your science safety goggles! Pair up your flannels with different books. I strongly suggest checking out the FIZZ, BOOM, READ graphics via the catalog or Google images. It will spark your thinking! Or maybe sparkle it! Hmmm, glitter on my safety goggles? why didn't I think of that before? We may post photos, or not!
P.S. (Piper Script): More science with Swirl by Swirl, Turtle Splash, from Catch the Possibilities you'll find Butterflies , Oh Dear No Eggs Here features finding eggs on the farm. Some engineering with Tip Tip Dig Dig - love this book!
...and you can always sing good bye with the song Wave Goodbye Like A Windmill on the Little Green Music CD: 31 Exciting Earth Songs by The Fun Music Man