Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Word Game sheets

Free printables from Guildcraft
word game page1.pdf



Page 2
snowman.pdf

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Winter Word Search

Free printable -
Winter Word Search

Wordsearch.pdf

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Super Fun Pigeon Storytime!



Last week, we had a very special Pigeon storytime here in Newark. We read The Pigeon Wants a Puppy! and Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems, then we used Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App! on the iPad, followed by a cute, simple Pigeon craft.

I wasn't sure how it would go, but this app was so much fun to use in storytime that I ended up using it during my 4 Head Start visits the next day. It was a crowd pleaser, as it's silly and interactive.

If you're not familiar with this app, basically, the bus driver asks the reader a series of questions such as "What's your name?" "What's something that you think is really smelly?" "What's your favorite snack" and so on. The app records your answers and inserts them mad lib-style into an original "Don't Let the Pigeon...." story.

The kids loved answering the questions, then hearing their answers repeated as part of the silly, high-energy animated story.

This app is on the pricier side, at $5.99, but it is so much fun.

Krystina Hardter @ Newark

Friday, December 5, 2014

Hello Everyone,

I was looking at the School Library Journal Website today and found some helpful links about apps and screen time.

http://www.slj.com/2014/12/reviews/best-of/sljs-top-10-apps-for-2014/

http://www.slj.com/2014/12/technology/kids-and-apps-a-new-parents-guide-from-the-joan-ganz-cooney-center/

I am excited to check out the apps suggested in this article. It looks like a mixture of animated books as well as extended learning games. I wish it had prices listed as well, but that's nothing a little research can't turn up!

The second link is a professional development piece from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, which was mentioned in the iPad Training session with Anne Hicks. It would be a good read for us all on how to encourage parents to use technology with children and also as a short reference to give parents who are questioning the usage of technology during story hour.

Happy Reading!

Jessica


Warm Books for Cold Days


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Pencil Toppers

Here are some free Holiday pencil toppers.  There are from Craftguild.
penciltoppers1.pdf



Page 2
penciltopper2.pdf


Page 3
penciltopper3.pdf


Monday, December 1, 2014

2014 National Book Award Winners & Finalists - YA

Do you have these in your collection?



I just finished "Brown Girl Dreaming" (I was able to get a signed copy by the author at NYLA) and loved it!
I can see why this is a NBA winner.