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Preschool Services Discussion Group Meeting

Sunday, January 27

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Washington Seattle Convention Center – Room 303

Topic: “Opportunities and Issues with Group Size for
Storytimes: Small and Large Groups”

Round Table Discussion

Everyone is
welcome!

Please come ready to share ideas on this topic. If you have handouts, bring at
least 15 copies to share.

PSDG Discussion Group Conveners:

Linda Ernst, King County Library System lindaern@kcls.org>

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Online Doc 2018 PSDG midwinter notes

by Linda Ernst on Mon, Mar 19, 2018 at 03:50 pm

Preschool Services Discussion Group – ALA Midwinter Conference

Co-conveners – Linda Ernst and Sue McCleaf Nespeca

February 11, 2018       Attendance – 8

 

STEM & STORYTIME

 

Denver Public Library:

Saturday program that is STEM based for ages 2-5 years

Preschool Services Discussion Group – ALA Midwinter Conference

Co-conveners – Linda Ernst and Sue McCleaf Nespeca

February 11, 2018       Attendance – 8

 

STEM & STORYTIME

 

Denver Public Library:

Saturday program that is STEM based for ages 2-5 years

  • Consist of short story time (opening song, book reflecting topic, flannel board to illustrate topics, then stations to do activities
  • Includes guided questions/prompts and information at each station to encourage adult/child interactions.
    • Sink & float – sponges, other items to test in water
    • Engineering & building – items such as red solo cups for stacking, natural items such as branches (for examples see Lakeshore Learning or Nature Blocks)

School age – have created STEM based backpacks available for checkout on topics that families can do at home.

               

Brooklyn Public Library:

Baby & Toddler STEM play dates

Science Baby - Science Baby is a program created by teaching artist Emma Gordon, and is part of BPL’s First Five Years initiative which is supported by generous funding from the NY City Council as part of City’s First Readers. (Gordon’s website is Science Baby)

Topics included are:

Cause and Effect

Light and shadow

Push & Pull

Baby Loves Thermodynamics – new board books are coming out with such topics that may put you off but keep in mind if the parent enjoys the topic it may encourage dialog, talking with child.

Toddlers – great item is a ziplock bag (strong as possible) reinforced on all four edges with tape (masking) fill partially with hair gel and then put beads, buttons, etc. in bag before sealing. Children enjoy moving them around when pressing on the bag.

 

Block Party:

Offer different varieties of blocks: Duplo, brush blocks, log blocks, wood blocks magnetic blocks, colored blocks, and let group “build” something.  Partner with a local building company might give you options for supplies &/or funding.

 

TIPS:

  • Include not only fictions titles in your programs but non-fiction as well.

Example: Give Bees a Chance by Bethany Barton – transfer small yellow pompoms on flower to honeycomb. See picture at right:                            

  • Talk about what you are doing and encourage children to tell you what they think will happen, what they see happens and if possible write it down.  For example: a scientist observes and documents/writes down what they observe.  Have children draw write down what they think will happen or what they observe/notice what happens. 
  • Sandpaper letters encourage children to touch and trace.
  • Check with local children’s museums, science museums, etc. to see if they do outreach programs.

 

The Snowy Day – good for water freezing program

Colors – color white icing red/blue/yellow. Child can create different color after selecting two different icing dollops to be placed on a graham cracker. Book: Mouse Paint.

 

FLOAM – sculpting product and very tactile. Post by stations with FLOAM on them info for parents to encourage engagement with their child.  (Thanks to Betsy Diamant-Cohen/Mother Goose on the Loose for tips) Some of the things that playing with FLOAM encourages:

 

  • Problem solving
  • Visual processing
  • Finger exploration
  • Creativity
  • Tactile exploration
  • Imagination
  • Pincer grasp
  • Eye-hand coordination
  • Write rotation
  • Part/whole relationship
  • Range of motion
  • Reaching sorting- colors & sizes
  • Finger & hand strength and control
  • Play!

 

Note: FLOAM may last a year. Don’t mix colors together or it turns gray. (just expect this if you use multiple colors, hard to separate once mixed together)  Plastic table cloths work well to cover & protect  surface. Make sure kids use hand sanitizer before and after using FLOAM. This product is good for use with autistic children.

 

RESOURCES:

“More Than ____” series: fill blank with one of the following words: Letters, painting, magnets, counting, or singing. Very useful for ideas (Redleaf Press)

Teaching STEM in the Early Years: Activities for integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics by Sally Moonmaw.

Making & Tinkering with STEM by Cate Heroman (NAEYC book)

Robotics for Young Children by Ann Gadzikowski

New York Hall of Science - https://nysci.org/

KidsQuest Museum http://www.kidsquestmuseum.org/

Every Child Ready to Read

Early Lit: Website of Saroj Ghoting, Early childhood Literacy Consultant.

 

2018 ALA Annual offering:  Saturday, June 23, 10:30am

STEM for Babies & Toddlers: A powerful foundation for language & libraries.

 

Topic for 2918 ALA Annual: Preschool Story Time for parents who are bilingual. (possible speaker Rachel Payne)

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Event Preschool Services Discussion Group Meeting at Midwinter

by Sue McCleaf Nespeca on Tue, Jan 10, 2017 at 08:15 am

If you are attending the ALA Midwinter Conference, I hope you will considering joining us for discussion on Multi-Age Storytimes. We hope everyone will share a book or activity that works well with mixed ages. 

 
Here is the information: 
 

Multi-age Storytimes: What works For a Mixed-Age Group?

 

If you are attending the ALA Midwinter Conference, I hope you will considering joining us for discussion on Multi-Age Storytimes. We hope everyone will share a book or activity that works well with mixed ages. 

 
Here is the information: 
 

Multi-age Storytimes: What works For a Mixed-Age Group?

 

Sharing Session: Come prepared to discuss your favorite book, music extension, art extension, or other type of activity that you have found works well in a mixed age storytime.

 

Linda Ernst and Sue McCleaf Nespeca, PSDG Co-Conveners, will bring some of their favorites to start the discussion, but we want to hear your ideas too!

 

Time and Place: 

Sunday, January 22, 2017

4:30pm-5:30pm

Georgia World Congress Center, A304

 

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File 2016-PSDG-midwinter-notes

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Event ALSC Preschool Services Discussion Group- 2015 ALA Midwinter Chicago

by Linda Ernst on Fri, Jan 16, 2015 at 05:31 pm

Please join The Preschool Services Discussion Group at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Topic: Early Learning Spaces

Have an opportunity to create a wonderful early literacy space for your youngest patrons or just work with what you have. Need some ideas?  Open to possibilities?

Speakers: Dorothy Stoltz and Marisa Conner (authors of The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces

Please join The Preschool Services Discussion Group at the 2015 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

Topic: Early Learning Spaces

Have an opportunity to create a wonderful early literacy space for your youngest patrons or just work with what you have. Need some ideas?  Open to possibilities?

Speakers: Dorothy Stoltz and Marisa Conner (authors of The Power of Play: Designing Early Learning Spaces

Gain some basic information and brain storm on how you can create an early literacy space that works for your community.  Bring your ideas and 20 copies of any materials you’d like to share.  A resource list will be compiled.

Preschool Services Discussion Group

Sunday, February 1, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

LOCATION: Hilton Chicago - Joliet Room

Various ALSC Discussion Groups Meeting. More information is available at: http://alamw15.ala.org/node/26107

 

PSDG Co-Conveners:

Linda Ernst

Author: Baby Rhyming Time and Essential Lapsit Guide

Children’s Librarian

King County Library System

Bellevue, WA

lindaern@kcls.org

 

Sue McCleaf Nespeca, M.Ed & M.L.S. 

Early Literacy/Children's Literature Specialist 

Kid Lit Plus Consulting  

Website: www.kidlitplus.com

Email: sue@kidlitplus.com OR KidLitPlus@gmail.com

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Online Doc Preschool Services Discussion Group Meeting at ALA Vegas

by Sue McCleaf Nespeca on Thu, Jun 5, 2014 at 11:58 pm

Preschool Services Discussion Group Meeting
Sunday,
June 29  

Preschool Services Discussion Group Meeting
Sunday,
June 29  

1:00 – 2:30pm
Las Vegas Convention Center -
N220


Topic: “Inclusivity in Storytime Programs: Including Children with Disabilities”

Speaker: Tess Prendergast, BA, MLIS
Doctoral Candidate, Language and Literacy Education
University of British Columbia

Follow her blog:www.inclusiveearlyliteracy.wordpress.com

Speaker followed by Round Table Discussion

Bring handouts or marketing pieces to share if you have any.  If you do, please bring at least 20 copies.

Everyone is welcome!


PSDG Discussion Group Conveners:
Sue McCleaf Nespeca, Kid Lit Plus Consulting
sue@kidlitplus.com

Linda Ernst, King County Library System lindaern@kcls.org>

 

 

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Online Doc Preschool Services ALA Midwinter Meeting 2013

by Sue McCleaf Nespeca on Tue, Dec 11, 2012 at 12:08 am

Preschool Services Discussion Group Meeting

Sunday, January 27

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Washington Seattle Convention Center – Room 303

Topic: “Opportunities and Issues with Group Size for
Storytimes: Small and Large Groups”

Round Table Discussion

Everyone is
welcome!

Please come ready to share ideas on this topic. If you have handouts, bring at
least 15 copies to share.

PSDG Discussion Group Conveners:

Linda Ernst, King County Library System lindaern@kcls.org>

Preschool Services Discussion Group Meeting

Sunday, January 27

4:30pm – 5:30pm

Washington Seattle Convention Center – Room 303

Topic: “Opportunities and Issues with Group Size for
Storytimes: Small and Large Groups”

Round Table Discussion

Everyone is
welcome!

Please come ready to share ideas on this topic. If you have handouts, bring at
least 15 copies to share.

PSDG Discussion Group Conveners:

Linda Ernst, King County Library System lindaern@kcls.org>

Sue McCleaf Nespeca, Kid Lit Plus Consulting sue@kidlitplus.com

 

Reminders:

To Subscribe to the Preschool Services
Discussion Group

http://lists.ala.org/sympa/lists/divisions/alsc

To send a message after subscribing

preschsvcs@ala.org

Submitted by: Sue McCleaf Nespeca

Kid Lit Plus Consulting

 

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File PSDG-Summer-12-ReportRev

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Provides a forum for discussion of concerns that relate to preschool services.

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