Saturday, June 2, 2012

After School Read-Aloud and Craft: Eyes, 5/31/12

The theme for this week's after school program came to my mind when I was shelving easy readers and put Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles on the shelf across from The Eye Book. I had seen a template for paper eyeglasses a while back, and figured it would be a simple but fun activity that would require minimal planning. As it turned out, this was one of the most well-attended and most successful after school activities we've had all year.

The Read-Alouds: Books About Eyes and Eyeglasses

Book One: The Eye Book by Dr. Seuss (1968)
I read this one mostly to set the tone and get us going. Most of the kids who came were in kindergarten, and they enjoyed pointing out each instance of rhyme they noticed.

Book Two: Fancy Nancy: Spectacular Spectacles by Jane O'Connor (2010)
I had this on display and didn't plan to read it, but with 6 girls and only one boy in the room, I decided to give in when the girls pleaded with me to read it. As it turned out, everybody liked it, even though one page was missing. 

Book Three: The Pirate of Kindergarten by George Ella Lyon (2010)
I chose this one because it doesn't get a lot of love from our customers, and it's a great story! This group enjoyed it a lot, and they all thought it was neat that the main character gets to wear a patch.

Song: These Are My Glasses by Laurie Berkner Band
I only do songs during the after school sessions when I have a really good one that complements the books. This was a good example, and they seemed to enjoy doing the motions.

The Craft: Silly Glasses!
I. Supplies 
  • Copies of a template from First Palette (we used the star shape)
  • Markers
  • Crayons
  • Scissors
  • White glue 
  • Yarn
  • Hole punch
II. Prep

I colored my silly glasses with a fun colorful pattern, then glued it together. It was somewhat floppy since I didn't have cardstock, so I worried the kids would have trouble keeping them on their faces. To solve that problem, I punched holes in the arms of the glasses and ran a string through them so they could be worn around the kids' necks.

 III. Process
The kids loved this. Every one of them colored a different design, and some of them got so intensely involved, they wound up working right up until we closed. They all loved the idea of wearing the glasses around  their neck, and each one of them came up to me to show me how they looked on their eyes.

The Display: More Sight-Related Books
I had some trouble finding a good number of really good books on this subject, aside from the ones I read, but I raided the non-fiction section and put together a decent display - which the kids actually spent time looking at! - nonetheless. 
I have really enjoyed these last few after school programs. It's something I definitely want to continue in the Fall, and that I will start planning for this summer so I can be prepared with some more great crafts.

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