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Magic Tree House Adventures

Posted By Susan Wilson, Community LIbrary of Allegheny Valley, 724-226-3491, wilson2@einetwork.net , Thursday, March 14, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description  

This hour long, monthly after-school program (September-April) is offered for children in first through fourth grades. Written by Mary Pope Osborne, Magic Tree House is one of the best-selling chapter books of all time! Come travel with Jack & Annie as we discover different cultures, times and places. Each month we explore a different Magic Tree House book with a variety of book related activities. Multiple copies of the monthly pick are ordered from our county library system so each participant has access to a copy during the program and to check out afterwards.


When the children arrive, there is an ice breaker activity such as a connect-the-dots, look & find, or a coloring page that relates to the story. As they eat a snack (usually tied to a theme in the book), I read aloud several chapters. This allows them to follow along with word recognition and helps promote listening skills. We review vocabulary, have discussion and learn new things from the accompanying Research Guide/Fact Tracker books also from this series.


We conclude the program with an activity or craft that complements and connects to the literature. This can be arts & crafts, a STEM activity or having a special guest. 
This has been an ongoing program for more than 10 years and remains popular! 

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Community Library of Allegheny Valley  Magic Tree House Adventures 

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Lapsit

Posted By Judith Errico, Community Library of Allegheny Valley, 724-226-3491,erricoj@einetwork.net , Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Library Type

Public

Description 

The library hosts Lapsit classes each week. Pre-registration is required and the class size is limited to 15 children, with their adult participant. Activities include signing a good morning song, where we welcome each child by name in the song. We also have group story time and sing/perform "If Your Happy and You Know It." I use weekly tip sheets which include various rhymes, fingerplays and songs we share as a group. Finally, we include game a of Ring Around the Rosie, a bubble game and the Hokey Pokey. Sometimes we add other songs and movement fun. I include a second story time book and then we conclude by singing "The More we Get Together." Each participating child receives two stickers as they depart. 

This is a wonderful program that includes family engagement in literacy building skills and shows the joys of reading and play time together for young children. 

The library incurred minimal cost to execute. We secured a CD player, a few music CD's, musical shaker eggs and we use books in the library's collection. We have a grant that helps fund the program. 

Tags:  Basic Literacy  Community Library of Allegheny Valley  Family Reading  Lap Sit  Storytime 

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