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Written by: Teresa Curtis, outreach programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, and Pete the Cat's #1 Fan!

HOW TO: “Five Green and Speckled Frogs” Rhyme Tool

SUPPLIES: empty paper towel roll 3 pieces of cardstockdark blue light blue brown frog print off glue stick ruler scissors pencil 2 paperclips   STEPS: take the dark blue card stock sheet and lay it down on your work station “landscape”. Then take the ruler and make a mark every two inches, you want to create five columns. From the top to the bottom draw a straight line for guided cutting. Do the same for the light blue and brown cardstock sheets. PDF for the frogs I used: Five Green Speckled Frogs On the light blue cardstock, between the newly drawn lines take creative liberty and draw a wave across the page. It can be one continuous wave, or 5 small waves that all look the same. On the brown card stock, go up about two inches and cut lengthwise along the paper, you should have 2-inches x 2-inches brown squares. Cut out all the green frogs, waves, and blue strips. Take the blue strips and make a small glue strip on one of the ends, fold it over (without creasing), it should make a teardrop shape. Repeat step for all 5 strips. Starting from the middle of the rounded edge, glue a brown square on each of the 5 teardrops. From there, glue a frog on top of the brown square. Flipping the teardrop over you want to put the wave on the opposite side, make it flush with the square part of the teardrop, where you glued it together earlier in step 5. Your teardrops are now ready for the tube, simply slide each one on, putting a paperclip on each end between uses to ensure all pieces stay together.   Written by: Teresa [...]

By |February 8th, 2019|Categories: Racing To Read|0 Comments

Too Cold Out? Try This!

The temperature is dropping, making it difficult for you to take your class outside and expel their never-ending energy. I’ve compiled a few of my favorite activities for you to try with your class. Fruit and Veggie Sorting: All you need is a pocket folder, some glue, a pair of scissors and a printer! Just print out the below attached PDFs, glue the veggie crate to one pocket of your folder and the fruit crate to the other pocket. Pass out the pieces of vegetables and fruit (make doubles if necessary) and have the kids bring up their piece to sort. food-quietbook-and-busy-bag-fruit food-quietbook-and-busy-bag-veggiest food-quietbook-and-busy-bag-fruit-crate food-quietbook-and-busy-bag-veggie-crate   Read Funny Stories: One of my favorite stories to read aloud is "Bark, George" by Jules Feiffer. Pair the book with the activity below by having the kids try to remember the sequence of events from the book. All you need is the book, "Bark, George",  a paper bag, some glue, a pair of scissors and a printer! To get the book, contact us at 859.962.4062! Bark, George!   Get up, and Move!  Here are a few of my favorite rhymes to get kids up and moving: Green Says “Go” Green says, “Go!” (march quickly) Go! Go! Go! Yellow says, “Slow!” (march slowly) Slow…slow…slow And red says, “Stop!” (stop and freeze) Go! Go! Go! (march fast) Slow…slow…slow (march slowly) and STOP! (stop) Handy Spandy Handy spandy, sugar and candy, we all jump in. (jump inside the circle) Handy spandy, sugar and candy, we all jump out. (jump outside the circle) Handy spandy, sugar and candy, we all jump up. (jump up) Handy spandy, sugar and candy, we all sit down. (sit down in the circle) Bicycle I have a [...]

New! STEM Kits Available for Teachers!

Racing to Read is excited to offer our teachers STEM related kits for preschoolers.                    Our first kit is an interactive coding game where children “code” their own music! Osmo Coding Jam is a fun game where you can explore different types of rhythm and code your very own personalized song. This is recommended for children aged 3-6 years old. Our kit includes the Osmo Coding Jam game tiles, the iPad, iPad charger, and iPad base. Our second kit is just as exciting and comes pre-packaged with an attitude. Cozmo is an interactive robot that can not only recognize your face, but is very competitive. You can play with Cozmo, and his three cubes, in either free game mode, or you can code him in the “code lab” to complete tasks. When he’s not occupied he will explore his world and sing to himself. But, make sure you take care of Cozmo, he has to be properly calibrated, fed, and played with! Cozmo is intended for children aged 3-6 years old. Our kit includes Cozmo, Cozmo’s charging pad, Cozmo’s three blocks, plus the Asus tablet pre-loaded with the Cozmo App, and tablet charger. Our last kit is the most exciting of all, our Parrot Minidrone! Use the tablet to fly our minidrone!. This is an activity that can be either indoors or outdoors, but always with teacher supervision. Our kit includes the minidrone, along with the charger, plus the Asus tablet that is pre-loaded with the in-flight simulation app, and tablet charger.   Call us at 859.962.4062 to reserve your STEM kit today!   Written by: Teresa Curtis, outreach programmer at the Kenton County Public Library, and Pete the [...]

New! Teacher Resource Books

The Racing to Read team is always looking for new and improved ways of serving their teachers and children. We are excited to share with you our latest addition to the van; our revamped “Teacher Resource” shelf. This shelf offers a collection of books that teachers exclusively get to check out. They range from informational picture books, that help teach a variety of early literacy topics, to topical pop-up books; that are just fun to share with children during circle time. I’m going to highlight some of our newer additions to the shelf, and what you should be on the look out for this upcoming school year.   Our new teacher resource shelf will replace the moving book shelf on the van. We want the books on the highest shelf to reinforce the notion that these specific books are for teacher checkout only; not for children to checkout and take home. We have flagged these books with a green teacher resource sticker.     One of our newest teacher resource books is titled “My Body Belongs to Me: a book about body safety” by Jill Starishevsky.“This straightforward, gentle book offers a tool parents, teachers, and counselors can use to help children feel, be, and stay safe. The rhyming story and simple, friendly illustrations provide a way to sensitively share and discuss the topic, guiding young children to understand that their private parts belong to them alone. The overriding message of My Body Belongs to Me is that if someone touches your private parts, tell your mom, your dad, your teacher, or another safe adult.” – Provided by publisher. There are recommended tips for using this book with a child, in easy to follow steps located at [...]

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Racing To Read|0 Comments