Community Helpers Librarian as a theme? Absolutely! In a world of PDF files and E-books, we have the opportunity to introduce children to books and their home- the Library! Most of us have a library in our preschools, and now we can introduce them to our local librarians and teach what a wonderful resource our librarians are! This theme page is filled with preschool activities and ideas for all areas of your classroom.
Let the Theme planning begin!
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Community Helpers Librarian Theme Art
I Spy Books-Preschool Style!
Materials Needed: the book Look Again by Tana Hoban; old magazines; plain white paper; scissors; stapler
In advance, fold the sheets of white paper in half (one for each child). On the fold, cut out a 1" square and unfold.
Read the book Look Again by Tana Hoban to the children.
Have the children choose a picture from the magazine and tear out the page.
Have the children position the cut-out square over the object from the magazine.
Staple the white paper to the picture on the top and bottom to secure it.
Help the children trim away any excess edges of the magazine.
Each child displays his or her picture.
The class tries to guess the object from the small portion that is visible through the square.
The child then shows the complete picture.
EXTENSION: Place these in a binder in your library for the children to enjoy over and over!
Materials Needed: the book Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola; sheets of plain; scissors; crayons; glue; long lengths of off-white (spaghetti colored) yarn.
Read the story Strega Nona to the children.
Encourage the children to draw and color a picture of Big Anthony and the magic pasta pot.
The children cut the yarn into spaghetti-sized pieces and glue at the top of the pot and all over the bottom of the picture.
Books and Art
Materials: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson; large white paper and purple crayons.
After reading the story, have each child draw their own imaginary adventure trip!
Or read FREIGHT TRAIN by Donald Crews, provide the children with freight car train shapes that you have premade out of fingerpaint paper.
Provide the colors used in the book.
Reread the story and have the children hold up their train when you call out their train colors.
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Block Center Ideas
Add different colors and shapes of tag board. Encourage the children to set up a library using the blocks and sorting the colored "books" into different sections of the block library.
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Circle Time Ideas
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
Let's Talk Library!
Materials Needed: Different types of library books (fiction, non-fiction, board books, picture books) from your classroom library and from the local library.
Ask the children if they have ever been to the library. Let them each take turns talking about what they saw or learned there.
Take a tour of your classroom library and discuss the types of books.
Introduce words like fiction stories (fiction=fake or made up stories; non-fiction books (non-fiction= not fake or REAL information), etc.
Read a few books or vote on which book to look at today.
Discuss some library concept words such as author, illustrator, librarian, borrowing a book, library card, checking out books, returning books, etc.
Model to the children how to use puppets to present a favorite story. For example, tell the story Popcorn by Frank Asch.
Place the puppets and the book in the library area for use later in the morning.
There are so many stories that can be acted out by the children. You could provide hats and act out Caps For Sale or The Three Little Pigs.
Read a favorite story that your children know well (Three Bears, Very Hungry Caterpillar, etc.) but stop reading before the end and ask how the children would like the story to end!
Fingerplays and Songs
At The Library
There's a place in your town where you can go
To find out anything you want to know.
Where books on everything are arranged just so. Where?
Children: At the library!
Do you need a car repair book? Or maybe a new recipe to cook?
Directions for a model car? the names of each and every star?
The one place to find this and more, Where?
Children: At the library!
Do you wonder how bridges are built? How to make a patchwork quilt?
Or what made the Leaning Tower tilt?
Find the answers, if you will, Where?
Children: At the library!
Do you love to read the tales of cowboys riding the western trails?
Cinderella, peter Pan and Tinker Bell?
Find poetry, fables and stories to tell. Where?
Children: At the library!
The librarian helps the visitors find
Many good books to strengthen their minds.
Magazines and movie and music are stored on a rack.
You can take some things home
But you MUST bring them back!
Snack Recipe Ideas to Cook Up for Your Theme!
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation! Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Ingredients and Items needed: English muffins (split); margarine or butter, 1 lb. ground meat and or sausage, 2 eight ounce cans of tomato sauce; grated mozzarella cheese
Brown the gound meat and sausage in advance. Drain well.
Toast the muffins.
The children spread half with butter.
They add 1 tablespoon of tomato sauce.
They sprinkle on meat or sausage.
They top with grated cheese.
Broil until the cheese is melted.
This is best done when set up assembly line style. The children choose what they want on their pizza!
Serve. While the children are eating, read CURIOUS GEORGE AND THE PIZZA by Margaret and H. A. Rey.
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Ideas to Transform Your Dramatic Play Area
Place a table and chair in your center. Provide pencils, erasers and a stamp at the table.
Place some books in the area on a shelf or in a box. (In advance, place a sticky note in each book).
Place some bean bag chairs, pillows or carpet squares in the dramatic play area.
The children take turns sitting at the table to be the librarian.
The other children, one at a time, pick out a book or to, take them to the table and print their name on the sticky note that is in the book.
The librarian places a stamp (if you have a date stamp, that would be awesome!) next to the child's printed name to remind them when the book is due!
The children read their books in the dramatic play library area.
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Ideas for your Easel--More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Books, Books, Books!
Cut out paper that is a book shape. Have the children paint as many pages as they want to make up their own book!
Write down the story they tell for each page as they paint!
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Large Group Games that help build their muscles while they have fun together
I'm Thinking of a Book
Place some of your children's favorite books in the middle with a chair.
The children all sit in a semi-circle around the chair so they can see the books and the chair.
One child sits on the chair and is the "Thinker"
That child says "I'm thinking of a book that has (pick a color from the front of a book without pointing to it)
The children try to guess.
Each child gets a turn.
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Ideas for Your Library and Literacy Activities for your Preschool Classroom
Find The Letter
Place magnifying glasses and index cards with laminated letters (one letter on each card). Provide a few cards each day. The children search through the books to find as many letters of the day that they can find!
Book Suggestions for the Library
I Want to Be a Librarian by Carla Green
Look Again by Tana Hoban
Quiet! There's A Canary in the Library by Don Freeman
Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola
Click the link below for information on how to set up a Library area in your Preschool Classroom!
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Activities to help your Preschoolers develop those small muscles in their hands!
Hop on Pop
Materials: the book Hop On Pop by Dr. Seuss; dried lima beans (7 for each child); prepare a sheet of paper that has 3 sections. In one section, draw a house; in the second draw a large flower; in the third section draw a tree. Make enough copies for each child to have a paper.
Provide glue and thin permanent markers.
The children make the mouse on the house by drawing eyes, whiskers and an ear on a lima bean with the marker, glue it to the roof of the house and then add a tail.
The children make three bees on lima beans by drawing stripes and eyes on each. They glue them to the flower and then draw wings and a stinger.
The children draw eyes on 3 lima beans and glue them on the tree in the third section. They then make tails for the fish from scraps of construction paper and glue onto their lima bean fish.
Read SHORT AND TALL by Richard Scary
The children then sort and separate items by which is short and which is tall (such as large and small crayons; different sized blocks, etc.)
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Music and Movement Activities and Ideas to get your Preschoolers Movin' and Groovin'!
Go To The Library
Have the children act out the following song/chant!
"Goodness Gracious" said the lion.
"I must do something with my hair.
I need a book on hair styles,
But where can I go, oh where?"
CHORUS--sing the first 2 lines loudly
Go to the library, the library!
You'll find just what you want at the library!
"Shhh!" said the librarian (whisper)
"Be quiet so others can read!" (whisper)
"Doggone it!" said the dog.
"I've got a whopping case of fleas.
How can I make them go away?
Somebody tell me, please!"
"Wiggle, wiggle!" said the bookworm.
"I don't have a thing to read!
I'm tired of reading newspapers.
Real books are what I need!"
Now the dog has no fleas,
The lion has a perm.
They both love the library,
And so does their friend, the worm!
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Activities for the Senses!
Book Shape Textures
Cover book shapes with different textures (suede, sandpaper, fabric, etc.). Make 2 of each. The children can describe each one by touch and match them.
EXTENSION: Provide a bag. Place one of the shapes in the bag. The child feels it without looking and tries to choose which of the other cards in front of them matches the one in the bag.
Community Helpers Librarian Theme Science Activities--for your Preschool Scientists in Training!
Provide rolls of tape and a box for books that need to be repaired. Help children to repair ripped pages or bindings in books.
Writing Activity Ideas for Your Community Helpers Librarian Theme!
Community Helpers Alphabet Book
Make this book in advance.
Print one letter of the alphabet and a corresponding word on white piece of construction paper along with a picture of each item.
Assemble in a loose leaf notebook and display at the Writing center with dry erase markers and tissues.
The children can then "read" the book and practice printing their letters.
Here are suggestions for the words/pictures for each letter:
Aa apron (carpenter or bakers apron)
Ee equipment (i.e. equipment for a fire fighter)
Gg garbage truck
Ii instrument (doctor or dentist instrument)
Mm mail carrier
Pp police officer
Qq quarter (for a grocery store, cash register, etc.)
Rr red (fire truck)
Tt teacher (pictures of you and your teachers!)
Uu uniform (many different uniforms)
Yy yellow (school bus)
Zz zip code (draw an envelope with a stamp and circle the zip code)
Miscellaneous Activities for Your Community Helpers Librarian Theme!
Of course, set up a trip to the children's room of the local library!
Invite the local librarian to come to you classroom. Many will come with books, crafts and activities to do with your class!
Invite a parent to come and read a story or two to your class!