There is so much material for letter B that I didn’t repeat one single thing from last year – not a story, song, or craft. Crazy! I guess we could have several weeks of letter B storytime. I remember this not being true for all of the letters – you’re kind of scraping bottom for XY storytime – but having lots of choices is great for the beginning of the year, when you’re still feeling out your group.
I know there’s been a lot of discussion in the field in the last few years about process vs. product art. One of the difficulties with process art is that lots of the obvious projects are super messy. We’ve solved this in the past year or so by doing more community art, where we cover the tables in roll paper and let the kids work together. Sometimes this creates a reusable product, and sometimes it doesn’t. This week, the kids made individual bubble wrap prints, but I offered to keep them here and post them on a community bulletin board if the adults didn’t want to bring them home. This is a win-win because we get to display kids’ art and freshen up our bulletin boards for fall; the kids get to do a fun, messy project and come back and see their art displayed; and the parents and caregivers don’t have to tote a bunch of wet paint home.
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