Starting in June, we went to the library every Wednesday morning for preschool story time. Following story time, we headed to the children’s section where we spent about thirty minutes perusing books. Before leaving, each child chose two books and a DVD to borrow for the week (thankfully our library system allows each borrower to check out 99 items). To protect our loaner materials, we kept them in a basket on top of the refrigerator out of reach for little hands.
Since library story time typically includes a craft, we haven’t done many projects at home this summer. I really enjoy crafts with the kids so I came up with one to accompany our book/ DVD rental of Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type. We made a cow using a paper plate, googly eyes, scraps of construction paper and glue sticks. The majority of the crafts done at the library involve glue sticks so I thought a little practice at home was appropriate.
I always love how when given the same materials, each child’s artwork is unique.
Every night before bed, we choose two of the books to read on the sofa. Sitting on the sofa gives everyone a decent view of the pictures.
For every 15 minutes we read to the kids, they earned a check on their Summer Reading Club chart. Each time they filled a row on the chart, they earned a bag of prizes from the library. We didn’t quite fill up the entire chart before the Summer Reading Club was finished, but they earned plenty of trinkets and had fun doing it. Even though the Summer Reading Club ended, we still visit the library regularly and read daily to help the quads build vocabulary, develop early literacy skills, and use their imaginations. Today I stumbled upon an article on Huffington Post about how reading to young children impacts brain development.
- Sea Life Aquarium
- Train ride
Fire station tour Library story time Sprayground
Bahama Buck’s Frozen yogurt Community pool
- Grill dinner outside
Water Table Inflatable Pool Sprinklers Ice Cream
- Indoor playgrounds
Lee’s Grilled Cheese Blow bubbles Chalk drawings Board games
- Play dates
Summer Reading Club Dance classes Fireworks Sleep over with grandparents
- Nature Walks
- Bounce house
Popsicles S’mores Sparklers Water pistol duels