A few weeks ago, I hosted our second Family Reading Night this year for my daughter’s preschool. I’m always amazed and excited at the number of families that attend. The Parent Association, which I’m a contributing member of, is hosting Spring Fling in a few weeks. This is a day when families can come together, enjoy a picnic lunch, a petting zoo, and spring related arts and crafts. Knowing this was coming up, I chose to make the theme of reading night related to spring. So, families enjoyed “Discovering Baskets of Hands-On Fun” with a spring theme. It was a night of building background knowledge to help prepare students for Spring Fling.
I created Discovery Baskets using six sub-themes of spring. Baskets included the following themes:
- Baby Chicks
- Animal Babies
Each basket had several fiction and informational texts for parents to read aloud with their children and a hands-on craft or activity. Students had fun creating butterflies out of coffee filters, making baby chicks out of pom-poms, sorting and matching animal babies and their mothers, sorting packets of seeds, creating flowers out of cupcake papers, making kites, and creating their very own bird nest out of playdoh and twigs. It was a fun night!
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