Tag Archives: math

#blogbookaday: Stack the Cats

7 May

Stack the CatsSummary:  “One cat sleeps. Two cats play. Three cats stack!
Cats of all shapes and sizes scamper, stretch and yawn across the pages of this adorable counting book. And every now and then, they find themselves in the purrfect fluffy stack!” (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: This simple book of adorable cats is perfect for cat and math lovers alike. I could definitely see a way of photocopying a few pages and cutting out the cats so kids could stack different cats on top of each other. There’s not too much of a story line, much more of a concept book with both counting and addition and would be a perfect introduction for a small child.

Personal Reaction: A counting and adding book filled with cats is the perfect way for a little one to learn about both math and science concepts, in an easy to read way! I love the extremely basic text and how if you have too many cats stacked on top of each other, they fall over, but if you make them into smaller groups it works better. I’d love to pair this with a balancing activity that kids to try out as well! This would make a perfect story for a STEM storytime at home or at the library.

Title: Stack the Cats
Author: Susie Ghahremani
Illustrator: Susie Ghahremani
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
Publication Date: May 2, 2017


#blogbookaday (1)This is a new idea I’m trying on my blog this year that was inspired by @donalynbooks and @heisereads – to provide a brief review of a picture book every day of 2018. You’ll get a brief summary of the story, a review of the content, illustrations and theme, my personal reaction to the book and all the pertinent publication information! Enjoy!

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AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Valedictorians Abound

25 Apr

3585052105_1052a5e228_b.jpgProgram Name: ACT/SAT Prep Classes and Practice Tests

What: ACT and SAT prep classes and practice test are available throughout the year for high school students to prepare for college exams. We also purchase test prep books and Playaway Launchpads that allow students to prepare for these tests.

Where: This program is offered in our large meeting space for practices tests and a smaller meeting space for prep classes. The larger room allows for students to spread out among tables, while the smaller space is perfect for a presentation about tips and tricks for test taking.

When: We offer this program in the fall and spring as kids are gearing up for SAT and ACT testing and have been offering it for a few years now as kids are continually looking for opportunities like these to increase their test scores.

Who: This program is for high school students only. For a little while we had families interested in younger students participating and we didn’t have the space for extra kids, so we’ve since narrowed the focus to high school students only.

How: We’re lucky enough to have a number of tutoring centers in our community that are willing to provide sample practice classes for us, plus we’ve partnered with the Princeton Review and have offered practice tests through them as well. We make an effort to partner with different organizations each year to ensure that we’re promoting the wide variety of tutoring centers in the area.

Alternatives:

  • A number of libraries offer after-school tutoring and if you do a search online, you’ll be able to find the logistics on how to offer a program like this.
  • We also offer a program called Reading Buddies which is for reading practice for Kindergarten-2nd graders who are paired with a student from 5th -12th grade. They meet at the library once a week for 30 minutes to practice reading skills and comprehension.

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

AtoZ Blogging Challenge – Math Madness

14 Apr

fibonacci-1601158_1280.pngProgram Name: Math Madness

What: This is a hands-on learning program about math for kids in elementary school. We have found that the kids continue to try and show off they math knowledge, but have very few skills that we would consider math basics. They can name a tetrahedron, but don’t know how to read a ruler. We’re trying to bring math skills you learn in the classroom and make them fun and accessible in the real world.

Where: This program can be offered in whatever space you have available – we’ve used our storytime room with it’s stadium style bleacher seats to a small meeting room and have even used a larger space as needed.

When: We offer this program every other month – opposite our Passport Pals program. You could offer this as a weekly series, a monthly series or quarterly – whatever fits into your schedule.

Who: We gear this program to 3-5 grades students, but again you could easily adapt this to a younger audience or an older audience and just change the activities to fit the developmental levels of those audience.

How: Our children’s librarian uses library blogs and Pinterest to come up with great ideas for simple, easy activities that don’t cost a lot of money surrounding a specific topic. With STEM being a huge buzzword right now, these types of activities are easy to come by!

Alternatives:

  • If you’re low on time, check out the possibility of using Crazy 8s Math Club, created by Bedtime Math. We started out using the program, but the parameters didn’t work well for our schedule, so we started creating our own “lessons”.
  • If you’re short on staff, see if you have a high school student willing to volunteer some time to offer a few programs for you – it looks good on college applications and helps you out in theprocess!

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During the month of April, I’ll be participating in the 2018 Blogging from A to Z Challenge. For this year’s theme, I’ll be offering you a library program plan with everything you to need to re-create it at your own library. Most of these programs we’ve offered in the past, others are programs I’d like to try in the future. I’m always looking for new inspiration and I thought you might be too!

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