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Earth Day STEAM!

Books about wind energy and supplies to make pinwheels

To celebrate Earth Day today, we learned about wind power during Full STEAM Ahead! We learned that wind is a renewable resource, and that currently about 4 percent of our electricity is generated by wind. Scientists hope that by the year 2050, one third of our electricity will be made by wind!

We also heard some pretty bad Earth Day jokes.

Electricity is made by wind using wind turbines. To get an idea of what the turbines do, we made pinwheels, and then tested them in front of a fan. They didn’t all work at first, but everyone had a working pinwheel before they left.

A finished pinwheel

What we started with

Using the fan to make the pinwheel turn

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Ducks!

Books about ducks

Today in Ready, Set, Kindergarten! we read books, sang songs, and had lots of fun with all things duck!

After the stories and songs, everyone got to decide for themselves if it’s a duck or a rabbit, or both.

Duck!

Rabbit!

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Happy Birthday to Beary!

Books about birthdays

Today is Beary’s birthday, and we celebrated in style during Ready, Set, Kindergarten!

It’s not a party without cake and balloons

Beary loves a good story, so we read some stories, counted Beary’s candles, and sang happy birthday in English and Spanish. We also made birthday crowns.

Beary–wearing his birthday crown–with his cake!

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Clouds in my storytime

Some books about clouds

Today, Family Storytime was all about clouds–big clouds, small clouds, and all kinds of different-shaped clouds. We read some books, sang some songs, and had some fun.

Little Cloud, Little Cloud, what do you see?

Can you guess where the moon is hiding?

Everyone made a cloud picture, too.

A bunny!

Flowers!

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April Showers

Our Spring programs have begun this week. Today’s Ready, Set, Kindergarten! was all about rain. We talked about how April showers bring May flowers (we sure hope so!), we read some great books about rain, we sang songs, and we chased bubbles.

Everyone also got to make a rain picture. To see all the photos, click here.

Join us next Tuesday when we celebrate Beary’s birth

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Spring Programs Are Just Around the Corner!

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It’s finally Spring, and our programs for children will be back beginning April 6. You can see our program schedule here, or take a look at our calendar.

If you want a printable version, we have copies in the Children’s Room, or use this link for English or this link for Spanish.

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We can text you that!

sign up for textsThe OPL Children’s Room can now send you text messages! We can text information about specific programs (check out the list) or daily early literacy tips.

To sign up, simply click on this link and fill the form out.

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