This past week, November 17-22, was Kansas Reads to Preschoolers Week. Each year a children’s book is selected to be read to every preschooler in the state of Kansas by librarians throughout the state.
This years’ book was, “Is Everyone Ready for Fun?” by Jan Thomas. Jean Schlegel from the Ness City Public Library packed up her library bag with books, puppets, a musical CD & player, and other storytelling props and set out to visit the area preschools.
Her first day, she visited the morning and afternoon classes at the Ness City Preschool. On Thursday she attended the Sacred Heart Preschool. And on Friday she traveled to the Western Plains South preschool at Bazine. At each stop she read the chosen book to the children, then we re-read the book and the children acted the characters out by pretending they were the cows who JUMPED, DANCED, WIGGLED AND NAPPED on chicken’s sofa. Next we had fun wiggling to the song, “I Can Wiggle” – and you can be assured that those preschool children really know how to wiggle!
We ended our time together by playing a game. Chicken loves to hide behind the sofa, but which sofa is he behind? The children had to guess which color sofa chicken was hiding behind. Was it the red, blue, yellow, green, orange, or purple sofa?
The Ness City Public Library provided each child with a copy of the book so that they can continue to JUMP, DANCE, WIGGLE, and NAP with the cows and chicken anytime they want to.
Thanks to all 46 children for being such great listeners and the teachers, Mrs. Brenda Horchem, Mrs. Lona Ratliff, and Mrs. Tracy Ritchie for letting me come and have fun with your classes.