Kindergarten Prep School
KiPS is a get-ready-for-school summer program for children entering kindergarten in the fall. Children registered for the program come to the library one morning a week to explore six skill areas: Art, Music, Reading, Math, Large Motor Skills and Fine Motor Skills & Writing. Scroll down the page to see a list of activities for each week in the different areas.
The Children’s area buzzes with activity every Tuesday morning through the summer. Certified teachers and teachers from local preschools lead sessions along with certified library staff. Instructional assistants, group leaders and other volunteers help out with each small group of children.
Help with transportation is offered by the Jay School Corporation.
The library partners with the Jay School Corporation to offer KiPS. Additional sponsors the Friends of the Library and The Portland Foundation. If your organization would like to lend support, please contact Linda Shreve at the library.
2015 KiPS began Tuesday, June 2nd and continues each Tuesday morning through August 4th, from 9:00 am to noon.
Any bus transportation issues must be cleared with both the bus garage (260-726-9605) AND the library (260-726-7890).
Questions or concerns about anything? Call Linda at 260-726-7890 or email.
SPECIAL NOTES for parents of participants.
- Remember to send the folder back with your child each Tuesday! The items inside are yours to keep, but we'll add more each week. Don't send a backpack. We won't be using them here and they are easily forgotten! Don't send any toys, food, or drinks from home.
- ANY TIME your child will not be attending a KiPS session, we appreciate being informed! Just call us at (260) 726-7890 or email to let us know. If your child rides the bus, please let your bus driver know by calling them or the bus garage at 260-726-9605.
- Due to the movement in gym, it is very IMPORTANT for your child’s safety that they wear gym shoes, not flip flops or Crocs, please! If gym shoes are a problem, then sandals with straps would work.
- Children are dropped off at the library's front door no earlier than 8:50 am. However, at pick up time parents must come into the library building to pick up their children at their assigned area. Park in the main parking lot and come into the building. Check the list as you enter to see where you'll find your child and wait there until your child is dismissed. Bus riders must be dismissed first.
VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER:
At Drop Off:
Pull up as far as you can in front to make room for as many cars as possible.
At Pick Up:
Bus riders are dismissed first. No other children will be dismissed until the busses have gone. Park and come in to pick up your child but PLEASE DON’T PARK IN THE BUS LANE.
What did we do at KiPS? We'll list some of our activities here each week. Maybe you'd like to try some of these things at home!
Week 1 (June 2, 2015) – Beach
Math - We’re working on number recognition, starting with number 1. We counted together on the number chart from 1 - 20, counted shells, and played number Bingo. Look for the homework paper in your child’s folder, complete it if you can, and send back next week for a sticker!
Reading - Books read today: Ten Little Fish / Rainbow Fish / Dear Mr. Blueberry. We discussed going to the beach and the nursery rhyme “Rub-a-Dub-Dub.” Introduced the parts of a book an also introduced numbers.
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - We cut lines to get to the ants. We traced the backs of bugs for the motion of a letter c and then wrote the letter c. We used a clothespin to pick up "ants" (beans) to move from a bowl to a cup. We also had Lego bricks to play with.
Large Motor Skills - We ran a relay where we put shells into a pail. Then we did a shell toss game, where we tossed shells into the pail from different distances. Finally, we played “Ocean in Motion,” where we crossed the room like different sea creatures: swim like a fish, flap like a stingray, pinch like a lobster, (ask your child what other sea creatures they were!).
Art - We learned about texture in art while cutting and gluing together our own special fish, using paper plates, glue-on items, and coloring. We found out that putting the top back on our glue sticks is very important or else the glue dries up.
Music - Opened by singing “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” Then began introducing elements of “Braindance: ” breath – “Bubblegum, Bubblegum:” tactile – “Hickory Dickory Dock;” core-distal – “Twinkle Twinkle.” Sang “Here Is the Sea, the Wav-y Sea.” Demonstrated playing the ocean drum and passed it around the circle for all to try briefly. Sang “Come Dance by the Ocean” played on the ukulele. Sang and acted out "The Goldfish." Finished with “Bye ‘n Bye.”
Week 2 (June 9, 2015) - Pirates
Math - We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number 2, “around & back on the railroad track, two two!” We counted pirate treasure from the treasure chest. Then we counted out certain numbers of treasure—6 sapphires (blue chips), 3 rubies (red chips), etc. This teaches one to one correspondence. Look for the homework paper in your child’s folder, complete it if you can, and send back next week for a sticker!
Reading - Books read today: How I Became a Pirate / Pirate of Kindergarten / Shiver Me Letters. We reviewed the parts of a book and reviewed superhero behaviors. We discussed and learned the parts of a pirate. If there was time, we practiced shapes and colors.
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - We listened to the song “Mat Man” (from “Handwriting without Tears”), an interactive game song that teaches us how to draw a person with developmental parts. Then we wrote our names on little chalkboards with a small piece of sponge. We traced a path to the pirate’s treasure, and we drew a person on the “Wanted (for hugs)!” paper.
Large Motor Skills - We shook the giant parachute to make waves! Then we had to keep the ship (ball) from falling out of the ocean(parachute). We balanced on the plank by crawling, hopping, jumping, etc. We used bean bags for cannon ball shooting practice at different targets. If we had time, we played “The Captain Says” as we worked on left, right, balancing, jumping, and identifying different body parts.
Art - We made pirate ships by tearing blue paper for water and cutting brown paper for the boat. Popsicle sticks were added for the masts and we cut white sails. Oat circles were added for windows (or cannon holes as some wannabe Pirates told us!).
Music - Opened with the song “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” We continued learning elements of “Braindance:” reviewed last week’s and added head-tail – “Bounce Like a Ball,” upper-lower – “I Shake My Hands; I Kick My Feet.” We sang the song “Here Is the Sea, the Wav-y Sea” and “Three Times Around Went Our Gallant Ship.” If we had time we sang “Going Over the Sea” and acted it out. We then closed with our “Bye ‘n Bye” song.
Week 3 (June 16, 2015) - Picnic/Food
Math - We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number3. We practiced following directions and using positional words: beside, on top of, under, over, next to, etc. and placed food items on our placemats. Look for the homework paper in your child’s folder, complete it if you can, and send back next week for a sticker!
Reading - Books read today: The Most Perfect Spot / Little Critters the Picnic / We’re Going on a Picnic. We talked about and discussed things you might need for a picnic. We reviewed the “Give Me 5” poster, parts of a book, and super hero behaviors. We learned the “Five Hungry Ants” poem.
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - We cut up pictures of food and glued them to paper plates; we picked up play food with tweezers and sorted them into groups; we strung beads; we played “Pass the Cookies!” by passing pretend cookies with a clothespin—give it a try sometime!
Large Motor Skills -
Art - Using q-tips and paint, we painted an apple in the style of Pointillism like famous artist Georges Seurat. Also, we learned about warm and cool colors.
Music - We started with “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” and continued learning elements of “Braindance.” We reviewed last week’s and added body-side with “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe.” We sang “Apples and Bananas,” “When We All Do Eat Sweet Potatoes,” and played a singing game with “Shoo-li-loo.” We closed with our “Bye ‘n’ Bye” song. Ask your child to sing one of the songs for you!
Week 4 (June 23, 2015) - Family
Math - We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number4 (“Down and across and down once more, that’s the way we make a 4.”). Today we worked with shapes and played shape bingo and used tangrams to make shapes. Look for the homework paper in your child’s folder, complete it if you can, and send back next week for a sticker!
Reading - Books we read today: The Napping House / Does Kangaroo have a Mother, Too? We did a flannel board with shapes while we discussed families. Then we sang “Where is Thumpkin?” using family names.
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - We talked about families and how we stay in touch, whether in person or Skype or on the iPad or emailing, etc. Then we glued circles to our paper to represent family members. We used markers, colored pencils, or crayons to add bodies (are there arms, legs, a torso, a neck?) and facial features (eyes, nose, mouth, hair, maybe ears?). We also strung beads on ropes.
Large Motor Skills - Today we did some family favorites: we walked with Romper Stompers, played hopscotch, bounced the ball to each other and rolled it to each other without letting it get out of the cage of legs. Then we made human see-saws (let your child show you using you as his/her partner) and had Family Bowling Night with cans as pins.
Art - We learned the difference between a portrait and a landscape today—ask us about that! Then we thought about a person in a family and used “details” about that person to make a portrait puppet. Ask us to put on a puppet show for you!
Music - We started with “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” and continued learning elements of “Braindance.” We reviewed last week’s and added cross-lateral with “Miss Mary Mack.” Then we did speech rhythm with “Diddle, Diddle Dumpling, My Son John.” Our activity song was “Listen, Listen, Here I Come” with rhythm on a hand drum. If we had time, we people in our family with the song “When We All Do East Sweet Potatoes.” We closed with our “Bye ‘n’ Bye” song. Ask your child to sing one of the songs for you!
Week 5 (June 30, 2015) – Zoo
Math - We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number 5--ask your child to recite the rhyme that goes with 5! Today we practiced sorting and grouping. First we grouped ourselves by our “attributes,” which is a fancy word for features. We played a guessing game using attributes and then sorted zoo animals by their attributes. (Ask your child what attribute means!)
Reading - Books we read: Ten Little Monkeys; Tender Moments in the Wild; Walking Through the Jungle; and Bendon Bear and the Wild Animals. We discussed the print concepts of: front/back cover, spine, title, author, where to start reading, reading left to right and top to bottom. Talked about fiction and non-fiction and how pictures in books are often drawn or illustrated, real or photographs.
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - Using colored pencils (and regular pencils) we drew zoo animals using a rubber zoo animal as a model. Then we glued our zoo animal onto a scrapbook paper to bring home. We also strung zoo colored pony beads onto chenille sticks.
Large Motor Skills - We played “Zookeeper Tails” by tucking socks into our waistbands and crossing the room like different animals, trying not to get caught by the zookeeper! Then we played “The Zookeeper Says” which is like Simon Says. Then we had to “Feed the Animals” by carrying their food on a shovel and putting it in a pail for them.
Art - We worked with patterns today by making a Rainbow Pattern Worm. Drawing its shape and face, and then coloring the snake’s sections in different designs and patterns was fun!
Music - We started with “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” and continued learning elements of “Braindance.” We reviewed last week’s and added vestibular (having to do with balance and eye movement) with “Humpty-Dumpty.” We took a walk through the zoo using “Chirpa Chirpa” and acted like the animals we “saw.” Then we sang “Little Bird through My Window’ as we opened and shut the windows (hands joined up or down. We closed with our “Bye ‘n’ Bye” song.
Week 6 (July 7, 2015) - Farm Animals because it's Fair Week in Jay County!
Math - We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number 6--ask your child to recite the rhyme that goes with 6! Today we practiced some simple subtraction. We placed farm animals in pens, opened the gate, let some escape, and figured out how many were left (try this at home with any of your child’s toys!)
Reading - Books we read today: Mrs. Wishy-Washy’s Farm; Giggle Giggle Quack; On the Farm; Farming. We reviewed the parts of a book, the “Give Me 5” procedure, and our “Superhero Behavior.” We talked about farm animals using word cards and did the nursery rhymes “Little Bo Peep” and “Little Boy Blue.”
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - We traced the shape of a barn and the word barn with a piece of chalk. Then we cut out the barn, leaving the doors open! Then we glued it to paper and glued a farm animal in the open doors. Using a variety of writing implements (chalk, crayons, markers, pencils), cutting, and gluing are always great practice for those fine motor skills needed for writing.
Large Motor Skills - We did a Duck Walk Race (ask your child how!), played “Hop Bunny Hop” trying to keeps safe from the hawk. We had egg races, using plastic eggs on a spoon to run down to the bucket at the other end. We also did the Chicken Hokey-Pokey, suing our wings, legs, beaks, and tail!
Art - We talked about sculptures and how they are different than drawings. We can see sculptures from all sides, while a drawing is flat. That makes the sculpture 3-D (three-dimensional). We warmed up pieces of clay with our hands and then sculpted farm animals. We used sticks to carve in “texture” for fur or feathers.
Music - We started with “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” and continued learning elements of “Braindance” with the activity of crawling, creeping, walking patterns (I’m a lizard, puppy, horse, etc). Then we sang “Wake Up You Sleepyhead” and “See the Ponies Galloping,” both with actions to go with them. We also sang “The Horse Stood Around” while stomping our feet to the words.
Week 7 (July 14, 2015) - Vehicles
Math - We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number 7--ask your child to recite the rhyme that goes with 7! Today we practiced some simple addition. We parked cars on parking lot mat and added them together.
Reading - We painted with little vehicles. Then we made a stop sign backpack to tie on. We strung pony beads to make a pull-tie for the backpacks.
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - Books we read today: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus, Sheep in a Jeep, Emergency, Farmer John’s Tractor. We reviewed the parts of a book, the “Give Me 5” procedure, and our “Superhero Behavior.” We talked about different vehicles and did a train fingerplay and a color/car matching activity.
Large Motor Skills - We played “Musical Transportation Theme Chairs” by having a vehicle picture in our hand and then having to match it when it was “Time to Park!” We sang “Row Row Row Your Boat” while playing with the parachute. We also played “Red Light, Green Light,” adding some fun variations, like “purple light” to walk backwards.
Art - We talked about shapes and named all the shapes we knew. Then we colored and cut out the shapes we had and built a car from them. If there was time, we made landscapes with roads to glue our cars on.
Music - We did a vocalization activity using vehicles as inspiration: car horns honk and beep, boats sound like a lip buzz…We then sang “Scotland’s Burning” and “Car Song” using motions to act them out. We closed with our “Bye ‘n’ Bye” song. Ask your child to sing one of the songs for you!
Week 8 (July 21, 2015) - Winter in July!
Math - We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number 8—“Make an S but don’t wait, go back up and close the gate!” Today we practiced making patterns with hats and scarves. Then we made patterns with frogs on a log. Ask your child to make an ABAB or an AABB pattern for you! Look for the homework paper in your child’s folder, complete it if you can, and send back next week for a sticker!
Reading - Books we read today: The Snowy Day / Froggy Gets Dressed / Time to Sleep / Stranger in the Woods / Winter. We reviewed the parts of a book, the “Give Me 5” procedure, and our “Superhero Behavior.” We talked about winter words with winter word cards and played a mitten matching game.
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - We painted with “snowballs” and then cut circles to make a snowman picture. Then we played with cottons balls and other white materials in a sensory table.
Large Motor Skills - We “ice skated” with pieces of paper, then had a snowball fight. Next we became penguins and waddled our eggs to safety! If there was time we played snowball bowling.
Art - We talked about what you wear in the winter and about other seasons. We looked at patterns in a mitten, looking at the weave. Then we cut out large mittens, made slits in them, and using paper we practiced weaving: over, under, over, under.
Music - We started with “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” and continued “Braindance” using all the elements. We sang “Jing Jingle” with jingle bells, and also tried “Jingle Bells.”
Then we played Jingle Bell Freeze with a vibraslap (see picture and ask your child to describe it to you!).
We closed with our “Bye ‘n’ Bye” song.
Week 9 (July 28, 2015) – Pets
Math - We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number 9—“Make a hoop and then a line, that’s the way to make a 9!” Today we practiced graphing by graphing our favorite pets on a floor-size graph. Look for the homework paper in your child’s folder, complete it if you can, and send back next week for a sticker!
Reading - Books we read today: Mama Cat and Her Kittens / Pet Show / Cookie’s Week / The Pigeon Wants a Puppy / If You Give a Cat a Cupcake . We reviewed the parts of a book, the “Give Me 5” procedure, and our “Superhero Behavior.” We talked about pets with our pet picture cards.
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - We learned about the parts of an animal, like its face, legs, body, and tail, while we watched the teacher put a large one together on the floor using different items. Then we got to make our own pet using foam shapes and gluing them together.
Large Motor Skills - We played “Tails” by tucking a tube sock in our clothes and moving across the room in different animal ways (hopping, galloping, jumping) and having tails caught by the owner. We also played “Swat the Fly” and “Feed Your Pet.” Ask your child how these games are played!
Art - We read a little bit about “Pete the Cat” and then we made our own cat by tearing construction paper to make the legs, head, ears, and tail. Tearing paper is really hard, but it’s a great fine motor skill! Plus it made the cats look furry!
Music - We started with “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” and continued “Braindance” using all the elements. We sang “Johnny Pounds with One Hammer” while we “built” a doghouse. We did the fingerplays “My Turtle” & “There Was a Little Turtle” (ask your child to show you how they go). We then reviewed “See the Ponies Galloping” and “Little Bird through My Window.”
Week 10 (August 4, 2015) - Dinosaurs
Math - (taught by Dora Houck, 1st grade teacher, General Shanks) We counted together from 1 – 20. Then we continued working on number recognition with number 10—“One is fun; around we go, makes a zero!” Today we learned about sets and how to compare things using greater than, less than, and equal to. Thanks for all the time you put into doing homework!
Reading - (taught by Amanda Clemens, Kindergarten teacher, Bloomfield) Books we read today: The Dinosaur / Dinos on the Go / How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? / Dinosaur vs. School / Dinosaurs Love Underpants / The Dinosaur’s New Clothes. We reviewed the parts of a book, the “Give Me 5” procedure, and our “Superhero Behavior.” Then we did the Dinosaur Pokey! Put your spikes in!
Fine Motor Skills & Writing - (taught by Lisa Michael, preschool teacher, Celina Schools) We did four fun things today:
1. We rolled out rubber animals in Play-doh
2. We did an ABC dot-to-dot dinosaur
3. We played a matching dinosaur numbers game with clothespins
4. We made handprint dinosaur scale pictures
Large Motor Skills - Skills (taught by Christy Shauver, Resource teacher, East) We played “Tails” by tucking a tube sock in our clothes and moving across the room in different animal ways (hopping, galloping, jumping) and having tails caught by the owner. We also played “Swat the Fly” and “Feed Your Pet.” Ask your child how these games are played!
Art - (taught by Kelly Bricker, Westlawn & Redkey, and Kathy Ayers, JCHS/ Art teachers) We learned about mosaics—how to use small pieces of material to make a larger picture. Then we created our own mosaic dinosaur picture using pieces of paper we cut or tore.
Music - (taught by Cindy Strietelmeier, JCPL staff) We started with “Hello, Hello, How Are You?” and continued “Braindance” using all the elements. We did actions with “We are the Dinosaurs” (Laurie Berkner Band). Then we were introduced to a xylophone and got to try it out. Then we moved around the room as dinosaurs as the teacher played “Fossils” on the xylophone.
We had a great summer with the kids. All the best to the kids, their families, and their teachers during the school year!
Questions or concerns about anything? Call Linda at 260-726-7890 or email.