Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Are your kids in the H.A.L.L.?

Those of you who have been reading my blog for a long time might remember that Hunter used to host a show and tell at our local library. Of course, it was just getting started when he was diagnosed with leukemia. So now, here we are, a year later, and we have launched the program again... only this time we are pairing show and tell with a book club! Fun huh? I have four of them planned (and then we will reevaluate how it's going and whether I might like to alter the program some starting next year).

We had our first session of H.A.L.L. (Homeschoolers at Linebaugh Library) last week. I think it went really well. I did learn to not count on Facebook invitations to give you any idea how many guests to expect as people will rsvp yes and then not show up. I also learned to maybe not put quite so much effort in to the program. While the kids who were there appreciated all that we did, I'm not sure it was totally worth all of the stress and angst that I went through to pull it off!

For Show and Tell, Hunter brought his new slingshot.

He demonstrated how it worked and then helped some of the other kids try it out.

For book club, we had read "Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer"...

One of our tie-in activities was to draw a picture of something worth "thrill points" that you did during the summer. Ronin drew a picture of herself swimming.

Then the kids created "guerrilla art" for the statues outside of the library (just like Judy and her Aunt Opal did in the book).

They really got into the art activity.

We all sneaked outside and placed our "hats and necklaces" on the man and little girl.

Then the kids posed for a group photo.

Meanwhile, Big Foot had visited the library!

He left tracks all over the children's department.

The tracks led outside..

Where the children were given a popsicle (at the end of the book, Big Foot is found with the ice cream man) and a bag of Big Foot Scat (also a tie in to the book) which was really chocolate covered pomegranate seeds, raisins, and chocolate chips. They also received a packet with word searches, a dot-to-dot, coloring sheet, and supplies to make their own mask as seen above.

Thanks for joining us, friends. It was really fun.

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  1. Looks like so much fun! I'm sure the kids really enjoyed your creativity!

  2. i totally hear you on the stressing out preparing part being a former children's librarian myself. besides, the kids don't even notice when you're not prepared :-) show and tell is an awesome idea! wish i would have thought of that when i was working :-)


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