Friday, January 29, 2010

All Kinds of Princess

                                   A princess comes in many different shapes, sizes, and colors.

                                                Some wheel in automatically on their throne,

                                                             some are full of jumping beans,

                                                                     others are quiet.
          We had a variety of princesses at the T.A.B. sponsored Disney Princess Party last night.

They arrived in time to enjoy being bejewleld by the T.A.B. girls. Everyone was then treated to a class in princess etiquette and enjoyed playing a game with Cinderella's slipper.

                                             Refreshements fit for royalty were served.

                                      Apple slices, sparkly magic wands made out of pretzels,

and mice made of cheese with tails of chive.

Everyone danced until the clock struck eight and all the tired royalty went home to bed, with dreams of a fairy tale fun evening, shared with friends.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My Beautiful Kazoo

As a child I spent many, many, maybe too many, hours humming with a comb covered with wax paper. My early musical education came from three important influences. First: I was an enthusiastic student of Miss Frances Ding Dong School (yes---that was really the name) and she taught me to hum. Second: My father was a talented musician and played in a drum and bugle corp for the first six years of my life. I acted as both roadie AND groupie. Third: Our local high school band practiced marching and playing in the field behind our house which I found quite inspirational.The band director, Mr. Sabaka, was amazed that I was able to learn the entire Rock Around the Clock field routine before I entered school. I marched along side the band until I was old enough for kindergarten and was forced to give up both the comb and my field side band rehersals.

Today we celebrated National Kazoo Day for our Early Out Program at the library.The high school band director and a few of his students taught the audience of elementary school students, along with some parents and siblings, how to kazoo. It was loud, noisy, giggley, and tons of fun. I suspect there will be lots of humming in homes around town tonight.

As for me, I plan on perfecting Flight of the Bumblebee and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony. I will be available for weddings, funerals, receptions, or events of any kind.

Ready? Hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

* when I was able to join the high school band in an official capacity, Mr. Sabaka was still the band director and we still did the Rock Around the Clock routine which ( of course) I already knew, after logging all those preschool hours.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Snow Business on Monday

Monday is usually a rough day for know.........the much anticipated weekend is over too quickly, it is frigid winter weather, and now it is M-O-N-D-A-Y. I used to be a Monday grouch.....think Garfield. I changed my Monday grouch to a wonderful start to the week by scheduling my Baby Walker Storytime on Monday's at 10:00. Having happy babies and their grateful parents makes Monday morning better.

Today I set up play stations with snow ( it looked rather odd to see me with a shovel scooping up snow to bring INdoors, but he staff is used to seeing me do unusal things), rice with sand toys, Duplos, an igloo, shaving cream to fingerpaint, flannelboard,and toys that promote skills.

We enjoyed refreshments in a little cafe' I set up in the storytime room. Yummers!

I loved the idea of these tortilla snowflakes! Just warm the tortilla to make it pliable, then fold like you would if you were making a paper snowflake. Cut out a design and then crisp it on a griddle and sprinkle powdered sugar or cinnamon and sugar on the tortilla.
Today was a very good Monday.