This is the first post in a series for October 2017 library lessons.
October is here and I can hardly believe how fast the school year seems to be flying! I had dinner with a colleague this week and we talked non-stop about how overwhelmed we both feel being in new positions. Both of us shared the feeling that we just can't seem to get in a groove. Well, I'm hoping my lessons for the month of October will help me find that groove!
I decided awhile back that I would do a "not-so-scary" theme for October. I know a lot of folks go with the spider webs, bats, and spooky type decorations for Halloween, but I didn't want to bring that vibe into The Happy Library. I just felt like it would't fit. So after some brainstorming, I came up with the idea that the library could be "not-so-scary" and have a more lighthearted approach to the season.
I switched out the lettering on the bulletin board in the back of the library for starters. I didn't want to remove all my dots and lanterns, so using a similar color scheme, I printed new letters and created some fun monsters. These were a breeze to make, as I just bought a pack of pre-cut poster board (like those you make yard sale signs with) and added some arms, legs and mouths from a TpT download that was free. Then, I bought some different sized googly eyes from a craft store and hot glued them on! That's it! I was able to print, cut, laminate, and post this little bulletin board in about an hour.
The next step in creating a "Not-So-Scary" theme was to select my books for story time. I will go into more depth as I share the lessons I've done each week, but here are the books I pre-selected for the month. I have pulled them all and placed them in my story time area. I made the cute, over-sized bookmarks by printing free monster clip art on cardstock, laminating, and then taping to some of my shelf markers. I think it makes the little display really cute and the monsters may become props for lessons with kindergarten and first graders. I'd really like to buy some other monster titles....this could become a tradition every year if all goes well.
The final thing I did to get the monster theme going was to create a little guessing game that will last all month long. I bought some very cheap, plastic eyeballs (these are easy to find during Halloween season) and placed them in a glass jar I got at Hobby Lobby for less than $10 after the coupon. I used that same free monster clip art to make a little sign and I plan to share the contest "rules" with students during the first week of lessons. Basically, they cannot touch the jar, open the jar, spin the jar or anything like that. No touching. They can only guess once. The students who get closest in number for each grade level will win a free book. I plan on using the left over paperbacks that Scholastic sent with my book fair chairperson's kit. I'll let the kids choose from those.
So, that is how I got started....I had big plans to decorate the end caps of my shelves as monsters and to make monsters from old boxes and spread around the library, but as always, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. But, I think the theme is cute and it is a start. I have taught my first week of lessons and will be reflecting on that in the next installment!
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