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DIY Preschool Sensory Activity: 10/9/2021

Today, we’re making a Sensory Bottle or “Calm Down” Bottle. You only need a few simple items to make these bottles at home. The video is below:

For our sensory bottle, we used glitter and pony beads because that’s what we happened to have on hand. But there are so many options for these bottles. Depending on the size of your bottle, you could use small toys, buttons, beads, small alphabet letters… whatever small plastic items you have on hand. You can also use things like water beads or pom-poms. Get creative!

DIY Sensory Activity: Moon Sand

Did you know you can make your own Moon Sand at home with only TWO simple ingredients? Watch the short video below to learn how!

Optional: Add a few drops of food coloring to make different colors.

Blog Post: NEW Homeschool Collection at PPLD!

A new Homeschool Collection has been added at the Peotone Public Library. We hope it will be a help to families who are considering or are currently homeschooling their children. Our Homeschool Collection will include books that will help parents and caregivers get started with the planning and implementing of their home classroom. We will have supplemental materials, as well, to aid in teaching/learning various subjects, and books full of activity ideas. We will also post links for web resources here on our Youth Services blog from time to time.

Today’s Links: Curriculum Help

If you’re looking for the right homeschool curriculum for your family, check out Cathy Duffy Reviews. Cathy reviews all kinds of curriculum and supplemental materials for every subject.

You might also find the Home Educators Resource Directory to be helpful in your homeschooling journey. They are a one-stop directory for information, supplies, services and support for the homeschool community.

If you’d like to take a look at a curriculum before you buy it, check out the Homeschool Resource Center at the Johnsburg Public Library. All materials (books, curriculum resources, games, and equipment) can be checked out by anyone with a valid Illinois library card. Johnsburg Library is in our RAILS consortium, as well, so books can be sent in-transit to Peotone from their library. However, multipart materials, such as games and other equipment, must be checked out on premises at the Johnsburg Library.

We hope these websites will have some helpful information for you and your family! Until next time, Happy Homeschooling!

Caterpillar Update!

Most of our caterpillars have transformed into a cocoons and a couple are still making the transition. They will hang from the top of the cups for the next few days before we transition the fully formed cocoons to the butterfly tent.

I’m a Great Big Dump Truck (Tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a great big dump truck

full of rocks

Here is my engine,

here is my box

When the crew is ready,

here me shout,

“Pull the lever and dump me out!”


Friday Story 2/12/2021

Happy Friday, Everyone! This morning we are celebrating Valentine’s Day with the story Somebody Love You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This morning in storytime we read the story I Love You, Already! by Jory John & Benji Davies. We also sang Skinnamarink by Sharon, Lois and Bram. I’m posting it below for anyone who wants to learn it to sing to a loved one this Valentine’s Day!

And don’t forget to pick up a Valentine’s Day craft project this week! They are available at the circulation desk and are first come, first serve!

Friday Story 2/3/2021

Happy Friday! Today we’re reading Elmore by Holly Hobbie, a story about a lonely porcupine who discovers a creative way to make new friends.

Musical Mayhem

Join us for another Jim Gill dance party! Mr. Gill has been kind enough to allow teachers and librarians to use his music in their online programs!