One of the things I like about STEAM is that there is a lot of cross-over of ideas, so the same program could work for multiple concepts. This means that even though I divide STEAM out into separate rotating weeks, I am always willing to adapt and include multiple concepts in the same week or change up my rotation in a way that makes sense.
Opening Song: Put Your Hands Up High
Opening Rhyme: Hands Go Up
Story: Cinderella illustrated by John Kurtz
Song: The Mouse ran
Tune: "The Bear Went Over the Mountain"
Source: Preschool Education
Rhyme: Pumpkin, Pumpkin
Story: Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood
Activity: Lego carriages
How it actually went:
I had four kids attend this storytime, two regular boys and two new girls. I hid the LEGO kits in the back throughout storytime because I knew that the minute the kids saw them, I would lose their attention.
We started out with a traditional telling of Cinderella (well, a traditional adaptation for children, this version did not include the stepsisters cutting of their toes and heels or having their eyes pecked out by birds). The only difference is that the illustrations feature black characters. Since I feel that representation is important, and these characters better reflect my patrons, I felt like this was a good version to use.
Since mice and pumpkins are pretty central to the traditional Cinderella tale, we sang about mice and pumpkins.
Next we read Interstellar Cinderella by Debora Underwood, illustrated by Meg Hunt. This is by far my absolute favorite version of Cinderella, and pretty much the whole reason that Cinderella became the fairy tale for Technology week. The kids were intrigued to see a Cinderella story take place in space, and to see a version where she opts not to marry the prince in the end. I did have to explain to them what a socket wrench was, though.
Normally at this point I would sing some more or have some kind of game before moving on to our craft/art project, however, because I knew the LEGO carriages would take a while I opted to dive right in to those. I told the children that Cinderella's carriage had broken down, and it was up to them to make a new one so that she could still get to the ball. Because we read Interstellar Cinderella, I gave them the option of making her a new rocket ship also.
|Cinderella with her new jet pack.|
|Back view of Cinderella's jet pack.|
Some of the children had no problem with the idea of an open-ended challenge and dove right in. Other children were very intimidated by the idea, so I tried my best to work with them and prompt them with questions and encourage them to give it a try. When we start on an open-ended activity, I always emphasize that my storytimes are about experimenting and learning, and their projects do not have to be perfect. When something does not work out, that is when we learn.
|This was the first carriage to be completed.|
|This child frequently played with LEGOs, and was able to quickly determine the best way to make a carriage with wheels.|
In the end, everyone was able to come up with something, and I think they had fun. They were disappointed that they couldn't take the LEGO kits home with them, but they understood. I am incredibly grateful to our amazing Friends of the Library group for funding my request for a LearnToLearn Core Set, and I can't wait to use them again.
|This was the final carriage to be completed, though I suppose it could qualify as a cross-section of a space ship, since it does not actually roll.|
|Another angle of the final carriage/space ship.|
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