Getting sick has a benefit of time to think. Covid hit this week.
This is the result of my Covid-affected thoughts. I'd appreciate a reaction to it!
I've been mulling over the current multi-state collaborative Children's Summer Reading theme of "All Together Now" with it's inclusive message. As one librarian I know said, when pondering program planning, "There's Friendship Bracelets, but we've already done that!" Another saw a focus on Kindness.
As I said, I've been mulling over it and realized if you offer folk tales from all over the world, the message comes through in a variety of ways. This was the visual I put together for a postcard, with my contact information on the back.
Now the further mulling. . . Does it say enough? I plan a big stew pot with strips of paper for each of the many stories I might tell on the theme. The child drawing from the stew pot the next story has the option of reading the title and the place where it originated or giving it to me to announce. The stories often include participation for the entire group, several of my songs let a child choose a way for the audience to participate in an action of the child's choice, and, of course, I'll have a separate sauce pot to choose the next child helping me. Depending on the audience size, that might let everyone have a turn since those song actions increase the number involved.
Of course some of the stories are Public Domain and might be posted here in my frequent Keeping the Public in Public Domain offerings
I'm curious to get reactions, both to my postcard and program plans before I commit to it. Suggestions? Reactions?
Right now I'm still in a MULLigan Stew.
I think the postcard looks great. I hope you recover completely and soon.
Hi, Lois! I think this is an absolutely wonderful idea! Younger kiddos might not get the significance, but it’s totally appropriate and inclusive. Who doesn’t like pulling things out of a pot???!!!
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