On Wednesday, January 18, 2017, the youth of Yoakum County Library in Plains were introduced to the water cycle.
Michelle Cooper, the Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Sandy Land Underwater Conservation District, was a welcomed guest speaker to a packed Heritage Room. There were 15 kids in attendance: Rhea, Elijah, Tabitha, Selah, Kefira, Gabe, Aspen, Jazmine, Rylee, Payton, Moria, Ariyel, Ben, Brit, and Tirzah.
Beginning the extended time together, the pledges and calendar was discussed. The first book selection Mrs. Cooper read was “The Snowflake: A Water Cycle Story” by Neil Waldman. This beautiful book takes readers in a month-to-month journey beginning and ending with a snowflake, bringing awareness of the cycle of water.
With a creative visual aid, Mrs. Cooper included a wonderful flannel-board illustration for the children. She then gave a slideshow of snow, exposing the unique patterns of snowflakes and the six-sided similarities of the flaky precipitation. One hint about examining snow crystals: place a piece of black construction paper in the freezer and when it’s put outside during a snow, the crystals can easily be seen and studied at home. The group happily participated in the song “Ten Little Snowflakes.”
Mrs. Cooper read another book titled “The Biggest Snowball Fight” and allowed the children an opportunity to have an indoor snowball fight! Using clean, wadded socks, the giggling youngsters enthusiastically grabbed some socks! Following the battle, the kids listened to the last book: “The Snowman’s Song” by Marilee Joy Mayfield.
Moving forward, the youngsters gathered for a snowflake art project. The various hands-on activities encapsulated a long list of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, & math) education Mrs. Cooper incorporated into the StoryTime fun. Elijah, Rylee, and Ben were the special door-prize winners, but everyone went home with additional learning activities regarding water conservation and snow.
Caregivers and children are welcomed to join the StoryTime fun each Wednesday during the school year at 10:00 a.m. at the Plains library.