This week Katelyn and I started working with the Chula Vista public library to spread environmental education to their class of little ones during the storytime hour. As we were planning what we wanted to teach the kids, Katelyn and I had to take into consideration that our audience would be five-year-olds, so we needed an activity that would keep them somewhat attentive. We decided to do an activity related to bird topography. Therefore, we made a bird body parts diagram worksheet for the kids so they could match the simple body parts, like wings and tail, to the bird, and could also color it too. As the day came for our first storytime, the kids, along with their moms or grandparents, were all excited coming into the classroom. We weren’t sure how many kids we were expecting and were a bit nervous about how the kids would react, but it actually all turned out alright. We only had about eight little ones and they were all pretty well behaved. Katelyn and I talked about ourselves for the first few minutes, and tried to explain to the kids in a way that they could understand. Then, we started our activity and handed each child a worksheet. We went step by step explaining each body part on our whiteboard, and gave the kids enough time to glue on each word. There were a few families that spoke Spanish, but I made sure to explain to them what were we teaching so that they could fully participate. After their bird was all labeled, the kids got to color it and then got a bird conservation sticker once they were done. We even brought in a couple of our cutout bird pledges that we had used for our International Migratory Bird Day event, so the kids would be able to pledge to help preserve the birds. We plan to add those to our poster so it can fill up with a bunch of pledges. After our activity was done, the kids were given some time to play with all the toys around them. As we were cleaning up, some parents gave us good feedback on our activity and said they really enjoyed doing something different. Katelyn and I felt a sense of accomplishment and excitement that our first storytime turned out as a success.

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