Wee Wednesday, October 30 we are celebrating Halloween by reading Ollie’s Halloween by Olivier Dunrea. The goslings are celebrating Halloween by dressing up in costumes and going trick or treating. We will be making our very own Paper Jack O’Lanterns as a fun holiday craft that kids can decorate as they wish with happy or scary faces.
Autumn is a fun time to go outside and look around at nature. Collect some pretty autumn leaves and see how many different colors you can find!
Wee Wednesday, October 23 we will read Hugs From Pearl by Paul Schmid. This is a delightful book about a loving little porcupine who loves to give hugs, but unfortunately her quills get in the way. In honor of big hearted Pearl your child can make their very own porcupine out of clay.
Has your little one ever seen a porcupine before? Look up pictures of real porcupines so that they can see just how interesting they really are and how difficult it would be for them to give hugs.
Our final session of Reading Art Book Club happens on Thursday, October 24th. We will discuss The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato. Our next book club meeting is December 5th with Michelangelo and the Pope’s Ceiling by Ross King.
On October 9th we hosted a large number of Kindergarten through 5th grade visitors at the Clay Center for our first performance of the school year, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow! Teachers had the opportunity to introduce the story of the Headless Horseman using our curriculum guides prior to their visit to the Center and the guide is still available for post-visit lessons.
On November 5th and 6th, the Charleston Light Opera Guild will present Les Miserables for our 7th – 12th grade audience. This has turned out to be a popular performance with both shows being nearly packed out. There is still opportunity to contact Tony, our Group Sales Coordinator, at 304-561-3562 for more information or check out the Les Mis curriculum pages for engaging activities and lessons focused toward middle and high school students.
Keep an eye out after the first of the year for, Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story on February 12th. This is a play with music for 3-8 grade students based on the important moments in Jackie Robinson’s life. Later in the spring we will present Stuart Little for Kindergarten through 5th grade audiences.
We hope to see you and your students at the Clay Center soon!
Wee Wednesday, October 16 we are reading Ralph Tells a Story by Abby Hanlon. In this book Ralph realizes that stories do not have to be about big exciting events, but that even little things can make a good story. We will make journals so your little one can create their own stories even if it is with pictures instead of words.
Have fun telling stories with your child. You can make up the beginning of a story and let your child finish it or vice versa.
Don’t forget, adults can also have fun reading a good book in October at the Clay Center. We have a special art-themed book club just for adults. October’s selection is The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato. The first session started October 10th, but you are welcome to read the book and join the discussion on the 24th!
Come and join us every Wednesday at 11 am and 1 pm for our Wee Wednesday story time.
This program is especially for our guests five and under. Every week we read a new, fun book and do an awesome craft to go along with the story.
October 9 we will read Exclamation Mark by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. To go along with this wonderful book that follows the escapades of a self-conscious exclamation mark who finally gains confidence we will be making Exclamation Mark Pendants for the kids to decorate and wear.
As added fun you can teach your kids how much more exciting and dramatic a sentence can be with an exclamation mark at the end. Try saying the word Stop and then say it with an exclamation mark: Stop!, and have your child repeat after you.
Adults can also have fun reading a good book in October at the Clay Center. We have a special art-themed book club just for adults. October’s selection is The Botticelli Secret by Marina Fiorato in which a Florentine prostitute stumbles upon a terrible and dangerous secret while posing for Botticelli’s famous painting Primavera. She, along with Guido, a Franciscan monk, must prevent a diabolical plot that will lead to war.
In the first session on Thursday, October 10 there will be an art history lecture on the art of Sandro Botticelli. You will then have two weeks to read the book and we will meet on Thursday, October 24 to discuss this very interesting story.