STEAM Enrichement Story Hours
Lee M. Drescher developed the Treasure Time concept from a deep understanding of childhood learning processes gained from more than a decade of teaching and working with young children.
Mrs. Treasure comes in costume to read a picture book, sing related songs on the guitar and do creative movement. She incorporates math and science activities by counting and comparing objects or using animal puppets to describe characteristics. Kids sing and dance to original and familiar songs which relate to the topic.
Music is a crucial component to Treasure Time programs. Lee Drescher has written multiple songs to accompany her shows, and traditional games and songs are used as well. Every story session begins with the Treasure Song, which is a self affirmation, and ends with participatory games and creative movement. Instruments are also used to keep rhythm to songs and march around the classroom. Music helps to develop brain cells in children, and enhances learning.
Mrs. Treasure will be doing weekly story hours on Facebook, You Tube and her website. Along with reading a picture book, she will present corresponding activities and lots of songs for kids to sing along and dance to. Each show will be about 30 minutes.
Week May 4: Duck and Egg
Week May 11: Plant Your Garden
Week May 18: Yes, We Can
Week May 25: The Kapok Tree
Story Hours: for Schools, Libraries, Pre-School, Day Care and Birthday Parties
$200 plus transportation
Mrs. Treasure comes in costume and reads a selected picture book. She sings songs with a guitar and encourages audience participation in games and hands-on art projects. Usually these fun and entertaining programs conclude with dancing.
- A Kwanza Story – Seven Spools of Thread Background provided about Kwanza. Talk about siblings and how sometimes they fight with each other. Sing De Colores and other songs about family and relationships. Play a game. Do a weaving project.
- Snowflakes – Snowflake Bentley Talk about snowflakes and cameras and being “different.” Demonstrate a camera and cut out snowflakes. Sing and dance to the snowflake song.
- Socks – Lizette’s Green Sock sing sock songs adapted from nursery rhymes and make a sock puppet. Find rhyming words and dance with it in a “ sock rock,”
- Eggs – Duck and Goose Sing duck and goose songs, talk about eggs and decorate one.
- Gardening – Diary of a Worm Talk about planting things in the spring. Sing gardening songs and play some farmer games. Everyone plants a seed to take home.
- Birds – Read No Roses for Harry Talk about birds, nests and bird sounds. Sing bird songs. Play in and out my window and do a craft.
- Anger – When Sophie Gets Really Angry Talk about anger and other feelings. Act out feelings, draw a picture using colors to depict feelings, and sing the Mad Song.
- Fourth of July Parade – Yankee Doodle and Hats Off for the Fourth of July Make instruments and march and sing to Yankee Doodle and other marching songs.
- Ocean – Dory Story about fish and a row boat. Sing and dance to sea songs and make a “Curious George” boat.
- Fall and Leaves – Leaf Man Talk about Fall and what happens to the trees. Sing the Leaf Song, and the Tree Song, and pantomime them. Show some different kinds of leaves and trace and cut one out of construction paper. Pretend that you are a leaf and dance to music.
- Halloween – Big Pumpkin Talk about Halloween and scary things. Sing some Halloween songs and do finger plays. Make a ghost.
- Holiday Program about Giving – The Elves and The Shoemaker Talk about giving and being thankful. During the holiday time of year, we give gifts to others. We can give a gift by “doing for others.” Have kids think of what they can do for Mom or Dad. Sing The Giving Song and other traditional Holiday Songs. Make a card with a promise of something you will do for someone you care about.
- Holiday Program About Friends and Family – Mort and Croc Talk about special friends and family members at this time of year, and how someone can be lonely. Sing the Friend Song, other Holiday songs, and make a card to remember someone special.
Other possible books and topics include Pirates, King Midas, Babysitters, or a subject or book of your choice.
Share materials and activities for presenting story hours with participants, including sheet music for original songs from The Treasure Time Songbook.