The smiles told the whole story about Story Time.
BY NICOLE NOWITZKI
The children were dressed in costumes. There was a puppy, a tiger, a princess and others.
And then there were those smiles.
That’s what Killdeer Story Time is all about.
It’s a free event held at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
The program offers a weekly theme that includes interesting books, fun songs, and a craft.
It’s operated by Erin Roundy and Haley Hargrave, whose quick smiles and cheeful demeanor catch and keep the tiny tykes’ attention.
Roundy and Hargrave created Story Time two years ago as a way to offer a fun event for their children and others in the community. The program is funded by Roundy and Hargrave and through donations from Story Time parents.
When children arrive at Story Time, they create their own nametag.
Then, when it’s time to start, they dance out some extra energy. The teacher will begin with a few participation activities. The theme is revealed to the children, and the first book is presented. After a few more participation activities and books, it’s time to part with a dance.
After the shakers are cleaned up, it’s time to head to the back for a craft, which could be painting projects, or creating fun pictures with scissors, glue, stickers, and markers. Each child is able to create their own project with guidance from their parent or guardian.
Adrienne Arndt, a parent that brings her children to Story Time said, “I enjoy talking with the other moms and having my daughters have a place where they get to meet kids their own age. It’s a great way to get them to socialize and do projects. Plus, it gets me out of the house once a week. Watching the children learn, play, and socialize is awesome.”
For mor information, like their Facebook page, Killdeer Story Time, for the theme of the day, as well as updates and other fun activities.