Nice Weather if You’re a Duck Storytime visit 4/20/2015

April means preschool visits.  Today I hosted three park district preschool classes.  As I left work on Saturday, I thought I knew what I was going to do. When I woke up this morning, it was raining and I thought, “nice weather if you’re a duck.” Thus was born this storytime.
attendance: 130 total
Miss Mouse was hiding behind umbrellas
Miss Mouse started quacking. I reminded her that ducks quack, mice say squeak.  She quacked again and I asked why.  She said it was fine weather for a duck.  We talked about that…I asked what everyone thought it meant and we agreed that ducks like water. And so when it rains, people will compare it to ducks.
fingerplay: Clap. Clap your lap.
Book 1:  Do like a Duck does by Judy Hindley  I think this may be one of my favorite books to read aloud. It’s written in rhyme and it’s easy to read dramatically.
Fingerplay: A Duck  My niece taught me this. I think she learned it in Brownies.

[right arm as a wing, flapping] a duck, a duck a duck with a wing
[both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with two wings
[one leg pumping with both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with a foot
[both legs marching and both arms flapping] a duck a duck a duck with two feet
[add a pronounced bum] a duck a duck a duck with a tail
[add a duck beak] a duck a duck a duck with a quack quack quack

Book 2:  Worms for Lunch by Leonid Gore.
Song:  Goldfish Song by Laurie Birkner
Flannel:  The Red Umbrella by Robert Bright
Book 3: after a good rain storm, let’s look for Duckie’s Rainbow by Frances Barry.
Book 4:  If you’re Happy and you Know it by David Carter

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Flannel:  It looked like spilt milk
  • Flannel:  Round Robin by Kent

Beep! Boop! Bop! It’s Robots! a Flannel Friday Guest Post

I’m so pleased to offer this guest post from Nichole King of the Morgan Hill Library, Santa Clara County Library, in Morgan Hill, CA.  I wasn’t supposed to host Nichole’s entry to this year’s Guest Post Palooza. The blogger who was paired up with Nichole was unavailable and I was the back-up, so this feels a little like fate.  When Nichole planned her blog post, I don’t think she knew that I am a participant in the blog Robot Test Kitchen.  This isn’t about Robot Test Kitchen, rather it’s about adapting old storytime favorites using current and contemporary themes.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.  Mollie is hosting the Guest Post Palooza.  Please visit her blog for the whole Guest Post Palooza round-up.  Enjoy, Sharon 

Beep! Boop! Bop! It’s Robots!

Idea #1

As a staple for storytime I’m always looking for a way to use the “B-I-N-G-O” tune with my current theme. For this specific storytime we used R-O-B-O-T. I used our Ellison machine to cut out circles and letters to create the flannel and I made up the words: Continue reading “Beep! Boop! Bop! It’s Robots! a Flannel Friday Guest Post”

So, You Want to Write a Guest Post! Now What?

guest postFor its fourth anniversary, the March 6th Flannel Friday will be Guest Post Palooza — we’re asking Flannel Friday bloggers to open up their blogs and host a post by someone else.  If you’re reading this, it’s very likely that you’re about to write a guest post.

Now what?  I think if you follow these steps, you’ll have a successful post.  And  who knows, maybe you’ll start your own blog!

1. Write to your host.
Find out the timeline.  How long will it take her/him to upload the post to her blog? Is there anything they need from you? Blogs have formatting limitations and your host will want to make the blog look as good as possible.  An open discussion of what you want the post to look like and how much the blogger can do is the best way to make this work.

2. Plan out your text.
This is just like storytelling.  Like every good story time book, there is repetition.  Build on that. In my post My Red Umbrella by Robert Bright, I focus on the same repetitive line that runs throughout the story.  Honor the author in your post. Don’ t quote the whole book word for word, that feels like a copyright issue.  Instead, sum up the text as much as possible.

I try and find my storytime voice when writing a post. In Make a Pig, which is a very silly flannel, I did my best to convey silliness. Have fun with this.  It isn’t a paper, you won’t be graded (thankfully).

3. Take good pictures
Discuss this with your host.  How do they want you to mail the pictures?  Something’ else? Be clear which picture you want and where you want it attached to the text.

4. Formatting issues
Make sure your host knows what should be italicized, given quotes, bolded, underlined, or hyperlinked.  When adding a link, make sure you copy and paste the exact link you want. For example…if I were to write a blurb about how to find me I might say Sharon is on Twitter @ReadingChick [insert]

5. Search other blogs

  • Find your favorite storytime blog and see how they present their flannelboards.
  • Anne from So Tomorrow wrote a post on So You Want to Flannel Your Fridays Post
  • Look at your host’s blog and get to know how they FF.


Guest Post Palooza Announcement

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In March, Flannel Friday will celebrate its fourth anniversary.  To do that, we’re trying something different — we’re inviting people who don’t have blogs to get in on the fun by hosting a Guest Post Party.

Do you have flannel stories from your collection that you’re dying to share, but don’t have a blog? We’ll pair you with a seasoned host who is willing to share his/her little space on the interwebs.  It’s pretty easy.  We’ll help make it that way.

Do you have a storytime blog and think it’d be fun to share your blog for a week?  You can help by being a blog host.   It’s pretty easy.  We’ll help make it that way.

On March 6, 2015, there’s a place for you in celebrating Flannel Friday’s fourth anniversary. Fill out this Google Form and we will contact you.  In the next few weeks, watch out for announcements and blog posts on what it means to be a guest blogger or blog host.


Make Some Noise Saturday Storytime 1.3.15

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 45
Miss Mouse was wearing her very pretty ribbon dress. She was still celebrating the New Year
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind party hats.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap
Book 1: The Seals on the Bus by Lonny Hort
I was heckled. Instead of errping like a seal a first grader said over and over, “I’m too old for this. I’m too old for this.” It was true.  She was there because her little sister was there and her father was a sitting farther away not parenting either of them. As I was turning pages, I leaned in and suggested that maybe she should sit next to her dad.  It got better after that. 
Song: Humpty Dumpty by Old Town School of Folk Music, Wiggleworms
Prop story: Too Much Noise by Ann McGovern. Do you know this folk tale? Peter is tired of his house noises, so he consults a wise man who really confuses things.  I use puppets for the animals and instruments for the noise…the tea kettle noise=jingle bells.  Leaves on the roof=shaky eggs. bed creaked = tambourines. floor squeaked = clappers.  In the end it’s a cacophony of sound and everyone gets to participate.
song: Shake Your Sillies Out (Raffi the live version)
fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies
Book: If you’re happy and you know it by David Carter

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Flannel:Mona Mouse’s Party Dress
  • Book: Moo by David LaRohelle

All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin

AllforPieOne of my co-workers created this.  I think she intended it to be temporary. I found it on her desk and asked if I could do it for my Thanksgiving storytime as well. 

The story: Momma Cat makes pie for her family. Everyone gets a piece with one left over.

Momma Mouse finds the pie and splits the remaining piece of pie amongst her brood. Everyone gets a piece.

Momma Ant finds enough crumbs for her family. Everyone gets a piece.  All for Pie, Pie for All, indeed.

The premise is very simple. Miss Diane made a pie (she’s a pastry chef by training, so even her fake pie looks good.) Then she cut the pie up into pieces.  The pie crumbs are taped on.  I read the book and took the pie pieces off as the story dictated.  Note: the book says Momma cat made an apple pie, this one is clearly a cherry pie. 

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Happy Thanksgiving, y’all.  Hope it’s filled with pie.

Make-a-Jedi Flannel

I don’t get a lot of traffic on this blog.  It’s a vehicle to keep track of my storytimes, and I use this blog to share the amazing flannels that come out of the department where I’ve worked since January 1997.  Some of these flannels are mine, most of them aren’t.

This flannel is not mine.  It’s made by Miss Suzanne, a part-time librarian.  Someone on staff was getting ready for Star Wars Read Day (we made it a whole weekend) and wanted to have a flannel board for her storytime.  Suzanne made a “Make a Jedi.”  You’ve probably seen the Make a Pig on this blog.  It’s the number one post on my blog (other than round-ups).  This is the premise: get kids to help you build a thing.  “What comes next?” or “What else does a pig/snowman/gingerbread man/pirate need?”  It works for just about everything, and increases their expressive vocabulary. Also, it’s a hoot.  It’s also a good time waster.  Really, it’s the trifecta of flanneling: works for most things, it’s fun, and a time stretcher. Continue reading “Make-a-Jedi Flannel”

Halloween Light Saturday Storytime 10.25.14

Saturday Storytime: We have our official Halloween storytimes on Monday and Tuesday.  I gathered material they weren’t using those days and added some other non-Halloween things as well.
attendance: 55
Miss Mouse was wearing her SuperMouse outfit.
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Well, it was cats, but Miss Mouse doesn’t hide behind cats.  She left a note and was in her basket.
fingerplay:Hickory Dickory Dock
Book 1: Ten Orange Pumpkins by Steven Savage It was very fun tracking the cat!
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies.  We Meow, Meow, Meowed like a cat.
Song: I’m a Little Teapot/Two Little Blackbirds by Wiggleworms
Book: In a Dark Dark Wood an old tale with a new twist by David Carter.
speaking of boo… Fingerplay:   See my big and scary eyes.
Song 2: Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill
Flannel: Kitty Face. This is a homegrown story based on Monkey Face.  Kitty draws a picture of her dad at school. Her pirate, vampire, witch, Wolfman, and Bat friends help her fix it. If you know me, you know I love Monkey Face. This was a great one. And everyone was mesmerized by it.  

Book: What Am I? Halloween by Anne-Margaret Lewis. This was sort of easy, so I read the clues without showing the pictures.
Story Cards: Boo? Boo Who? Homemade.  Ghost shapes, can you guess who the ghost is?  The last card is the ghost of Miss Mouse.
Book: It wouldn’t be Saturday Storytime if we didn’t end with If you’re Happy and You know it by David Carter

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

Three Little Fish and the Big Bad Shark: a not-a-Flannel, Flannel Friday

Let me just say that we are under construction this summer.  Our program room is housing A/V materials, our puppet collections are in file drawers…and my 60+ puppet collection is at home. Nothing is as it should be, but this is such a cool prop story, I wanted to share this for Shark Week.  My co-worker Miss DJ made this prop story.  I hope you like it as much as I do.

3 fish big bad shark

Three Little Fish and The Big Bad Shark by Ken Geist is about seven years old, hopefully you can find a copy.  Momma Fish tells her three little fish, Jim, Tim and Kim to make a home of their own in the deep blue sea.


So, Jim made his house of seaweed…Seaweed House








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Shark Week Flannel Friday Round-up for 8.15.14

Welcome to Flannel Friday, Shark Week Edition.

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I hope you enjoy this little (and short) video we made at my library: 5 Little Goldfish Swimming in the Sea. The shark pencil holder came from Raymond Geddes and was one of our summer reading prizes and I kept thinking, we need to do something for Shark Week with these things.  We did.  I think the librarian who edited it, did an excellent job, don’t you?

Now for the round-up.

Speaking of new formats… Anne from So Tomorrow is sharing her recent Scratch project The Fish with the Deep Smile.  She’s going old school with two previously shared posts as well.  That Anne, always bringing new technologies into storytime.

Jbrary is sharing a Baby Shark song on their YouTube channel. I decided different formats were okay since this is all about the Shark!

Kathryn from Fun with Friends at Storytime shares Old Man Skipper Went to Sea. The shark reference here is loose, but we’re running with it!
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