Category: concepts

Make-a-Jedi Flannel

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.

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Early Literacy Elephant Ears

Early Literacy Elephant Ears

Early Storytime
attendance: 18

Letter of the Day: E
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Ears. She was behind Mickey Mouse Ears
What is hiding in the sock? an Elephant
fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock
Book 1: I Broke My Trunk by Mo Willems.  I really do think this is the best Elephant and  Piggie  book out there. At least it’s my favorite. 
Fingerplay: An Elephant goes Like This and Like That
Flannel: An Elephant never Forgets
Book 2: Moo by David LaRochelle.  If you haven’t seen this book yet, Run, don’t walk to your library’s catalog.  It’s great!!

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Five Birds on the Line

Five Birds on the Line

As I was preparing a bird story time for this season, I was looking through our flannel boards. I must have been in the F’s because I started saying

Five Birds on the Line

I looked for this flannel, and we didn’t have one. Huh. Here is the rest of my conversation with myself:

Five Birds on the line / Feeling very fine. One flew away, What do they say?

Hmmm, what do they say?

chirp chirp chirp chirp

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Groundhog’s Day and other letter G things

Groundhog’s Day and other letter G things

Early Storytime
attendance:  22

Letter of the Day: G
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind letter Gs…other g things were hiding too
What is hiding in the sock? guitar
Miss Mouse: She wanted to know what words starting with g describe today: gloomy and gray.
Book 1: Where is the Green Sheep by Mem Fox
Fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap
Puppet song:  The Three Billy Goats Gruff by Greg and Steve
Song 1: Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill.  They’re getting better and better at this each week.
Prop story: Substitute Groundhog by Pat Miller
Song2: Goldfish Song by Laurie Berkner
Let’s talk about the Letter G:  Gloomy and glad are the words I came up with.  Also, we had grapes, and green and go.
Craft: G is for Goat

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Bears and the Letter B

Bears and the Letter B

Buzz Buzz Buzz said the BEarly Storytime
attendance:  13

Letter of the Day: B
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Bears. Today she was hiding behind a Koala, which isn’t really a bear, but …
What is hiding in the sack?  a banana
fingerplay:  Clap. Clap Your Lap.  “You forgot the words.” Which is true…so I got the words out and we did it together.
Book 1:  Bear Snores On by Karma Wilson. Between Bear and badger there were lots of b words to watch out for.
Song: Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill.  We’re getting better at it.
Book 2: Bear in Underwear by Todd Doodler
Book 3:Maybe a Bear Ate It! by Robie Harris
fingerplay: roll roll sugar babies
Prop: Imogene’s Antlers by David Small
song 2: My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean by Jim Gill using our letter Bs … great fun! Even the adults played along.

 

Juicy word of the day: Brilliant. Also Imogene’s Antlers used the word Bravo, so I used that one too.
Craft: Bears like honey. who makes honey? Bees… we stretched a bit and made Bees

 

I really enjoyed this story time… everything came together rather nicely.  It was a small group, but there were enough supplies that the adults could participate.  Overall, a bodacious and brilliant time!

Veggie Story Time 1.7.2013

Veggie Story Time 1.7.2013

Early Literacy Storytime
attendance:  21

Letter of the Day: V
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Vegetables: She was behind the carrots
What is hiding in the sack?  a volcano
fingerplay: Clap, Clap Your Lap.
Book 1:  The Night of  the Veggie Monster by George McClelland
Song:  Knuckles Knees by Jim Gill. Great rhyming and a really good stretch
Flannel/Prop: Lunch by Denise Fleming
Prop Story: The Great Big Enormous Turnip.  We have a very large plush turnip. I used parents as the animals.  It’s great fun.

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A Really Enormous Turnip. The pen is there to show you how large it is! Also, it’s been here since before me, and I do not have a source for it.

Book 2: Soup for One by Ethan Long
nnel: Ten Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel
The Word of the Day: Vivid
The Alpha Boogie
Craft: letter V with a carrot and celery..

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Our “V”eggie Craft…

Can I just add, what is up with all the Pea hate in children’s books?  Too many canned peas as children, I guess.  We must stop the pea hate!  

Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

Stinky Storytime

Stinky Storytime

Early Storytime
attendance: 25

Letter of the Day: S
Miss Mouse was cleaning her floor, such a mess. We divided up the pieces to thing to keep and things to throw away.
What is hiding in the sock? Sun.
fingerplay: Hickory Dickory Dock.
Book 1:  Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
speaking of rhyming, I have a rhyming fingerplay
Fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.  I made flannel cards for this, to show the words.  They were too heavy and kept falling.  Grrr.  Will fix for next week.
Tip: I actually worked in a literacy tip: Singing elongates vowel sounds: When you sing you’re really singing the vowels.  It helps children hear them.  
Book 2: I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More by Karen Beaumont
Prop story/song: Stinky Cake by Carole Peterson.  Yuck
Song: Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi. I like the live version.
Book: Yuck by Mick Manning
Flannel: Tail of Little Skunk by Marsha Arnold
Lucy Maud’s Favorite Word: Scarlet.  “My glasses are scarlet red.”  Other S words we liked: snake, sun, and slide.
The Alpha Boogie
Craft:  We made a Skunk tail out of the letter S.


Titles I didn’t use but intended to:

  • Book:  Slop Goes the Soup by Pamela Duncan Edwards.  it has lots of juicy onomatopoeia.
Cows and the Letter C: Our First Early Literacy Storytime

Cows and the Letter C: Our First Early Literacy Storytime

Early Literacy Storytime
attendance: 23 (12 kids + 11 adults)

Letter of the Day: C
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind Cows
What is hiding in the sock? A car (we have objects we’re hiding in a sock.  Before story time starts, we have kids feel the object without telling us what they think it is.  This is the time we talk about the different things in the sock.  Everyone pretty much knew it was the car.)
fingerplay: Clap, clap your lap.
Book 1:  The Cow That Laid an Egg by Andy There’s a lot of goodness in this book.  First, it’s silly, which is paramount.  There are delicious phrases in it too: pleased as punch and other goodness.  Also, great for predicting and asking questions.
Fingerplay: Roll Roll Sugar Babies… also, we moo moo moo-moo-moo’d our way through it!
Book: A Birthday for Cow by Jan Thomas
Song : Drivin in My Car by Ralph Covert.
Book:  Wow, It’s a Cow! by Trudy Harris
Lucy Maud’s Favorite Word: Caterpillar. (We placed the word on the flannel board) Then she asked the kids what their favorite C word was.  The consensus: cupcake
The Alpha Boogie: You put your C up, you put your C down, you put your C in the middle and you shake it all around ….
Craft: We made a simple paper cow

My evaluation:

I’d give us a C+(pun intended).   I think it was a good first effort.  There are a few things I’d like to coordinate better.  But as a first attempt, it was pretty good.

Meet Lucy Maud, The Word Cheerleader

Meet Lucy Maud, The Word Cheerleader

Last winter I purchased my own Whatnot.  A Whatnot is a Muppet Workshop creation  from FAOSchwartz.  Traci, our new librarian, went to NYC for the day before starting at our library and came back with a Whatnot Muppet.  As soon as I saw it, I knew I wanted one!  I wouldn’t stop creating them until I found the exact Whatnot for me.  It was really fun.

I hemmed and hawed and hemmed some more,  then I just bought it.   When I opened the box, I was so excited — my own Whatnot.  But then I looked.  Oh no, I hated it.  They did something wrong and she wasn’t what I pictured.  A few phone calls to customer service, a bit of drama … and I ended up with Lucy Maud in a cheerleading costume. Ugh.

I’m Lucy Maud! Who are you?

At first I didn’t know what to do with Lucy Maud.  She literally sat in her cardboard box until August.  I rued the day I purchased her.

Our library doesn’t have an official early literacy storytime.  We focus on the joy of the literature and bringing books, songs, and silliness to the kids in our community. But with a new director comes new things. I volunteered to help create an early literacy storytime, using many of the techniques and ideas I’ve learned from Flannel Friday.

One day it came to me: we’re working on building vocabulary to the preschoolers in our community.  New words and new experiences help children become better readers (as I understand it).  So, in our experimental new early literacy story time, Lucy Maud will come out at the end of story time and discuss the letter of the day.  Then, she will think very hard and declare her favorite word that starts with that letter.  I think she’ll use it in a sentence.  Then, if there is time, Lucy Maud can ask other boys and girls their favorite words that start with the Letter of the Day.

This is a new experience for me. I normally don’t have a puppet talk to me (Miss Mouse only whispers in my ear).  I have to develop a voice for Lucy Maud.    But, I’m pretty comfortable with her and the concept of being a Word Cheerleader.

Now?  Now I think she’s kind of cute. And I’m glad I bought her.

Any other ideas? I’d love to hear them!

10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel

10 Hungry Rabbits by Anita Lobel

While planning our Spring story time, I wanted something different. So, I invaded the to-be-cataloged books in Tech Services. I saw this book. Perfect. Have you seen it? It’s small. Certainly too small for story times. Perfect for one-on-one reading, but this has story time written all over it.  It feels like the bare bones of a Stone Soup story; you’ll see.

 

 

Mama Rabbit has 10 hungry rabbits and the cupboard is bare...

You’ll notice the numbers on the rabbits are the same color as the vegetable that rabbit brings back… To start, I’m going to put the rabbits up and we’ll count to ten.

So she sends them out to find food:

One purple cabbage, 2 white onions, 3 yellow peppers...

I think I’ll point to Rabbit 1 and say, The purple rabbit brought one purple cabbage, etc.

I used a hemp rope for the onion...

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4 red tomatoes, five pink potatoes, six orange carrots

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Seven brown mushrooms, eight blueberries, nine green peas in a pod, and ten peppercorns

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And… when they all came home and gathered their food … an abundance of food:

An abundance of food!

To see what Mama Rabbit does with it, read the book.

Cate has the round-up this week.

To learn about Flannel Friday, go see Miss Anne.   She’s got it all organized.

And, Melissa has a handy search tool to find all things story time.