Category: Guest Post

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

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:

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

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

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.


Guest Post: Shh…Sheep (Flannel Friday)

Guest Post: Shh…Sheep (Flannel Friday)

Kristine Millard, Children’s Librarian from Lodi Woman’s Club Public Library  is a member of the Flannel Friday Facebook group. Kristine doesn’t have a blog and I offered her Rain Makes Applesauce.

Take it away Kristine:

Shortly after I first found Flannel Friday (that’s a lot of alliteration), I was excited by the folder stories.  My excitement came from the absolute favorite prop in my baby story times.  Years ago, I found a pattern for a folder version of Baa, Baa, Black Sheep in Dr. Jean Feldman’s book The Best of Dr. Jean: Puppets & Storytime, 2005.  I’ve had families ask to copy the image to go home and make their own, and if we don’t sing the song for a couple weeks, I often hear requests to bring it back.

When I originally created mine, I just used the colors of paper that were in the magic story time closet.  Somewhere along the way I discovered that I had created an order for them which helped me remember what was coming up even if I was holding the prop in front of my body.  I live in Wisconsin, so this order is skewed toward our major sports teams.  Black is of course first.  Following is white because high contrast is the first sort of colors babies can see.  Next is red (white and red for the Wisconsin Badgers.)  We slide along to green in a bit of a Christmas color connection.  Green is, of course, followed by yellow when in Packer land.  Yellow then matches with blue for the Milwaukee Brewers.  Blue is followed by pink in the traditional baby color frame of mind.  Finally, we have purple, just because I like it.  I don’t believe I have ever shared the reasoning behind my color order before, but it just works for me.    I highly suggest laminating that little sheep to within an inch of its life.  If you do not, you’ll have to remember where to find the pattern when an overzealous little hand gets hold of it.

This rhyme is not relegated solely to baby story time.  Toddlers and preschoolers also enjoy having this taste of their early library memories return for any farm themed day.   It’s also fun to pair this with books like:

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw

Time to sleep, sheep the sheep by Mo Willems

Extension activities:

In the spring, see if a local farmer has a lamb that is being bottle fed.  If so, he/she might be willing to bring it to story time.

Find a local fiber artist who works with wool.  If you know someone who spins, you might get to feel the wool in many stages, freshly sheared, cleaned, carded, spun, etc.

If you do not have access to actual sheep and wool, use cotton balls during craft time.  You can work on the kids’ fine motor skills by allowing them to pick up the cotton with clothespins.

Early literacy tip:

Aside from being fun, singing songs with your baby/ toddler helps them hear words being broken up into smaller sounds. This helps them later when trying to sound out words in the early stages of reading.