Bird Storytime

The storytime that wasn’t.  I planned this storytime.  I was looking forward to it.  It made me happy.  Then, I fell…and so severely contused my leg I was wimpering and gasping and truly felt the kind of pain that changes your mood.  It was bad.  On top of it, I’m sharing my story time, doing some training with a new staff member.  It’s one thing to do your own story time not feeling well, but to have to try and impart my (cough) story time wisdom with others was just too much.  

Someone else did this story time, and it made me sad that I didn’t do it.  So, I’m writing it down so I can do it another day.

Books:  Peck Peck Peck by Lucy Cousins
Up! Tall! and High! by Ethan Long
A Home for Bird by Philip C. Stead
Birds by Kevin Henkes (I really like this book)
Seven Hungry Babies by Candice Fleming (longish)
Grumpy Bird by Jeremy Tankard

Flannel stories:
Round Robin by Jack Kent
House for Birdie
5 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 Continue reading “Five Birds on the Line”

Of Monkeys and Trees and Saturday Storytime Things

Saturday Storytime 8.3.13
attendance: 44
Miss Mouse was wearing her pigeon dress
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind monkeys. They found her right away so we needed to look for the cheese. Instead of yelling Miss Mouse, Miss Mouse! come out come out come out… We sang “the cheese stands alone, the cheese stands alone, Hie Ho the deerie oh, the cheese stands alone.”  Until we finally found it.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1:Sitting in My Box by Dee Lillegard One of my favorite titles
Song: Humpty Dumpty by Wiggleworms 
Book:  It’s a Tiger by David LaRochelle. A newer title with just the right bit of scariness.  
Fingerplay:  Roll Roll Sugar Babies.   Continue reading “Of Monkeys and Trees and Saturday Storytime Things”

Summer Time Vacation Time Saturday Storytime

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 63
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind picnic items: She was behind the basket
Miss Mouse was wearing a picnic dress. She had a basket filled with good things: cupcake, croissant, cheese (of course), and a carton of orange juice.
fingerplay: Clap, Clap your Lap.
Book 1: It’s Vacation Time by by Lerryn Korda.  Delightful.
Song: Ants in your Pants by Johnette Downing.  I’d never heard of Johnette Downing until yesterday’s Flannel Friday roundup. And then this morning I notice Ants in Your Pants song on the iPod, just before story time.  I loved it.  We were having  a grand time shaking the shrew from our shoe, and swarms on our arms when CRASH a kid hits the ground crying.  No mom.  Someone offered to get another librarian.  I stopped the music and went straight to …

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Use My Sewing Machine

We have the Pigeon app on the library’s iPads.  It’s an electronic madlib and I always finish the phrase “Don’t Let the Pigeon”  with “Use My Sewing Machine.”  It’s funny.  At least to me.

Have you noticed how busy that clever, fast talking pigeon has been?  He has his own fabric line.  A lot of children’s book illustrators have fabric made from their illustrations.  Most of it doesn’t appeal to me.  But the Pigeon fabric from Cloud9 Fabrics… pure love.  ♥  As soon as I saw it I knew that we’d have to make a dress for Miss Mouse.

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Mother’s Day Saturday Story Time

Saturday Storytime
attendance: 32 It was a very young story time — I would say the average ages for 2-1/2 years old.  Kinda young …. and it turns out the group participation ascpect of my plans sort of sunk to the ground….
Miss Mouse was wearing her cardigan sweater and boa. We talked about Mother’s Day
Miss Mouse: was hiding behind the blue flower
fingerplay: hickory dickory dock
Book 1: Over in the Meadow by Paul Galdone.  I’ve never done this book in story time and I think I picked the wrong Saturday to do it. This group was too young and they just didn’t feel the rhymes and pattern.  I love the pictures!
Song: I’m a Little Teapot by Wiggleworms 

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Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?

wffmtmrc smallA: Invisible Friends and Professional Development.

Let me explain.  In the summer of 2011, I was at the Iowa State Fair.  I had my phone out and I was checking my twitter feed.  Back then, Flannel Friday was mostly a community on Twitter.  It was a Friday and I wanted to check and see the different posts that were flying that week.  One of my friends said, “Oh, put your phone down and stop playing with your invisible friends.”  Little did he know. Continue reading “Q: What does Flannel Friday Mean to Me?”

What Flannel Friday Means to Me: the Round-up


 Welcome to the round-up!

Next week we celebrate the second anniversary of Flannel Friday.  How are we celebrating?  By doing what Flannel Friday does best: this will be a regular “share your stuff” week.

However, in preparation of turning two, this week we are exploring “What Flannel Friday means” to each of you.  If you don’t  have a blog and want to share some love: you can do so in the comments below.

Regular Flannel Friday Posts:

Cate from Storytiming presents Feed the Cookie Monster.

Jane from Piper loves the Library has two posts today.  She’s putting the No is Snow (where it belongs in my opinion) with sNOw! sNOw! sNOw!

Katherine at Fun with Friends at Storytime is bringing us the sun with Here Comes the Sun…Flower.  A welcome theme after this long winter.

Kay at Storytime ABCs is Celebrating Dr. Seuss this week.

Lena from SixCranberries is celebrating Flannel Friday with Love is in the Air.  Lena is one of our international bloggers, she’s from Canada.  She’s getting married soon and wanted to share the joy with some chickadees.  Good luck!

Lisa from Libraryland is presenting Little Cloud by Eric Carle.  Stick around because Lisa has  second post in the next segment…

Mollie from What Happens in Storytime has dual posts this week as well. She’s sharing  Blue Bird Blue Bird.  Personally, I love all things bird and find this simple and cute.

Mrs. Shaia at Thrive after Three has a post that was inspired by a So Tomorrow post: Arthur’s Nose

Sarah at Read Rabbit Read is sharing Five Giant Pumpkins.  Stay tuned for her second post…

Special posts exploring the role of Flannel Friday in our lives (aka What Flannel Friday Means to Me)

See if you can catch the theme:

Amanda explains her relationship with Flannel Friday with a guest post on So Tomorrow’s blog.

Amy at catch the possibilities  explores what Friendship means.

Anna at Future Librarian Superhero shares her journey developing a PLN (new term for me).

Anne at So Tomorrow has something to say about Flannel Friday

Bridget at What is Bridget Reading gives us her Flannel Friday history.

Jane at Piper Love’s the Library talks to her diary of her love of FF.

Jen from Jen in the Library is one of our newest bloggers and sums FF up nicely.

Kendra at Read Sing Play explains her Flannel Friday journey and she has pictures!

Katie at Story Time Secrets is inspired by Flannel Friday…

Linda at Notes from the Story Room gave us a visual explanation and renewed her FF history.  It has a kitty.

Lisa at Libraryland shares her thoughts on Flannel Friday.’

LQ, our intrepid Scottish FFer, at Loons and Quines, has a wonderful visual represetation of Flannel Friday (think Wordle)!

Mary from Miss Mary Liberry has decided Flannel Friday means a whole Freakin lot to her….

Melissa at Mel’s Desk discovers what it means to find a hometown.

Mollie in What Happens in Storyime didn’t really have a blog until Melissa challenged others to join in the FF fun!

Sarah at Miss Sarah Storytime has an Ode to Flannel that cannot be missed!

Sarah at Read Rabbit Read has something to say about Flannel Friday….

Tracey from 1234 More Storytimes is letting the F words fly!

I’m Sharon and this is my blog.  I explain what I mean about Invisible Friends.

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