Narrating Tales of Preschool Storytime

"There are no happy endings. Endings are the saddest part, So just give me a happy middle and a very happy start." -Shel Silverstein

Flannel Friday: Where’s My Mom?

I’ve been wracking my brain this week trying to come up with something new to make for Flannel Friday.  I kept thinking to myself, what book do I use in every storytime session that would be good as a flannel board?  Then it hit me, Where’s My Mom By Julia Donaldson!  If you haven’t read this story, you’re missing out.  It’s about a monkey who lost his mom and a butterfly tries to help him find her.  Of course, it’s not that simple.  The butterfly keeps getting confused on who might be monkey’s mom.  Over and over again he keeps getting it wrong.  It has a funny ending as well.  I love when a book builds and builds and in the end makes everyone laugh.  I’m going to try using this flannel in my Wednesday ST next week, so I hope it goes over ok.  Basically, I’m going to have each animal in the story hiding behind something (tree,rock etc.) and as we read the story I’ll have the kids try to guess what might be hiding.  I think it will be a fun, interactive way to keep the kids involved and guessing along with the story.  Here it is!

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Flannel Friday: Scat the Cat (Folder Story)

This week I am going to share a folder story that I use frequently during storytime.  I know, I know, this is Flannel Friday, BUT you could totally make this into a flannel as well!  The name of the story is Scat the Cat.  I’m not exactly sure where the story came from but it’s so great to share with the kids.  It’s also VERY interactive and I love using interactive stories.  I think every time I read this story, I get a parent/teacher/caregiver that wants a copy of the story so that they can make their own at home.  I love sharing ideas!  Presenting…Scat the Cat!

Basically the story is about a cat who wants to be different, so he changes into different colors but in the end realizes that he is happy just being himself.  The kid’s favorite part is when we say the rhyme, “I’m Scat the Cat, I’m sassy and fat, I can change my color, just like THAT!”  We always clap when we say the word ‘THAT’.  When his color changes I just take out the construction paper inside the folder and the next color appears!

The story is just printed and taped to the back of the folder so you can read it while showing the kids Scat.  If you click on the picture, you should be able to read the story and copy it down for yourself.  Sorry I don’t have an electronic copy on the computer.

I hope everyone enjoyed my Flannel Friday contribution and enjoy!

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Flannel Friday: Mouse Paint

Here is my Flannel Friday for this week.  I (with help from Sethers, thank you!) just made it this morning.  I’ve been meaning to do it for weeks, but you all know how Summer Reading is.  I bring you the flannel board of, Mouse Paint based on the book written by Ellen Walsh:

The great part is it didn’t take very long to make.  I love that we have such a big selection of die cuts to use within our library district.  Helps out so much!  I know it looks a little weird because my cat is smaller than the mice, but it saved me time, so oh well!  The kids won’t care.  I’ll just be sure to put the cat far away from the mice and teach the children perspective, ha ha.  I hope you all enjoy, and I can’t wait to see all the other Flannel Fridays this week.  Be sure to check out Katie’s Blog later today for a roundup of all things Flannel Friday.  I hope everyone enjoys their 4th of July, I know I will!

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