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: Stuck

For this week’s Flannel Friday I (with the help of Seth) made a version of the book Stuck by Oliver Jeffers.  It isn’t quite a flannel though, after talking with Seth a bit we decided it would be much easier to make into a magnetic board instead.  A flannel would be awesome, but would take so much time, there are tons of things that get stuck in the tree!  So with the help of Microsoft clip art, handy magnetic sheets, a laminator, and a glue gun, here is the finished product:

Check out his awesome blue Chucks!  That’s my favorite part 🙂

Here is the clip art: Stuck Clip art

While making it I had an even better idea, what if the kids could be included in the story?  Before I begin reading I will pass out an item to each child and explain to them that they have to pay extra special attention and when the item is ready to be thrown into the tree they can come up and put it on the board themselves.  There are over 20 items so each child will definitely have one since my storytimes are limited to a certain number of kids.  The only other story I’ve been able to really include them in was Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and they absolutely LOVED coming up to put a letter on the tree.  I can’t count how many times a piece of felt has accidentally fallen to the ground and a sea of preschoolers come rushing to pick it up for me.  There’s something fascinating to them about it.

I can’t wait to see how it goes in a few weeks.  I will let you all know!

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Flannel Friday: Five Green Shamrocks

Here’s a simple and easy to make flannel for St. Patrick’s Day!

Five green shamrocks growing outdoors, somebody picked one and that left 4.

Four green shamrocks green as they can be, somebody picked one and that left 3.

Three green shamrocks playing peek-a-boo, somebody picked one and that left 2.

Two green shamrocks nodding in the sun, somebody picked one and that left 1.

One green shamrock ready for some St. Patrick’s Day fun, somebody picked it and that left none!

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Flannel Friday: Mama Loves You

I’m so happy to finally be making flannel boards again!  I’m not currently doing storytime but on Friday I’m helping my co-worker with one.  It’s going to be Valentine’s Day themed, of course, so I suggested we read Mama Loves You By Caroline Stutson.  I love using this book for Valentine’s Day but you could even use it for mom or family themes.  If you haven’t read it, you must!  It’s a cute rhyming story about different animals and the kids guess what’s going to be on the page.  It begins with, I am yours, you are mine, mama loves you…Porcupine!  And so on.  It’s a very tiny book, so it was the perfect candidate for a flannel story.  All I did was cut out felt hearts and print pictures of the animals and glue them on one side.  Then, as we read the story we will flip them over to reveal each animal.  Simple but cute!

I love my new camera, now I just need to practice taking pictures that aren’t crooked 😛

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Munchkinland

Hello everyone!  I know it’s been months since my last blog post, and I apologize but I have a good reason.  I’ve been taking care of these two little munchkins.

The newest one is on the right 🙂  As much as I enjoyed being home with them, it’s kind of nice to be back with adults and have conversations that extend past fruit snacks, Curious George, and Barbies.  Being my second week back at work I knew I needed to blog about SOMETHING, but I don’t have any program stuff prepared…yet.  So this is what you all get, a brief glace into my personal life as a mommy.  I also wanted to thank the internet world for still looking at my blog while I was away, you guys are awesome!  I’m glad it’s helping so many people out there and that we have such a cool way of sharing information.  What the heck did librarians do 30 years ago?!

 

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