Thursday, January 31, 2013

Flannel Friday: Skippyjon Jones Color Crazy by Judy Schachner

I am doing a "Colorful Cats" theme in a few weeks for toddler storytime, so I just had to make Skippyjon Jones Color Crazy by Judy Schachner into a flannel board. I really wish some of these books would get published as hardback instead of just board books. They are perfect for toddlers and everyone loves Skippyjon Jones.

I just found some clipart and pictures online to make the flannel board. I am going to change the order of the story to start with the sky so I can storytell it better with the flannel board. My next goal is to make shapes for Skippyjon Jones Shape Up and I might do the number one too, I haven't read that book yet.

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Thursday, January 24, 2013

Flannel Friday: Five Little Stars and the Moon Too

I think I got this rhyme and flannel board idea from Storytime Magic by Kathy MacMillan. It is very simple to make. I will be doing it for toddler storytime in the coming months.

All my stars look the same, so I didn't put them all in the picture : )

Five little stars shine and shine some more,
One fell to the earth and then there were four.
Four little stars, happy as can be,
One fell to the earth and then there were three.
Three little stars in a sky so blue,
One fell to the earth and then there were two.
Two little stars, having lots of fun,
One fell to the earth and then there was one.
One little star left left all alone,
That one fell to earth and then there were none.
The moon came out- what a pretty sight!
He waved to the stars and he said goodnight.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Toddler Books: Emma Garcia

I would be remiss if I did not do a post about Emma Garcia for the toddler books I love. Her books are awesome. My son loves Toot Toot Beep Beep. Emma Garcia was the first author name he could say when he started requesting books from his shelf (he also loves Sally Sutton, but that will be a different post).

A got a Disney Cars Duplo set for Christmas. The "groovy" van was included in the set. The whole way home (from grandma's house) A held his van and said, "Toot toot goes the big blue van, toot toot." My librarian mom heart melted. Needless to say, I love that he recited a picture book and not the actual movie in which the van is a character.

Lego CarsTM Hippie Vw Bus Brand New Never Played With. Van Only, Duplo(No Box in Bag)
Aden's big blue van

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These books are great for building various early literacy skills: narrative skills (repetitive text), phonological awareness (rhythmic text and noises & sounds), print awareness (large text easy to point to), print motivation (fun and bright illustrations and stories with relevant topics), vocabulary (lots of different cars, trucks & tools), letter knowledge (easy to point out specific letters in words because text is so large).

Flannel Friday: Where Oh Where Has My Underwear Gone?

I used this visual for an underwear storytime I did for the toddlers last spring. I got the idea from Lisa at the Storytime Source Page blog. I used her song "Where Oh Where Has My Clothing Gone?" from her clothing storytime and just changed the words to underwear of different colors. To make the underwear, I found an outline of some briefs and boxer briefs on Google Images. The kids really liked bringing the different colored underwear to the board after we sang each verse. Overall, the underwear storytime was a hit.

Where Oh Where Has My Underwear Gone?
(Tune: Where Oh Where Has My Little Dog Gone?)

Oh where, oh where has my green underwear gone?
Oh where, oh where can they be?
I've looked up high, and I've looked down low,
Did someone hide them from me?

(children with green underwear bring them to the board before you sing about the next color)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Flannel Friday: Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick by Kevin Henkes

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I love Kevin Henkes and his candy board books. I decided to make Sheila Rae's Peppermint Stick into a flannel board so I could use the board book to read the story as I put the felt characters on the board. I haven't used this one yet, but I am going to do it during my "Just for Fun" storytime in a few weeks for the toddlers. I will probably use this flannel board again during the next Christmas season.



Thursday, January 3, 2013

Flannel Friday: Five Pumpkin Pies in the Bakery Shop

Here is a flannel board you could use for Thanksgiving. I made this in time for Thanksgiving 2012, but I already had my storytime planned and everything I wanted to use, so I am going to use this for Thanksgiving 2013.

I found a really cute picture of a felt pumpkin pie on Rebecca's Sturdy for Common Things blog. She used the pie for an adorable flannel board version of I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Pie by Alison Jackson.

For the rhyme, I changed the words to "Five Little Cookies in the Bakery Shop" to "Five Little Pumpkin Pies in the Bakery Shop".

Five Pumpkin Pies in the Bakery Shop
Five pumpkin pies in the bakery shop.
Shining bright with some whipped cream on top.
Along comes ___ with a nickel to pay.
He/she buys one and takes it away.