Friday, March 22, 2019

Simple Flannels for Babies

I have been on the lookout for simple flannel board rhymes to do with babies.  I posted about my first successful one in October 2017.  I make very simple, one-cut felt pieces, so I don’t have to worry about small pieces falling off and creating a choking hazard.  Here are a few more I’ve found that I have loved doing with the little ones.
Colors
(You can sing this to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)

Orange and yellow, green and blue
These are colors just for you
Orange as a flower, green as a tree
Yellow as the sun and blue as the sea.
Orange and yellow, green and blue
These are colors just for you.


Over in the Meadow
Over in the meadow in the sand in the sun
Lived an old mother turtle and her little one
“Dig”, said the mother. “I dig”, said the one
So they dug all day in the sand in the sun.
Over in the meadow where the stream runs blue
Lived an old mother fish and her little fishies two
“Swim”, said the mother. “We swim”, said the two
So they swam all day where the stream runs blue
Over in the mead in an old hollow tree
Lived an old mother bird and her little birdies three
“Sing”, said the mother.  “We sing”, said the three
So they sang all day in the old hollow tree.



Five Little Babies
Adapted from Yakaberry.com
Five little babies were playing one day
One saw a ball, and he crawled away
Four little babies were playing one day
One saw a rattle, and she crawled away
Three little babies were playing one day
One saw a blanket, and he crawled away
Two little babies were playing one day
One saw a teddy, and she crawled away
One little baby was playing one day
He saw his friends, and he crawled away.


One Two Three
One little two little three little puppies
One little two little three little puppies
One little two little three little puppies
Bark like this all day.  Ruff! Ruff!


Can substitute kitties or just about any other animal!

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

More on Math

A few weeks ago I was able to attend the Gift of Childhood Conference.  Douglas Clements was the keynote speaker and I also attended one of his workshops.  He is a researcher of early childhood math education from the University of Denver. 

Dr. Clements spoke about the immense importance of providing better math opportunities for young children.  We can continue to add math concepts into our storytimes to strengthen children’s understanding.  In fact, recent research showed that counting predicted arithmetic success in Kindergarten, which in turn predicts later school achievement in all areas.

Here are a few other tidbits I learned that I’d like to pass along:

  • Subitizing (knowing how many without having to count)  When children are subitizing larger numbers (6 and above) we can ask how they know because usually kids will “see” at least one number and then they add the other number they “see”.  For example 8—the child could see 5 and 3 or maybe they see 4 and 4.  Children may know that 4 and 4 is eight.  If children know the number don’t make them count; this discourages subitizing, the very thing we are trying to teach.  However, when children are subitzing 1-5 we do NOT want to ask “how many”.  We want them to be able to look and just know; thus not being able to tell us “how” they know with numbers one through five.   
  • Placing items to count horizontally is best when children are first starting to count.  Using just one color or one type of item is also best.
  • Count as you add items to the flannel board.  Put one monkey on board, count one, put next monkey on say two and so forth.  This helps children hear and see the number.  After counting be sure to ask, How Many? to help children with cardinatility—understanding the last number they say is “how many”.
  • Don’t just count to ten, go on to eleven or twelve! Try a movement activity, such as jumping, and count the number of times a child can jump—hearing numbers past what they can recite helps children gain a greater understanding of numbers. 
  • Try a flannel board such as “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed” but have 2 or 3 fall off at once. Dr. Clements believes that we often don’t challenge children enough in regards to math.
  • Use math language more in every day situations.  We can help children see numbers by talking about numbers.  Instead of saying “Pick up the blocks” you can say, “Pick up the three blocks”.  

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Toddler Storytime--Food!

I am losing one of my two preschool storytimes, but gaining a Toddler Storytime!  I haven't done much with toddlers, so I am super excited for this new adventure!  I'm trying a "theme" series, so we'll see how that goes. (Nov 14-Dec 19)

Week 1
Mouse Mess
by Linnea Riley

Hi, Pizza Man!
by Virginia Walter; illustrated by Ponder Goembel

*Hooray!
At storytime we have __________ today!
We're so glad let's shout "hooray!"

*My Puppet
My new puppet for Toddler Storytime is a Monkey

My monkey is looking all around
My monkey can turn round and round
My monkey is sleeping in his bed
My monkey is sitting on my head!
My monkey is looking at my toes
My monkey can kiss you on the nose!
My monkey is whispering in my ear
What's he saying? Can you hear?
My monkey can hide behind me
But wherever I go my monkey will find me!

If You're Happy and You Know It
with scarves
Shake it high
Shake it low
Shake it fast
Shake it slow

Little Miss Muffet

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Flannel

*One Bright Scarf
One bright scarf waiting for the wind to blow
Wiggle it high
Wiggle it low
Shake it fast
Shake it slow
Hide it behind your back
Where'd it go?

Play and Learn

Flannel Pizzas
Scarves
Blocks
Cookie Matching Game

Week 2

All for Pie; Pie for All
by David Martin; illustrated by Valeri Gobachev

Who's Hungry?
by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt

Hooray!

My Puppet

If You're Happy and You Know It
with scarves

Little Jack Horner

Five Little Apples
5 little apples picked from a tree
The 1st one said, "I'm as red as red can be!"
The 2nd one said, "I'm sweet and juicy and round!"
The 3rd one said, "I'm the best that can be found!"
The 4th one said, "I'm ready for some spices!"
The 5th one said, "We'll be cut into slices!"
Someone from the kitchen picked them up
And we know why...
Five little apples became an apple pie!

One Bright Scarf

Play and Learn

Play food
Scarves
Puzzles

Week 3

Chomp Goes the Alligator
by Matthew Van Fleet

Lunch
by Denise Fleming

Guess Who Eats What
by Liesbet Slegers

Hooray!

My Puppet

Beanbag Song
(tune: If You're Happy and You Know It)
Put your beanbag on your hair, on your hair
Put your beanbag on your hair, on your hair
Put your beanbag on your hair, and leave it right up there
Put your beanbag on your hair, on your hair!

Ground--Step and step around
Back--Leave it just like that
Toe--Lift it high and low (we ended up trying to flip the beanbag with our foot)
Belly Button (just for fun!)
Throw and catch

Little Miss Muffet

One Bright Scarf

Play and Learn
Blocks
Bean Bags and buckets
Scarves

Week 4

Crunch Munch
by Jonathan London; illustratrated by Michael Rex


Mmm...Let's Eat!
by Libby Koponen; illustrated by Betsy Thompson


The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle


Hooray!

My Puppet

Beanbag Song

Head, Shoulder, Knees and Toes

One Bright Scarf

Play and Learn
Balls and Cardboard Tube
Bean Bags and buckets
Scarves

Week 5--Baking

Mr. Cookie Baker
by Monica Wellington

Who Ate All the Cookie Dough?
by Karen Beaumont; illustrated by Eugene Yelchin

The Best Mouse Cookie
by Laura Numeroff; illustrated by Felicia Bond

Flannel--Five LIttle Gingerbread Men

Five little gingerbread men in a row
Not going to eat one, no, no. no!
But they look so sweet from head to toe
Crunch, munch...oh no!

Continue counting down

No little gingerbread men in a row
Wasn't going to eat one, no, no, no.
But they looked so sweet that it's sad to tell
Crunch, munch...oh well!

Hooray!

My Puppet

Jingle Bells

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes

One Bright Scarf

Play and Learn

Playdough
Pom-pom matching cookies
Cookie Matching Game

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

The Bookworm

I recently discovered a great new resource for stoytime—The Bookworm, a monthly publication from the Idaho Commission for Libraries.  They offer three newsletters each month focusing on Babies and Toddlers; Preschoolers; and Kindergarteners.  Each 2-page newsletter has book suggestions, rhymes or songs, and using the 5 practices—singing, talking, reading, writing, and playing with children.  Each month they focus on a specific practice and uses terms from Every Child Ready to Read 1st Edition—narrative skills, print awareness, print motivation, vocabulary, letter knowledge, and phonological awareness—to teach parents and caregivers about the importance of early learning.  I love the “Here’s How…” section that gives easy, everyday ways parents can help foster early learning.  These would make great parent tips during storytime!

Here is the link to check-out this great resource!

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Bath Time

Time to get cleaned up!

Books

Sloppy Takes the Plunge
by Sean Julian

How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth
by Michelle Robinson and Kate Hindley


Flannel  
I Have a Little Turtle
I have a little turtle
His name is Tiny Tim
I put him in the bathtub
To see if he could swim
He drank up all the water
He gobbled up the soap
And when he tried to talk
He had a bubble in his throat
Oh, bubble, bubble, bubble
Bubble, bubble, POP!
Bubble, bubble, bubble
Bubble, bubble, POP!

Play and Learn
Special activity--Bubbles

Friday, November 2, 2018

Spiders

A pre-Halloween storytime

Itsy Bitsy Spider
by Keith Chapman, illustrated by Jack Tickle

Walter's Wonderful Web
by Tim Hopgood

Aaaarrgghh! Spider!
by Lydia Monks


Play and Learn
Spin a Spider Web
Image result for spider web craft

Toddlers

The Very Busy Spider
by Eric Carle



Thursday, November 1, 2018

Last Minute Preschool Storytime--FALL

The person assigned to do storytime today had no voice so I quickly pulled an autumn storytime together.

Books

Little Elliot Fall Friends
by Mike Curato


One Red Apple
by Harriet Ziefert; illustrated by Karla Gudeon

WonderFall
by Michael Hall



Flannel

Apple Basket

The first apple in the basket was bright and shiny red
The second apply in the basket said, "My what a cozy bed!"

The third apple in the basket said, "Make room for me, you pair!"
The fourth apple in the basket said, "Please move over there!"

The fifth apple in the basket said, "Oh dear, oh me, oh my
This basket looks like a pastry--I think we're in a pie!"

Songs

Autumn Leaves
(tune: Have you ever seen a Lassie?)

Autumn leaves are hanging, are hanging, are hanging
Autumn leaves are hanging, are hanging today.

Autumn leaves turn colors, turn colors, turn colors
Autumn leaves turn colors, turn colors today

Autumn leaves are blown down, blown down, blown down
Autumn leaves are blown down, blown down today.

Autumn leaves are dancing, are dancing, are dancing
Autumn leaves are dancing, are dancing today.

Autumn leaves get raked up, get raked up, get raked up
Autumn leaves get raked up, get raked up today.

Autumn leaves get jumped in, get jumped in, get jumped in
Autumn leaves get jumped in, get jumped in today.

Scarecrow, Scarecrow
Scarecrow, scarecrow turn around
Scarecrow, scarecrow touch the ground
Dance on your toes
Touch your nose
Reach up high
Touch the sky
Bend down low
Touch your toe
Jump up now
Take a bow
Stomp your feet
Take a seat.