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.
(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
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”.  

Tuesday, January 29, 2019


One Winter's Day
by M. Christina Butler; illustrated by Tina Macnaughton

Hooray for Hat!
by Brian Won


Silly Hat Song
Use party hats…
(Tune: This Old Man)

On my head, I wear my hat.
It is such a silly hat
That my head will wiggle waggle to and fro
Where else can my silly hat go?

[Repeat using foot, elbow and knee.]

Play and Learn

Decorate a hat!
Stickers, foam pieces, streamers, markers