Have you ever noticed how many transportation books have great sounds? And how many animal books have great sounds? Well, during our latest phonological awareness focus month, I put these two together and tried a new storytime plan: animals on the "moove!" Here's how it went with my regular mixed-age Saturday storytime group. *Sing: Good… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Animals on the “Moove”
Wondering how we got from trucks to ducks? Here's a recent go with the flow mixed-age family storytime! Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Clap Everybody and Say Hello Flannel: Saw a Snowflake... This is a fun counting up OR down song I like to sing in winter! It's a very versatile tune. This time we… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: It Started with a Snow Plow and Ended with a Duck
Happy Flannel Friday! On a Sunday. Because sometimes the stars don't align and let you post on time... which is relevant to my PSA today: Making flannels can be a super time-intensive labor of love. My recent Mouse House makeover took more than three hours! And that's okay! Sometimes I just keep calm and carry… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Keep Calm & Use Clip Art
I love talking about transportation in summer or round the holidays because many of my families are traveling! The week after our storytime about Going Places, we talked about how do you get to places, anyways? Where do you walk? Where do you drive? Why? Welcome & Set Expectations *Sing: Bread & Butter Read: Giant… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: On the Go (Family Time)
Inspired by Jbrary's recent post on Storytime Themes vs. Storytime Flow, I've been challenging myself to start with a book and go from there. When you start with a book, it's much easier to include picture books with diverse representation. Plus, it allows me more room to breathe! Creative freedom! More flexibility and spontaneity in… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Going Places (Family Time)
I decided to make some new flannel sets for our community flannel board. My hope is that if we change the sets out every month, we'll encourage more participation and the pieces will last longer. So far the kiddos have been loving this neighborhood scene! I spent a very enjoyable ten minutes on Wednesday listening… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Let’s Build a Neighborhood!
And last but not least, I added these cute little cars and some rhymes to my transportation theme repertoire: Here's one fun rhyme you can do... Driving around in my little red car, Driving around in my little red car, Driving around in my little red car, Zoom, zoom, zoom! (repeat with other colors) ___… Continue reading Final Flannel Friday Post: Crazy for Cars