Friday, March 8, 2013

Up, Up, and Away! Toddler Lap Time, 3/7/13 & 3/8/13

 Up, Up, and Away! Toddler Lap Time, 3/7/13 & 3/8/13
These two sessions were among the best Toddler Lap Times ever! I think it was mostly the fact that I was so well-rested from our snowless snow day on Wednesday, but it was also nice to have so many adults who were excited about story time and ready to participate.  

Book: Higher Higher by Leslie Patricelli
I need another break from this book. I have just read it way too many times.

Flannel Board Song: Five Astronauts Went Up in Space

Song: Five Little Martians (based on Five Little Monsters)

Book: The Wind Blew by Pat Hutchins
This book worked well in the smaller group. I tried it once before with the big group (back before I had this blog, apparently) and have shied away from it since because it wasn't well received.

Song with Stick Puppets: I’m a Little (Red) Kite

Book: What Can You Do in the Wind? by Anna Grossnickle Hines

Song: Hands Up High
Song: Here We Go Up, Up, Up

Song: Shake My Sillies Out (Thursday) / I'm a Little Teapot (Friday) 

Songs with Stars
  • Song: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star 
  • Song: One Little, Two Little, Three Little Stars
  • Song: There's a Star Upon My Head
Rhyme: Way Up High in the Apple Tree 

Song: Itsy Bitsy Spider

Song: If You’re Happy and You Know It

I use the same hello and goodbye songs at almost every session. Click here for the tunes and words. For descriptions of each of my story times, click here.

Why I Love Flannel Friday

I shared my first-ever flannel board in my first-ever Flannel Friday round-up nearly two years ago, on April 29, 2011. Today, in celebration of the upcoming two-year anniversary of Flannel Friday on March 15, the round-up will collect posts on the topic, "What Flannel Friday Means to Me." The list below shares my experiences and expresses my appreciation for this wonderful weekly online event.
  • Flannel Friday provides me with great ideas. The Flannel Friday community brings together the creative minds of children's librarians scattered across the country. When I'm stuck trying to find material to match a particular theme or book, I can pop over to the most recent round-up or the Flannel Friday Pinterest boards and browse until something catches my eye. Often even when I don't wind up using something from the archives, what I see there inspires me to create a similar or related prop. It amazes me how many different approaches there are to story time, and I love the diversity of ideas presented in each round-up.
  • Flannel Friday gives me a sense of community. For almost the first year of Flannel Friday's existence, I was the only children's librarian at my branch. Though I saw other librarians at system-wide meetings and such, there weren't always opportunities for sharing story time ideas At times, I could feel pretty isolated, as though I were on this island where no one else (especially not the adult librarians I worked with!) spoke my language. I also tend to be extremely introverted, and since I was still so new back then, I sometimes found it easier to ask for ideas in an online forum where I could take my time with responding in just the right way. Whether it's commenting on each other's blogs, tweeting on Twitter, or posting on the Facebook page, it's nice to know that I'm never more than a mouse click away from a support network of children's librarians, who, wherever they live, share the same interests and concerns that I have.
  • Flannel Friday encourages me to be creative. When I was in college, I took a lot of creative writing classes, not just because I liked to write, but because I found that having both a deadline and an audience encouraged me to write more consistently. The same rule applies to my experiences with Flannel Friday. I have always had ideas, but knowing I will have an opportunity to share them on a given day makes me much more likely to actually follow through with creating them. I write a lot more rhymes and come up with many more creative ways to tell stories because I know there is a place where such things are needed, wanted, and appreciated. 
  • Flannel Friday teaches me about so much more than flannel boards. Flannel Friday participants know so much about children's librarianship. They know what to do with a parachute, and where to buy Contact paper. They know a million ways to use finger puppets, and just as many school-age friendly action songs and games. I've never posed a question to the group that wasn't thoroughly answered, and even when I take a break from the round-ups, I still learn something new nearly every time I log into Facebook or visit a Flannel Friday post. 
How has Flannel Friday inspired you?  Share your thoughts on your blog, then add them to the round-up, hosted this week by Sharon at Rain Makes Applesauce. Interested in knowing more about Flannel Friday as it enters its third year? Check out the official website, Facebook page, and Pinterest account
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