Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Storytime: Mice

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Mouse and Hippo by Mike Twohy
Oops Pounce Quick Run by Mike Twohy
Mayday Mouse by Seb Braun
Hide and Squeak by Heather Vogel Frederick
Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
Mousequerade Ball by Lori Moretensen

There are a lot of great picture books and children's songs about mice. There's also everyone's favorite flannelboard, "Mouse in the House," so this storytime was a definite winner!

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Art in Action: Frida Kahlo

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Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith
Me, Frida by Amy Novesky
Frida Kahlo by Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Frida by Jonah Winter
Frida: Viva La Vida! Long Live Life! by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales

This was the second Art in Action program I ran, but it has taken me this long to get it up on the blog. I'm hoping to get at least some of my backlog of posts up during the holidays when I have some time off work and storytimes!

Frida Kahlo is one of my favorite artists. She has beautiful art and an inspiring story. I'm so glad that she has become such a popular figure. It was really easy to find good books about her. My favorite of these books was Me, Frida. The illustrations are very reminiscent of Frida Kahlo's own work.

After I did this program I also discovered the wonderful Lil' Libros boardbooks. They have a great little counting book inspired by Frida too: Counting with/Contando con Frida by Patty Rodriguez. This would be another great book to pull for a Frida Kahlo related program, especially if you anticipate having younger children there. It is a bilingual book and teaches some interesting vocabulary relevant to artists, like paint brushes and portraits, as well as the blue house, La Casa Azul, which is the name of Frida's home in Coyoacán Mexico and where the Frida Kahlo museum currently is!

For my Frida Kahlo art project examples click read more.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ukulele: Picked a Pumpkin Chord Chart

As usual, I am far behind with storytime write-ups. I have a lot of them nearly ready to go and just need to add images, but I keep putting that off. In the meantime, however, I'd like to share another seasonally appropriate chord chart I recently made. I've swapped this one in for my berry themed songs with my random song activity. This one is to the same tune (Oh my Darling Clementine) as the "Picked a Berry" song I posted about earlier this year, but is about picking pumpkins instead!


Feel free to download and use the pdf from my Google Drive if it would be useful for you!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Flannelboard: Pirates

If I come up with more rhymes and songs to go with this set, the post will be updated to reflect that. If you have ideas for other ways to use the set, please share!

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I will be using this for my pirate storytime (write up coming soon!) but I wanted to get the flannelboard pictures up before Talk Like a Pirate Day! I spent far too much time making these pieces, but hopefully I will find use for them in the future. If nothing else, I can continue to do pirate themed storytimes for Talk Like a Pirate Day every year! Part of the reason I decided to do a flannelboard with five pirates instead of something like a mouse in the house variation with treasure in chests was that I wanted to make 100% sure I would have both female pirates and pirates of color in my storytime. Most books for children about pirates feature white boys as the protagonists so I thought a great way to make sure I added more diversity was to do a flannelboard with different pirates too! I've made three out of the five pirates female and each pirate has a different skin tone. The two lightest skin tones look pretty similar but they are different and I think the difference is slightly more obvious in person.

Songs, Rhymes, Games, and Fingerplays


Flannelboard: “One Brave Pirate”

(Tune: "One Little Elephant")

One brave pirate sailed out to sea
Across the blue waters, wild and free
He had such enormous fun
That he called for another brave pirate to come.

Two brave pirates sailed out to sea
Across the blue waters, wild and free
They had such enormous fun
That they called for another brave pirate to come.

Count up to five

Five brave pirates sailed out to sea
Across the blue waters, wild and free
They had such enormous fun
As they sailed together 'neath the golden sun!

Source: modified from Storytime ABCs

Flannelboard: “Five Scurvy Pirate”

Five scurvy pirates standing on the shore,
One went on a search and that left four.

Four scurvy pirates sailing out to sea,
One went for a swim and that left three.

Three scurvy pirates out on the ocean blue,
One walked the plank and that left two.

Two scurvy pirates having tons of fun,
One went below the deck and that left one.

One scurvy pirate, tired and alone,
He turned the ship around and sailed for home.

Source: Storytime ABCs

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flannelboard: Flowers

If I come up with more rhymes and songs to go with this set, the post will be updated to reflect that. If you have ideas for other ways to use the set, please share!

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I used this for my flowers and garden storytime. I am honestly not terribly thrilled with how this board turned out, but I had less time to make it than with many of my previous boards. I would like to at least add cute faces to these if I use it again, but what I'd really prefer is a flannelboard with five different types of flowers! I'm thinking rose, tulip, daffodil, delphinium, and iris. I can definitely see myself using a flower themed board again in the future, so I may update this board at that point in time.

Songs, Rhymes, Games, and Fingerplays

“Out in the Garden”

Out in the garden
Growing in the sun
Were five pretty flowers
And I picked one!

Verses: Count down to one

Source: Mel's Desk

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Storytime: Flowers and Garden

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Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Plant the Tiny Seed by Christie Matheson
My Garden by Kevin Henkes
Lola Plants a Garden by Anna McQuinn
What Does Bunny See by Linda Sue park
Flower Garden by Eve Bunting

There are a lot of great books about flowers and gardens out there and it is a perfect theme for Spring or Summer. I did this one in late Spring, even though I'm just getting to posting it now. Plant the Tiny Seed is a fantastic interactive book if you have a small group, though it may not work as well for a larger audience. It was my favorite of the book selections for sure. I used What Does Bunny See in my bunny storytime too, but I brought it back for some of my groups who hadn't read it the first time around.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

Flannelboard: Gnomes

If I come up with more rhymes and songs to go with this set, the post will be updated to reflect that. If you have ideas for other ways to use the set, please share!

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I used this for my gnome storytime. This set definitely took longer than a lot of my flannelboards, but I have a slight (okay more than slight) obsession with gnomes so I had to make it perfect. As with my superhero flannelboard, I made sure to make each gnome have a different skin tone from pale peach to dark brown and also to have both male and female gnomes represented. Most gnomes you see in artwork are white males with white beards and red hats, so I included the traditional gnome among my pieces, but there is no reason that gnomes can't come in all skin tones and hair colors! 

The list of songs and rhymes to go with this board is a bit long, so I've put it behind a cut. Click read more for gnome themed rhymes and songs to go with this cute board!