This flannel set is based on the board book Hatch by Katie Cox. Though this book is completely appropriate for preschool, my Wiggleworms group has decided that board books are for babies. The book is very clever – every page offers a different rhyming riddle asking the reader to guess what is in the egg and then lift the flap to hatch the baby animal. Kids automatically think birds (and there are plenty of birds here too) but they don’t think of reptiles, which is a nice surprise. This flannel will be used with our April Story Time about EGGS! Perfect for spring, bird, reptile or Easter themes.
the baby birds and reptiles!
All of the images were taken from free clipart, flannel and puffy paint.
Pete the Cat I Love My White Shoes
by Eric Litwin
illustrated by James Dean
One of my all time favorite read alouds EVER! Pete gets his brand new shoes in all sorts of goo that turns his white shoes all sorts of colors, but does Pete cry? Goodness NO! Adorable, hilarious, wonderful message and the kids all join in. What more could you ask for in a picture book? Continue reading →
Today the Wiggleworms started with our Opening Song, where we said hi to the librarian, the historic flags, and of course our Story Time Friends! Someone was worried we forgot to say hello to the books… which was a great lead in for our theme this week!
A few weeks ago I was reading a book to our group and asked “Who here is learning how to read?” and the kids all said they weren’t learning yet… which got me thinking…. then 2 weeks ago a Kindergartener joined our group and read a word or two to the amazement of the younger kids… more thinking ensued and I decided I wanted to celebrate both Read Across America and Read Aloud this week and also empower the Wiggleworms to believe they COULD read (at the level they are at of course) and they ARE learning how to read every day. Continue reading →
First we discussed how a rebus worked and practiced reading the sentence “I can read.”
Next we tried reading this:
“I love books about monkeys.”
Next each of the kids got to come up to the magnet board and choose a picture and read the sentence they made out loud.
All of the choices:
HUGE HIT! The kids loved using the magnet board, loved getting to pick their favorite and loved reading their sentence out loud to the group – the entire group helped everyone read, so even the youngest did just fine with this activity! Since this activity was so successful I plan on making a rebus sentence a part of our weekly program (and I will have the sentences run left to right next time).
I handed out a sheet of four sentences to each kid and we read the whole sheet out loud together. Some of the younger threes who did not have a care-giver present had a little trouble following along but were trying hard and were still engaged. The older kids all caught on right away and were very proud of themselves.
It has been a tough couple of weather weeks for our area – but the time stuck inside has been productive for me since I am lucky enough to have power and water and heat!
I have been busily making several flannel sets that others have shared on Flannel Friday! Can’t wait to use them when our Story Times get back into a regular routine. Thank you to all of the very creative Story Time leaders out there who have shared so many great ideas!
The first trick was figuring out how to get a STICK to STICK!
I cut a wooden skewer to size and wrapped it with blue yarn, secured with tacky glue. It sticks to the felt board really well!
The pig is made of felt and puffy paint. The Starry Night painting was color copied onto paper and laminated. It sticks to the easel using velcro. The other pieces were all traced directly out of the book onto milk filters using a blue crayon.
This week Storytime ABC is hosting the Flannel Friday Roundup. Thank you for hosting Kay Leigh!
Today the Wiggleworms started with our Opening Song, where we said hi to the librarian, the books, the horse statue on the fireplace and of course our Story Time Friends!
BOOK: Foggy Foggy Forest
by Nick Sharratt
I love this book! Clever as can be, funny and absolutely GORGEOUS! The pages are made of velum so they are translucent. The image produced with the layers of velum on top of each other is that of a very foggy forest. The book is also a great read aloud – on every page is a riddle where the reader is challenged to figure out what the shadow presented represents. When the pages are turned the amusing fairy tale standards show up – elves, fairies, 3 bears, etc., but each with a hilarious twist. The kids were enthralled and it was a great introduction to our theme!
Flannel Story #1: The Three Little Pigs
This theme has a challenge with 3-6 year olds. Some of them aren’t familiar with common fairy tales yet! Continue reading →