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#FlannelFriday A Stocking for Hoppy

My post this week is a little bit different than usual. This creation isn’t based on a specific story and probably will never make it’s way to the library. My 4 year old daughter, lil’ A, has a stuffed bunny that goes everywhere with her. When she draws a picture of her family there is Mommy, Daddy, A, and Hoppy. We hung the stockings and A asked if there was one for Hoppy too. Well, there is now!

I purchased a plain red felt stocking at JoAnn’s for 60% (less than $2.50) and created a felt bunny as decoration and to show who the stocking belongs. Lil’ A and Hoppy were thrilled with the results.

My closest girlfriend criticizes how I encourage her imaginative play with Hoppy. Hoppy sometimes eats dinner with us, holds hands between us, and is always included in play. I feel strongly that this level of creative play fosters the growth of her Narrative Skills, making her a stronger reader later on. A’s attachment is not unhealthy, she can step away from Hoppy without meltdown and there are limitations on where Hoppy is allowed to go (she stays in the backpack at school and in the car when at places A would not be able to carry her). She uses her stuffed friend as a way to enhance her experience.

Visit Linda at Notes from the Story Room for the final Friday Flannel Round-up of 2011!

#FlannelFriday Five Little Pumpkins

Phew! Life has been insane! Fall always seems to be the busiest time for me both personally and professionally. I’ve missed blogging and flannel making and all the creative things that keep me grounded and excited about my job. Time to dive back in!

So move over apples… here come pumpkins! I created a 5 Little Pumpkins flannel for use in our family reading area. One side has large black numbers 1-5 and the other is blank with pieces for creating jack-‘o-lantern faces. At the top of the flannel board is a sign defining the highlighted Ready to Read skill of Sounds and the 5 Little Pumpkins rhyme.

Five Little Pumpkins

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate
The first one said, “Oh my it’s getting late!”
The second one said, “We don’t care!”
The third one said, “There are leaves in the air.”
The fourth one said, “I am ready for some fun!”
The fifth one said, “Let’s run and run and run!”
The Whoooosh went  wind,
And out went the light!
And the five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

I also included this fun coloring page as a take home extension and a reminder of the rhyme for parents.

Now I am beginning to think of fun Halloween flannels to make for the week leading up to Halloween.

For more awesome ideas check out the Flannel Friday Boards on Pinterest!

Ten Tiny Caterpillars

Bill Martin Jr? Lois Ehlert? I was sold before even opening the cover but once inside I was thrilled beyond words. This sweet rhyme fosters the development of Sounds, as well as Vocabulary with the use of words such as bower, cabbage and wren. Large, colorful illustrations in Ehlert’s classic collage style make this perfect for reading to a large group or one on one at bedtime. Excellent for toddlers this book also works for older preschool children with the inclusion of a caterpillar/butterfly glossary at the back.

I immediately added this book to our reference collection for use next Spring at our Hungry Caterpillar program. Perfect as a read-aloud or transformed into a flannel!

Building Letter Knowledge: Apple Tree Letter Match

The family reading corner at our branch continues to evolve. A few months ago we added a large flannel board. We have provided a variety of loose felt shapes and letters for the children to use. Going into the Fall/Back to School season I wanted to try something different.

Inspired by Miss Kindergarten’s File Folder Alphabet Matching Activity I created a large felt tree with 26 attached apples marked with uppercase letters. The tree and a sign defining Letter Knowledge with instructions for the activity are stapled to the board.

26 apple shapes with the lowercase letters are housed in a basket underneath the board for the children to match onto the tree. I am thrilled with how this turned out and am already thinking about additional activities to put up on the board.

Now onto the giant bulletin board…

Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five

Everything I Need to Know Before I'm Five by Valorie Fisher

Concept books excite me especially when they are quality concept books. Valorie Fisher’s offering is exactly what parent’s should be looking for when introducing or refreshing concepts with their children. Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five dedicates a few pages to each of the following concepts – numbers, opposites, shapes, colors including mixing, season/weather and the alphabet. Fisher does not overwhelm the reader with information. She simply provides a taste of each concept for further exploration.

The illustrations are colorful, graphic and interesting. Many pages lend themselves to impromptu games of I Spy. The retro feel of the toys photographed within the pages is appealing and lends a sense of comfort.

Everything I Need to Know Before I’m Five  is a shining example of how to teach concepts!