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Showing posts from March, 2011

Spring Events Bulletin Board

Here is our spring events bulletin board. It is definitely adding some very needed cheer to our hallway (wood paneling, baby!). We are in the process of hiring painters to do the entire children's department so that is very exciting. Can't wait to share some before and after pictures!

Storytelling: Scat the Cat

Today I'd like to share my version of the glorious storytime favorite Scat the Cat!

(The words and patterns this week are from Dr. Jean)
Pattern and Directions

I have even made up everything the kids and their families would need to tell the the story and given it to them as their craft project to decorate. Honestly, the best part is the chorus: I'm Scat the Cat! I'm sassy and fat and I can change my color just like THAT!

Color Crayons

Here's a little something different for this week's #FlannelFriday: a crayon puzzle. To make this, I bought a foam puzzle at the dollar store and stuck Velcro dots on the back. I use this with school-age kids who are learning/able to read. The kids each get a foam crayon and I ask whoever has the red crayon to come up and put it on its spot.

Here's a rhyme you can use also:
5 little crayons waiting in a row.
The first one said "I'm red you know!"
The second one said "I'm green like a tree"
The third one said "I'm blue as the sea."
The fourth one said "I'm as yellow as the sun."
The fifth one said "Being purple is fun!"
Five little crayons as happy as can be,
Coloring pictures with you and me!

Storytelling: "BINGO!" by Dr. Jean

I thought it would be fun to post storytelling ideas. For the inagural post, I am highly recommending Dr. Jean's story "Bingo" a tell and draw story.
The gist of the story is that Bingo has run away, but don't worry, (spoiler alert) he is found at the end. You start by drawing:

 and at the end you will have drawn:

I have told this story to preschool classes, my regular storytime group, and even a Cub Scout troop, and all have enjoyed it. "Bingo" would be great for a beginning librarian to learn the art of storytelling. It's easy to draw and memorize, making it a wonderful story to tell any audience.
When I tell this one at an outreach visit, I bring a portable white board (and a marker, obviously) with me. You could also bring a chalkboard and chalk, but that's a little messy for me. A big sheet of chart paper and a marker is a good substitute.

This story pairs perfectly with that old classic song about a dog named Bingo. Although you might not …

More Dewey Signs

I've steadily been working on more Dewey end-cap signs for our kids' nonfiction section and I am pretty proud of how they brighten up my children's department.:

I will try to remember to get a picture of all the signs hanging together next time I have my camera at work.

Cartridges Used:
Create-a-Critter (animals)
Paper Doll Dress Up (airplane)
Sesame Street (font) ---I like this font much better than the font I used to make the first batch, but I'm definitely not going to remake them all just to change the font! Maybe as the signs wear out I will redo them, but that's definitely years in the future. Who knows what technology we will have then?
The mixer is a freebie from SVGCuts, a great blog for cutting machine users.

"Oregon Trail" Bulletin Board

My best friend is a middle school English and social studies teacher. She wanted to make an Oregon Trail bulletin board on the Cricut, so she came over. I think it looks awesome! J's students are so lucky to have her (and so am I!).

 Catridges: Paper Doll Dress Up and Create a Critter
I tried to get her to make little tombstones ala the Oregon Trail video game from our youth, but she seemed to think kids today wouldn't get the reference for "Died of Cholera." Oh well.

"Little Mouse, Little Mouse"

One of my favorite storytime bloggers is Melissa and she has begun a regular "Flannel Friday" series on her blog. I was inspired to share my version of "Little Mouse" today.

Sometimes I am amazed at how well the smallest things go over at storytime. I began doing this "Little Mouse" game after reading about it on several blogs and while I was skeptical, it has turned into a huge hit. Which just shows you how much I know.

If you are not familiar with "Little Mouse," it is ridiculously simple. You simply make a bunch of houses of different colors and hid a felt mouse behind them. Then you teach the kids to chant "Little Mouse, Little Mouse! Are you in the ____(color)____ house?"

Currently we have 9 different houses. I have been meaning to make a 10th. Here they are:

And here is our dear friend, Little Mouse:

I used a coloring page image to cut out the shapes of the houses and then embellished them with puffy paint. Puffy paint isn…

"Give a Hoot" Bulletin Board

Here is our new bulletin board for spring: "Give a Hoot: Read!" It was desperately needed to replace our winter board "Let it Snow" because frankly we have had enough. My mistake encouraging it to begin with.

Here are some more close-ups:

 The owls were cut from Create a Critter and the branches are freehand from posterboard. Text font is Seasame Street's Sunny Day. This is my favorite one so far.

Police Officer and Fire Fighter Storytimes

One of my favorite things to do at storytime is to have a "celebrity guest." I've noticed that attendance starts to fall off a little in spring when the weather gets nicer, so I've found that one way to guarantee a good sized-crowd is to have a special storytime. Having a police officer or firefighter drop by storytime is a lot of fun!

I know I had a hard time finding books that appealed to this age group so I thought I would share what has worked for me. Don't forget to check your nonfiction section as well as looking through the catalog for picture books. I found some great nonfiction books that explained in simple language what community helpers do.

Another advantage of hosting these storytimes for me is to get to know the police officers in our community better. We are all public servants. Don't forget that police officers and fire fighters are taxpayers and voters too--just like us!

Police Officer Storytime
A Day with Police Officers by Jan Kottke A goo…