Parachute ideas for all kinds of programs!

Stumped for ideas for using the parachute at storytime?

Think outside the picture books stacks!

Here are some great ideas for incorporating material from other areas of your collection.

Want to make your own clip art?

Here are a few tips and tricks to get you started!

Some easy ways to spice up your site!

Be sure to suggest your favorites in the comments!

Ideas for incorporating factual materials into storytime

There is lots of great nonfiction for kids out there. If I missed your favorite, leave a comment!

Friday, April 21, 2017

Shapes Poem

Today for Flannel Friday, I'm sharing a poem I did during my STEM playgroup on shapes! I found it in 1-2-3 Math by Jean Warren. Instead of making it a felt board, I used some snack containers I found at Dollar Tree a while ago. The kids had fun taking off the lids and putting them back on so there was a bonus small motor skill element to this task.

Shapes Poem

The circle is a shape
That's easy to be found.
It has no corners on it.
And is completely round.

The triangle is a simple shape,
I think you will agree.
Count its sides and corners
And you will find just three.

Here's a shape that you should know,
A square has its name.
It has four corners and four sides
That measure all the same.

This shape is called a rectangle,
It's found most everyhwere.
It has four corners and four sides,
Sort of like a square.

But if you call this shape a square,
You would be very wrong.
Since two of its sides are short
And two of them are long.

--Author Unknown

Friday, February 24, 2017

Announcing MI KidLib 2017!

Just wanted to let everyone know that registration is open for MI KidLib 2017, Michigan's unconference for youth services staff (and library school students are also welcome!). This a free professional development event with lunch on your own.

The event will be held Friday, May 5th at my library, the Alice and Jack Wirt Public Library in Bay City, Michigan. I'm very excited to have many colleagues come and see our space. 

Monday, January 09, 2017

Flannel Friday Roundup for Friday, January 13, 2017

I'm hosting Flannel Friday this week! Please leave a comment below with the link to your post and I will combine all the posts entered into the roundup. Deadline is 10pm Eastern on Friday night.

First up is Storytime Ukelele with the traditional song Aiken Drum. 

Mr. Keith has Five Enormous Dinosaurs.

Lisa wants to Build a Snowman with her participatory flannelboard.

Jessica is serving up two heaping posts about vegetables: The Veggies in the Soup and Veggie Riddles.

And Kathryn is representing Pandas!

Kate is sharing her version of one of my favorite rhymes "Way Up High in the Apple Tree" 

And Wendy shared her version of one of my favorite folk tales,  The Enormous Turnip