2018 Year in Review: ABC’s & 123’s

It's been a busy year for concept books! I was pleasantly surprised by the alphabet book come back. Less than impressed by most of the math in this batch. By the way, here's the first batch of concept books from 2018. Did I miss a great book this year? Have you tried one of these… Continue reading 2018 Year in Review: ABC’s & 123’s

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Flannel Friday: Looking at Fall Leaves with Math in Mind

Back with another fun, math focused fall flannel! Just look at these lovely leaves: Pattern: available from Ashley Hughes Oh the possibilities! Notice the varieties in leaf size, type, and color. Lots of opportunities for math talk! Here's some questions I might ask, depending on the age of my group and how I set out the… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Looking at Fall Leaves with Math in Mind

Flannel Friday: Early Math in the Pumpkin Patch

Interrupting my nostalgic summer storytime blog posts to bring you a fun fall flannel - PLUS a template! I've learned a lot this year about early math and have been working hard to include more opportunities for math talk in my storytimes. This means making flannels with specific variation in mind - e.g. size, length,… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Early Math in the Pumpkin Patch

Storytime Spotlight: Going Places (Family Time)

Inspired by Jbrary's recent post on Storytime Themes vs. Storytime Flow, I've been challenging myself to start with a book and go from there. When you start with a book, it's much easier to include picture books with diverse representation. Plus, it allows me more room to breathe! Creative freedom! More flexibility and spontaneity in… Continue reading Storytime Spotlight: Going Places (Family Time)

Flannel Friday: Not Your Typical 10 Juicy Dog Bones

This year Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown was selected as the One Book 4 Colorado winner, and I just knew I needed a fun flannel that incorporated counting and dogs to go with it! I also wanted to really focus on building number sense, which requires something a little more versatile than your typical counting… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Not Your Typical 10 Juicy Dog Bones

Flannel Friday: Shape Monster

One more math flannel to share this week!  Shape Monster is super fun and easy.  All you need is a sock puppet and some shapes! Shape Monster, Shape Monster, hungry for lunch! I wonder which shape you'd like to munch? ____ Credit: I found this shape monster rhyme (or something quite like it) in one of… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Shape Monster

Flannel Friday: Could You Lift Up Your Bottom?

Is it just me, or is there an abundance of hat-themed books just begging to be made into flannels?! This one has been on my To-Do list ever since I saw it at Jen in the Library's blog.  Thanks Jen for putting me onto such a fun flannel! I love this story because it can… Continue reading Flannel Friday: Could You Lift Up Your Bottom?