Between Thanksgiving, Hannukah, and Christmas, it seems like this time of year is, among other things, oriented around eating and food (yea, letter F!). I’m not complaining! Sharing a meal with friends and family is a great way to pass the time. Kids generally agree so, today we read stories about pancakes, bears, fruits, and vegetables. Some of the books went over better than others, but the kids asked questions, offered up anecdotes, and generally, we had a good time!
We began with Hey, Pancakes, after a discussion about breakfast. The books Lunch, Orange Pear Apple Bear, and Rah, Rah, Radishes followed as did the Five Red Strawberries rhyme using the flannelboard. Rah, Rah Radishes wasn’t a a huge hit, but we did talk about many of the vegetables included in the excellent photographs. The strawberry patterns and the great counting rhyme were borrowed from Mel’s Desk. (Thanks to Mel and Storytime Katie generally for their insights and inspirations in the flannelboard department.)
A quick comment about flannelboards. They are magical. I never thought something so simple and, well, “old school,” could be such a hit. The pieces are a bit time consuming to make the first go ’round, but my hidden inner seamstress (along with the help of my husband) has created some great props for stories and rhymes that even 2 year olds can’t deconstruct. Almost every little one scoots a bit closer or watches my every move as soon as the flannel pieces come out. With these five strawberries in all of their shapes and sizes it was no different. “That long strawberry is just like one that grew in my garden!” said one excited visitor.
After the stories, I solicited the help of the kids to decorate our Christmas tree in the children’s library. Each child decorated a gingerbread shaped ornament made of brown cardstock. They included the first letter of their name and other decorations to make them unique. They’ll hang until after Christmas and then go home with families. The tree looks great and it’s one of the many Homer touches sprouting up around the library this season.