I admit that it has been a while since I have posted anything. COVID certainly interrupted my normal process of creating flannel boards and providing storytimes. At long last I have managed to finish a flannel board. “One Leaf, Two Leaves, Count With Me” is based off the book of the same title by John Micklos Jr. I have only used about a third of the text of the book. However, it is very adaptable to counting and exploring the seasons.
When I put this flannel board together I made the leaves double sided. One side is green for spring and summer. The opposite side are fall colors. I also embroidered tree bark lines into the tree to make it more visually interesting.
A New House for Mouse by Petr Horacek All for Pie, Pie for All by David Martin The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall Brownie & Pearl Grab A Bite by Cynthia Rylant Ducking for Apples by Lynne Berry Little Apple Goat by Caroline Jayne Church Ned’s New Home by Kevin Tseng Orange Pear Apple Bear by Emily Gravett Pepo and Lolo and the Red Apple by Ana Martin Larranaga Starry The Giraffe by Andy Bergmann Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins Ten Red Apples: A Bartholomew Bear Counting Book by Virginia Miller
Way Up High In the Apple Tree Way up high in the apple tree, Hold hands above head. Two red apples smiled at me. Hold up two fingers I shook that tree as hard as I could Pretend to shake the tree with both hands. Down fell the apples Lower hands Mmmm they were good Rub tummy
Apples and Bananas by Raffi
Five Green Apples by Sharon, Lois & Bram
I put up five green felt apples and remove them from the felt board as the song progresses.
Fiction Acorns Everywhere by Kevin Sherry The Busy Little Squirrel by Nancy Tafuri Frisky Brisky Hippity Hop by Susan Lurie I Can Run by Murray Head Nuts to You! by Lois Ehlert That Pup by Lindsay Barrett George
Non-Fiction Squirrels’ Busy Year by Martin Jenkins Squirrel’s Family Tree by Beth Ferry Squirrels Leap, Squirrels Sleep by April Pulley Sayre
Rhymes & Fingerplays
Five Little Squirrels Tune: 5 little ducks
1 little squirrel went out to play Up in the branches one autumn day. He had such enormous fun, He called for another little squirrel to come.
2 little squirrels… 3 little squirrels… 4 little squirrels…
5 little squirrels went out to play Up in the branches one chilly day. They had such enormous fun, Then all scurried home ’cause winter had come.
These are the brown leaves fluttering down, flutter hands to ground
And this is the tall tree bare and brown. hold right arm up high
This is the squirrel with eyes so bright, form fist with left hand, wiggle thumb
Hunting for nuts with all his might. shade eyes with hand and pretend to look around
This is the hole where day by day, make a circle with thumb and forefinger
Nut after nut he stores away. pretend to put nuts into the hole
When winter comes with it’s cold and storm, sway hands side to side
He’ll sleep curled up all snug and warm. fold hands under cheek and pretend to sleep
Squirrel, squirrel, roll around
Squirrel, squirrel, touch the ground
Squirrel, squirrel, climb a tree
Now shake that bushy tail with me!
Walk Old Squirrel by Kathy Reid-Naiman
We walk, hop, fly, twirl around, run, chase, catch, and hug our way through the song.
Gray Squirrel by Kathy Reid-Naiman
Grey, brown, black, red
Shake your bushy tale
Pick an acorn with your toes
Wrinkle up your nose