It's pirate week at our library and I cannot wait for storytime. I found this great tune at

I chose a few fun verses of the song to sing and created some construction paper flannel objects to go along. 

This old pirate had a patch

Sailed the seas without a scratch . . .

Not only does this song have great rhymes but the tune is familiar - "This Old Man"  (something I really look for in my storytime choices.


This is my first Flannel post and I am excited. I have been following for sometime and really working hard on making my storytimes my own. I think I am finally getting a style after a year of practice and I can tell a big difference in reception.

Lately I have been loving a song I found on Pandora by Ralph Covert called 'Drivin' in My Car'. I sing it instead of using a CD. This way we can decide our car sounds on the spot.

I start with a conversation about red lights and green lights. When do we stop and when do we go? Then we drive our cars to Minneapolis . . . red light. Stop! After we get the hang of the melody we sing the same tune using a car sound.

Swish! Swish! Swish! Swish!

I am amazed by the creativity in noises and sounds cars make. It's a great exercise in stopping and starting, breaking syllables into parts, and being silly.