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Welcome to the "Central Southern Flannelboard Factory" Wiki!

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What's it all about?

In my work as a children's librarian in South Central, I've learned that a flannelboard story can be an amazing, captivating storytime element that draws the interest of children of all ages. Most children love the format so much that they will sit quietly and enjoy stories that they might never have had the patience to listen to otherwise. They also love to tell and retell and create stories using the flannelboard pieces and their own imaginations! Through professional development and practice, I've also become convinced of the flannelboard's value as a teaching tool, especially with very young children, for things like counting, colors, new vocabulary, narrative structure, and much more. Finally, in my desire to create and imitate art, I've found a real love for cutting, decorating, and gluing felt into pieces representing everything from a jellybean to a dragon to a bad-tempered monkey.

I hope you enjoy looking around and that you get lots of great ideas to use in your library, classroom, home, church, and anywhere else a flannelboard may go!
~ Sarah V.

What can we do with the wiki?

  • Share photos and descriptions of the flannelboard characters or sets that we make
  • Suggest rhymes, books, or other activities to go with the sets
  • Contact each other to exchange the sets among library branches in Central/Southern Area
  • Share our work with other colleagues in our city, our state, and around the world!

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How does it work?

  • Choose a category from the left-hand menu. Then you'll see a list of sets/stories - each has information like its current location, background description or book tie-in, suggested rhymes/fingerplays/other uses, list of components, and other comments. You will also see photos of the sets. Often there will be a reference photo with a ruler so you can judge the size of the pieces in the set.
  • You can also use the "search" box (near top left) to search for specific words or tags. For example, if you can't recall the name of the story that has to do with a monkey king, you can search for the phrase "monkey king." This box also searches tags, so if you want to find all the sets that are in some way related to Asia, you can search "Asia." (Tags are moderated keywords that, here, refer to subject or format.)
  • Another way to search for tags: click the "manage wiki" link (near top left) and then choose "tags." You'll see a list of tags and the number of pages associated with each one.
  • Editing or adding pages requires that you sign in with a wikispaces account and are approved by the site manager to work on this wiki. Read below for more information.

Confused?

  • I'm still learning, too - not just new stories but also how to work this wiki! But I'm embracing the Web 2.0 manifesto that we don't have to do everything perfectly before we share it with each other.
  • If you have ideas, suggestions, questions, or comments (or want to share your stories), you may send a message to the wiki manager (click "manage wiki" to see a list of managers) or create a free wikispaces account -- then you can also request membership in this wiki.
  • Local librarians can also email Sarah V. at her work email address, found on the Intranet.

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Flannelboard in action!