Being completely useless in all spheres which include Martha Stewart or a sewing machine (I would honestly just hurt myself), I found instructions for making a flannel board which involved only flannel, a bulletin board, and a butter knife. Considering that butter knives are fairly dull, I calculated my risk of self-injury as almost nil. I ran to Wal-Mart (hey, they have cheap diapers and it was an excuse to get out of the house) and found a nice lady in their sewing department who could point me to flannel and felt.
All you have to do is get a sheet of flannel slightly larger than the rim of the bulletin board. Then you use the butter knife to gently prod the excess under the frame. The only slightly difficult part of this whole process is using scissors to closely trim the excess, then shoving that extra material under the rim.
I was going to take pictures of the process, but the camera battery died. So all you get is the before and after. The "after" isn't really set up properly in the picture below- I am going to arrange the days of the week in a more orderly fashion. I made several felt pieces that currently have wet puffy-paint on them, so they are all drying in a helter-skelter pattern on the board. Hopefully they'll be dry by tomorrow.
The felt shapes cling quite nicely to the flannel. I made a little felt star shape that we can move to the appropriate day of the week. I also made some holiday shapes, but I will need to make more of these.
Actually, now I'm hyped up on flannel boards. I found a website where the mother (who is far more creative than I'll ever be) made tiny ones for use in the car. With little cut-out story figures and scenes. This was really very easy to create, and there are felt figures you can purchase online if you aren't feeling crafty with the puffy paint.
Abstract concepts are more difficult for kids with hearing loss to understand, so a calendar helps reinforce concepts like today/yesterday/tomorrow and sequencing of events. I challenge all of you to come up with your own calendar!