Early educator

Make a street library? Easy peasy!

I’ve just completed  a workshop at Street Library Australia with  expert help from Nic,Stephen, and other attendees.

Ready to go were Dads with their kids,a teacher, and some enthusiastic other ladies. It was a breeze and a lot of fun.

All the materials had been pre cut, we just needed to learn how to use a […]

Reading with book chewing toddlers on the run

We’ve just taken part in the “Read Aloud Hour” in Australia with our little toddler grandson ( just 1 year old).

How did we choose books for a newly walking, book chewing,toddler ?

At times we only get 2 pages in, but it all adds up.

We looked for some books with:

interactions with babies/toddlers – preferably in photographs
new […]

Help your child make their own starting school story

School readiness-
make your own stories
Many children visit their school before their first day.

It’s an ideal opportunity to take photographs or make drawings for a book, (or “social story”) that can be shared until your child starts school.

Children who help make the story have ownership,putting in whatever is most important to them.

Social stories can be:

Small […]

Spring into Spring- Stories for our under 5’s

We’re ready for some warmer weather, spring flowers and walks outside.

But where could we find picture books about Spring- there didn’t seem that many in this part of the world.

Success! after some searching, here are our picks.

We’ll add  rhymes and more ideas for spring in our next post. Our wonderful Australian author Elizabeth Honey […]

Involving families at your child care centre with 100 Stories

Let’s work together to share those stories.
Children’s learning is most powerful when families and early educators work together and share information.

If stories are easily seen, families can look for them at libraries or buy themselves.

Reading the same book at home extends the language and experience.Children grow their vocabulary by 15% every time they share […]

By |September 10th, 2015|Early educator, Playgroup, Preschool, Stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Dinosaur early literacy activities

In our last post we reviewed Dinosaur Rocket, Penny Dales’s latest book in her fast, fun and furious Dinosaur series.

Kids are fascinated by dinosaurs size,unusual names and appearance.

There are many ways of extending the story reading and providing exciting early literacy learning opportunities, both at home,in early education centres and out and about.
There are […]

Whale rhymes and links

More Whale Tales.
I’ve put together some early years

whale rhymes
felt board ideas
and video clips
you’ll also find the beautiful sound of whales singing!

They’ll all add to sharing  Whale in The Bath by Kylie Westaway and Tom Jellet, Allen and Unwin.

Whales are HUMUNGOUS, so lets start  with a rhyme about whales swallowing up lots of other fish- rather […]

What’s in our 100 Stories October literacy calendar? Halloween!

Looking to have some fun at Halloween?

Not toooooo scary though for our littlies?

I’ve found some stories, rhymes and activities to stretch some of that imaginative thinking.

Who could imagine lovable skeletons that are not scary…

Try these ones-

This clip is from the book Funnybones by Janet and Allan Ahlberg. (Picture Puffin, Penguin Australia).

My copy is held […]

By |October 14th, 2014|Books, Early educator, Literacy calendar, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories|0 Comments