Early literacy

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 […]

The Umbrella-wordless and wonderfully imaginative

100 Stories Book Review:
“The Umbrella” – wordless and wonderfully imaginative.
We’ve had some wild weather in Sydney lately, lots of wind and storms causing havoc.

Just the time to share our most favourite wordless picture book published this year- all about a little dog blown away by the wind.The Umbrella by Ingrid & Dieter Schubert, Book […]

By |April 29th, 2015|Author, book review, Early literacy, Illustrator, language, Resources, Stories|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 […]

Celebrate Chocolate Cake Day!

January 27th is Chocolate Cake Day.

I found some old pics of my (now grown up) children “licking the bowl”.

The expressions on their faces say it all don’t they?

It looks to me as if they have pulled the chair up to the bench to find out what was left in the bowl….


 Today is a very […]

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 […]

Your favourite Halloween witch ?


An all-time  favourite,the witch from Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Macmillan Children’s Books) is just right for Halloween stories before school.

The characters were even chosen for one of London’s famous book benches.(Visited by the 100 Stories Before School kangaroo earlier this year)

The book has bright and cheerful illustrations. There […]