Stretch Preschoolers thinking with Spring seeds,stories and songs.

Spring is a time of new growth- baby animals, spring leaves and flowers, rain and warmer sunnier days.

We can help kids experience the change of seasons happening all around them.

It’s a time to celebrate change and support kids “learning to look” in greater detail.

For quality new picture books set in Spring check our first […]

By |September 23rd, 2015|Book list, Literacy calendar, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories|0 Comments

Teddy Bears Picnic booklist and resources

Who’s your  favourite bear?

Paddington Bear, Pooh Bear, Hugless Dougless, That very cranky bear,  The Bear that snores on,The scary bear from We’re Going on a Bear Hunt,any of the three bears,Gummy bears,Corduroy,Brown bear brown bear or those cheeky little Berenstein bears out at night???

We love them all.

If your child’s favourite bear is going to a Teddy Bears picnic, […]

By |July 8th, 2015|Book list, Out and about, Playgroup, Preschool, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, video|0 Comments

Fantastical dragons for Chinese New Year

Dragons rush out at Chinese New Year in parades, stories and songs.

Kids love Chinese dragons – they are colourful,exciting, noisy and enormous!

It’s a chance to pretend to be something extraordinary,  and can later lead onto reading about Dragons in older stories like” The Dragon of an Ordinary Family” by Margaret Mahy and Helen Oxenbury.
Stories […]

By |February 20th, 2015|Author, Literacy calendar, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories|0 Comments

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 […]

Imagination walk-Sculptures By The Sea.

You can find  fabulous places to grow kids imagination when you get out and about.

Sculptures by the Sea,now on at Bondi, Sydney, has  some massive  imagination prompters.

How about clambering into an enormous frying pan?

At Tamarama Beach, Sydney they can climb in now!

Further along the walk is a tractor that looks like it could fly…

….and […]

By |November 1st, 2014|Book list, book review, Books, Imagination, language, language, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Stories, Talking|0 Comments

Witchy Rhymes

Rhymes are a fun way to help children develop skills of listening to sounds and patterns in words.

Here are a set of 3, good for younger children.

Use them at  Halloween, or anytime, but especially when sharing stories about witches.

Each rhyme can be printed out on one page. I always laminated my rhymes so they […]

By |October 22nd, 2014|Literacy calendar, Resources, Rhymes, Songs, Uncategorized|0 Comments

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