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 […]

Chinese New Year -Monkey stories, rhymes and more.

Preschool Chinese New Year Resources 2016
Sydney has luminous displays of the animals of the zodiac for Chinese New Year.

Houses around us are decorated and our shops are full of red and gold decorations.We’re welcoming the year of the monkey , a “charming, inventive and successful, confident, enthusiastic, flexible and happy character.”

Kids love monkeys so […]

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 […]

Book Review: “Splosh for the Billabong” and “Summer Rain” ( Aboriginal theme)

We’re always looking for quality picture books with Aboriginal themes.

Both these books have been nominated for Speech Pathology Book of the Year 2015 ( Birth- 3 years).

We think they would be excellent revisited as early readers.
“ Summer Rain” by Ros Moriarty, Illustrated by Balarinji. Allen and Unwin.

Summer Rain is set in the wet season […]

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

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

Sharing our special stories on Mothers Day.

This weekend, in Australia, we celebrate Mother’s (and Grandmothers) day.

Why not share our own mother’s stories, as well as books from our booklist?

How many of us talk to our children- and tell them stories about our mothers,(or ourselves) when we were younger?

Or ask our mothers to share their stories on SKYPE or facetime?

We can […]

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

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