The “right” way to teach young children to read has been up for debate this week, following NSW Education Minister Adrian Piccoli’s announcement that universities will be required to teach phonics to preservice teachers. (See this article via The Daily Telegraph for the story). Continue reading
…which of course lead us into a discussion about Narelle’s award winning picture book, Fox and Fine Feathers, with her signature linocut illustrations. Continue reading
There are lots of reasons why I love this activity, and why you should try it with your kids!
- It’s easy to set up.
- It’s exciting!
- It gets kids outside.
- It provides a purposeful reading opportunity.
- It can be modified for a range of ages. Continue reading
There are lots of gorgeous teasets available for little girls, but ones that are gender-neutral, or suitable for boys, are quite hard to find. I don’t want my son to think that kitchen things are just for girls! Mr 2 loves to make “cups of coffee” for visitors (or for his Dad) and this wooden set is perfect for him.
This week I helped him to take his “cup of coffee” play a step further, and set up a little table in his room. The R-O-A-R sign was already on his bedroom wall so seemed the logical place for lions and tigers to catch up for coffee! I must say the Big Cats were very well mannered. They even blew on their coffee to cool it down.
We might follow up this play with a trip to the library to see if we can find the classic 60’s picture book “The Tiger Who Came To Tea” as well. It seems rather appropriate, don’t you think? (For another post related to this picture book, jump over to Childhood101).
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