I started blogging as SquiggleMum in 2008, with an eight week old baby in my arms and a toddler under my feet. It’s been a long time coming, but with two school aged kids and a busy life offline – I’m finally ready to let go of SquiggleMum. Well, the mum part anyway. Continue reading
Do you love to read? Love encouraging your kids to read? 2012 will be full of exciting literary events because it is the National Year of Reading!
Today the Moreton Bay Regional Libraries launched the Read Up program for under 8s. To encourage kids to visit their local library and borrow on their own card, the Read Up program rewards children with special certificates designed by some of Queensland’s best illustrators. Continue reading
Peter Carnavas is one New Frontier‘s most celebrated author/illustrators – and rightly so. His quirky illustrations and touching story lines warm the hearts of children and parents alike. Four of his much-loved picture books have been re-released as Little Treasures. These mini books come complete with an envelope ready for posting, and you can purchase them for $9.95 each, or all four for only $29.95! What a gorgeous gift to send to a child this Christmas. Continue reading
I have long had the idea of putting an actual letterbox in the backyard for the kids to use. FINALLY I got around to it.
Letter writing is such a great, purposeful literacy activity. It provides a reason to write, and an incentive to write well because you want the recipient to be able to read their letter when they receive it!
I picked up this letterbox from our local (big green) hardware store for around $12. It’s nothing fancy, but it does the job perfectly and we don’t need to worry about it being able to withstand the conditions outside. We simply screwed it to a low, existing sleeper wall beside the dirt kitchen.
It has already been more than worth the money! The kids have written so many letters to each other, to Mummy and Daddy, and to friends who have come over to play. Writing them is fun, reading them is fun, checking the mailbox is fun, and delivering the mail is fun. Of course, everyone participates at their own level. Miss 5 has been doing some great early writing, using her sound-letter knowledge to have-a-go at writing independently. She has also worked hard to decode the simple letters I have posted to her. Mr 2 has enjoyed being the mailman, and posted some excellent scribbles to his sister!
If you are looking for an inexpensive, non-permanent, interactive addition for your backyard or playspace… try a letterbox! It provides a lovely way for siblings or parent-child to communicate, promotes early reading and writing, and gets kids outside. Ticks all my boxes
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