Archive | March, 2012

Children’s Books

31 Mar

I thought I would add a post of my all time favourite stories to read to children . I have been relief teaching since 2011 and I love it! I get the opportunity to teach different children and in doing so pick up teaching strategies from other teachers! Best of all I get to go somewhere different every week! I find as a relief teacher you do need some tricks up your sleeve! So in this post I am going to list some books that I have read to children and also excellent resource materials that have been created by publishing companies and individual teachers for teachers and parents.
1. The Stinky Cheese Man
This book has a collection of ‘out there’ versions of fairly tales. The Stinky Cheese Man is a riot, his catch phrase is Run Run Run as fast as you can you can’t catch me I’m the Stinky Cheese Man, the trouble is no-one wants to follow him, unlike the Gingerbread Man, he is decidedly unappetizing!
Scholastic lesson plan

2.The Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig

This story is so funny! I have a hilarious time with Kindy children as they keep saying, “No, it’s the three pigs and the big bad wolf!” The story line is similar with the Big Bad Pig following the wolves as they build their houses BUT very different, in that the big bad pig using extreme measures to destroy the wolves house such as a pneumatic drill! I shall say no more! Well, only to say the ending is very surprising and leaves the boys wondering…….!

This lesson plan involves a play of the story with narrators.

This lesson plan looks at comparing the original story with the fractured version

3. Baby Brains

Okay, this is my all time favourite! Baby Brain’s parents put in a lot of effort before the baby is born to ensure he is very clever. They read to their ‘bump’ and turn the TV up very loud! When Baby Brains is born he is indeed extraordinarily clever! Well, the first morning they find him reading the newspaper! How clever is that? The children absolutely love this story! There are a few in the series, and they are all wonderful!

Walker books have a list of children’s books they have published and resources for teachers and parents to support the books. I have yet to find one for Baby Brains! I will keep looking!

I am going off to search for some more books to share with you!

4. Jim and the Beanstalk
This is another ‘take’ on Jack and the Beanstalk by Raymond Briggs. The story follows on from Jack’s visit, this time Jim proves to be more helpful and for a gold coin goes off to have glasses made for the Giant so he can read his poetry books! I do have a love of  ‘fractured fairy tales’!

Lesson Plan

5.Jesus’ Christmas Party

I love this story as Nicholas Allen brings the story to life with his sharp lines drawings and witty text. The innkeeper was hoping for a peaceful night, it was not to be!

Once you sign up to Twinkl (which is free) you can access helpful resources and ideas to compliment the book

6. Wendy

This is one funny book! I read the book to a Year 1 class and they couldn’t stop laughing! Wendy is a chicken and she is so bored living on the farm. She desires adventure, risk taking and living the high life! Clearing a stack of buses on top of a motor bike is something that appeals to her!

This is a quite recent book so we might have to wait for some inspired teachers to share their lessons!

I could keep going forever with this post as I love books and I love reading to children. There is a line in a song by the Newsboys that says ‘when we laugh so hard we cry’.  I just love hearing children laugh so hard they cry! What a way to learn and to live!

I think this might be an ongoing post!! Check out The Book Chook for excellent literacy strategies and ideas!



Teachers Quiverfull hits Facebook!

27 Mar

Hi Everyone!

I now have a Teachers Quiverfull Facebook page for easy liking and sharing (or so my son tells me!). Please shop it around to your chalky-friends!

Ladybird biscuits

26 Mar

Today I felt inspired to invent my own creation! I have a friend who is doing her last practicum, yes, same friend I made the survival kit for! She is planning a mini beast theme. I was thinking and thinking about how you could make an easy ladybird biscuit!
So here it is………..
The biscuits are Arnotts Tic Toc biscuits, the black licorice comes in two rolls in the pack. You can just cut the antennae and head with small sharp scissors. The red licorice comes in a little tube, you can roll the licorice out quite flat and it will stick to the biscuit. The writing gel is great as it makes such tiny dots. I did use a tiny little bit of icing to secure the head and the antennae!
I managed to make a flower for the ladybird to rest on, I just kept rolling out the licorice and shaping them into a rose!!! I still have to find a green lolly that I can roll out and cut some leaves to finish it off !!!
What do you think?

I found some sugar coated jubes and cut one in half into a leaf shape….

I thought I might add a video to show how I constructed the rose…Watch this space!

Literacy aprons

16 Mar

I thought I would do a blog about literacy aprons! Now a big note…. A sewer I am not! My mother was a wonderful seamstress and many a time I would have a new dress for church and, if we were running late, she would sew me into it.When we returned home I would wriggle out from the dress and she would finish sewing the dress … BECAUSE I HAD TO WEAR IT THAT DAY!!!! So I am hoping that the neat camera I borrowed from my son, to take the photos for this blog, hides my sewing issues!
I have to say I love the idea of literacy aprons, which have been around for a while. I believe it is a great tool you can use to enhance children’s language learning. I used them on my practicums at schools while I was a student. They were very well received by the children, parents and other staff (especially my colleague who was assessing me!!!)
When I was in University we found a kind lady who made around 80 aprons for the students and we happily purchased them and used them in a variety of ways. I thought I would add a website with some clever apron designs and I can truly say I did not design any part of them and give all praise to people who can sew!!! This website has a variety of different aprons
Here is the literacy apron that we purchased from our kind friend at University…

I decided to use this one for promoting children’s understanding of various letters we were covering in the classroom. The class I was in was a Kindergarten class and we were looking at the letters s.a.p.i.n. I put a large and small foam letter ‘s’ in the pocket at the top and then filled each pocket with some interesting objects that all started with the letter ‘s’.

I would show the children the letter in the top pocket and we would say the name of the letter and the sound the letter made. We would use our magic finger to write the letter in the air. Then I would ask the children to guess the items in my pockets. I would give them clues of course! Then we would play Charlie over the ocean. The children loved the activity and asked to do it over and over!
I usually buy small swatches of material from Spotlight as they are often the perfect size for an apron. The pockets on this apron came from a pillowcase I found in a store in Birkenhead Point in Sydney. I added some African puppets for finger plays or stories.

This apron is a ‘work in progress’. I made the pocket house to keep the finger puppets in and I use the top pocket for the main character. I have written a rather lame story to go with the puppets! I won’t include the story! It is great when you make up stories children really don’t mind and they are ever so forgiving!

I was looking at the aprons and I was thinking it might be a good idea to make a few children’s sized aprons.

I sometimes have put a small book with puppets in the pocket for children to retell stories.
Just recently I decided to cut and laminate pictures of children from catalogues (thus helping save the environment just a little!) The photos give children the opportunity to create stories for themselves!

I will be back with some more aprons and ideas………….
So I am back!
Here is another apron I made for children to use. I thought I would use a bag to put it in, with a book and finger puppets.

I am off to try and find the pattern for the pocket house to add to this blog! Trust me I had a lot of help from my sewing teacher in the making of this project!!!
Have fun!!!