Great Books to Teach Procedure Writing

1. Wombat Stew by Marcia K. Vaughan This classic Australian picture book is my absolute favourite when it comes to teaching procedure writing. The story follows a hungry dingo intent on cooking up a delicious wombat stew for tea. Lucky for the wombat, the other bush animals make a number of cooking suggestions designed toContinue reading “Great Books to Teach Procedure Writing”

5 Fun Phonics Activities for Early Readers

I love teaching phonics! Phonic knowledge is the foundation for reading and success in Literacy, that’s why it is so important to get it right. I have always used the Jolly Phonics program for explicit teaching, and then used a range of fun games and activities to reinforce and help the kiddos learn the soundsContinue reading “5 Fun Phonics Activities for Early Readers”

5 Back To School Books That Teach Kids About Emotions

That first day or week back at school can be an anxious time for our littlest learners… that’s why it’s so important for us as educators to let them know that it’s ok to have those feelings and then give them strategies to work through them. Young children often won’t be able to identify theseContinue reading “5 Back To School Books That Teach Kids About Emotions”

5 Picture Books To Teach Young Children About Anzac Day

Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry This is my absolute favourite Anzac Day book for young learners. “Anzac Ted is the powerful, poignant story of a little boy’s teddy bear that was passed down to him from his grandfather. Battered, torn, missing an eye and an ear, he might look scary but he’s got a great storyContinue reading “5 Picture Books To Teach Young Children About Anzac Day”

Activities for Family Tree by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh

Family Tree by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh is a beautifully illustrated story celebrating family, our diverse community, and the seasons of life. It has been selected for the Australian Library and Information Association’s (ALIA) National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) 2022, which will be held on Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 11:00am. Check out these resources I’veContinue reading “Activities for Family Tree by Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh”

All The Ways To Be Smart Activities For Back To School

All The Ways To Be Smart by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys is a beautifully illustrated book that celebrates the many talents of every child. Inspired by Gardner’s Multiple Intelligences, the author explores the concept of intelligence and the unique qualities of every child. This book has fast become one of my first week of schoolContinue reading “All The Ways To Be Smart Activities For Back To School”

Creating a Classroom Filled With Kindness + Bucket Filler Freebie

Creating a positive and encouraging classroom filled with kindness and respect is something we start working on from day one.  I always start the year by reading the book Have You Filled a Bucket Today? by Carol McCloud. The bucket filling concept explained in the book acts as a powerful classroom management strategy all year through. ItContinue reading “Creating a Classroom Filled With Kindness + Bucket Filler Freebie”

Fun Christmas Activities For The Classroom That The Kids Will Love!

During the holiday season, engaging our students can be harder than ever.  Using holiday and seasonal activities helps to get over that hurdle. These Christmas activities will have your students focused and engaged while working on important skills. 1. Letter to Santa Writing The top Christmas writing activity would have to be the classic letter toContinue reading “Fun Christmas Activities For The Classroom That The Kids Will Love!”

Bear Says Thanks Activities for Thanksgiving

I love using the book to talk to children about being grateful, giving thanks and good manners, as well as themes of friendship, sharing and gratitude. Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson and Jane Chapman is a classroom favorite for the month of November. The story is about a lonely bear with empty cupboards who decides toContinue reading “Bear Says Thanks Activities for Thanksgiving”

The Best Books About Space for Kids

World Space Week is a UN-declared celebration of space held annually, every October 4 to 10. It is the largest space event in the world and an ideal time for teachers and educators to use space-based activities to excite students about science and technology. What will I be reading in the classroom for World SpaceContinue reading “The Best Books About Space for Kids”