Friday, August 22, 2014

Radio Silence

Choosing to broadcast when the time works - this may be less frequent over the next few weeks - projects are many

do not adjust your sets

love you more than sudden static xxxx

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Make My Week - Simple

I do aim to make birthday presents and sometimes that means that are very simple.

Bounce had a party for a little friend.

He made the necklace

I made the pillowcase

Joining in here
 Show & Tell Thursday's

love you more than one more thing off the to-do list xxx

Monday, August 18, 2014

Weeks 32 and 33

A little man at the top of the trees

and another who was SO sick last week but still managed a delightful smile for costume fitting.

This big boy in his new hat from Ma

and a little one working to write a birthday card

love you more than keeping up with a project xxx

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Indigenous Children's Book - Emus Under the Bed

A while ago I reviewed Kick With My Left Foot which is another Allen and Unwin title produced in partnership with The Little Big Book Club. At the time I talked about how pleased I was to see partnerships to represent a more diverse range of ethnicities and experiences. This book scratches the same itch.

Emus Under the Bed is a simple recount of time spent with a precious, feather loving Auntie. The illustrations are highly stylised and have a very child like quality to them. Leann J Edwards is both the author and illustrator.

The book has a truly Australian feel to it and captures the simplicity of a child's love and excitement for a treasured relative.

Details - Allen and Unwin, pub July 2014, $24.99

love you more than a treasured memory xxx

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Make My Week - Another Collaboration

So I made a special quilt with Bounce as you recall. There were of course leftovers (always over-cater, always over-buy fabric - these are some tenants I live by)!

So Flip decided to design his own 'maths quilt' - not surprised!

It was great he lined up the fabrics and then we talked about making a border from squares so we measured and calculated the size we would need for each square. Like Bounce he made all the layout choices and I simply sewed.

He added mathematical symbols in various places and then I let him choose some of his own minky dot fabric for the backing.

I love that it is such a reflection of him - his passion and his visual asthetic for layout even though he was just playing with leftovers.

A lot can be achieved when I slow down and encourage.

Clever crafters here:

 Show & Tell Thursday's

love you more than 2 quilts for the price of 1 xxxx

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

What We're Reading - Lucas and Jack

Recently I met the head of Working Title Press, who publish wonderful books for little people. (She is the Aunt to one of Flip's favourite friends and we met by chance in the playground at pick up time).

Bounce had already chosen one of their titles at Adelaide Writers festival when we let them buy a book each. He chose Nightwatch by Phil Cummings which is a very cute story that he really enjoys (and feels especially fond of because he chose it).

After meeting Jane I came home with a copy of Lucas and Jack by Ellie Royce and Andrew McLean to review. (Don't you love those kind of meetings??!)

Lucas and Jack is one of those children's books that makes me feel a bit tearful, we've spoken about this before! It's essentially the journey of a young boy in an old people's home discovering all these boring old people are actually interesting, amazing, exciting people, that are now old.

Jack befriends Lucas while Lucas is waiting, bored for his mother to finish her weekly visit to Pop. Jack gives Lucas the gift of his time, his story telling and his perspective.

Can you tell why this is my favourite page? Red ballet shoes - yes please!
This would be a perfect read for any families who are in a stage of visiting grandparents in strange surroundings and for families who want to communicate value for everyone - whatever their age and stage.

It feels both lighthearted and heavy weight in it's telling. There are several families I will be recommending this book to personally as they journey with grandparents and great grandparents. It would also be a nice discussion starter for teaching about aged care and the elderly in general.

Details - Published by Working Title Press, August 2014 $24.99, it also has teacher notes available with it.

love you more than books that require tissues xxx

Monday, August 11, 2014

Learning Together - I Have My Eye on You

This is a very simple way to help reading stay on track.

As texts become denser it can cause problems with keeping focused on the right word. These little googly eye readers are simple and fun to make. One ice block stick and one googly eye is all that is needed plus some glue if you don't have adhesive eyes.

As little person reads the eye on their stick matches the place where they find their eye in the text.

You can also have word races with these - call out a word from their word list, or familiar words page and get them to see if they can get their googly eye there before you.

Keeping it simple, keeping it fun!

Specific skills:
  •  help ease the frustration of a constantly lost place in the book 
  • on full page texts with faster readers it can be used as an under-liner
  • you can also use it to teach scanning skills by using it with full page text to scan for a sentence, phrase or individual words - being able to scan a text is a helpful skill as children progress further up school and need to find information to support arguements/thoughts/projects
  • fine motor skills - making it, manipulating it to point to each word

Learning Together a series for primary aged children and their parents - activities that break up homework monotony, promote skills and create positive experiences together.