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WIN a copy of ‘This & That’ by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek – CLOSED

This recent release is utterly adorable and delightful.This & That, with its lively, adventurous goodness will literally take your breath away!

Aimed at young children ready to explore the world, you’ll be pleasantly satisfied with the linguistics, interactions and illustrations that take us on this wild ride with the most gorgeous of characters.

This & That, written by Mem Fox, illustrated by Judy Horacek, published by Scholastic Australia, October 2015.

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2. Only ONE entry per person will be accepted.
3. Prize only open to Australian residents.
4. Entries must be received by 9pm (DST) on Sunday 13th March 2016.
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My Little Story Corner Thanks You!

IMG_5280When I founded My Little Story Corner around the beginning of 2014, I had a goal in mind. I wanted to share my passion for children’s literature, and be able to advocate a love of books and a love of reading.  

As a qualified early childhood and primary teacher on leave to raise my two babies, I wanted to stay afloat of current education and industry trends and be able to continue to contribute to society. During this time, I have had a blast researching and discovering new books, and developing resources that I can only hope some teachers and children have benefitted from. I have also been so blessed to have learnt a fountain of knowledge about the writing and book creating world, attending special literary events and meeting and communicating with many wonderful, talented and brilliant authors and illustrators. What a priveledge!        

And you know what?! It wouldn’t be as rewarding without an audience to share and interact with, and read (and hopefully enjoy and learn) all about my adventures, interests, discoveries, insights and achievements. So, THANK YOU!       

I would love to hear your feedback or suggestions for the website or the type of services that I can offer to assist your needs.
Please feel free to drop me a line at: mylittlestorycorner@gmail.com.           

Thanks again! For a special ‘little’ literacy PDF, please download and enjoy the My Little Story Corner Friends Pack, including colour-in bookmarks, printable story cubes and some fun activities from Mr. Men and Little Miss!  

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Puddles are for Jumping: Teaching Notes

puddles-are-for-jumpingPuddles are for Jumping, Kylie Dunstan (author, illus.), Windy Hollow Books, 2015.  
2015 Speech Pathology Australia Shortlisted Book of the Year (0-3 years)

Review. 

The first thing you’ll notice upon picking up this book are the awesome illustrations. Each spread is entirely created with bright, cut and pasted paper characters and scenes in primary colours, suiting its wet weather theme and straightforward storyline. Kylie Dunstan cleverly takes her early primary-aged audience on this rainy adventure through the park, market, the neighbourhood and back home again to bed, simply by stating the actions in the words and demonstrating them in the pictures. Written in present tense, the short sentences are relatable and encourage readers to focus on how different objects can be utilised in the most enjoyable way possible.

“Bottoms are for wriggling, Sisters are for laughing!”
“Beds are for BOUNCING, Books are for sharing”.

‘Puddles are for Jumping’ is both visually and actively entertaining. This truly playful and joyous book is perfect for promoting experiences in the creative arts and movement areas, as well as supporting themes of friendship and citizenship.  

This review appeared first on the Boomerang Books Blog.  

Discussion.  

Before Reading:

Look at the cover. Ask, Do you like to jump in puddles? What words can you use to describe different puddles? (small, big, shallow, deep, watery, muddy, etc).
Stand up and pretend to jump in puddles. Don’t forget to put your boots on!
What other things do you like to do in rainy weather? What else would you wear and take with you?  

During Reading:

Can you tell where the mum has taken the sisters? What can you see in the pictures?  

After Reading:

What were the places the characters in the story visited? How did they get there? Have you been to any of those places?
Do you remember some of the words used to describe the way they walked? Ate? Greeted people?
What did you notice about the illustrations?  

Literacy.  

Reading.
Identifying nouns and verbs.
Write the nouns (things, places, names) and verbs (doing words) found in the book in two separate columns.
Complete the Puddles are for Jumping Match Up sheet.
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Play Puddle Jumping Game.
Use high frequency words, such as ‘are’, ‘for’, or a list of Magic Words.
For extension, make up your own verbs to follow on ‘Puddles are for…’, and have child jump on the word they say (eg. jumping, splashing, kicking, flicking, tapping, etc).
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See the Bridie’s Boots Teaching Notes for these instructions and more weather-themed activities.

Read other books by Kylie Dunstan.
What are the similarities and differences between her writing style and illustrations?
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Writing.

Comprehension: Finish the sentence.
Use your own ‘verbs’ to complete, ‘Puddles are for…’, ‘Shops are for…’, ‘Skirts / Boots are for…’, ‘Beds are for…’, and so on.
Illustrate your sentence/s. (see Art / Craft Paper Collage activity).

Creative Writing.
Write your own story or class book about going on an outing. Using similar language and short sentences, what are the things you see on the way and how can it be used.
For example, going to school might include; “Bikes are for peddling, bags are for unpacking, friends are for giggling, teachers are for admiring ;), pencils are for sharpening, paths are for racing, books are for loving, and beds are for snoozing.”  

Numeracy.

Graphs and Data. Outdoor Tallies.
Make a list of things you will see on your outing, things that can be counted. For example, number of puddles jumped in, number of trees climbed, number of dogs spotted, number of apples bought, etc.
Record the tally as you encounter each item on the list.
Formulate the results by graphing them as a picture graph. Item against number.
Discuss the results. Which had the most, least, same, how many more…, etc.  
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Science.

Make a Fizzy Puddle.
Watch the puddle react with baking soda for an awesome fizzy effect!
From Simple Fun For Kids
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The Water Cycle.
Choose from a cool selection of water cycle experiments, including evaporation, transpiration, precipitation, condensation!
From E is for Explore  
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Art / Craft.

Rainbow Puddle Splash.
Use sidewalk chalk and puddle water to create a work of art!
From Lemon Lime Adventures
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Winter Rain Watercolour Resist Painting.
Using white crayon and watercolours, create a stunning rainy day piece of art!
From Elementary Art Fun
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Paper Collage Cut and Paste.
Choose different-coloured papers to create your own collage picture. Choose a scene from the book or make your own rainy day fun!  
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Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp, BECS, Dip. Ed (Primary).
© My Little Story Corner 2015.
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These lessons are for personal and classroom use only and are not permitted for commercial use without written consent.
This post contains affiliate links to Boomerang Books.
This review and lesson plans are not paid and are my own educated opinion.

Purchase Puddles are for Jumping.
Information about the author / illustrator of ‘Puddles are for Jumping’, Kylie Dunstan can be found here.


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WIN a copy of ‘Gus the Asparagus’ by Kaylene Hobson and Ann-Marie Finn – CLOSED

The very latest release from the Dragon Tales bunch is the absolutely scrumptious; Gus, the Asparagus, spearing our hearts with its juicy goodness.

Aimed at children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, this book cleverly introduces us to a young asparagus who, at first, doesn’t understand why he can’t ‘fit in’ with the other fruits and vegetables. You’ll be tickled green to see some of Gus’ little antics, and pleasantly satisfied when his wellbeing comes to fruition.

Gus, the Asparagus, Kaylene Hobson (author), Ann-Marie Finn (illus.), Dragon Tales Publishing, 2015.

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My Little Story Corner has ONE copy of ‘Gus, the Asparagus’ to give away, courtesy of Dragon Tales Publishing.

TO ENTER

Answer the following question in a comment below:

“Everybody is different. Describe what makes you unique.”

TERMS and CONDITIONS

1. The winner will be determined by Romi Sharp of My Little Story Corner and Ann-Marie Finn, illustrator of ‘Gus, the Asparagus’.
2. Only ONE entry per person will be accepted.
3. Prize only open to Australian residents.
4. Entries must be received by 9pm (AEST) on Sunday 26th April 2015. Competition now CLOSED
5. Winners will be notified by email. Please provide your postal address within 3 days of competition close.
6. This giveaway is not sponsored or endorsed by any other entity, other than My Little Story Corner and Dragon Tales Publishing.

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Pig the Pug: Teaching Notes

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Pig the Pug Aaron Blabey  

”Pig was a Pug and I’m sorry to say, he was greedy and selfish in most every way.”  

I’m a sucker for a good dog story, particularly a hilarious one like Pig the Pug by award-winning author / illustrator, Aaron Blabey. With a front cover that creates a lasting impression; a bulgy eyed, flat nosed pug that is so ugly that it’s really quite adorable, you just can’t resist!  

In true toddler tantrum-style behaviour, Pig the Pug blatantly refuses to share his food and toys with friendly sausage dog, Trevor. And it is the mere suggestion that really sets Pig off.
”Well, Pig flipped his wig.”  
The crazed expression on his face, and the name calling, with toys being tossed in the air… this behaviour would never be condoned, but, I’m sorry to say, it’s so ashamedly funny.  

So Pig gathers all his belongings with a huff and a puff, and stands tall on the top of his tower like a spoilt brat, until… he endures an utter misfortune. With a distinguishable reference to the phrase, ‘When pigs can fly’, Pig the Pug cannot and receives his just deserts, which only turns out to be sweet for one… Trevor! With no choice in the matter, Pig is forced to play with his canine friend. And although not totally deserved, we can’t help but feel some compassion towards Pig, but we still sneak in a final little giggle nevertheless.  

Pig the Pug is delightfully told in fun, exuberant rhyme, with vivid, amusing illustrations. Aaron Blabey has brilliantly depicted cleverness, humour, a touch of darkness, and a clear lesson in learning to share. A wildly funny read for all ages.  

Title: Pig the Pug
Author/Illustrator: Aaron Blabey
Publisher: Scholastic, $16.99 RRP
Publication Date: 1 July 2014 
Format: Hard cover 
ISBN: 9781743624777 
For ages: 3 – 10 
Type: Picture Book  

Also see the review for Creative Kids Tales here: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/1056057748  

Pig the Pug
Available for purchase from Boomerang Books ($13.59 + $6.95 shipping per order)

My Little Question Time!  

Before Reading:
Why do you think this dog’s name is Pig? What does it mean to be greedy and selfish?
Role play / puppet play a situation where one character does not want to share. How might the other character feel?  

During Reading:
Why do you think Pig wants all the toys to himself? What does ‘Pig flipped his wig’ mean? What do you think will happen to Pig on top of the pile?  

After Reading:
Why do you think Trevor wanted to play with Pig when he wasn’t being nice? Why was Pig the Pug forced to share with Trevor? What happened to him? Do you think he learned his lesson? Will he share with Trevor when he’s better?
Make a list of Pig’s characteristics. Are any of these ones that you would like to have?
Make a list of Trevor’s characteristics. Would you like to be like him? How?  

My Little Learning Time!  

Writing.
– Write about a time when you didn’t want to share something. What was the other person’s response? What were the consequences of not sharing? What did you learn from that experience?
– Write a story with a strong moral. For example, write a story around learning the lesson that greediness ends in unfortunate circumstances.
– Research different kinds of dogs and write a list of characteristics about them. Illustrate.
– Brainstorm different kinds of phrases / idioms. For example, When Pigs Can Fly, or Cat Got Your Tongue. Draw a picture to match the phrase. Collaborate with others to make a book of funny phrases.      
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Peppa Pig / www.sketchedout.wordpress.com

– Beginners – Finish the sentence: ‘I like to share my…..’, ‘My favourite toy is…..’, ‘I don’t like it when….’
– Letter Study: Pp. P is for Pig, Pug, play, puppy, pile, etc. Brainstorm or walk around the room searching for things that begin with Pp. Write on a sheet of paper.
Make a paper construction of one of the words on the chart. Eg. Paper bag puppy.  

Reading.
– Read other books by Aaron Blabey. What similarities are there with his writing style? Do his books always have a moral?  
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Arts / Crafts.
– Choose your favourite part of the book and paint a picture of it, using a mixture of watercolour paints and pencils.
– Bobble Head Pug.
Materials: Egg carton, scissors, pen, brown pencil, glue, white and coloured paper, needle and cotton, straw (cut in half).
Directions:
1. Cut out three egg cups from the carton.
2. Cut out the paper shapes in proportion; small circles for eyes, paws, feet and tail, two ears and a mouth. Draw nose and mouth on mouth piece, eyeballs on eyes.
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3. With needle and cotton, make a knot at the end and pierce through middle of one egg cup.
4. Glue and fit another egg cup inside the threaded one (this forms the body).
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5. Make a knot about 3-4cm up the cotton, and pierce needle through the third egg cup.
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6. Cut the cotton to the desired length, and tie onto half a straw.
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7. Decorate your pug with the paper shapes.
8. Make your pug wobble and jiggle!  
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– Paper Bag Puppy   
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– Toilet Roll Dogs  
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http://www.myrecipemagic.us/paper-roll-puppy-craft-2/
– Felt Dogs  
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– Concertina Sausage Dog  
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– Footprint Puppy  
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Mathematics.
– Measurement: Height.
Materials: Metre ruler, 30cm ruler, tape measure, blocks (plastic, wooden), various sized boxes, books, pencils, etc.
Have several work stations with different materials to build and measure the height of a tower.
Eg. Station 1 – Build a tower with boxes, estimate and measure the height with a tape measure. Record.
Station 2 – Build a tower with small blocks, estimate and measure with pencils. Record.
Then children can compare and discuss measurements using terms like greater than, less than, longer, and shorter.

– Measurement: Weight.
Materials: balancing scales, various containers, blocks, counters, coins, matchsticks, other small objects.
Have several work stations with different materials to weigh different objects on the balancing scales.
Eg. Station 1 – Estimate and measure the weight of five blocks and the weight of five counters. Record.
Station 2 – Estimate and measure the weight of a container full of coins and a container full of matchsticks. Record.
Then children can compare and discuss measurements using terms like greater than, less than, heavier, and lighter.  

Science / Technology.
– Flying Machines. Help Pig the Pug to fly!
Design and construct a machine that can be propelled through the air.
– Straw Rocket. http://www.pbs.org/parents/crafts-for-kids/easy-paper-rockets/
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– Balloon Rocket. http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/volume-air-far-balloon-rocket-travels/
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– Catapult. http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/28871/catapult-for-kids-to-make
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– Hoop Air Glider.  http://www.sciencebob.com/experiments/straw_hoop_plane.php    
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Lessons and photography by Romi Sharp 2014.
All sourced resources have been credited.
These lessons are for personal and classroom use only, not permitted for commercial use.  
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