Month: August 2013

Educational, Father’s Day card craft

This Father’s Day, help your child to make a cute Father’s Day card with a message of appreciation.

This is a great activity because it provides you with the opportunity to discuss letter names and sounds while creating something for dad.

1. Explain that you are going to make a card for dad, that has a message on the front. Discuss possible messages such as; You are the best, I love my dad, etc.…

2. Once you have decided on the message, write it in large letters on a piece of paper and place it in front of your child. Discuss the different letters and sounds that are in the message. Depending on the age and stage of your child you could also practise sounding out the words.

3. Fold a piece of card in half to make the Father’s Day card and put it, along with a collection of foam or plastic letters in front of your child. Allow your child to use the message you wrote to help them to find each letter that they need to create their message. As they find each letter, help them to lay it on the card to create the words.

4. Once all of the letters have been found and placed correctly on the card, glue them in place and leave the card to dry.

5. Once dry, help your child to finish the card by writing a message on the inside.

Have a great Father’s Day, everyone, and please share your creations with us.

Top ten children’s books for book week

Book Week is one of my favourite times to be a teacher. Not only do I have the opportunity to focus on my passion, children’s literacy and reading children’s books for a whole week; I am also luck enough to work in an amazing school that goes all out in celebrating and promoting reading through book week festivities.

Visit our school during our Book Week celebrations and you will be transported into a world where the students and teachers are dressed up as their favourite book characters whilst enjoying guess the book competitions, guest readers, daily drop everything and read sessions and Mad Hatters tea parties where the older children read to the younger ones. This all leads up to a school play extravaganza, staring teachers, rather than students, acting out a well-loved story with a twist. This year’s will be the Jolly Postman with a few extra characters, including Roald Dahl’s Twits, Harry Potter, Hermione and of course, my role, the postman’s cat.

If your child has not yet started school, and you would like to create some Book Week learning fun of your own, here are my top ten children’s books to read at home. Each of these books is perfect for cultivating a love of reading and have many opportunities for fun, activities that will improve reading comprehension skills.  

(These books are personal favourites that I have used for teaching. I have not been paid to promote these titles.)

My top ten children’s books to read at home


Possum Magic, by Mem Fox


Magic Beach, by Alison Lester


Diary of a wombat, by Jackie French


The pros and cons of being a frog, by Sue DeGennaro


The enormous crocodile, by Roald Dahl


The Gruffalo, by Julia Donaldson


The very hungry caterpillar, by Eric Carle


The Jolly Postman, by Allan and Janet Ahlberg


Bamboozled, by David Legge

I just have to add one fantastic picture book for older children aged 10 years +.


The water tower, by Gary Crew

If you have a reluctant reader, this is a great book to piqué their interest. The mysterious story and expressive illustrations really capture children’s attention and leads them to anticipate reading the Gary Crew sequel, Beneath the surface. Here is a trailer for the first book, The water tower, guaranteed to intrigue your reluctant reader.

Tell us your favourite children’s books

Please add to this list of fantastic children’s books by telling us your children’s favourites in the comment box below, or help us promote children’s literacy by joining us for the Love2Read, Reading Hour on the 24th August.

Have a great Book Week, everyone and be sure to add your favourite books, below!

Love2Read for 10 minutes a day

Why you should Love2Read with your child

Children begin to learn about language and reading from the day they are born. Research shows that the more exposure children have to books before starting school, the easier they learn to read. There are a number of reasons for this.

  • Children learn how to use books from seeing others read

  • While listening to stories children are exposed to new vocabulary and concepts

  • Exposure to letters and words helps children to recognise letters and their names and sounds

  • Children begin to develop a bank of sight words that they can recognise without sounding out the letters
  • Children improve read comprehension skills by being exposed to a range of text types
  • Children develop more language skills from birth, to the age of three years, than they do at any other time so it is important to start early

The Reading Hour

Parents live busy lives, but if you can find 10 minutes, most days, to read to your children, it soon adds up to a whole hour. Just an hour a week of reading is an excellent way to introduce literacy to children and begin encouraging children to Love2Read.

The Reading Hour is the perfect time to start reading regularly to your child and help spread the word about the importance of reading to children.

Join in

This year’s reading hour is from 5pm till 6pm on Saturday the 24th August. We encourage you to make a commitment to reading to your child for 10 minutes a day and join us in reading to your child during The Reading Hour. Help us to promote The Reading Hour and encourage other parents to join us by posting the title of the book you will be reading to your child during The Reading Hour, or a photo of you reading to your child, on Facebook. 

If need some inspiration finding great picture books to read to your child, check out our top ten children’s books for book week.

Dont forget to use our Facebook comment box below to help us spread the word that ten minutes a day is all it takes to give your child a positive introduction to reading!

I look forwards to hearing which books you will be reading.

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