Welcome to the July Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival.
The Teach/Learn Blogging Carnival hosted by Science@home is for anyone, because we are all teachers and learners all the time. This month our theme is “English”, including Speaking, Listening, Reading and Viewing. I think our bloggers have covered all of these and there are lots of resources and game ideas, plus a giveaway. Please read through to the end to find links to the other participating blogs.
I love children’s books. I’m a sucker for Dr Seuss, Mem Fox, Pamela Allen and all the rest. When we go to the library I choose more than my children do because I love the rhymes, the stories, the actions, but mostly the artwork. There are so many gorgeous books with beautiful illustrations and different styles. I love the imagination in kids’ books, the ability to make the fantastic normal and talk with dragons and moon-men and robots. But the flip side is that the one thing I sometimes find lacking in kids’ books is reality.
This may just be me, the types of books I buy or borrow. There may be a whole genre of books out there I’m missing. But I find even non-fiction books rarely have photographs – they still have drawings. Baby books have simplified cars and boats made of circles and triangles. ‘Find Things on the Farm’ has careful illustrations with 3 nests and 10 eggs. So whenever I find a book with beautiful clear photos I grab it, because there’s a lot to be said for reality. It may not have the perspective or control of a painting, it may be complicated and messy and even confusing, but there is a beauty and dimension in nature different to what we produce.
And what an opportunity to learn! ‘Red’ is not just a bright primary colour, it has all sorts of shades and variations. ‘Fish’ is not an oval shape with a triangle on the end, it can be long and lean or round and flat with bright colours and patterns. ‘Apple’ does not sit squarely and perfectly on a blank page, it hangs from a tree or thumps to the ground and is eaten by insects and furtive mice. Books are our children’s ticket to the places we cannot take them, and a child who has loved books is a city child who has visited a farm, a country kid who has ridden on a bus, an adventurer who has explored jungles and deserts and frozen wastes. And real photos are important to lend authenticity to the experience.
So with that in mind I have my first giveaway, actually two. I have some beautiful books to share with two families to help them find a bit of reality on their bookshelves. The first set is two baby books by the talented wildlife photographer Steve Parish, using photos of Australian animals. The second is for older children and is about insect camouflage, they should have lots of fun trying to find the insects or spot the differences! Entry is open internationally, you just need to be subscribed to Science@home somehow, either through email, RSS or Facebook I’m not fussy.
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Winners will be chosen at random and posted on Sunday 25th July, first person drawn will get their first preference and second person will get the other prize. Winners will be notified by email, so make sure you use a real one 🙂
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Please take the time to visit the other participants and check out their posts on “English.”
- Monique at Your Cheeky Monkey has written about why her family thinks storytelling is so important, some storytelling ideas, and a few of their favorite books.
- Julie at Works For Me Homemaking is encouraging sound play with preschoolers and not just for fun. It is an important tool to develop sound awareness skills and enhance early literacy development.
- Staci from Teaching Money to Kids reminds us that sometimes language and interaction need to be explicitly taught and practiced, and has some ways to teach the language of sharing.
- Leechbabe from Stuff with Thing asks what happens when your child interprets everything said to them in a very literal way? How do you aid their understanding of the funny things people say?
- Squiggle Mum was reminded recently that you don’t have to be a literacy specialist to know how to read aloud to a young child. After all, it ain’t rocket science…
- Lisa at SMMART Ideas has a LETTER MATCHING activity to help you practice spelling words, or even foreign language vocabulary.
- Deb from Science@home has a giveaway to help you go on an expedition on your bookshelf.
- Colin Wee at Super Parents is teaching his kids to argue by learning how to create a reasoned argument for English creative writing and the OREO Acronym.
- Zoe at Playing By the Book has gone fishing for words in illustrated dictionaries to support her early reader.
- The Planning Queen from Planning With Kids had her own bookclub when she and her son read the same book. It was a great experience to have a book discussion with her son where she hadn’t been reading the story “to him”.
- Deb Chitwood from Living Montessori agrees with Maria Montessori that young children have a natural love of learning. Thanks to matching Montessori sandpaper letters with small objects, her son decided as a toddler that learning to read was just a fun game.
- Amanda at HomeAge posts that we all know The Very Hungry Caterpillar, but Eric Carle has so much more to offer to young readers, particularly those interested in the natural world. With bright, beautiful artworks and simple, repetitive stories these books are a wonderful way to entice the young “reader”.
- Miss Carly from Early Childhood Resources has steps and advice in creating a literacy rich environment for children of all ages.
- Christie at Childhood 101 points out that the process of sharing stories through oral storytelling is an age old tradition amongst families, but does it have a place in our busy modern day family life?
- Sarah at Bringing up Baby Bilingual describes her public library’s Writing Buddies program where high school student volunteers lead groups of at-risk fourth and fifth graders through a series of outer-space-themed writing activities. Writing prompts and resources included in the post!
- CatWay at Adventures With Kids asks What is phonics all about? Is this something I should know more about to help my child learn to read and write?
- Narelle from A Bunch of Keys has some simple suggestions for making your own literacy resources for children at home. Includes ideas for books with simple rhymes, books with puppets, books about family trips and making felt boards.
Thanks for visiting our carnival, we hope you enjoy some of these posts and have found some interesting blogs.
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