Posts from the category: Literacy

Books for Beginning Readers: Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold

Great Books for Early Readers: Fly Guy book series review by Tedd Arnold

When Immy first brought home one of Tedd Arnold's Fly Guy books from the school library, I honestly failed to see the appeal. But all it took was one book and she was hooked! Th first in the series, Hi! Fly Guy, was published in 2005 and was awarded the ALA Theodor Seuss Geisel Award shortly … [Read more...]

Spell & Score Spelling Word Game

Spell & Score Spelling Word Game

As regular visitors will be aware, I am on a constant mission to make learning fun and engaging for kids. Fortunately fun doesn't have to be difficult. You can use simple materials that you already have at home to engage children with all sorts of learning tasks - just check out our list of 50 ideas … [Read more...]

50 Childhood Favourites: Picture Books from the 80s and 90s

50 Childhood Classics: Picture Books from the 80s and 90s

When I first published my 50 Classic Picture Books and 20 Classic Chapter Books to Read Aloud With 5-8 Year Olds book lists (both of which feature books published prior to the 1980s) I had many people comment to me that there are also many fabulous titles that were published in the 80s and 90s. Of … [Read more...]

Cooking From Your Favourite Book: A Viking Dinner

Cooking with Kids: How to Train A Dragon inspired viking feast. Plan and cook a feast together in celebration of the much-loved book or movie

Bee and Bear’s favourite books at the moment are anything to do with the DreamWorks production, How to Train Your Dragon.  While they are not quite ready for the original novels by Cressida Cowell, Bear and Bee’s interest in all things Viking and dragon related surpasses any other interest they … [Read more...]

50 {MORE} Playful Sight Word Activity Ideas

50 MORE Playful Sight Word Activity Ideas. Perfect for revising sight words and spelling words with beginning readers.

Revision is so important to learning  to read sight words and to learning to spell, and I love finding new and playful ways to revise words with Immy. Making revision fun and playful makes it both more engaging and memorable so today I am sharing 50 playful sight word activity ideas (that can be … [Read more...]

The Three Little Pigs Printable Story Retell Puppets

The Three Little Pigs Story Retell Puppets Free Printable

Oh we have been having some fun this week with these Three Little Pigs storytelling props! There has been much huffing and puffing! And wonderful story making and sharing. I love puppets and storytelling props for their potential for wonderfully engaged literacy learning, imaginative play and social … [Read more...]

7 Book Inspired Small World Play Ideas

7 Book Inspired Small World Play Ideas

My girls both love imaginative play and presenting a small world as an invitation to play is guaranteed to engage them for hours. And creating a small world based on a fabulous picture book has the added bonus of encouraging their use of lots of wonderful language and comprehension skills as they … [Read more...]

Making a Beginning Reader Lift-the-Flap Book

Simple DIY Lift the Flap Books for Beginning Readers

In this post Jodie of Growing Book by Book shares a clever tutorial for making a fun lift-the-flap book tailored to your beginning readers level of reading ability. Beginning readers need lots of practice with "just right" reading materials to learn and grow.  Perfect leveled books can be … [Read more...]