Posts from the category: Literacy

12 Fun Picture Books About Colour

12 Fab Picture Books About Colour (and Color!)

Learning to identify colours is a classic milestone of early childhood, and parents and teachers will often use picture books to help young children learn to distinguish between and name colours. In my opinion, the best children’s books to teach colours combine a great story and captivating, … [Read more...]

12 Awesome Lego Books to Inspire Your Lego Mad Builder


Miss 8 is a total Lego lover! And while she enjoys building from the commercially produced sets, what she loves most is building from her own imagination. She creates entire cities or worlds that then fuel hours of imaginative play with her sister and friends. A few months ago we just happened to … [Read more...]

5 Great Collections of Free Online Books for Kids

5 Great Collections of Free Online Books for Kids of All Ages. 100s of great titles.

I am a BIG advocate of reading with children and  I really do believe the biggest way you can make an impact to a child's lifelong learning journey is by reading together. I am a bit of a traditionalist and prefer good, old fashioned paper and ink type books for reading with my girls but with a … [Read more...]

5 Steps to Literacy Rich STEM Activities

5 Steps to Literacy Rich STEM Activities

When we help kids make connections, we strengthen their learning experience. Integrating multiple subjects when studying a topic or theme is one way to help build these connections. STEM (which stands for science, technology, engineering, and math) activities provide a fabulous vehicle for … [Read more...]

15 Picture Books Featuring Inspiring Boy Characters

Picture Books Featuring Inspiring Boy Characters

Recently I shared a post on my Facebook page that featured a list of books with strong female characters. In response to that post, I had a reader comment that there were so many similar lists featuring girls around at the moment, but little for boys. She asked for suggestions for books featuring … [Read more...]

40 Australian Picture Books by Our Favourite Australian Authors

40 Fabulous Australian Picture Books by our favourite Australian authors

This list has been a long time in the making but it's also been a labour of love! There are so many talented Australian authors and gathering together a list of books that I have seen my girls grow to love (and classes full of children as well!) has made me a little nostalgic, if I am to be … [Read more...]

A Harry Potter Themed Birthday Party

Harry Potter Party Ideas

My 8 year old loves the Harry Potter series! So when she asked for a Hogwarts Harry Potter themed birthday party, I knew it meant just one thing...a party at home! This party was a total hit but there was a fair bit of preparation before the party. The success of the party also hinged on … [Read more...]

My Story Silhouette Art & Writing Project

My Story: Getting to Know You Silhouette Art and Writing Project

When I saw this year's Children's Book Week theme of Australia! Story Country it got me thinking about the importance of each child's individual story and how much their own story influences their life and learning. One activity that was very popular with my students when I was teaching, was … [Read more...]