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Christmas Playdough – Holiday Reading Activities

By Megan Daley | Dec 12, 2012
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Yesterday I talked about Christmas cooking and reading. Cooking with children is really such a great way to encourage reading, and develop mathematical skills at the same time. It’s also a great way to make a huge mess and ensure you’ll end up frazzled…but enough of that. Today we’re making…

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Christmas Reading Tent

By Megan Daley | Dec 4, 2012
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PudStar broke her arm last week following an incident with a NYC snow dome. Perfect timing…just in time for summer swimming and lots of parties involving jumping castles! Unfortunately it also happens to be the arm she writes with so drawing and writing is off the cards too. Here she…

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Christmas Cards for Readers

By Megan Daley | Nov 20, 2012
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Christmas Cards Christmas Cards…do you do them or not? I’ve done one for as long as I can remember and I’m too scared to stop doing them lest I send the message that the printed word is dead in my house. The printed word is always going to be alive…

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Have Betty White Read the Books Tonight

By Megan Daley | Nov 19, 2012
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Have Betty White Read the Books Tonight Oh I found a good site today! The Screen Actors Guild Foundation has produced some stunning children’s book story readings (screened on YouTube) using SAG members such as Al Gore, Annette Bening, Elijah Wood, Jason Alexander and Betty White. If your school blocks…

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Story Starters – Story Stones

By Megan Daley | Nov 14, 2012
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I am SO not a storyteller. I read books – I need a script. I admire storytellers immensely, but it’s just not me. Plus I talk too much. If I were to hone my storytelling skills I might be unstoppable. So for me it’s books. But storytelling is a great…

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Books Inspire Action: Fairy Gardens

By Megan Daley | Nov 4, 2012
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Books Inspire Action: Fairy Gardens There has been much talk of dinosaur play and dinosaur books on here of late. So to balance that out…now for some fairies!

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Creating a Print Rich Environment

By Megan Daley | Nov 2, 2012
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Creating a Print Rich Environment As you may have guessed – we have a home filled with books. But I also try to create a print rich environment in other ways. A print rich environment is one which is filled with examples of print and text – take a look…

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Numeracy in the Kitchen

By Megan Daley | Oct 31, 2012
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Numeracy in the Kitchen Please welcome guest blogger Claire Howden. Teacher. Reader. Book Collector. Mathematician. I have talked to Claire many times about how I don’t want PudStar to be counting on her fingers at 38 like I do, getting sweaty palmed at the thought of times tables like I do,…

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Books Inspire Action: Land of the Dinosaurs!

By Megan Daley | Oct 22, 2012
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Land of the Dinosaurs!

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Reading in the Great Outdoors

By Megan Daley | Oct 21, 2012
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Reading in the Great Outdoors Reading doesn’t have to be just an indoor activity. We have an IKEA tent on our front deck that is the ‘Reading Tent’ and PudStar loves being locked in the tent. She loves to yell for all the neighbours to hear; “I want to be LOCKED in…

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