Early Childhood

Book People: Kate Ritchie

By Megan Daley | Apr 6, 2016
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Kate Ritchie is probably much better known to all of you as 1/3 of the nations number one drive show. Or perhaps you remember her fondly as Sally Fletcher, who Ritchie played on Home and…

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Book People: Megan Forward

By Megan Daley | Mar 31, 2016
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‘A Patch From Scratch’ is everything I’ve been looking for in a gardening/sustainability book for years now. Aimed at young children 4+ (and I’ve happily read it to every year level from…

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Gardening, Sustainability and Literature for Children

By Megan Daley | Mar 8, 2016
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Today we combined with our sister school and all of Year Two enjoyed ‘Gardening and Sustainability Day’. We ran three rotations focusing on worm farming and composting, growing from seeds and cuttings, and…

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Chinese New Year: ‘New Year Surprise!’

By Megan Daley | Feb 8, 2016
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We are incredibly fortunate to have living with us, a delightful student from Macau, so Chinese New Year 2016: Year of the Fire Monkey, is being celebrated in style in our household!…

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Back to School Books!

By Megan Daley | Jan 6, 2016
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How cute was I on my first day of school (above)? I just found this photograph at my nan’s house yesterday! Have you got a little one starting school for the first…

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Top Ten Early Childhood Books of 2015

By Megan Daley | Dec 31, 2015
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…according to me anyway! Oh me, oh my how I wish I was a clever as the authors and illustrators of the books below! How cleverly they manage to capture the attention…

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Mindfulness for Children

By Megan Daley | Dec 30, 2015
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I recently happened upon a book, ‘Making Mindful Magic‘, that made even I, frenetic/ever-fidgeting/always moving me, slow down *briefly*. Look, to be honest, I do try very hard to embrace mindfulness –…

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Book People: Emma Quay

By Megan Daley | Dec 1, 2015
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I have loved the work of Emma Quay ever since ‘Bear and Chook’ (written by Lisa Shanahan, illustrated by Emma Quay) first landed in my library. It was pretty much love at…

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Review of ‘Scarlett, Starlet’

By Megan Daley | Oct 26, 2015
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Written and illustrated by Emma Quay Publisher: Harper Collins – ABC Books Age Range: Early Childhood Themes: dance; performing; dogs; family. To purchase any book mentioned here for your home, school or…

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Dealing with the Ups and Downs of Life with Literature

By Megan Daley | Oct 13, 2015
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If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you will know that I am a huge fan of books which deal with big issues for young people such as grief,…

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Review of ‘Sad, the Dog’

By Megan Daley | Oct 8, 2015
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Written by Sandy Fussell. Illustrated by Tull Suwannakit. Publisher: Walker Books Age Range: early childhood – middle primary (and adult dog/sentiment lovers!) Themes: pets; love; care; family; survival; resilience; happiness; seeking happiness.…

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Preparing for a New Sibling With Books

By Megan Daley | Oct 4, 2015
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Preparing for a New Sibling with Books Review of ‘Too Busy Sleeping’ Over the years, I’ve been asked on numerous occasions for books which will assist when introducing the idea of a…

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Review of ‘Billie’s Super Dooper Adventures’

By Megan Daley | Aug 31, 2015
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Review of ‘Billie’s Super Dooper Adventures’ Anyone with young readers’ will be well and truly familiar with the ‘Billie B Brown’ and ‘Hey Jack’ series by Sally Rippin, they are something of…

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Children’s Books About Separation and Divorce

By Megan Daley | Aug 11, 2015
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Children’s Books About Separation and Divorce Families come in all forms and, over the years, I’ve shared so many books which encompass all sorts of family’s experiences including; adoption; same-sex parents and…

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Favourite Books at Four Years Old

By Megan Daley | Jul 15, 2015
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Favourite Books at Four Years Old So ChickPea turned four today. I probably should be saying – wow, I just can’t believe it, but actually I’ve felt every single bit of that…

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Love is Love

By Megan Daley | Jun 27, 2015
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Love is Love “Love is love,” declared Barack Obama, in the aftermath of the supreme court’s landmark decision on gay marriage on Friday,  “and this ruling is a victory for America. This decision…

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Review of ‘This is a Ball’

By Megan Daley | Jun 18, 2015
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Review of ‘This is a Ball’ Written and illustrated by Beck and Matt Stanton Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Age Range: Early Childhood – Lower Primary Themes: I don’t really know what to write…

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100 of the Best Books for Children on Sustainability

By Megan Daley | May 1, 2015
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There are few things better than seeing my own children and the students in my care get grubby in the garden, enjoy the natural world around them and learn about how to…

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Review of ‘The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade’

By Megan Daley | Mar 10, 2015
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Written by Davina Bell. Illustrated by Allison Colpoys Publisher: Scribe Age Range: Early Childhood – Middle Primary Themes: anxiety; fears; social situations; school; family; underwater; empathy; feelings; bravery. Scribe has produced some…

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Review of ‘The Waterhole’

By Megan Daley | Mar 3, 2015
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Review of ‘The Waterhole’ For a few years I have been doing some tutoring work at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and have greatly enjoyed sharing my passion (some would say over-excitement) for…

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