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100+ Creative Hands-on Activities for Ages 4-8 for curious kids

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What happens if you water plants with juice? 
Where can you find bacteria in your house? 
Is slug slime as strong as a glue stick? 

How would your child find the answers to these questions? In The Curious Kid’s Science Book, your child will learn to design his or her own science investigations to determine the answers! Children will learn to ask their own scientific questions, discover value in failed experiments, and — most importantly — have a blast with science. … Read more

New Zealand Post Margaret Mahy Book of the Year and winner of Best Picture Book category

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The Boring Book

by Vasanti Unka

Publisher: Puffin
ISBN: 0143505750
EAN: 9780143505754
Age Range: 2-4 years

When the words in a tedious tome decide that life is just too dull, they escape. The world will never be the same again. The words jump into street signs, they leap onto shop signs, they decorate pathways and roadways and ponds. But one day they go too far…Award-winning illustrator Vasanti Unka has created a picture book complete with lift-the-flap inserts which is as ingenious as it is delightful. The Boring Book explores the importance of books and words in a fun and imaginative way. Children and adults alike will love it. The Boring Book is NOT a boring book.

About the Author

Vasanti Unka is a designer and illustrator based in Auckland. She is the illustrator of The Bean’s Story, which was a 2008 Storylines notable book, and Hill & Hole by Kyle Mewburn. Hill & Hole was shortlisted for the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. It won the LIANZA Russell Clarke award the same year and was also the first children’s book to win the Gerard Reid Award for Best Book at the PANZ Book Design Awards.

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7 Days of Christmas – Fiction Activities for Roald Dahl books

roald_dahl_FAAs part of my 7 Days of Christmas promotion, this package, Collections of links to Roald Dahl Fiction Activities, is available for just $7.00 (Normal price $29.50).

Roald Dahl books are wonderful for reading aloud in a primary school classroom. They are imaginative and exciting, and will certainly engage your class.

There are so many teaching opportunities using Roald Dahl’s fabulous books. The storylines truly lend themselves to discussions and the stories will engage the children’s imaginations and allow the challenging vocabulary to soak in.

Save yourself having to reinvent the wheel in creating activities to support these beautiful stories. I have gathered links to more than 180 different activities that will give you ideas and inspiration.
>> Click here

This offer is only available until 5 p.m. Thursday 19th December. >> http://bit.ly/1gBdiNu

“the dignity and difficulties” of teaching – Teacher Man by Frank McCourt

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Teacher Man

Frank McCourt

As he did so adroitly in his previous memoirs, Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis, McCourt manages to uncover humor in nearly everything. He writes about hilarious misfires, as when he suggested (during his teacher’s exam) that the students write a suicide note, as well as unorthodox assignments that turned into epiphanies for both teacher and students. A dazzling writer with a unique and compelling voice, McCourt describes the dignity and difficulties of a largely thankless profession with incisive, self-deprecating wit and uncommon perception. It may have taken him three decades to figure out how to be an effective teacher, but he ultimately saved his most valuable lesson for himself: how to be his own man.

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Make reading one of a child’s deep and continuing needs

“Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”

Maya Angelou

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The true story of the first woman over Niagara Falls

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Queen of the Falls 

By Chris Van Allsburg

Any kid who has beheld Niagara Falls—or even taken a good look at pictures of it—will be suitably gobsmacked by the true story of charm-school teacher Annie Edson Taylor, who, at age 62, decided on a whim to fund her golden years by being the first person over the falls.
Read more about the book + watch the trailer

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends

Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.

~Charles W. Eli

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Go throw your TV set away …

So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.

-Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs. The Saurus Street Series by Nick Falk and Tony Flowers

The Saurus Street series

The Saurus Street Series

Saurus St is just like any other street . . . except for the dinosaurs.

Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch
When Jack wishes for his own Tyrannosaurus, he doesn’t expect a real live one to turn up in the veggie patch.

A Pterodatyl Stole My Homework
What bad luck! Just when Sam’s finished his homework a pterodactyl flies through the window and steals it.
 
The Very Naughty Velociraptor
Tom and Tam are horrified when they find out Great Aunt Gertrude is coming to stay. She’s got bad breath, smelly feet and her false teeth like to bite.

An Allosaurus ate my Uncle
When Susie won’t hand over her pocket money to her mean cousin Walter, he locks her in the attic.

(Includes a video of the author, Nick Falk discussing the books and a video of the illustrator, Tony Flowers, drawing dinosaurs) => http://bit.ly/ZB8qhO

The Case for Rereading the High School Classics

If the act of rereading a book is partly about remembering the you who paged through it the first time, and comparing that version of yourself to the one dipping into that book again, the classics that we read in high school offer endless possibilities for rediscovery, for looking at ourselves then and now. That’s part of what makes Kevin Smokler’s new book, Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School, so much fun. His homages to 50 titles, including Pride and Prejudice, The Great Gatsby, The Bluest Eye, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, and even The Scarlet Letter (he writes, “I don’t like it either,” but argues for rereading it nonetheless), offers a truly enjoyable trip down one’s personal memory lane of books. It’s also a love letter to the act of reading, to continual learning, and to making an effort to slow down and savor the good books in life.

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