Encouraging a Love of Reading

I confess, I love books. I've always been a reader so encouraging a love of reading in my children has always been important to me since becoming a parent. Now as a teacher, I have other parents asking how best to encourage reading at home so I'm sharing some of the tips that have worked for me in encouraging a love of reading with my children. 


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DIY Cardboard Tabletop Easels

I love cardboard. It's easy to source and is the perfect material to make with. I've written before about the tabletop easels we use at preschool but realised that I've never shared them on the blog. These cardboard tabletop easels are easy to make yourself and are a great example of sustainable practice in action. 

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Making Patterns in Preschool

Patterns are all around us. There are many ways to introduce patterns to young children but key to teaching this basic maths principal is to help preschoolers firstly become aware of the patterns around them. Follow this growing recognition of patterns with opportunities for them to extend and create their own patterns and mathematical thinking using fun and engaging activities. Today I'm sharing some of our exploration of pattern in class.

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What To Do With An Idea? Encouraging Creativity in Our Children

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As a parent, there is much I want for my three children. I want them to be healthy. I want them to be kind and thoughtful of others as well as look after themselves. I want them to persevere when things are hard and show resilience when things don't go their way. I want them to love and be loved. I want them to be creative, to always be able to look at something and see all the possibilities it holds. To me, teaching them this will be my greatest gift and challenge.


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Creating a Print Rich Environment

In one corner of my classroom last term I created a fruit and vegetable shop to encourage some dramatic play but was frustrated when I couldn't find some simple printable cards to display in the same space to create the print rich environment I wanted for the early readers in my class. With no spare time during the term, I've used some of my holidays to create a set of simple fruit photo cards and a set of vegetable photo cards which can be used either for classroom or home school display.


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Printable Fruit and Vegetable Photo Cards | youclevermonkey



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