Today is World Book Day! For this year's edition, my granddaughter Daisy is wearing a homemade outfit and is dressed as a character from one of her many favourite books: the Ladybird from the wonderful What the Ladybird Heard series of books by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks! There are some excellent activities to explore… Continue reading Happy World Book Day 2021!
World Book Day is always popular with my family. This annual event takes place at the beginning of March and my granddaughter Daisy always enjoys dressing as a book character on that day; in previous years her costumes have honoured The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr, The Highway Rat by Julia Donaldson… Continue reading All set for World Book Day 2021
My granddaughter Daisy has several storytimes throughout her busy day. Storytime is an integral part of a young child’s day, one that helps to develop their creativity and imagination, especially for preschool learners. Parents very quickly discover that young children have their favourite stories, which they enjoy listening to over and over again – these… Continue reading Lockdown Storytime: homeschool activities for preschoolers
It's a year since I wrote my first Granny Smith blog! Fifty blogs later, those warm elephant socks that I wrote about are now worn by Teddy and Daisy only uses baby signing when she's really tired. We continue to use the local library regularly but now Daisy enjoys looking through the story boxes to… Continue reading Fifty Blogs Later
Summer Reading Challenge When I went to the library I spotted their flyers for this summer's reading challenge for children and I had a flood of happy memories. Memories of school holidays as a parent, with regular library visits throughout the summer, with an avid reader aiming to achieve the summer's reading challenge. I had… Continue reading Taking the summer reading challenge
I’m continuing to use our local libraries to find a variety of books to share with Daisy. I’m selecting different types of books; board books, interactive books, books with flaps as well books with traditional pages. Where possible I also try to include a book that links with Daisy's current interests. So given Daisy's interest in… Continue reading More about the value of your local library
I paid another visit to the World Book Day official website and browsed through the resources for nursery aged children where I found a couple of That's Not My Usborne colouring activity sheets. And there are even more That's Not My..activity sheets on the Usborne website. Daisy's showing an interest in using crayons so I printed off some of… Continue reading World Book Day 2018; Nursery and Pre-school Resources
Visiting a local library has become a regular part of Daisy's week. There's times when Mummy takes Daisy to a library to browse the board books and to select some books to borrow. It's a treat for me to watch Daisy exploring the book boxes and displays and to see what books she's attracted by.… Continue reading Fun and learning in local libraries
I'm collecting up those library books, ready to return them to my local library this week. They've been such a success with Daisy and so popular with all of the family who have been sharing them with Daisy; reading them to her and exploring the pictures. The books have been returned to the yellow tub… Continue reading Exploring books with young toddlers
Yesterday I thought that in my previous blog I should have said which books I picked from the selection available at my local library! Toddlers are 'touchers' and feel with their hands, their fingers, their mouth (and their feet) so this book selection should provide Daisy with a wealth of sensory experiences. I've picked two… Continue reading Which books for Very Young Learners?