Thanks for stopping by! I'm an early years teacher and a literacy co-ordinator with a passion for picture books.
In 2009, I started blogging about how children's read alouds were inspiring some fantastic creative experiences in my classroom- and at home with my two daughters. I love reading books with young children! Sometimes that is where the story ends. But usually, we find we want to play, imagine, talk, create and write about what we have read in books. We are interested in finding out more about our favourite authors and illustrators. We wonder about what makes certain stories so meaningful. And best of all, we really have lots of fun making amazing, story-based crafts from everyday materials!
I first began to design teaching materials while on secondment to an early years advisory team. We developed educational outreach resources for Sesame Workshop. It felt exciting to see our ideas published, distributed and implemented by teachers. Children responded positively to the activities we'd provided and it was so rewarding!
When I returned to the classroom, I continued to create learning activities, now inspired by our favourite classroom read alouds.
I try to create engaging tasks, which not only support necessary curriculum requirements, but also provide opportunities for children to respond meaningfully to a given text.
Picture books are at the heart of all the learning experiences you'll find here. I hope that sharing our ideas at Learning Parade will encourage other teachers and parents to extend the enjoyment that comes from reading a good book, to the next possible learning opportunity that could arise.