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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Winter Craft: Woolly Jumper

Every winter (my summer) I get these constant ca-chings on my phone to say that another one of these has been sold. It's my most popular product on my teacherpayteachers shop.

What it is, is an ebook on 10 art or crafts to make with a winter theme.It's for children 2 to 6 years old. The crafts or art vary in level of difficulty. 

Friday, 17 November 2017

Learning Develops From Concrete to Abstract

Learning starts with the concrete and gradually moves into the abstract. When children learn, they need to have many hands-on experiences. This means they need to be able to see, smell, touch, hear and possibly taste what they are learning. Give them lots of experiences in this before you move them into the abstract.

Concrete experiences provide the background knowledge to help your child make connections to build new knowledge. If I say cow, your child would probably think of mooing, milk, brown cow or black and white ones, four legs, beef, burgers and maybe even that it’s a farm animal. This is his background knowledge that he probably got from watching television or reading books. 

The more experiences your child has with the subject then the more background he can bring to it. Sometimes, passively reading or watching television is not enough. If your child has ever been to a cattle farm, he’d probably remember the smell of manure or the action of milking a cow. He could also tell how big they are and remember the feel of their skin. These are the concrete experiences that he can bring to learn more about the subject. Without any background knowledge the word cow will have no meaning.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Book Review: The Very Curious Tiger

Title : The Very Curious Tiger
Author: Amina Kara
Illustrator: Amina Kara
Publisher: Prolance
Ages: 3-5 year olds

Curiosity leads tiger off his lorry, join him and count to ten on his lost journey.

As a teacher or parent, you can never have too many counting books for your children. The more practice they have at counting different things then the better they'll get at it. I have numerous counting books and this one adds to my collection for children to count.

Aside from the counting this is also a story of one very curious tiger who gets lost and tries to find his way back to his owner. Along the way he meets different people, animals and insects. Children will feel story for the curious tiger when it's night time and he's all by himself. 
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