Story read out loud- Peace at last by Jill Murphy

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Peace at Last picture book.

This is a story read out loud ‘Peace at Last’ by Jill Murphy with activities included for young children to try.  It is an enjoyable gentle story aimed at 3 – 7 year olds but again most children enjoy it. It contains repetitive phrases and colourful illustrations.

This is the story of Father Bear who cannot get to sleep because of all the noises he hears in his house and garden. Eventually he gets to sleep only to be woken up by Mother Bear’s alarm clock.

Following this reading out loud of the story are a few suggested activities that the children could do. These include finding all the noises made on the different pages, finding the repetitive words and drawing a picture or a plan of the house and garden. Again these are said out loud so the children do not need to read anything and do not need parent supervision in order to try them.

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Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman & Ben Cort

This is a reading of the picture book Aliens Love Underpants by Claire Freedman and Ben Cort. It is a funny story aimed at 4 – 8 year olds but again most children enjoy it. It contains rhymed verses and wonderful colourful illustrations.

This is the story of some very strange aliens. The thing they love most in the whole world is underpants and they come down to Earth to steal them.

Following this reading out loud of the story are a few suggested activities that the children could do. These include counting all the underpants on the different pages, finding the words that rhyme and thinking of some new words to rhyme. Again these are said out loud so the children do not need to read anything and do not need parent supervision in order to try them.

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Please help the children to upload anything they have drawn or written or to ask me any questions about the story. I’d love to hear from them.

Baby Brains by Simon James – a story read out loud by Amanda Miles

Baby Brains picture book

This is a reading of the picture book Baby Brains by Simon James. It is a funny story aimed at 4 – 7 year olds but most children enjoy it.

It tells the story of Baby Brains; the smartest baby in the whole world. He’s so clever that he leaves his family to go into the big world. But Baby Brains realises that sometimes you just want to be at home.

Following this reading out loud of the story are a few suggested activities that the children could do. These include drawing their favourite part of the story, writing out the story but their own version or story boarding; drawing a selection of small pictures and writing some words to tell the story. Again these are said out loud so the children do not need to read anything and do not need parent supervision in order to try them.

Of course there are many other activities that could be done following a reading of the story and over the course of the next few weeks I will endeavor to suggest different activities. I would love to see what the children have drawn or written and if they have any questions I’m happy to answer them. I used to be a Primary school teacher and because of the very difficult situation we are all facing I thought this might help parents out, at least for a short while.

Baby Brains

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George Orwell created ‘Orwellian phrases’ not ‘alternative facts’.

 

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George Orwell

The words ‘alternative facts’ are everywhere at the moment but a Washington Post reporter, Karen Tumulty, who is one of CNN’s reliable sources, said the words ‘alternative facts’ is a George Orwell phrase.

I would like to educate the Trumptons and reliable sources at CNN that the words ‘alternative facts’ is not a phrase that George Orwell has ever said. It does not appear anywhere in George Orwell’s novel ‘1984’ or his classic essay ‘Politics and the English language’.

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Reading for pleasure – how can we encourage our boys?

My son is a typical boy. He has friends, enjoys playing sport and the xbox and is (most of the time) a normal eleven year old. Oh, and he never reads. I say never when really I mean he never reads for pleasure

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I have never been able to get my head around this. I love reading. I’m a teacher and have taught children from 4 to 11 to read. My daughter (his twin sister) likes reading and will often sit down with a book. So what did I do wrong? Why does my son not read for pleasure?

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