The Flower in my Garden Story by Wilma Ellersiek

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3Feb
wilma ellersiek bee

  Who is Wilma Ellersiek?   Years ago, I was introduced to some lovely hand gesture games by a lady called Wilma Ellersiek through a workshop I did with Heather Van Zyl.  From that moment on, I have used many of these games and rhymes with the young children I have taught for one reason.  The children LOVE them!   I…

Why I love Waldorf Kindergartens

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25May
waldorf kindergartens

(Ned’s 6 year old birthday celebration) “Long have I searched for you, you wicked creature”   Why I LOVE Waldorf Kindergartens   Ned and I were in the bath last week after Jack had gone to bed, and he started telling me the exciting news that he played the ‘Woodcutter’ that day at kindergarten. Without further ado, he said in…

The Neighbourhood Street Library sharing the love of books and reading

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4Oct
The Neighbourhood Street Library sharing the love of books and reading

The Neighbourhood Street Library Sharing the love of books and reading   My friend Felicity is a dreamer, and a sharer of ideas. She is also a giver, and someone who lives and breathes community. Last year, Felicity decided to put one of her ideas into action. She asked her friend’s dad to make her a wooden waterproof library cupboard,…

The Art Of Storytelling For Adults

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22Sep
the art of storytelling for adults

The Art Of Storytelling For Adults Byron Shire Storytellers Event, September 21st 2013   The story is told eye to eye, mind to mind and heart to heart. Scottish Traveller Proverb c/o Storytree Since I separated earlier this year, Ned has been going to his daddy most Saturday nights. I’ve been using this time to catch up on work and blogging…

Storytelling Ideas For Kids and Parents: Make your own with story stone starters

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27Aug
storytelling ideas for kids

  Project 27: Storytelling Ideas for Kids & Parents ‘Storytelling Stones’. Make your own story starters! Time: One hour, give or take Difficulty: Choosing what pictures you’ll use is the biggest barricade!   We busy parents don’t have time for lots and lots of stories at bedtime. Especially NOT those long, long, long ones. Short stories are good. Our days…

Belle & Boo and the Yummy Scrummy Day

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24May
belle and boo

A few years ago, I came across the delightful Belle & Boo illustrations by Mandy Sutcliffe. I fell in love instantly. They took me back to my childhood, and revived long-held memories of listening to my mum read Milly Molly Mandy to my sisters and I as we devoured the simple images on the page.  I would suggest the Belle…

The Paper Dolls by Julia Donaldson

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24May
The paper dolls by julia donaldson

This is my new favourite book!  Oh my, Julia Donaldson (of Gruffalo fame) has cracked the formula for catchy, cute, whimsical stories that just beg to be read over and over and over again… I’m in love with The Paper Dolls. I adore reading it out loud- it just makes my tongue tingle as I get into the rhythm of…

International Children’s Book Day: 15 delightful books for children

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2Apr
clancy and milly

Today is International Children’s Book Day. “Since 1967, on or around Hans Christian Andersen’s birthday, 2 April, International Children’s Book Day has been celebrated all over the world, aiming to inspire a love of reading and to call attention to children’s books. The celebratory day is co-ordinated by the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), a non-profit organisation dedicated to…

Bella Bilby and the Magical Easter Basket Story

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2Apr

Bella Bilby and the Magical Easter Basket  A Southern Hemisphere Easter Story by Ali Ward, just for you.  Enjoy.  It was the day before Easter. Mr Easter Rabbit was busy putting the final touches onto all the Easter delights.  He knew his job was very special and spent all year long getting everything just right before the big day. When…

Storytelling Prop Bags: Make your own

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5Feb

I like to tell stories. Most of my friends would tell you I’m a storyteller. (Most likely they would also tell you I can’t tell a short story, and that I also don’t know when to shut up. Thank goodness for patient and kind friends, I say.) But back to storytelling. I was so so so fortunate many years ago to…

Bear’s Magic Pencil by Anthony Browne and Friends

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4Feb

Burn, Baby, Burn Creativity Fire Starters. My journey towards ‘artistry in daily living’, breathing creativity into as many moments in my day as possible, flourished not in an easy time of life, but actually through a bout of post-natal depression.  It was during this difficult time that I discovered the power of creative action. It helped me to pave the…

Recording Stories and Songs for children: Parent Tip

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16Jan

Yesterday, my friend Jen of Lavendilly House shared her tip on recording stories and songs for children. “I recorded the story I told to the children last night on my phone – one of the best things I have ever done! I was able to give my phone to Kaelan to listen to the story this afternoon as a bit…