Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Story sacks

Storysacks enhance the teaching of literacy in any setting and contribute to the child's life-long love of books and reading. You could make your own storysack based on a favourite book, buy or borrow from your local library if available. Here are a couple of ideas. Will add 'Olivers Vegetables' shortly. 

'Five little ducks'

'Wobble bear says yellow'

Why I chose to be Home Schooled.......

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Saucy Tomatoes - by DS8


1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
1 stick of celery
1 small carrot
1 tablespoon of olive oil
10g butter
400g tin tomatoes
1 teaspoon tomato puree
Handful of basil leaves (optional)
Black pepper
1 tablespoon of water

1) Peel and chop the onion into small pieces, then peel and chop the garlic.

2) Chop the celery into small pieces and peel and grate the carrot.

3) Heat the oil and butter in a pan. Add the onion, garlic and celery and cook them until they are soft. Stir with a wooden spoon to stop them sticking to the pan.

4) Empty the tomatoes into the pan. Rinse out the tin with the tablespoon of water and add this along with the carrot and tomato puree.

5) Bring the sauce to the boil. Put the lid on the pan and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes to break the tomatoes down. Stir the sauce every so often.

6) Tear up the basil leaves and add them to the sauce, cook for another minute, but make sure that you don't overcook the basil.

20 things to do at the library before you are 5 - Bradford

1) Join the library

2) Collect a baby bookstart bear

3) Borrow a book and read it outdoors

4) Attend a rhymetime at the library

5) Ask about your baby bookstart pack

6) Come to a rhymetime and sing 'wheels on the bus' on the bus back home

7) Meet Bookstart Bear

8) Make a story sack of your favourite library book

9) Ride the 'slide' at Shipley library

10) Complete the Bradford Libraries rhymetime challenge

11) Listen to an e-book online through your library card

12) Attend a storytime at the library

13) Borrow 25 books at once from the library

14) Complete the Summer Reading Challenge

15) Collect and use your free swim voucher (bookstart bear club)

16) Borrow all 3 count me in bags

17) Visit the story book mural at Ilkley library

18) Attend a teddy bears picnic

19) Ask about your Bookstart Treasure gift

20) Read a book in the purple pod at Manningham or City library

Sketching Stars

The Big Book Off

'Based around the action words Create, Imagine, Discover, Explore and Experience, each card includes simple suggestions and case studies, so that you can see how the ideas work in practice. And there are lots of ideas for sharing books and reading.
Whether you pick one idea or try a few, The Big Book Off will help ensure that the gains of celebrating books and reading on World Book Day continue to ripple long beyond the day itself.'

Check out the free resources here:

Puffin Live - 1st December 2pm

The Illustrators Takeover

'Imagine if you could have an art lesson from the best illustrators in the business? Tune into the last Puffin Virtually Live webcast of 2017 for a spectacular drawing masterclass. By the end of the show your class will have created their superhero and sent their new character on a mission to change the world. In fact, they’ll have everything they need to start their next story.'

Resources available to download before the show. Please see link above for more info!


Home Education Guide

Asalaamualaykum wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu I decided to Home Educate back in 2003 when I had my first child, and now teach all my ...