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Reading Tip and Book List: How to choose the best books for toddlers | My Little Bookcase I’m regularly asked to compile a list of top books for toddlers. With so many incredible books available, the task is almost impossible for me. Instead, I thought I’d provide you with a list of tips for helping you to choose the best books to read with your toddler (and I couldn’t resist recommending a few of my favourite books at the end of the post) Don’t forget to add your toddler book suggestions to this list. 1) Toddlers like to exercise their newly found independence Look for books that allow children to interact with the bookBoard books are still great for toddlers too because they can turn the pages independently, and without frustration 2) Toddlers become more active, so their attention span can be short 3) Toddlers like to sing along to rhymes and songs Look for books that have rhyming or repetitive text (e.g. sentences that are repeated on each page)Look for books that feature nursery rhymes and well known songs 4) Toddlers are developing their language at a rapid rate. Not Me!

Howard Jacobson attacks the dearth of 'good readers' The novel is in danger, according to Howard Jacobson, the Man Booker prize-winning author of The Finkler Question. But, he said, the fault lies not with novelists, but with the lack of good readers. Describing his experience of appearing at reading groups – "sometimes they are lovely, sometimes they aren't, and sometimes they are just staggeringly rude" – Jacobson said that he felt a sense of "heartbreak" when he heard readers say, "I don't like this book because I don't sympathise with the main character." He added: "The language of sympathy and identity and what we call political correctness is killing the way we read. "That's like the end of civilisation. That is the end. Speaking at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Jacobson said that the reader needed a "strong stomach" and ought to be able to withstand the "expression of an ugly point of view" in a book. His latest book, Zoo Time, is a comic novel about what he called the "multiplying degradations" of being a writer.

The first look at Photo Story and Movie Maker in Windows Vista - PapaJohn's Newsletter Archive The first look at Photo Story and Movie Maker in Vista build 5270... Vista has some new visual effects... including translucent glass or plastic frame edges for the windows, and the Window Switcher, where your mouse wheel flips the open windows in one direction or the other, while each window continues on in real time. For a warm-up... click the picture of the Switcher at the left or use this link to a video showing it in action. The open windows in the video include a project in Movie Maker, the importing wizard capturing footage from my camcorder, my website, the video of a visualization playing in Windows Media Player 11, posts to newsgroups and forums, and the Task Manager reporting CPU and memory usage. This newsletter is an overview of what I see in this build of Vista, as it pertains to Photo Story and Movie Maker. I'll point out new features, what works, and what doesn't... with the understanding it's pre-beta software, not even close to a finished product. Notes... Capturing Video

Constructive Ways to Help Kids Read, Write and Recognise Their Names | My Little Bookcase It’s hard to believe, but Cammy starts school next year. It feels like only yesterday that she first appeared on My Little Bookcase as a baby- not yet walking. But the time has come and we are starting to prepare. I recently received a voucher to purchase labels through Skool Labels, and I began thinking… Cammy can spell her name. She can read her name too. Constructive Ways to Practise Reading, Writing and Recognising Your Name Like many pre-schoolers, Cammy has been able to read and write her name for quite some time now, but I’m keen to give her many meaningful opportunities to practise reading, writing and recognising her name independently. This is a short list of opportunities I’ll be setting up for Cammy as part of our preparations for starting school. Skool Labels The idea to create these opportunities came about when I logged onto Skool Labels to place an order, and I realised how simple the site was to navigate and use. By helping you create and order labels, kids will:

Little Free Library can help put a library on your corner I happened upon this mini-library in my neighborhood and am so impressed with the movement that Little Free Library has started that I am getting one together for our street. The concept is simple: put a charming box full of books in a public place, encourage people to share them and to contribute their own. From their FAQ: If this were just about providing free books on a shelf, the whole idea might disappear after a few months. Little Free Library sells pre-made mini-libraries or will show you how to build your own. Check out a couple of my favorites from around the country: Here's a Google Map with many of the libraries on it. moth deterrents, moth repellent, sweater bags, duvet bags, underbed storage bags Homepage > Moth Control Click here to see our useful Moth Control tips and questions. Moths Are Laying Eggs In Your Home Now! Stop Them Finding Holes in your Sweaters? You've got Moths! Cedar scent smells great to humans, but is repulsive to moths, which makes it an excellent Moth Fighter . At the end of each season put knitwear in your wardrobes cleaned as this helps deter moths and then put them in sweater bags, duvet bags or underbed storage bags for protection. To all the good people at Caraselle. Hi, all at Caraselle, Firstly a thank you. Moth Control Buyer Guides Top 5 Moth Control Product Reviews Rating: Customer Review: Used for very efficient protection of clothing and linens from moths and silver fish.

Julia Donaldson's top tips Julia Donaldson has written some of the most popular and best-loved children’s stories including The Gruffalo and The Gruffalo’s Child, Room on the Broom, The Highway Rat, Zog and Stick Man. She is also the author of the popular phonic Songbirds series, part of Oxford Reading Tree published by Oxford University Press. Watch these videos of Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson talking about some simple and fun ways you can help your child with their reading at home. Guaranteed to make reading fun and help your child develop a love of reading. Julia Donaldson: Top tips for reading with your child Watch the video Julia Donaldson was born in 1948. She worked for a few years in publishing and as a teacher, while also writing and performing songs and street theatre with her husband Malcolm, and writing and directing two musicals for children. In 1993, one of her songs was made into a book, A Squash and a Squeeze.

Teach the Books, Touch the Heart We’d just finished John Steinbeck’s “Of Mice and Men.” When we read the end together out loud in class, my toughest boy, a star basketball player, wept a little, and so did I. “Are you crying?” But they understood. For the last seven years, I have worked as a reading enrichment teacher, reading classic works of literature with small groups of students from grades six to eight. Along with “Of Mice and Men,” my groups read: “Sounder,” “The Red Pony,” “A Raisin in the Sun,” “Lord of the Flies,” “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Romeo and Juliet” and “Macbeth.” And yet I do not know how to measure those results. Until recently, given the students’ enthusiasm for the reading groups, I was able to play down that data. Since beginning this new program in September, I have answered over 600 multiple-choice questions. It is ironic, then, that English Language Arts exams are designed for “cultural neutrality.” Of course no teacher disputes the necessity of being able to read for information.