Author: Beth

Pram Jam with Beth – Hello busy babies!

Hello Cockburn babies and families!  Welcome to my first Pram Jam post of 2016 – and what a busy year we’re having already. One of my jobs at Coolbellup Library (along with presenting Pram Jam on Monday mornings at 10am 😉 ) is to keep all of the fliers and posters in the library up to date… and at the moment, the notice boards are HEAVING with wonderful activities for babies and caregivers. This Sunday, 28th February Perth Zoo is hosting a very special Teddy Bears’ Picnic. We’re really really excited about this one, the crocodiles and giraffes are our...

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Pram Jam with Beth – Baby Sign Language

Oh yes, my darling newly-turned-2-year-old, how I do wish sometimes that you could communicate more effectively with me, despite your limited vocabulary!  You want to go on the transformers ride, you want to put the money in, you want to press the button but NO! as soon as it starts to move you need off! With a few more simple signs in our shared vocab list I wonder how much easier our outings would be. Luckily, we invited a passing shopper and her little girl to share the ride with us, so that the $2 was put to use…...

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Pram Jam with Beth – Pirates

Last Saturday was International Talk Like a Pirate Day and though my blog post is later than intended, Pirates is still the theme! The original focus of the official International Talk Like a Pirate day is probably classified as somewhat PG 15+, but the more innocent among us love to get in on the act as well, and the language development opportunity is too good to pass by! Lots of chances to roll Rrrrs and practice Shhh sounds.  One of the first little poems that I wrote with my oldest son was about Sheila the shanty singing Sheep (she lived on...

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Scary Night – Children's Book Week Review

‘ Once upon a scary night, three friends set out on a journey. Hare with a hat, Cat with a cake, Pig with a parcel.’ And so begins the Scary Night story, written by Lesley Gibbes and illustrated by Stephen Michael King. Scary night / Lesley Gibbes and Stephen Michael King Scary night is an adventurous tale of the journey of three friends through the dead of the night, and the pages are filled with captivating images and text, lots of repetition of phrases (which as we all know, is wonderful in children’s stories!) and rhyming words. There are plenty...

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Pram Jam with Beth – Bubbles

Alright, we’re up. This is going to be ‘a quick blog’.  As in, I will write until the baby wakes up and/or the laptop battery dies.  I will admit that I am not expecting to get all of the images organised in time for publication, though I do fully intend on coming back and inserting them later. Because, that’s life. Best of intentions and all that. Stress. We all experience it to varying degrees. Parents seem to get an extra special version of it, because ours involves responsibility for other little lives. Over the past few weeks I’ve felt...

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Pram Jam with Beth – Frogs and The Beeliar Wetlands

Hello Pram Jammers!  It’s my turn to write a blog post, and wouldn’t you know it, I’ve left it till the last minute again.  Well, truth be told, I have thought very hard about this post, it’s just taken me a while to put those thoughts down in words. I was prompted to use the Beeliar Wetlands (and the frogs!) as my theme this month, after a few weeks ago reading a comment regarding the proposed Roe 8 extension, which is currently intended to route through the middle of the lakes. The comment referred to the wetlands as a...

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