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Storytime with Karen – Year of the Rooster

Cock-a-doodle-doo Happy Chinese New Year Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar. Each Chinese New Year is associated with an animal name for one of twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac. The rooster is the tenth animal and the only bird included in the Chinese zodiac. People who are born in the Year of the Rooster are said to be courageous, talkative and confident. In 2017, Chinese New Year falls on Saturday, January 28, and marks the start of the Year of the Rooster. Red envelopes with money inside (Hong Bao,...

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Storytime with Karen – Monkeys

Monkey see, monkey do! This week’s Storytime theme is all about monkeys! You may be familiar with these popular chants: “Monkey see, monkey do, I’m a little monkey too!” or “Monkey see, monkey do, the monkey does the same as you!” Like monkeys, children learn and imitate behaviours by watching and listening to others. This is sometimes called “observational learning”. Children learn from models all around them. It may be something they saw at home, on television, in the grocery store, at a friend’s house, in the playground or at the library. You can help your child to discover...

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Storytime with Karen – Artsy

Every child is an artist ~ Pablo Picasso This week’s storytime theme is ARTSY. Art plays an important role in a child’s education as it helps children to observe, find their voice, make connections, express themselves, innovate, come up with solutions, persevere, see another point of view, break away from stereotypes, and embrace diversity. At preschool level my primary objective is developing children’s fine motor skills through colouring and cutting. Secondly, I like to encourage children to use the whole box of crayons. In the context of art, who says that a bear has to be brown? Which brings...

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Storytime with Karen – Australia

Australia! Story Country G’Day! Inspired by the 2016 Children’s Book Week theme: “Australia! Story Country”, this week’s storytime theme is also Australia. Story books abound on iconic Australian animals, the Australian bush and outback Australia. Thus choosing only three to review was difficult, but here they are: Books Possum Magic by Mem Fox I couldn’t go past this classic Australian story, which is as Australian as meat pies and Vegemite. Possum Magic is an award-winning picture book by Australian author Mem Fox. The two main characters are Grandma Poss and Hush. Grandma has used bush magic to make Hush invisible...

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The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made

Children’s Book Week Review –  The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made OK, let’s talk about sex education … The Amazing True Story of How Babies Are Made … How embarrassing – right? Well this book claims to be “embarrassment-free”! It’s a picture book resource designed to help parents have THAT talk about ‘the birds and the bees’. Oh, the wonder of a good book! Fiona’s book has been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Week 2016 Book of the Year Awards in the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books category. Prior to Fiona’s book, the go-to book for...

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Storytime with Karen – Hats

Oh, the magic hat, the magic hat! It moved like this, it moved like that! Hats, hats, hats – they all have a job to do. This week’s Storytime theme is all about hats! I started this session by showing the children a variety of different hats. These included a hard hat, bike helmet, cap, beanie, sun hat, bowler hat, magician’s hat, and the Cat in the Hat’s hat! This led into our discussion about “Why do people wear hats?” We talked about hats for sun protection, safety, warmth, fashion, and fun. Next we played a game of “Whose...

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