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<p>Art and Craft Themes</p>
Product Code: PE017

Member  £17.95    Non Member  £19.95

Art and Craft Themes is a comprehensive, well-organised resource of interesting age-appropriate craft activities based on the following popular early childhood themes:
• My backyard,
• Space,
• The circus,
• The farm,
• Transport,
• The zoo,
• Colours,
• Fairies,
• The beach,
• Teddy bears
• Dinosaurs.

Features:
• a comprehensive collection of more than 60 craft activities to be completed by early years children
• based around 11 popular early childhood themes
• supports the development of fine motor skills, creativity and literacy
• challenging but age-appropriate fine motor tasks
• practice in cutting, tracing, colouring and gluing
• opportunities to construct craft with minimal adult help, fostering independence and promoting self-esteem
• attractive 2-D and 3-D constructions suitable for home and school play
• minimal additional resources required - ideas for using and displaying craft
• provides numerous incidental opportunities for children to also develop literacy and numeracy concepts

 

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Product Code: MC002

Member  £22.50    Non Member  £24.99

Margaret Carr's seminal work on Learning Stories was first published by SAGE in 2001, and this widely acclaimed approach to assessment has since gained a huge international following. In this new full-colour book, the authors outline the philosophy behind Learning Stories and refer to the latest findings from the research projects they have led with teachers on learning dispositions and learning power, to argue that Learning Stories can construct learner identities in early childhood settings and schools. By making the connection between sociocultural approaches to pedagogy and assessment, and narrative inquiry, this book contextualizes Learning Stories as a philosophical approach to education, learning and pedagogy.
Chapters explore how Learning Stories:

- help make connections with families

- support the inclusion of children and family voices

- tell us stories about babies

- allow children to dictate their own stories

- can be used to revisit children's learning journeys

- can contribute to teaching and learning wisdom

This ground-breaking book expands on the concept of Learning Stories and includes examples from practice in both New Zealand and the UK. It outlines the philosophy behind this pedagogical tool for documenting how learning identities are constructed and shows, through research evidence, why the early years is such a critical time in the formation of learning dispositions.

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<p>Animal Friends</p>
Product Code: PE004

Member  £8.99    Non Member  £9.95

Animal Friends is a beautifully-illustrated wordless big book that shows what fun animal friends can have dancing in the forest, as one by one, new friends join the group. The surprise ending will encourage many imaginative narrations.

Benefits of wordless books:
• There are lots of benefits to reading wordless books! Literacy is not simply about decoding words, but also involves understanding subtext and the ability to make inferences, so learning how to ‘read’ stories beyond literal text is very important. Wordless books have to tell the story without text, so they are the perfect tool for enhancing reading comprehension.
1. Narrate the action: The first and maybe the most common approach to reading wordless books is to simply narrate the illustrations.
2. Ask questions: Questioning teaches your children that narrative clues lie outside of text.

• When answering your questions, children start to understand story elements like plot, character, conflict, theme and even symbolism. Questioning lays a foundation for when they are learning to write and create their own stories.

• Encourage child-led narration: - Get the child to tell you the story. Not only will this take the pressure off you, child-led narration exercises his/her imagination, oral language skills and encourages him/her to use new vocabulary.

 

 

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<p>The Button Story</p>
Product Code: PE003

Member  £8.99    Non Member  £9.99

The Button Story is a beautifully-illustrated wordless big book that depicts the travels of a single red button after it falls off a little boy’s jacket. From the ocean to the Arctic, this button goes on quite a ride, until it ends up in the button sorting centre back in the classroom!

Benefits of wordless books:
• There are lots of benefits to reading wordless books! Literacy is not simply about decoding words, but also involves understanding subtext and the ability to make inferences, so learning how to ‘read’ stories beyond literal text is very important. Wordless books have to tell the story without text, so they are the perfect tool for enhancing reading comprehension.
1. Narrate the action: The first and maybe the most common approach to reading wordless books is to simply narrate the illustrations.
2. Ask questions: Questioning teaches your children that narrative clues lie outside of text.

• When answering your questions, children start to understand story elements like plot, character, conflict, theme and even symbolism. Questioning lays a foundation for when they are learning to write and create their own stories.

• Encourage child-led narration: - Get the child to tell you the story. Not only will this take the pressure off you, child-led narration exercises his/her imagination, oral language skills and encourages him/her to use new vocabulary.

 

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<p>Early Years, Crossing Boundaries: 50 Years of Ambition for Young Children in Northern Ireland</p>
Product Code: EY022

Member  £15.00    Non Member  £15.00

A detailed history of the formation and development of Early Years - the organisation for young children.

An in depth analysis of early years policy development 1965 to 2015.

A guide to organisational excellence for voluntary, community, statutory and independent sectors.

A must read for early years staff, managers, policy makers, policy and public affair specialists, community development activists, voluntary sector leaders, university and college lecturers,coaches and mentors, students and policy analysts.

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