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The Squid, the Vibrio & the Moon

Posted on June 25th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Squid image on the moon

Just like any other book, this story can lead to many different explorations. It could get the children thinking and talking about symbioses they can observe or experience in their everyday lives and even inside their own bodies. They might want to research other interesting facts about sea animals or find out more about animal communication.

All the World

Posted on June 18th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl and boy looking at to sea

This openhearted poem captures the moods and beauty of everyday life and takes the reader to the core of human existence. Beauty, love and humanity is found in the simplest and smallest things. Be that a feather twirling in the wind, a beautiful old tree inviting children to climb in, a cosy kitchen filled with laughter and the smell of cupcakes, a thunderstorm rolling in and leaving people rushing to find shelter or a wave crashing against a rocky shore.

All the ways to be smart

Posted on June 5th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Girl daydreaming by a river

Raise children’s self- esteem by talking about how they don’t need to be academic but that being practical, creative and empathetic are also ways to be smart. Choose one of the colourful pages and begin!

Sarabella’s Thinking Cap

Posted on May 31st, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Sarabella's Thinking Cap - Girl wearing oversized hat

Children whose perception differs from the mainstream can find it challenging to connect to the world around them. Sarabella’s Thinking Cap is the story of a girl who is always daydreaming, thinking and imagining and has a hard time connecting with other children.

Instead of talking about her feelings and thoughts she creates a ‘thinking cap’ that becomes a physical representation of all the beautiful thoughts floating around in her mind. It is through this thinking cap that Sarabella finds herself connecting with her classmates and learning a way to express herself.

Alpacas with Maracas

Posted on May 22nd, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Alpacas with Maracas

Mary, our Little Scientists Quality Assessor, reads the delightfully appealing Alpacas with Maracas as part of National Simultaneous Storytime 2019.

If I was Prime Minister

Posted on May 15th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

If I was Prime Minister book cover

On the election weekend, we would like to hear from the children: What world do they want to live in? What would happen if they were in charge? The book ‘If I was Prime Minister’ investigates this thought further. Stimulating the children’s enthusiasm through fun and delightful and humorous illustrations from the author reflecting Australian culture we are drawn into children’s ‘wild imagination’.

Zero

Posted on May 8th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Zero by Kathryn Otoshi

Start the exploration of the number zero and its role by hearing its story from Zero herself. Upset that she doesn’t feature in the count and having failed to transform herself into a different number, Zero is trying to find her value and her place among the other numbers.

Papa’s Mechanical Fish

Posted on May 1st, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Man inside a fish shaped submarine

The book ‘Papa’s Mechanical Fish’ illustrates how children’s questions can lead to wonderful discoveries and new learnings.  Working collaboratively with their peers; children can explore many possibilities, evaluate their observations and help to solve everyday problems.  What questions and problems can you solve by encouraging a sense of wonder with children?

Who says women can’t be Computer Programmers?

Posted on April 17th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

The story of Ada Lovelace - Ada daydreaming about maths

Although her mother tried to steer her towards mathematics and away from following her father, Lord Byron, down the dark path of poetry and imagination, Ada Lovelace found that creativity and logic go well together after all. Ada grew up to be a mathematician and is often regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a “computing machine”.

Extra Yarn

Posted on April 10th, 2019 in the category(s) STEM literacy links

Extra Yarn

The story is about Annabelle and her adventures in a cold and dark town using a never-ending box of colourful yarn to bring about transformation in this community with a variety of colourful yarn creations. Use the story as a platform to launch into a variety of explorations with the children.

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