STEM literacy links
Too often, we meet the attitudes of ‘I’m not good at STEM’, ‘I hated Math at school’ and ‘I just don’t have a sciencey brain’. This book is a great conversation starter for resilience, overcoming adversity and breaking out of the mould.
Take this opportunity to travel the world with the children, inspecting different kinds of wonderful bridges, each fulfilling a particular purpose, constructed using different methods and materials and located in a variety of settings.
Maya’s friend Rafael can’t believe his eyes when he visits her before racing day. The cart doesn’t look like anything he has ever seen before. Maya followed her own imagination instead of the kit’s instructions in her attempt to fly like the bird she observed. It comes as no surprise that Maya’s flying go-cart wins the race.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Mary, our Little Scientists Quality Assessor, reads the delightfully appealing Alpacas with Maracas as part of National Simultaneous Storytime 2019.
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’.
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.