Feb 26

Writing Child Stories in an ADHD World

Writing Child Stories in an ADHD World

Have you noticed how your attention span has gotten shorter? Personally, I rarely have the patience to sit through a move in which the plot slowly unfolds. With a few notable exceptions, the plot has to move at a brisk pace. If we, as adults, now demand a fast-paced storyline, imagine the pace that kids must want.

Does this have an impact on children’s stories? Probably. So, how can you write a child story that grabs and holds children’s attention? Here are 6 points to consider.

1. Plot and pace

Plot and pace have always been important. Now perhaps they’re even more important. Your plot has to unfold fairly quickly. Keep the pace fairly high with a lot of action rather than lengthy narrative descriptions or musings.

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Feb 05

New in February: shape games, colour games and more

Added some nice games: shape games, colour games & “happy three“.

Jan 31

Behavior management tips

Behavior Management Tips

General Rules
Twelve steps teachers can take at the beginning of the year to promote effective classroom management are:

  • Develop a set of written expectations you can live with and enforce.
  • Be consistent. Be consistent. Be consistent.
  • Be patient with yourself and with your students.
  • Make parents your allies. Call early and often. Use the word “concerned.” When communicating a concern, be specific and descriptive.
  • Don’t talk too much. Use the first 15 minutes of class for lectures or presentations, then get the kids working.
  • Break the class period into two or three different activities. Be sure each activity segues smoothly into the next.
  • Begin at the very beginning of each class period and end at the very end.
  • Don’t roll call. Take the roll with your seating chart while students are working.
  • Keep all students actively involved. For example, while a student does a presentation, involve the other students in evaluating it.
  • Discipline individual students quietly and privately. Never engage in a disciplinary conversation across the room.
  • Keep your sense of perspective and your sense of humor.
  • Know when to ask for help.

Jan 02

Spice Up Child Stories by Using Sound

Spice Up Child Stories by Using Sound

This article presents a parenting tip for using sound, and especially onomatopoeia, with child stories. The benefits are:

  • they make child stories more interesting
  • stories become more interactive
  • making sounds is fun

Why Use Sound?

As recently as a few centuries ago, stories were primarily oral/aural; they were spoken, not read.

Even today, good storytelling in writing is pretty much the same as good storytelling verbally. Unlike adult “stories”, children’s stories have always been spoken or read aloud, and still are today.

One way to make your stories more “verbal” is to use sound or onomatopoeia.

“Onomoto” what?

Onomatopoeia are words that imitate sounds. For example, a cow says “moo” or a clock goes “tick tock tick tock”.

Here are 5 ideas for using onomatopoeia in the stories you write or tell.

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Jan 01

New in January: food theme, bingo games, phonics, numbers and Spring theme

Lots of new stuff added: Food worksheets (fruit flashcards and vegetable flashcards).

Sound bingo, go fish and word memory;  Fun games to play in your classroom or at home!

Lesson ideas for the phonics theme and the spring theme.

Number games are added in the numbers theme.

Dec 31

Animal lessons, crafts, flashcards and worksheets

Checkout the animal theme:

Animal lessons, animal crafts, animal flashcards and animal worksheets

Dec 30

Autumn worksheets and crafts

New resources on the following pages: autumn crafts, autumn flashcards and worksheets.