My morning so far? The new edition of Literacy Lava and a coffee. Lava and a Java. Chuckle. (The joke's not mine, really.)
This fourth edition of Literacy Lava is literally bubbling over with great ideas for encouraging literacy. You’ll find ideas for nurturing creative thinking, ways to use magazines with your kids, ideas for raising book-loving boys, what to do if your child is not into writing, how to encourage your child to love reading, ways to promote inquisitiveness through hands-on learning, how to help kids make connections through story extensions, and all about getting kids to tell stories through movie-making. There's a page of Online Extras, and an Activity page for kids.
I tried really hard to start from the first page and devour all these great articles, but to be honest I was overwhelmingly tempted to just jump to page 7, to see the photos of my beautiful Jemimah looking out from the page.
I suppose you're not as excited about this as I am, but I've never been published before, and in an international publication like Literacy Lava? Honestly, I might be quite painfully conceited for...well... at least a day.
My article is about developing the love of reading. I want my daughter to feel the same about books that I do. Have a read.
You'll also find a list of books and online book lists that I use to help me select good living books. Perhaps they might be helpful for you as well. Books on books - ha! My favourite genre!
Once you've finished indulging me, do remember to take a look at all the other great features.
I loved Catherine Oehlman's article on Book Loving Boys. Her quotation from Professor Trevor Cairney about exposing boys to great books in the early years is so true, and can equally be applied to girls. Do have a squiz.
The Multimedia Generation by Kim Chatel has also inspired me to give an online movie maker a try some rainy day.
Finally, I'm excited about Spin and Spell - an online spelling game. We need to seriously tackle spelling some time in our peaceful home. This looks a fun way to make a start...and it is only one of the great links included in this issue.
Yep, regardless of my bias, Literacy Lava 4 is a must read for parents who are interested in their kids' reading, writing and communication, and that's probably all of us.
Did I tell you that it is free?
You can find the latest edition of Literacy Lava at The Book Chook now. She's the editor. Thank you Book Chook for including me. I'm seriously honoured.
Click here for your copy, and when you've read it, don't forget to come back here and tell me what you think.
Gleeful chortle. So excited. Yeah.
Need more coffee.