Love reading – Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes) by Amy Jensen

I recently had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful book called Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes) from a very kind author named Amy Jensen. I am grateful to have the opportunity to review this lovely book and be able to share it with all of you.

Who is Amy Jensen?

Amy Jensen is an Author, Playwright and Vocal Music Teacher from New Jersey in the United States. In addition to her many wonderful roles, her most important role is being mommy to two wonderful Chocolate Lab’s named Chuckie and Nestlé. These sweet pups are her inspiration for her delightful debut book called Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes). Based on our reaction here at Love Early Education, I imagine all her fans can’t wait to receive another instalment of Chuckie and Nestlé’s adventures.

Who is Chuckie?

Chuckie is a handsome and sometimes mischievous Chocolate Lab who lives with mommy and daddy Amy Jensen and her husband Roger. Chuckie also lives with a Chocolate Lab named Nestlé and a cat named Bert.

I recently had the pleasure of receiving a wonderful book called Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes) from a very kind author named Amy Jensen. I am grateful to have the opportunity to review this lovely book and be able share it all with you.

Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes)

From the first time we saw this book we loved the beautiful and unique illustration by Ulana Zahajkewycz, whose pictures really bring the story to life. My son Luke absolutely adores the doggie and was thrilled to be able to see some real life photos of Chuckie in the book and when we started to follow him online, we are definitely #TeamChuckie .

This book is beautifully written and its rhythmic sentence structures are perfect for young readers. Not only is it well written but it has a touching underlying message about making mistakes. The story explains that even though Chuckie tries to be on his best behaviour sometimes he makes mistakes and forgets to use his manners. Chuckie’s playful and mischievous nature is a sweet and funny way to teach children about the importance of making mistakes in order to learn and would help promote growth mindset, so this story is an ideal teaching tool for teachers and parents. The book also gently teaches children the importance of being kind and considerate towards others with a focus on good manners. The book is extremely engaging and in this house we can’t seem to get enough of it, my son has asked to read Chuckie every morning since it has arrived.

This book is a must have for children who are animal lovers. It is also an ideal teaching tool for parents or teachers looking to teach children about good manners, kindness and and growth mindset. It’s the type of story that the whole family will love and that you will all read time and time again.

You can buy Chuckie makes mistakes (sometimes) from Amazon on the link below (UK delivery is available!)

https://www.amazon.com/Chuckie-Makes-Mistakes-Sometimes-Chocolate/dp/198429699X?pldnSite=1

You can follow the adventures of Chuckie and his family on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/TeamChuckietheChocolateLab/

Love Early Education,

Love Kylie x

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Love Spring – Peas and Beans

It is Spring and no Spring season is complete without growing beans in a jar. This year we decided to try Broad Beans and Peas. This is a fantastic little science and nature experiment for children within the EYFS and primary aged children to learn about how a planet grows and why they need to grow, as well as all about the different parts of a plant.

You will need:

* Seed of your choice (we chose a Broad Bean and a Pea)

* A glass jar

* Kitchen roll or napkins

* Some water

(If your using a Broad Bean soak it in a saucer of water for an hour before you start).

Step one:

Swirl some water around the and tip it out (leave the jar wet, do not dry).

Step two:

Fold your kitchen roll and dampen it and put it inside your jar (you may need to put several in dependent on the size of the jar).

Step three:

Place your seed in the jar resting between the kitchen roll and the side of the jar.

Step four:

Put your jar on a windowsill somewhere it can get natural light and spray with water daily or every few days depending how damp your kitchen roll stays.

The seed should begin to sprout within about 4 to 5 days and after about 10 days the seed should have grown roots, a stem and leaves depending on the plant you have chosen to grow.

This is a great time to introduce some growing themed books to learn all about how plants grow and what they need.

Writing opportunities:

List – children can list or draw what they think a plant would need to grow and stay alive.

Plant journal – dependent on age/ability children can keep a journal documenting the growth of their plant either with pictures or in writing. For older children this can include labelling a diagram of a plant and using correct terminology when describing the plants growth.

Technology opportunities:

Document the plants growth using an iPad/tablet by taking photos. These photos could be used to make an ebook using apps such as Book Creator, giving children the opportunity to explore what makes an effective piece of non fiction writing.

Regardless of what you do with the activity it is an opportunity for children to explore the wonder of nature and see a real life plant grow.

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Love, Kylie x

Love Science Experiments – Frozen Dinosaur Eggs

After being inspired by The Imagination Tree we decided to try some frozen dinosaur eggs this half term. This ice play activity was a fantastic sensory and science experience.

All you need is some balloons, water and some mini dinosaurs or if you want to go all out like we did some dinosaur bones. Just pop your dinosaurs into the balloons and carefully fill them with water, tie them and put them in the freezer over night.

We had lots of fun exploring the ice and ways in which we could melt it and excavate the dinosaurs and their bones. We explored using warm water, salt and also force using various tools. This activity gave us some great fine motor skills opportunities including different size pipettes and eventually building the dinosaur skeleton we excavated.

Enjoy.

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x

Love Child led learning – Old MacDonald sensory bin 

Following a child’s lead…As you can see I had set up a lovely little sensory bin this morning for the little man. He is very into animal sounds at the moment and constantly points out animals in books and picks up toys to make sounds. He is also on constant repeat singing his version on old macdonald. So I made this modest little sensory bin with his farm.


Needless to say the farm went out the window very quickly, as he went and got some bowls out of the cupboard to fill and empty rather than play with the animals. So I followed his lead and did some filling and emptying. I then added a funnel and a jug to practice pouring, which he absolutely loved! 


Second child lead learning of the day was the Hoover. Needless to say having a lentils sensory bin down stairs in your open plan house was asking for a large amount of cleaning up. Whilst he was deeply involved in the sensory bin I decided to have a quick Hoover up of the rug that was now full of lentils. He stopped and watched and suddenly made the revelation of what a hoover does! He watched me Hoover the mass amount of lentils, ran back to the sensory bin, grabbed a hand full of lentils and threw them on the floor in front of me as I hoovered and continued to watch in awe as I hoovered them up. He did this a few more times before he wanted to test this theory that the hoover will make anything in its path disappear. He tried balls and cars, obviously neither of which worked. So he went back to lentils. Thankfully he decided since it only hoovered up lentils it wasn’t that fun and went back to his sensory bin.

Sensory bins are a wonderful experience for children and there are probably thousands of ideas out there for them. You can shape them to a child’s interests and Schemas and also to current themes or planning in your settings. I had planned on writing a post about sensory bins today and sharing lots of ideas, I will do that another day, as today I wanted to show you that the magic of learning happens when you let children guide their own learning and your planning and play. You can extend their play through parallel play, sustained shared thinking or my adding a few more resources that fit the play they are immersing themselves in but please please please never stop a child and show them how you want them to play or what the activity ‘should be’! Be truly child centred and child led even in your adult led and planned provision, this is how the most learning will get done. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.

Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x

Love outdoor learning – day 8 of 30 days wild

Day 8 of #30dayswild Listening walks!
Listening walks are a wonderful free activity that you can do with children of any age, anytime, anywhere. You can do it at the park or your local woodlands, walking to the shops or school or even in your own garden. 
A listening walk gives children the opportunity to listen carefully to their environment and talk about what they can hear, this can be the name of the things they can hear or for those with developed verbal skills a description of what they can hear. 
Here is a lovely little page from talking points to explain listening walks and give you some variations on listening walks:
http://www.talkingpoint.org.uk/sites/talkingpoint.org.uk/files/allisteningwalk.pdf 
Listening walks give a great opportunity for literacy as well as communication and language. You can use tick sheets and go on a listening scavenger hunt and mark off the sounds you hear on your walk.
Teach Preschool has a picture checklist for listening walks:

http://www.teachpreschool.org/2012/05/head-outdoors-for-a-listening-walk/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed:+TeachPreschool+(Teach+Preschool) 
And here is a written check list for children who are able to read:

http://www.creativefamilyfun.net/2013/08/lets-go-on-listening-walk.html?m=1
Love Early Education,

Love, Kylie x 
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