Thursday, 27 October 2016

Keep updated on 'Letters to Eloise,' page!

Keep up to date on page for release information.
The inspiration for part of the novel 'Letters to Eloise,'- Cissbury ring, West Sussex. Shame I set that bit of the story in early spring, the trees with leaves falling dont quite fit!
The model for my new book trailer for 'Letters to Eloise,' (the adult not the child!)... watch this space!
Choosing the paper for my book cover for 'Letters to Eloise,' - harder than I thought to find rose petal paper!

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

5 ways to excite a toddler to learn to read

1. Can't give enough emphasis; read, read, read and read together. Doesn't matter what. Spend time looking at the photographs, pictures, get the child to point out the things and lead from their interests. 2. Letters - introduce them to letters. Point out the letters on the door to their room. Buy magnetic sand just let them play, causally pointing out and saying letters as you play. Make it fun. 3. Bath time! Ideal opportunity to play. Have foam letters and let them put on wall. Say letter sounds as you are doing it too. Have a mini net and scoop up letters saying the sounds. If unsure how to say the sounds properly, use a online video to help. Stick with letter sounds not names for now. It makes it easier when learning phonics. 4. Puppets - use puppets and toys to do imaginary voices and plays. Make up stories together, no matter how silly. Get involved with role play. Do it in silly places, get up a pop up tent or make a den. 5. Read and write everywhere. Have pens and paper in Wendy house in garden or on a picnic blanket. Use tunnel with books inside. Model reading everywhere, even though toddler can't read, knowing that print conveys meaning is a start. Show toddler shopping lists, local newspapers, even subtitles on their favourite program! Have fun! If toddler isn't interested, move onto something else. Even a trip to the park is an opportunity to talk and use words to teach, such as breaking down the word swing, so the child knows that words are made up from sounds joined together. Talk about words for effect such as playing with leaves and saying 'crunch,' and 'crackle,' etc.