Teaching Resources

plant seeds of wisdom and knowledge too

 
 

Storytelling is one of the most powerful ways to
teach and inspire

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Make Learning Fun: Words and Numbers

Teachers and early childhood educators who have recently bought or were gifted our new book, Willow the Wonderer, are telling us they love using it in class!

Encouraged by their feedback we are developing a series of teaching aids to accompany the book. These will cover the basics like developing literacy and numeracy skills to more advanced subjects such as creative writing, art, folk literature, poetic rhythm and meter, and of course explore the philosophy and wisdom of happiness.

This first guide focuses on using the book to develop literacy and numeracy skills - the good news is that there isn't much 'teaching' involved at all!

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Explore 
Creative Writing

Willow the Wonderer can be used as a case study to explore and examine the creative writing process: What inspires a story and the choices that writers make to tell it.

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Introduce
Poetic Metre to Young Children

Not all poems rhyme but every poem is written to a rhythm - getting the rhythm right is rather important when writing in verse.

 

Willow the Wonderer's consistent and structured rhythmic pattern makes it perfect to introduce the concept of poetic metre (i.e. writing to a rhythm) to young children.

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Learn About Fabulous Fables

Willow the Wonderer is an 'accidental' fable.

 

In this blog we explore this most enduring form of folk literature, providing a brief overview of the history of fables and our modern day interpretation of this literary form.

 

An informative and thought provoking read for students and educators of literature.

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Cook Up a
'Wise As' Story

The tale of Willow the Wonderer as you read today was born through a series of deliberate actions, fortuitous accidents, past influences and creative choices.

 

In this blog author, Reeta Dhar, provide a retrospective on the different factors that came together to shape what we now refer to as 'wise as stories'.

 

An interesting insight into the creative writing process - and no, it's never a straight line. Lots in here for students and educators of narratives to unpack.

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Learn the
Art of Illustration

Darren Pryce is highly awarded illustrator and artist, recognised amongst the world's best, with a career spanning over thirty years.

 

In this blog he shares his inspiration and approach for developing the unique and beautiful illustration style for Willow the Wonderer.

 

An intriguing insight into the creative process, this is a great read for all art, graphics and design students and educators.

 

Author & Artist Visits

enrich the learning experience

 
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Reeta & Darren

When we can, we love to get out and spend time with our readers. It ends up being an educational and memorable experience for both our readers and us.

We prepare for each session by working with teachers and educators to develop a tailored program for their students that is engaging and also delivers to key learning outcomes. 

We are happy to volunteer our time for not-for-profits working with children coming from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. We request to be compensated for our time and efforts with all other organisations.

Get in touch to organise a visit to your early education and childcare centre or school.

 

What Educators Say

I loved your picture book. Mel brought a copy for me and I will be reading it to my class at the beginning of the year :)

Sara
Primary School Teacher

The book reading was so lovely. Would love to have you in our daycare.

Davina
Early Childhood Educator

It's perfect for little children and big ones too - has rhyming, counting and philosophy.

Pam
Librarian

 

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“The human species thinks in metaphors and learns through stories.”

Mary Catherine Bateson