I Like Kids Books and I Can Not Lie!

Well, well, well, can you believe what I stumbled upon today?
I'm having a bit of a sad day. Nathan is away in Nottingham but he is back this evening - wahoo! He came across this and just had to send it to me..

Everyone knows how much I love Minions and poor Nath spent a fortune trying to win one for me - sadly he didn't but he tried - that's worth it! 

Anyway, back to the topic. I was sat this afternoon, having a chill, browsing along while I found this fabulous new linky over at Primary Polka Dots.

Isn't it just the best linky ever?! I honestly think everyone in Education - especially Primary/Kindergarten has a secret obsession with kids books - don't deny it, it's okay, we're all freaky obsessive teachies (FOT) here. 

So, I am going to discuss my favorite book when I was a kid.
It just HAS to be the Hairy Maclary Collection by Lynley Dodd. I loved them!
They have lots of rhyming in them and are absolutely fabulous to use when working on rhymes with students.

You can even watch/read along one of their books online here for free!

Aren't the rhymes just fabulous? And so much fun! There is so much that can be done on this book within the classroom, it's just a great book to use! Even if it's describing different dogs - although all can be called dogs, it doesn't necessarily mean that they all have to look the same! It can be linked in with Pet Shop Work, Rhyming Work, Sound Work, you name it, this can probably link to it!



(Click the photos to be directed to their sites.)

And this fabulous display...

Within our classroom we always have a theme which is based around a book and it is so much fun basing everything around it! This past term was The Very Hungry Caterpillar - a huge book and there are so many endless learning opportunities from it!

We literally base everything around it. It's a little different for us, in an ASD foundation phase classroom it means our activities may look a little different to what others would use. I have visited so many fabulous different SEN Classes/Schools and have never seen two that have even been remotely similar in teaching styles/resources/activities.

We love to base cookery around it..

These are such fun and easy to make! You can find out all about them on my earlier blog post here.

And of course, ART. We do A LOT of art. It's great for the children - sensory, different textures, fine motor skills, concentration, attention to detail, you name it, art and crafts pretty much cover its! Some of the children get SOOOO into it! It's great to see. Here are one of my favorite Arty things that we did. So much fun and easy to make! Plus every caterpillar can be made different - something that we love in our class - different!

Then for some numeracy work...

So basically we follow our own non-verbal literacy/numeracy programme that we created. It's brilliant and the students progress so well with it. It starts with us in the little ones and is carried throughout the entire School. It is differentiated for all different levels within the classroom. 

Top left;
Data Handling Book. I wish I had taken more photos to show you all the different fun pages that were included in this data handling book. But the one attached is one of my favorites where students have to count how many of each fruit they can see on the left hand side then put the fruit on the graph on the right, counting them.

Top right; 
Boards. These are great matching activities. It can include counting how many holes were on each fruit (the caterpillar ate), counting how many spots are on the ladybirds back and of course sequencing. As you can see we laminate and velcro them so that students can pick them up, match them and they don't get lost! These are great and the students really progress with them.

Bottom left and right;
Books. These can go from as simple to as hard as you like. Included are two of the easier levels. Students have to choose the correct symbol for the picture i.e 1 salami, 1 cup cake, on pages there can be 3 of each etc. So students have to count and differentiate the fruit. Then of course the books get harder, the second one is 'Caterpillar ate 3 plums' we introduce some words slower than others i.e the, and, the students build up to these. For example it will go;

Caterpillar ate 3 plums
The Caterpillar ate 3 plums
The Caterpillar ate 3 purple plums

etc. you can just keep on building up sentences as much as you like. Students have to select and place them in correct order. Great for building sentences - which also coincides with our literacy framework.

Matching boards.. matching detail, direction etc. This can be slight differences in detail, size, color.

We love to laminate and re-use worksheets- these are for some of our higher ability students. Some of our students are learning to read, so we re-make the story and add symbols for all the words so that students are able to become more independent in their reading. The more their reading progresses, the more symbols we start to remove so that they are learning to depend on the words more than the symbols.

We done the most absolutely wonderful wall display but I never got around to taking a picture of it which is a huge shame! It was so bright, colourful and we pride ourselves on that our displays are purely made by our children. We also put walkie talkie machines on there which students can press to hear different songs related to hungry caterpillar/minibeasts. There are lots of different textures, making it very sensory! 

So, as you can see, I am a HUGE believer in tying everything to one theme, there is so much that you can do for it. We photo everything as evidence throughout the term and then put it together as a big book (via book creator app, see here) so that we can look back on our whole topic! It's a lot of fun!

We even tie in our trips and look at butterfly farms etc!


My favorite books and their titles/details;

Hairy Maclary by Lynley Dodd
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Judith Kerr
Little Princess by Tony Ross
Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson 
Each Peach Pear Plum by Janet Ahlberg
Harry and the Bucketful of Dinosaurs by Ian Whybrow
Barry the Fish with Fingers by Sue Hendra
Peepo by Janet Ahlberg
Pants by Giles Andreae


  1. Nikki,

    Thanks for linking up! I LOVE that your whole semester is based around a book. So fun and creative! I'd love to *borrow* this idea! It would be great for novels for older grades, too! :)

    1. It really is a lot of fun! Our greetings, songs, sensory time, sensology lessons, displays, art and crafts, cooking, literacy, numeracy, science, trips etc are all based around the same topic - it's a lot of fun and keeps the children interested. Pinterest is amazing to go to for some quick ideas too if you're stuck! Thanks for popping by to leave a comment! Thanks for the fab link up - such a lovely idea!

  2. I love how you tie so much together with a book - young children LOVE learning like this. Your kiddos must adore all your creative lessons!

    1. Thanks - it's so much fun and when all the photos are put together at the end of the term it really does look fabulous ! We decorate the room throughout the term putting up all the new art/craft done by the children on the walls - it looks great! Although sometimes we run out of room!

  3. WoW!! I don't know what else to say. This is amazing and looks like such fun!


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