We All Have A Story – A Guest Post from Trisha Lee

alistair@abcdoes.com Creativity, Mark Making, Planning and Assessment, Role Play, Talk, Writing 8 Comments

This weekend I have got a guest post from Trisha Lee who uses ‘helicopter stories’ to promote creativity and story telling. Over to you Trisha… We All Have A Story By Trisha Lee Helicopter Stories is in theory a simple approach, the practitioner sits with the child and scribes their story verbatim. Then the whole class gather to act these …

Cursive Writing in Reception – A Good Idea?

alistair@abcdoes.com Mark Making, Writing 19 Comments

I am regularly get emails from Reception practitioners saying that they have been told they have to teach cursive writing to their children, even though it is against their better judgement. They usually ask two questions. 1) Would I recommend it? and 2) How do you teach it? My my answers are usually : ‘I wouldn’t’ and ‘don’t’. Or, ask the person …

Tales Toolkit Update and a Discount Code!

alistair@abcdoes.com Boys Learning, Creativity, Giveaway, Mark Making, Talk, Uncategorized 12 Comments

This Saturday I have the great pleasure of sharing a guest blog from Tales Toolkit. If you haven’t come across Tales Toolkit before…I think you are going to love it! Hello, It’s me again, Kate, founder of Tales Toolkit! We love Alistair so much we’re back for another blog and this time we’re making it official and taking up permanent residence …

How to Make Coloured Porridge Oats…

alistair@abcdoes.com Creativity, Malleable Materials, Mark Making, Texture Kitchen 2 Comments

This is a really simple and easy one to do. You can use your coloured oats as a sensory experience, not to mention as an addition to Small World, Creative play and many, many more areas of provision. You will need: Porridge Oats – I have found that the LARGE porridge oats work best. Measuring cup Measuring spoons Small container (like …