Tales Toolkit – £800 GIVEAWAY!

Alistair Bryce-CleggBoys Learning, Giveaway, Mark Making, Phonics, Uncategorized419 Comments

Hello we’re back. It’s been a whole year since our last Tales Toolkit ABCDoes blog (here). And what a crazy busy, exciting year with so much happening including our launch – Whoop I hear you shout.   And to show our appreciation of all things Alistair we’ve decided to offer ABCDoes readers a fabulous giveaway worth £800! Read on to find out more.   So let’s kick off with a quick recap on Tales Toolkit and then we’ll get to the all-important stuff – the giveaway! So what is Tales Toolkit I hear you ask? As teachers you already know that story is a super powerful learning gizmo that can improve every area of learning. Tales Toolkit provides kits and resources that … Read More

50 Fantastics – Mid Week Giveaway!

Alistair Bryce-CleggChild Initiated Learning, Giveaway, Mark Making, Phonics299 Comments

I love a mid week giveaway! Especially this early in the term… This time Bloomsbury have given me… 5 copies of  ’50 Fantastic Ideas for Mark Making’ and, if that wasn’t enough… 5 copies of  ‘50 Fantastic Ideas for Early Writing Prompts‘ to give away. So, that will make 5 lucky winners who will get a copy of both! All you have to do to stand a chance of winning a copy of both books is… Leave a comment at the end of this blog post and/or Leave a comment on my Facebook page ABC Does and/or Tweet me @ABCDoes with the #50fantastics and/or Leave a comment on my Instagram with the #50fantastics All entries must be made by noon onWednesday 16th September 2015. … Read More

Best iPad Apps for Early Years

abc doesPhonics, PSRN28 Comments

I often get asked if I can recommend any good apps for iPads in Early Years. There are a few that I have come across that I have listed below, but I thought it would be a better idea if I asked you what you (and your children) like and then we can all share. I know you can do a google search for Early Years Apps and you will get hundreds, but lots of them are dire! It is much better to buy on a personal recommendation. There are (unsurprisingly) lots linked to Literacy and Numeracy, I would be really good to find a few more that were linked to the other areas of learning. If you have got a good … Read More

Hierarchy of talk in Early Years

abc doesMark Making, Phonics, Talk1 Comment

I spend a lot of time talking about the importance of talk in Early Years. It really is the key to effective learning and personal development in children. Yet, quality talk development is often missed out or overlooked by pressure to show attainment in other areas. The ability to talk is simple enough for most children but how they talk and what they talk about is a far more complex thing that needs to be effectively modelled and regularly practised. Such is my passion for the importnace of talk I was asked to write  ‘Get Them Talking, Get Them Learning’  where I am able to take a more in-depth look at some of the more common types of talk that … Read More