Tales Toolkit – A resource worth having!

Alistair Bryce-CleggCreativity, Mark Making, Phonics, Reading, Talk, Writing16 Comments

Good morning! Hope you had a good week. I took ‘Excellence in Early Years’ up to Scotland for my first official ABC Does conference North of the boarder in Glasgow. I had such a great day with a great bunch of people. I even got my own tin of Hawick mint balls to compare with the tin of Uncle Joe’s that I got when I went to Wigan. I will let you know which one I prefer! I will definitely be back to Scotland! Off to Belfast next week – I will see you there if you are coming… When I first came across Tales Toolkit, I loved the simplicity of it. I have featured on my blog a couple of times and … Read More

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