At the Beach I See Learning Time

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Learning Time





At The Beach I See

By Kamsani Bin Salleh

This delightful board book will mesmerise babies and young children as well as older readers. The black line work and colourful wash backgrounds work beautifully with the lyrical text. Together they introduce extraordinary creatures and birds that we can discover and observe around our Australian coastline. ‘Dancing jellyfish’, ‘scuttling crabs’, ‘scattered shells’, ‘waving coral’ and ‘gliding seabirds’ evoke the wonder of our beaches and the treasures to be found.
The book creator is an emerging illustrator descended from the Nimunburr and Yarwuru people of the Kimberley and Ballardong Noongar people of the Perth region in Western Australia.

Key Message for Parents | The Best Learning Happens in Nurturing Environments

Story Time is an ideal way to build respectful relationships with families and provide an environment that is predictable and calm. You can be a positive role model and establish trust so that communication about how children develop can be shared and valued by everyone.

Some ideas to share with parents include:

  • Parents are a child’s first and most important teachers, babies are watching and learning from caring adults from the moment they are born
  • Nurturing relationships that are consistent, warm and loving ensure optimal brain development in babies, cuddling up with a story is a perfect activity to share in with a baby
  • Nurturing relationships in the early years forms the foundation for developmental outcomes that benefit a child for life (e.g. self-confidence, motivation, a love of learning, achievement at school and beyond, ability to control emotions)

Learning Outcomes | Outcome 1: Children Have a Strong Sense of Identity

Young children learn about themselves through relationships with their family and communities. Identity is shaped by experiences and Story Time is an ideal opportunity to help babies begin to develop a strong sense of who they are. As facilitators we can:

  • Be mindful of all interactions and the language we use. As often as possible role-model face-to-face interactions and avoid too much ‘baby-talk’. Use a wide range of interesting words and sounds when talking with babies.
  • Support babies (and adults) in times of change/transition and bridge the gap between familiar and new experiences. Create a welcoming and supportive environment for families to connect with
  • Spend time through play conversing and getting to know families. Set up multi-sensory play experiences with blocks, scarves, music instruments or different fabric and materials.


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