Little Bird’s Day Learning Time

Resource type: 
Learning Time


 

 

 

Key Message for Parents | The brain is naturally wired to learn language 

Children needto hear people talk to them about what they are seeing and experiencing for their brains to fully develop language skills. 
Talk to children often. Chat with your toddler and look for opportunities to use new and interesting words. 
The more words childrenhear, the stronger their vocabulary with become.
 
 

Before Reading 

 
Look at the cover of the book and read the title. Explore the endpapers and the title page. Do any of these give clues to what the story is about. From looking at the cover what might one thing little bird does in a day.
 
Ask the children what type of things they do in a day. Make a list and see if there are some things that everyone does in a day.
 
 

During Reading 

 
It is important to pause to allow children time to take in the pictures. There are a few pages with no words so allow children time to ‘read’ the pictures before making any discussion. Take your time turning the pages. Some questions to ask include
 
•What do yousee in the picture?
 
•What is happening?
 
•Who is here?
 
 
 
The ability to read pictures is an important part of developing visual literacy.
 

After Reading 

Talk about the things little bird did in the day. Do any match the things the children do in a day.
Re read the story and get the children to do some actions
•Rise with the sun-use arms to make a sun rising
•Here comes the wind-wave arms like blowing in the wind
•Here comes the cloud-huff and puff with mouth
•Here comes the rain-make rain falling down with fingers
Here comes the moon-make a circle with hand and hold above head.
 
Talk about the illustrations and how the colours and patterns depict Aboriginal culture. Show a picture of the illustratorto help childrenmake a connectionbetween the pictures andthe person who drew them.
 

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