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    Talking Stories on every child’s laptop

    September 12th, 2011

    Talking Stories for South Africa

    February 6th, 2011

    This year has started with a bang!  Talking Stories has been ordered by 157 schools in the Western Cape and 100 schools in the Eastern Cape.

    Have a look at all the action when the first consignment of books, software and other resources arrived at the Radical Learning office in Cape Town today:


    Christmas

    November 25th, 2010

    Reading and Fun Activities

    If your children have access to the internet at home or school, they might like to try some of these literacy activities:

    A Christmas Carol 

    Black and white front cover with main characters
    This 10-page story can be read online or it can be printed out and  made into a book.  Each page has a picture to colour.

    Anancy and the Christmas Plant

    Anancy sitting in a tree

    This is a nine-page story with colourful pictures and accompanying text.  Find out what Anancy, the spider man, decides to sell at the village market.


    Term 4, Week 9

    November 8th, 2010

    Yippee!  It’s the last week of term. It’s time for a treat when your children visit the computer lab.

    Have lots of fun playing all these fabulous games:
    COMPUTER GAMES FOR AFRICA!

    If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom you could all watch this beautiful traditional story and listen to the accompanying classical music composed by Tchaikovsky:
    THE NUTCRACKER


    Term 4, Week 6

    November 1st, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Continue with the assessments started last week. 

    If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom then you can enjoy this online talking story about bugs – it ties in nicely with this week’s theme story about “Goggas”: BUG BUZZ

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “Goggas” continued.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: Continue with the assessments started last week. 

    If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom then here is a super online talking story in keeping with this week’s theme of maps:
    THE TREASURE MAP

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Maps” continued.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Activity 2 of this week’s Talking Story focuses on alphabetical order.  This is an important concept for children to learn.  Here are more activities you can use to re-inforce this:
    INTERACTIVE ABC ORDER – easy
    WHAT’S THE MISSING LETTER? - a bit harder
    DRAG AND DROP WORD ORDER – good for use on an interactive whiteboard
    WORKSHEET 1
    WORKSHEET 2
    WORKSHEET 3 - difficult

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “The flood” continued.


    Term 4, Week 2

    October 10th, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: Learn to read this term’s key words. 

    Don’t forget to keep revising alphabet sounds for those children who haven’t yet mastered these.  Here’s a LOTTO GAME you can print out and play with your children.  Make enough copies for everyone to have their own sheet Then play in groups.  It’s a great way for little ones to practice matching and saying alphabet sounds.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Advanced, “The beetle and the butterfly” continued.

    This week’s talking story is about two tiny animals.  See if you can name all the animals in this activity: Animal Names
    Drag the name onto the picture.  If you get it right, the name will turn green.

    The theme of our Talking Story this week is that we can all do something well.  Here is another Talking Story with the same theme:
    I Can Do That, Said Jack  Use it for whole class story time – with computer, data projector or interactive whiteboard.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week: If you have an interactive whiteboard, then use the video below to reinforce alphabet sounds this week.  Your children will love to sing along!  This week you should also carefully work through this term’s new key words with your children.  Ensure they are learning to read them at home too!

     

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Advanced, “Lost!” continued.

    Here’s another interactive story about getting lost:
    THE LOST CYGNET
    And here’s some useful practical advice to share with your class:
    WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET LOST

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: This week you need to go through all of this term’s key words with your class.  Also, start making a weather chart, to tie in with your Talking Story.  You will find an excellent template in the printable activity that comes with the Talking Story.

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Advanced, “Weather”. Continued.

    Here’s another great interactive weather story to enjoy.  It’s particularly good to use on an interactive whiteboard, where children can join in…. But it can be used on any other computer too:
    WEATHER STORY


    Term 3, Week 4

    August 2nd, 2010

    Level 1

    In the classroom this week: This week’s story is about Anna’s party.   You could have a theme about celebrations or parties - remember that some children don’t celebrate birthdays, so keep your theme broad.  Here is a lovely story about a child’s party, for you and your class to enjoy on an interactive whiteboard or computer with internet access:

    This is actually my party! 

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 1 Intermediate, “Presents for Anna”.

    Level 2

    In the classroom this week:  This week’s Talking Story is about what spiders eat.  Let’s enjoy another story about animals and their food:

    Nuts, nuts, nuts!  Click on this link to hear another Talking Story – use it on a computer or on your interactive whiteboard.

    In the computer lab this week:

    Talking Story – Level 2 Intermediate, “I can’t eat what you eat” continued.

    Level 3

    In the classroom this week: Make a butterfly finger puppet to tie in with this week’s Talking Story about the caterpillar that turned into a butterfly.  Click on this link to find out how:

    Butterfly finger puppet

    In the computer lab this week: 

    Talking Story – Level 3 Intermediate, “I wish I could fly”