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Books for Children

There have been some very pleasing changes in books for children over the last ten years. Between these two extremes are simple hne pictures and various styles from almost photographic realism (indeed actual photographic reproductions in some cases), to impressionism. With more buying in from abroad cultural differences and varied approaches are introduced. The only ...

The Sound Table

The sound table or music corner is a fairly common feature in most nursery groups. It may be an attractive permanent feature with a good collection of simple instruments or home-made noise-makers where children are free to experiment with what they find there. Sadly, like interest and nature tables, it can deteriorate into a dusty, ...

Buying books for Children

Paperback books covered with transparent film may last just as long as a poorly-produced hardback version. books for toddlers should be neither too heavy nor too flimsy and a small size is easier to manage than a large one. Baby books, which are probably a child’s first experience of accepting one-dimensional representation of a real object, ...

When Can I Learn to Play Music?

In spite of the success some teaching methods produce in allowing very young children to learn to play instruments it is not common practice to start children learning with a music teacher until about five to seven years. Small children who live in a family where one of the members plays a musical instrument are ...

Mending books

This is a tedious business. If the loose dust jacket has a suitable picture on it it can be used to make a mounted picture or a jigsaw puzzle. Any accidental tears should be mended immediately with Sellotape. If the child who did the damage is allowed to watch and the operation carried out in a ...

Musical Instruments and Noise-Makers

Many instruments can be used with a group of children but some are expensive, some take up a lot of space, some are difficult to play. Ideally the adult should be free to sing and move about with the children so any large instrument such as a piano, or wind instruments such as a recorder, ...

Making books

There are several ways of making books. Sheets of sugar or craft paper stapled together with a cover of vinyl wallpaper is the quickest and simplest method. Good quality board or card joined with heavy quality passe-partout is stronger still. For small books postcards (used double by sticking them together with Sellotape) are easily available ...

Shakers

These are essentially some kind of unbreakable, safe container containing rattle material. (They may be called cioccolos if they are long and cylindrical; marraccas if they have handles and come in pairs.) Suitable containers include strong scouring-powder canisters with all trace of powder removed and covered with vinyl wallpaper stuck on with Copydex after the rattle ...

Story-Telling in the Nursery Group

Whatever their inclination and ability in telling stories and reading books to their own children, many adults confess to being extremely nervous in trying to tell stories in the nursery group. There seem to be two areas of apprehension – not being able to remember the story and not being able to control the group ...

Rhythm Sticks and Blocks

These are no more than two pieces of wood which are knocked together to provide a rhythm. Dowelling rod of various thicknesses cut in 9-inch lengths or blocks of hardwood about 2-inch by 4-inch by I-inch are useful. These should be rubbed down with very fine sandpaper and they look better if the corners are ...