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Bitty Betty’s Secret

I introduced you to Bitty Betty Bookworm last week. I just love her in her cute little outfit! So I have crafted a little Bitty Betty Story Part 1 for you. You can click the image below to download the pdf of Bitty Betty’s Secret. Do read to your little ones and enjoy. Do head on over to the Bitty Betty Bookworm store on Cafepress for great Bitty Betty merchandise.

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Christmas Gifts for the brainy and creative kids

It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas and your child likes to be different and creative and nothing in the store seems to fit your child’s fancy. I am sharing a Pinterest board from my daughter’s school Connections Academy to give you some gift giving ideas for your special child. These are fun gifts that also inspire learning. Tell a friend and do follow my blog.

Fun Christmas Gifts that Inspire Learning

Fun Christmas Gifts that Inspire Learning

A Caribbean Story – Over the Wall (written by Tamu Petra Browne)

“I hate hanging clothes on the line”, I mumbled under my breath, careful that my mother did not hear me. She had the ears of the wind – everywhere all at once.

“So do I.” I stopped, shocked – clothespin squeezed.  Was that a voice I heard? Perhaps the mango yellow sun was so hot, that I was hearing things. I wandered over to the chipped greying wall near the pink hibiscuses the color of my favorite church dress.

I stood still, barely breathing. I strained my ears to hear until I was sure they would jump off my head. I willed my eardrums to block the thumping sounds of one neighbor’s reggae beats blasting through the air, the other’s television turned up on a million, listening to the excited cricket commentators.

It was in vain. I did not hear the voice again. Back to the line I go, clothespins pinching the edge of my T shirt. As I swayed to the thumping beats from my neighbor’s sound system, I began thinking that the voice came from the mystery neighbor opposite my clothes line. The house was hidden behind huge golden apple and breadfruit trees, swollen pawpaws and happy mango trees filled with fruit. All so thick they almost blocked the sky and surely blocked any view of the house and people inside.

“Hmmmmmm.” I heard – a huge sigh I heard just behind the fortress of trees, somewhere beyond the bird pecked mangoes on the other side. No – I was not hearing things or suffering from sun stroke – it was a voice! A human voice, a voice of another tortured little girl, My Saturday soul mate who sighed out loud and not in her mind like me. We would have lots in common I could tell!

I had made up my mind. I approached the wall of trees, the yellow fruit, the red and purple flowers, the sugar laden fruits and said….”Hello…hellooooo.” “Hi” came back a squeaky but decidedly girlie voice. I had to see who was there. I hoisted myself on top the wall, scraping my knees and arms in the process. The wall was hot from sitting all day in the sun. My palms burned but I had to see. I prayed I would not fall but I was more afraid that my Mommy would see me climbing into someone else’s yard! But I had to see.

Panting, and scraped I finally was perched on top and I looked down into a yard never before seen – well not by me anyway and there I saw a little girl, with her hair plaited in neat corn rows, just like mine. But she was sooooooooooooo little. She was barely three feet tall but 11 years old she whispered when I asked her. We chatted about this and that, then and now, pets and bullies. Everything.

“Nyam Nyam” I heard bolting through the air. “Stop day dreaming, stop being idle! You are just standing there with the pins in your hands! Every Saturday it’s the same story with you.”

There was no tiny girl, there was no Saturday soul mate over the wall. There was just me and two buckets of clothes and my only friend was the stinging yellow sun.

Written by Tamu Petra Browne

Free tools for the audio visual learner and all kids

Not all children learn the same way! That is a fact some are more audio-visual learners others more technical. Here are some resources to creatively engage them and all other children.

The Meanie by Tamu Browne on GoAnimate

There are lots of free resources online to educate children in a wholesome way. You can check out the latest episode of The Adventures of J and T created by my two children above. Encourage your children to make a short clip themselves. My children used Goanimate to create their adorable characters. You can use this to reinforce a lesson if your are a teacher, or home school parent, or just for fun. Do encourage my kids and become a follower of J and T!

Another great free resource that my own children have enjoyed for years is Story Nory. Free audio stories of all genres. Each story is read in a clear, entertaining voice and there are so many of them you are bound to find one that you and your child will love. Click on the frog to get to their site. He is so cute!

Story Nory

 

 

 

 

Many kids are keen on video games. Why not introduce them to programming and allow them to create their own games. My son has begun using Scratch, which was developed by a team at the famed MIT. Scratch is absolutely free and uses a smart method of pre programmed blocks of code which children combine to create their own programs. It challenges them to figure out how to create the correct combinations or codes to get their creations to work. Programming teaches discipline, creativity and diligence. Visit Scratch here.

Finally I just want to share a little chat about motivating students I had via Twitter with Connections Academy – a virtual school.

 

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