Friday, December 30, 2011

Looking Back to December Past

Towards the end of each month in 2011, I've been revisiting some articles I've written in 2009 and 2010. Not only does this mean new readers of the blog may find something useful otherwise buried in the archives, but it also reminds me of content I can refer to when I write new articles.


Are We Having Fun Yet? Incorporating fun and purpose into what we want kids to learn. And a video from Fun Theory.

The Book Chook Makes a Movie My first effort at turning a simple story into a movie.

The Book Chook in Love My love affair with the game, Questionaut - delightful art work and lots of reading.

On the Go, or On the Chair Book Chook ideas for incorporating movement into a child's day, including literacy activities and screen time.

Bless this Chick My favourite avatar maker. Great place for you and your kids to play online dress-ups.

Bed Time Goes Better with Books Some Book Chook favourites for sleepytime.


Holiday Learning Fun Lots of Book Chook ideas for sneaking some learning into the holiday season.

Just for Fun Clips, sites and games - a stack of fun for you and your children.

What's the Use of Word Clouds? Some ideas for using Wordle and other word cloud makers.

Creative Prompt - Start with Illustrations One of the Creative Prompt Series, this article suggests ways to start with images to get kids creating.

Are Manners Important? A Book Chook rant. Do good manners open doors for us? What do you think?

Creative Prompt - Two Word Poem Another in the Creative Prompt Series, use this easy idea from poet, Lorraine Marwood, to get your kids started with poetry.

Encouraging Kids to Read and Write Poetry Guest post from poet, Lorraine Marwood.

Creative Prompt - Start with a Hero Kids love heroes, so why not start with the hero as a prompt for even more creativity?

If you're interested in children's book reviews from December '09, '10, or indeed the many other articles from that time, try those months in the Blog Archive widget in the right sidebar, which has a drop-down menu. Find all children's book reviews by clicking on the right sidebar button, Reviews.


  1. Happy New Year, Susan! I love looking back at so many of the wonderful tools you've introduced us to!

  2. @Terry DLovely to think readers enjoy a blast from the past as much as I do, Terry. Happy NY to you too!


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