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Hello! Welcome to the Goondiwindi Regional Council’s First Five Forever page. First Five Forever Story Time and Baby Rhyme is back up and running face-to-face in the Goondiwindi Library. As the library is observing the current COVID-19 spacing regulations that are keeping everyone safe, you will need to BOOK your FREE TICKETS for each event. Please see the links above.

If you unfortunately miss out on a spot or are unable to make it, I have put together some books, rhymes and activities online for you to explore in the comfort of your own home. Everything that you will find below is what you and your child would normally take part in if you were to attend the face-to-face session in the library.

The theme this session is ‘Grandparents’. October is Senior’s month. We all know the saying that it takes a village to raise a child and Senior’s month provides the perfect opportunity to celebrate and acknowledge the important people in your child’s life and the contribution they make. The focus is developing your child’s understanding of how all grandparents are different but hopefully, the common trait they all possess is the love they feel for their grandchild.

Remember, taking any opportunity to tap into your little one’s interest is always a must. This is because when they are interested in a topic, they will be engaged in any activity, interaction or experience you offer them. When your little one is engaged, it guarantees you are helping them learn, build connections and develop their understanding of the world surrounding them. Any time you spend simply talking, reading, singing or playing with your child is of benefit to their growth. Don’t forget to take these learning experiences outside and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather – just be careful of the magpies.

There are many books, rhymes and activities that you can engage in with your little one based on the theme that will support their growth and literacy development.

Some suggestions could be:

  • Senior’s Story Time on the GRC website. Jump on and listen to some of our locals read an engaging picture book that will entertain your child throughout the month. There will be 2 stories uploaded each week this month.
  • Write a letter or draw a picture to send to their grandparents to show them how much they care, love and miss them.
  • Introduce new vocabulary by reading stories or singing rhymes. Some new words that relate to this theme may be based around family, gratitude, caring, helpful, kind, giving, appreciation and valuable.
  • Invite their grandparents over for a morning tea. Your children may like to make their grandparent’s favourite snack or better yet, maybe they can help could cook some of their grandparents’ favourite food with them.
  • Play some games of their grandparent’s choice. It could be a role-play activity, or some craft, a card game or why not take it outside and ride a bike, visit a park, look for birds or even shoot some hoops?

There are always opportunities to discuss with your child colours, letters, numbers and animals to provide different experiences to extend your child’s development. This can be through a simple conversation about their day and yours – it does not have to be a planned lesson with bulk resources! YOU are their best resource.

Call, Click and Collect Service: You can still ring the library and request for some books, audiobooks, DVDs or puzzles to be put aside for you.

I hope you enjoy this fortnight’s books, songs and activities and I would love to see you at a session soon.

Prompting Questions/Activities

  • Can you point to where the title is?
  • What does the title tell you?
  • What can you see on the front cover?
  • Predict/guess what the story might be about. What clues helped you come up with that idea?
  • What do you think the problem may be?
  • Where do you think the story will be set/will take place?
  • What words might you find in the book?
  • What are you wondering about the book?
  • What can you see on this page?
  • What do you think is going to happen next?
  • How do you think that character is feeling right now?
  • Why do you think the character did that?
  • Would you have done the same thing?
  • What questions do you have about the story?
  • I wonder….?
  • What if…..?
  • What was your favourite character/part of the book and why?
  • Create a story map for the book.
  • Can you tell me what happened in the book? (Prompt your child so as not to miss any important parts at the beginning, middle or the end.)
  • What could happen next after the story has finished?
  • What is a different way the story could end? 
  • Why did the author write this book?
  • See if they can find a letter/sound/word in the book. Eg. Can you find the word bear on this page? Can you find 9 letter a’s on this page? 
  • How do you relate to the book? eg. Have you ever been on a bear hunt before? What other texts eg. books/movies/tv shows have you read that has similar characters/plot in it?

Rhymes Relished this session

Click on the picture below to be guided through some of the favourite rhymes.

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There are many more rhymes and songs about this theme. Try searching through these platforms:

  • YouTube
  • Spotify
  • Apple Music
  • ABC App
  • The Wiggles website

Books to Enjoy

Click on the book/s to listen to the stories related to the theme. Some of these books can be accessed via the Story Box Library. If you are a library member, follow the How to Guide to assist you when logging in. You can then type in the book name in the search area. After this, sit back and enjoy the story. Others are linked to YouTube clips for educational purposes only and with the understanding that we are not the producers/authors/creators of the following clips.

Click on the book/s to read at home today.

Although these books are about ninjas, you can link it to the theme by discussing the similarities of the qualities possessed by the ninjas to the characteristics soldiers in the Army possess.  

The Poppa Platoon in World War Chew by Danny Katz

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Grandma's Treasured Shoes by Coral Vass

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Engaging Activities

There are many activities that link to the theme ‘Grandparents’. The face-to-face activity at the Goondiwindi and Inglewood Library was creating a tailored-made toddler hug that grandparents could take home or that can be put in the post to reach them wherever they may live.

Tailor-made Toddler Hug 

Click on the image below to learn how to make a tailor-made toddler hug.

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Other Grandparent-themed Activities 

Click on the images below to find other theme-inspired activities including sensory fun, some craft and other fine and gross motor activities.

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Benefits of these activities:

  • To encourage imagination and creative thinking
  • To improve language and communication skills by building and introducing new context-relevant vocabulary and listening skills
  • To support social and emotional development including working collaboratively, taking turns along with showing gratitude and appreciation
  • To enhance physical development including fine motor skills
  • To spend some quality time with your little one

Prefer hard copies or want more theme-related goodness? Don’t forget you can access or reserve these and more through Aurora or visiting your local library today!

Have a look through the below lists to find a book your child would enjoy and see if your local library has it or can order it in.

Hard Copy Resources

Bonus Info

2nd & 4th Thursday of every month  

October – 28th

November – 11th & 25th

 

Book your FREE ticket to either Story Time (2-5yrs) or Baby Rhyme (0-1yrs) by clicking the correlating link below.

1st Wednesday of every month @ 10:30am

Ring or email Inglewood Library today to book your spot

  • November – 3rd
  • December – 1st

3rd Thursday of every month @ 10:30am

Ring or email Texas Library today to book your spot

  • October – 21st
  • November – 18th
  • December – 16th

Fortnight Tip:

Children learn best from the important people around them. The most beneficial toy for your baby is you. Your children learn from talking, playing and singing with their family and what is even better is, this can happen any place, any time and with any one.

Click on the image below to find out more about First Five Forever and tune in every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10am for story time.

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