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Ross Mountney Has Been At It Again.

A beautiful picture book

A beautiful picture book

 

I love picture books; I can sit and admire them again and again. They also help to raise my spirits if I feel that I need jollying along. When I received my copy of The Wrong Adventure by Ross Mountney, I was delighted because Ross is a very dear friend. It doesn’t get much better than one of your favourite types of book being penned by someone you love and respect.  I have a feeling that this picture book will get a lot of use.

The lovely lady herself

The lovely lady herself


This is the second book in the series where Little Harry – from a Home Educated family – gets into more bother. The book is delightful and full of the innocence of a small boy that is trying to make sense of the world. I love the way Ross echoes through Harry’s character that learning can take place anywhere. Young children learn as they encounter new things and this is the essence of Home Education – you go about the world and learn how it works. The illustrations are extremely charming too. These are done by a Home Educated young man, James Robinson and really transport us into the idyllic world that is on offer.

Reading books like this actually helps small kids to speak. They listen to the story over and over while gazing at the pictures and the reason that you have to read the book to them 200 times is so that they can learn what every single word means. Little kids are amongst the best students in the world; they are born with an ability to try and try until they can conquer a skill. Books like The Wrong Adventure are priceless resources therefore to our adorable tots. Enjoy!

 

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What Has Ross Mountney Been Up To?

There is only one thing better than reading a wonderful book and that is when you are reading a wonderful book that is written by someone that is dear to you. It gives me extreme pleasure to be telling you about A Home Education Notebook by Ross Mountney.

A Home Education Notebook

This is a book for anyone that is interested in education. Yes. I stand by that. Folks often think that books like this are only to be read by those that are on the Home Education journey. However, if you are truly interested in education, you will understand the need to explore all philosophies in the hope of getting a fuller picture.

A Home Education Notebook is divided in 52 chapters so that anyone who is educating their children themselves can dip into it whenever they feel a wobble coming on or they suspect that the earth is opening them up and swallowing them.  Basically, there is a chapter for every week of the year – however, I couldn’t wait that long to read it all.

Ross Mountney

I think that sometimes people get the idea that because writers write about education, it must be very serious and proper – or even downright dull. Let me tell you that if you want to read someone that is funny, opinionated and often outrageous then Ross Mountney is your girl.  She really doesn’t pull any punches – although Jane, her editor at Bird’s Nest Books often has to restrain her a little.

Joking apart, when I close A Home Education Notebook, I get the feeling of someone who cares vastly about people and their experience of education. Ross has been writing about Home Education for a long time and she’s experienced so many people exploring this avenue that it is part of who she is. Like me, she believes that learning is for life. The only time you should stop learning is when you are no longer here.

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Course For Kids – Getting Your 4-8 Year Old To Create A Story Using Their Favourite Toy.

When Will and I started Loony Literature we hoped to get children writing more. Since starting this website, I’ve wanted to offer courses that would help kids to be inspired to write and also to give them the confidence that is often lacking.  I’ve gone through many ideas to make this happen and now, at last,with lots of help and support from Will,  I’ve got the courses going.

Watch Captain Digger and Rory Rabbit learn how to write a story.

Watch Captain Digger and Rory Rabbit learn how to write a story.

 

What would you call this beast?

What would you call this beast?

The course is made up of videos for your child to watch and story mapping sheets for them or you to fill in. You can take as long as you like to do the course because it is divided up into small workable sections.  You can stop and start to fit in with your individual child.

When your child has done their story, you can upload it for me and the rest of the class to enjoy. I will also give feedback.  You can use the course more than once because there is a range of main character sheets and settings for your child to choose from. You can also print up a certificate to show that they have successfully completed their story.

Would you like your name on there?

Would you like your name on there?

You can do the course with your child even if they can only write their name. The reason for this is that, they can tell you their answers and you can fill in the sheets for them. When it comes to telling their story, there is a section that suggests ways that they can do this too.

If your child is a bit older and can write a bit then they will gain confidence in their story writing skills as the course offers step by step guidance on how to write a story.  Often children can handwrite but don’t know how to get their ideas down – the course will help them to do that.

I have wanted to use my education,  writing and teaching experience, ideas and techniques to help get kids writing in my own particular way and now I hope to finally pursue my dream.

All you have to do to enrol  is to click on the link below and then press the enrol button.

http://skl.sh/2aVTR5N

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