Saturday, 15 October 2016

Literacy Partnerships

I wonder how we fare in the light of this diagram? Do we read with our children at home? Are they Pukeariki members - does the family visit and borrow books regularly? Are they reading to self, sharing and borrowing books at school? Are our students readers? Are we readers?

The following is from our National Library website:

Parents as reading role models - especially dads

Good reading role models at home might:
·         read in front of their children
·         chat about books and what they are reading in a positive and encouraging way
·         read aloud to their children
·         explain how the simple act of reading for pleasure is so important and enjoyable! ( leads to improved literacy skills, vocabulary and knowledge of the world)
·         surround their home with books in a range of formats and genre, magazines, newspapers and catalogues
·         show that reading is a part of everyone’s lives by reading diverse materials such as cookbooks, cereal boxes, instructions for kitsets / games / puzzles; websites, television adverts, telephone directories, and environmental print such as road signs, billboards and logos
·         borrow from libraries and buy from bookstores together – practicing the art of browsing and noticing interesting topics.

Our thanks to Jeannie Skinner at National Library Services to Schools for sharing her expertise.
A sunny day, a new book .................

Friday, 14 October 2016

Book Trailers

I am really excited about the book trailers that Room 8 have been creating in response to their reading of Enid Blyton's The Magic Faraway Tree. Do view them on Room 8's blog. These students have totally personalised their 'Faraway Tree' which has a pure Frankley feel.

You might also like to share Briana's book trailer about the book My Brother's War. 

We were fortunate to have the author David Hill conduct a writing workshop with 25 of our senior students earlier in the year. Briana felt privileged to share her book trailer with him. Mr Hill said he was very flattered that she had taken his book seriously enough to want to promote it online :-)
My Brother's War 

Kiwi Country Book Fair 2016

Once upon a time our library looked like this ......

Then the truck arrived with ALL the magnificent books!

Da-dahhhh ........ The joy of browsing, comparing, creating wish lists, persuading, buying, (can I please have these books 'issued?') AND being slightly crazy on dressup day. Aaaah, book world bliss !

The number of choices is a little overwhelming for some.

How many baked beans can you get on a toothpick in 5 seconds??

Gumboot throw - And the winner is .......


Thank you Frankley students and families for your incredible support for our book fair. 
Your purchases have entitled us to rewards which translate into NEW books - YAY! 

Here's our first pile being accessed. Keep an eye out for them on our New To View shelves :-)

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

News Flash

Coming up .....!

Check these dates, clean up your gumboots and get ready for .....
Our Fantastic Scholastic Kiwi Country Book Fair

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Wow ..... Check out our new sofa!

From this

To this :)
Thank you BoT!

NZ Book Council visiting authors

We were privileged recently to have authors who were finalists in the NZ Childrens Book Awards spend time with us at Frankley 

Rebecca Beyer and Linley Wellington,

Pukeariki librarians shared some of their writing secrets, including a fun fractured fairy tale, with Rms 1-8. They also read their latest co-written book,Tamanui The Brave Kokako of Taranaki. You can read more about the exciting project to re-introduce the kokako to Taranaki HERE


Renowned Taranaki author David Hill

workshopped with a number of our senior students, each of whom was requested to bring a piece of their own writing along. David was very complimentary about the quality of work that was enthusiastically shared and used this as a springboard to demystify and simplify the writing process. We learned several writing ‘tricks’ and the writer’s motto, STEAL - ideas from books and others’ work. We were also told never to throw any writing away, no matter how incomplete, as we might want to come back to it one day.