November 27, 2020

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It's All About The Holidays!

This is our final newsletter for 2020 as we wind down for the holidays. We hope that you have enjoyed the
resources we have produced this year and 2021 promises to be bigger and better again with Caldecott winners,
Newberry Award winners, CBCA long and short listed books, a unit on holidays arriving in early 2021, Year 6
Bloomsmath being released and of course all the resources you could need for the National Simultaneous
Storytime in May.

As a nod to the holidays this week's newsletter includes activities for the award winning classic All-of-a-Kind
Family Hanukkah. The blog is a fun activity to teach students about the world around them and various climates
and their associated characteristics. We hope you have a much needed restful and safe holidays and we hope
to see you again in early 2021 ready for another jam packed year of new resources and activities.

This week's blog is by resident Learn From Play gamifying expert Shane Hill and can be read by clicking on
the image below. It is a method for making the teaching of Stage 2 Geography - Places Are Similar And Different
fun and fast paced. The ideas in this article could easily be adapted to a range of different curriculum areas and
I am sure your students will love the group work and racing elements of this activity.

The New Activities this week are all Hanukkah related and are based on the National Jewish Book Awards
Finalist All-of-a-Kind Family Hanukkah. Written by Emily Jenkins but based on the characters created in 1912
by Sydney Taylor it is the story of a Jewish family with 5 girls preparing for Hanukkah in New York City.

When Gertie, the youngest, is not allowed to help prepare latkes, she is upset as she does not realise that she
is going to be given the best Hanukkah job of all. Activities for this book include a comprehension, dreidel
game, making latkes, a word match with drawing and creating a hand print Hanukiah.

Other festival activities like this will be included in our soon to be released holidays teaching unit along with 15
other holidays and celebrations from around the world. Stay tuned for more news about this in early 2021.

As always if you have any questions, feedback or content suggestions for areas of the curriculum that you would
like to see gamified send me an email. We are also always looking for books you would like resources for to
make sure you are able to share as many books as possible with your students.

In the mean time, have a wonderful end of year break and we will see you in late January refreshed and
energised for, what we all hope, will be a less eventful 2021. Stay Safe!

Rachel McCann

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