October 16, 2020

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Welcome Back to Term 4 and Book Week!

Welcome back to school and to Term 4! Over the next 9 weeks we will be looking at this year's Book Week winners, a partnership between Learn From Play and one of Australia's most recognized health educators and NAIDOC week. We will also be releasing a new activity unit on celebrations and shining a light on some of the resources you may not be aware are part of Learn From Play.

In this newsletter we are showcasing our Book Week activities, have a blog all about the Birds and the Bees (not what you are thinking) and a new poster for our Premium Members to get your Term 4 started right! Most excitingly we are also launching our newest game to celebrate reaching the 3000 Member milestone.

CBCA Book Week is this week and we are so exited to hear the winner announced later today. Along with Simultaneous Story Time it is one of the biggest weeks in the Learn From Play calendar. We have activities for almost all of the short listed young children's books, picture books and those Eve Pownall short listed books which lent themselves to activities for primary students.

Next week we will have a wrap up of the winners and runners up but for now we want to help you and your students enjoy all the fun of Book Week with colouring-ins, making imaginary creatures and our most recent addition to the Book Week set, for those who may have missed it, a very unusual monster book mark. Click on either of the images below to see all the activities you can make with your students.

This week's blog is from Shane and outlines a creative fun way to teach food and farming and the idea of contamination due to pesticides within the food chain. This lesson involves lots of movement and student cooperation and is a lesson students will remember much longer than any comprehension or activity sheet. Read the whole article on the Learn From Play website by clicking on the image below.

Our new Premium poster this week is great for Book Week as it celebrates the effort authors have put in to
writing and illustrating each of the books and the escapism of reading. Click the image to download the poster

One latest Interactive Game is here! We promised that as soon as we had 3000 members we would release a new on-line game and we reached that milestone this week. A wonderful puzzle game for each book where players can choose their level of difficulty. This game is available to Premium members only

On the topic of Premium Membership I am not sure if you are aware just how much is included in the $99 tax deductible annual subscription at Learn From Play. As a very small company our operating revenue comes from Premium Memberships and we do not, at the moment, have enough Premium Members to make the site economically viable. We would ask that you please consider purchasing a subscription and then let us know what resources you would like to see on the site to make your subscription worth renewing next year.

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. In the mean time, please help us grow our Learn From Play teaching
community by sharing the site with your colleagues so everyone can benefit.

Rachel McCann

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