Super Hammy at Open Mic!

Hi, there. I’ve been busy doing illustrations for a new Super Hammy project,

but one dark and rainy night this past week I had the pleasure of participating in an Open Mic session at the beautiful Mill Street Library in Orangeville.

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I read three books to the enthralled audience – the sublime Here Comes Super Hammy, Super Hammy  and Little Mouse Go, and Super Hammy Goes for a Drive! It was my first Open Mic and the first time I have shared the books with an audience so there was some nail-biting on my part.  All went well!
I enjoyed listening to other local, talented authors, young and not so young,  including Diane Bator who is a USA Today best-selling author of at least 7 novels, poets, and a hilarious performance artist from Collingwood!  Thank you to Nancy Rorke of the Headwaters Writers’ Guild for inviting me.
“Super Hammy – My First Reading Series” is aimed children who are just beginning to read and can be purchased individually or as a set from DC Canada Education Publishing.  and beginning April 30th, 2017 through Chapters/Indigo.ca. The books feature a super hero hamster, his friend, Little Mouse, and bad guy, Bad Cat.

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How to Teach Your Child the Alphabet…

There are many ways to learn the alphabet.

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Your child can watch any number of wonderful children’s television programs and play educational games on the computer.  But, here, I’ll show you some simple things you can do at home with one of my favourite teaching tools – magnetic letters.

So, do you teach the upper case or capital letters first?

I’d start with the lower case or small letters – a, b, c and so on. Then, add the upper case letters. Why? Take a look at a page of print in a book. What do you see more of? Upper or lower case letters? Right! Your child will need to know both to begin to read most efficiently.

Read alphabet books.

  • Say the name of the letter and say the sound it makes.
  • Ask the children’s librarian at your public library for some ABC books.

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Show Your Child How Books Work…

How a book “works” may be obvious to you, but don’t assume your child knows! 

There are some important features about books or print (words) on a page that you should  point out to your child as you read a book together. Teachers call these features “concepts about print”.

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Focus on one thing at a time. Do it casually, once or twice while reading a book. Do one thing one day, another one, the next day. We want to make reading fun and enjoyable for your child.
The following items might seem obvious to you, but don’t assume they are for your child.

Show. Point. Demonstrate.

The first 4 items can be introduced when your child is a toddler.

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