Clean Up is the scrumptious second book in the series by Nathan Bryon and Dapo Adeola, where we see Rocket excitedly travelling to the Caribbean to see her grandparents, Grammy and Grampy. Rocket’s grandparents have an animal sanctuary and run whale-watching tours. How cool is this for Rocket!
While surfing, Rocket notices a baby turtle tangled in plastic and Grampy takes it back to the sanctuary. Rocket wants to do something about the rubbish on the beach and so the Clean Up Crew springs into action.
I love the factual ‘Did You Know’ pointers that thread through the book, telling us, for example, that Imani Wilmot created the first female surf competition in Jamaica, and that plastic makes whales sick. It’s a gentle way to inform children about the impact of waste on the environment and more specifically, on the beach.
This book is a must for parents to share at home and to explore issues such […]
I have been contacted by settings up and down the country and overseas, with dilemmas connected to what to do and what not to do as they get ready to welcome back (some schools and settings have remained open) children and their families following this period of lockdown.
Many have asked me to do an online webinar regarding returning to work. I have, instead, offered personalised online coaching as I feel a one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate, as many settings and schools have a variety of needs and every setting/school is unique.
I have, however, put together some quick tips that should be relevant for everyone:
Staff pre-session snuggle in:
If possible, get together as a team before you start, to reflect on the session ahead, even if it is for five minutes. An approach to consider is the KitBag approach,and this short clip. in brief, to ground yourself and acknowledge everyone’s feelings before the start of […]
Part of my ‘why’ has always been about relationships and connections on a global level.
This short clip shows a number of inspiring people that I have connected with.
I’m delighted to share Action Amanda singing My Family is Special to Me. Please click on here to view:
I wrote this song for the very first My Family Week, three years ago, sung to the tune of The Wheels on the Bus. This year we will celebrate My Family Week from Monday 12th to Sunday 18th October 2020.
If you would like a copy of the song lyrics and more information on My Family Week 2020, please email me on: Laura@LauraHenryConsultancy.com
It has been more than two weeks since the first 11 episodes of JoJo and Gran Gran aired on CBeebies. The next 11, will be available in the summer, 11 in the autumn and the final 11 of the series in the winter. The current 11 episodes are all available on BBC-iplayer.
Here is a short clip of my speech from the private pre-screening.
In addition, this is from BBC news online, where I shared a few stories about my grandmother.
JoJo & Gran Gran, based on the popular characters by Early Years specialist Laura Henry-Allain, is to feature among the new season’s offer on BBC’s pre-school channel, CBeebies.
JoJo & Gran Gran are characters close to the heart of Laura who has worked alongside the production team to develop the duo for TV.
“JoJo and Gran Gran is loosely based on my own relationship with my Grandmother,” said Laura. “I wanted to convey the deep connection between the two, the excitement at the world around her that JoJo has and Gran Gran’s wisdom, experience and zest for life”.
“It’s been such a delight seeing JoJo & Gran Gran make it to the screen,” added Laura. “We wouldn’t have got to this point without the hard work of so many people, and I’d like to thank the CBeebies production team, the writers, the animation team, the voiceover artists and, of course, the wonderful children who appear in the child-led live […]
I listened with excitement to Giovanna Fletcher’s Happy Mum, Happy Baby podcast with the Duchess of Cambridge talking about her 5 Big Questions survey.
I was especially delighted when the Duchess mentioned the role that her grandmother played in her Early Years.
I have to agree with the Duchess that a grandmother can be a positive role model within a child’s Early Years. As you know, my children’s picture’s books, which depict the special relationship between a grandmother and her granddaughter, Jo Jo and GranGran, will be shown on the BBC’s Cbeebies very soon.
Jo Jo and GranGran is loosely based on the relationship that I had with my grandmother.
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Next week is National Storytelling Week.
Telling stories and reading stories to children is something that I am passionate about. As a family, I loved hearing a range of stories from my parents, grandparents and extended family. I would listen in awe!
As a dyslexic person, contrary to popular belief, I love reading (the areas of dyslexia that are an issue for me are spelling, grammar, writing and the pronunciation of certain words – thank goodness for technology!). This has always been the same since I was a young child. I always found my oasis in my local library, selecting and reading a range of fiction and non-fiction books.
I am delighted that there is a special week dedicated to storytelling and the range of exciting activities that can be done to celebrate the joy of storytelling.
Please view the Society for Storytelling’s website, for more information and how to get your setting involved.
I am also delighted to announce that […]