When the interests of a mum who’s also a blogger, a literacy teacher, a book lover and a crafter combine, the result is magnificent.
Alphabet Glue is an e-zine created by Anne Riechmann. Riechmann is all the things mentioned above and more – she’s also incredibly creative, a talented designer and has the unique knack of describing projects in an engaging and enthusiastic way. You see, after browsing through the first edition of Alphabet Glue, I really wanted to get started straight away on the ‘Mix and Match Story Cards’ and at the same time my mind was turning over all the possibilities for ‘Paper Story Character Houses’ (pity it was ten o’clock and my children were sound asleep!).
Riechmann has pulled together a range of activities and ideas for engaging families in reading, writing and storytelling. The projects are all designed with the element of imagination in mind – some activities build on stories that children already know and others encourage them to create something of their own.
For example, the ‘Paper Story Character Houses’ project is a simple activity that allows children to illustrate the settings that they’ve imagined for characters in their favourite books. A printable house template is provided to get you started – Milly Molly Mandy’s thatched cottage is calling my name for this project!
There’s also reading lists, do-it-yourself library catalogue cards, mix and match story cards, a printable reading record, a library scavenger hunt, three craft activities and a guide to making your own wildflower seed pods.
Riechmann’s experience as a literacy teacher shines through, particularly on activities such as the ‘Mix and Match Story Cards’. Using ‘Magical Places’, ‘Wonderful Characters’ and ‘Fantastic Problems’ as starting points, children become the storyteller. This terrific activity is accompanied by a brilliant reading list that includes books that are fabulous examples of stories with magical places, wonderful characters and fantastic problems.
Volume One of Alphabet Glue is available as a PDF download for just US$4.
(Thanks to Babyology reader Sam for discovering Alphabet Glue)