Review- the black book of colours

blackbookofcolours

I received this lovely book for my birthday last month. It’s a nicely sized book which explores colours from the perspective of a child who is visually impaired.

The simple text describes the taste, feel and smells associated with the colour with braille text running above. On the opposite page are raised illustrations of the various sensory experiences described. The book has no colour at all apart from the black background and white text.

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I would highly recommend this book both for students who are visually impaired and are able to access braille or spoken text and for staff and non-visually impaired young people. It would be a great addition to any school library to help raise awareness of the experiences of colour from a different perspective.

I’m unlikely to use this book with my own class as they are unable to access such complex text and ideas but it has already proved popular with staff and we plan to buy a copy to use in training.

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Building a teachers book case

Here area  few of my favourite books- the ones I reach for again and again when I need ideas, support or just a bit of encouragement!

Ros Bayleys books are great there are lovely ones for helping children to talk, outdoors, dacing, writing and loads more. I love this book in particular though as it's full of really exciting ideas to get children wanting to write.
Ros Bayleys books are great there are lovely ones for helping children to talk, outdoors, dancing, writing and loads more. I love this book in particular though as it’s full of really exciting ideas to get children wanting to write.
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A practical book about setting up a nurture group- forms, policy templates, planning formats as well as practical, useful advice.
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The classic book about nurture groups written by Marjorie Boxall who set the first group up, developed the Boxall profile and is general inspiration. A must for teachers interested in social development and emotional wellbeing.
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Easy to read book about the links between attachments and learning and behaviour the classroom.
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There are loads of these little books covering every part of the classroom from role play to maths to science through art. All full of great, practical, hands on activities.
    Fantastic book if you're working with children who would benefit from a sensory based curriculum. Quite heavy going in some places and more of an academic book that a 'how to' but lots of inspiration and back up for aruging why you might want to take this course.
Fantastic book if you’re working with children who would benefit from a sensory based curriculum. Quite heavy going in some places and more of an academic book that a ‘how to’ but lots of inspiration and back up for arguing why you might want to take this course.
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Book full of practical ideas for teaching mathematics with a bit of theory thrown in . There’s also a great foundations of literacy book too.
lovely little book full of geat ideas of games to play with children with ASD. Mose require very little in the way of resources and there are games to play with children functioning at a whole range of levels.
Lovely little book full of great ideas of games to play with children with ASD. Most require very little in the way of resources and there are games to play with children functioning at a whole range of levels.

Books for spring

Spring is on its way. The winter books are packed safely away and it’s time to get out the Spring books!

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Gerda Mullers wordless picture books are lovely, sturdy and great for inspiring talk in the classroom.
Daisy-and-the-Egg
I love the gentle, evocative illustrations in this book. When Daisys Mums egg doesn’t hatch with the others she decides to sit on it herself.
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Part of a set of four all about Little nutbrown hare and big nutbrown hare. Lots of lovely illustrations to look at although th text isn’t the best out there.

 

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A short little rhyming book all about the things you see in Spring. Although this is an American book it’s fairly country neutral.
BunnyWhoFoundEaster
A lovely little book about a bunny who hops through the season looking for Easter after a wise old owl tells him “There are always lots of bunnies at Easter”
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A simple retelling of the Easter story.