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Early World of Learning: online fun for little ‘uns !

Who doesn’t like bright pictures, games and great stories? World Book, with advice from early childhood development experts, has produced the Early World of Learning which is aimed at preschoolers and early primary school aged children. There are three fun and interactive learning environments:Early World of Learning

  • Trek’s Travels: learn alongside Trek, a scarecrow, and Taffy the cat, as they travel around learning about colours, numbers, size, shapes, places, taste and smell, opposites and time.  There are also narrated stories and interactive games;
  • Welcome to Reading: features 48 stories in four reading levels. It aims to help strengthen phonics, vocabulary and comprehension skills;
  • Know It: is a child’s first online encyclopedia. All text can be read-aloud by an online narrator and accompanied by word-by-word highlighting.

This fun resource is easy to use, bright and informative in all the right ways. Have a look today from home or in libraries using your library card number and password/PIN. While you are there check out all the other online products we have on the Source for kids!

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Yay for Mothers!

Happy Mothers’ Day to all the mothers out there. I’m a great fan of correct punctuation but I’m never entirely sure where to put the apostrophe in Mothers’ Day. I put it at the end because it’s a day for mothers. Hopefully that’s the right way.

Today I thought I would also let you know about a word game that I started a few years ago. It’s got its own blog called If you go to the website you will see how to play, but here’s the rules in a nutshell. Every few days I put up a new word. It’s a real dictionary word, but it’s not a very common one. The point of the game is to make up wild and wonderful meanings for the word. Don’t look up the real meaning of the word – it can stop the creative flow. I add the real meaning when I choose a new word. So, if you like word games and you’re a little bit crazy and inventive, have a look at that website and have a go at inventing a meaning for the word that’s up there at the moment – cromlech!

Last but not least, don’t forget to suggest the name of a character for my next book! I have one entry so far. But there are four main characters, so there’s still room for your name to be a winner.

Enjoy the weekend.


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Funky Word Friday – accomplice

accomplice (noun)

Pronunciation: uh-com-plis

What does it mean?: one associated with another in wrongdoing.

How do you use it?: The thief’s accomplice warned him that the police were coming.

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Funky Word Friday – banish

banish (verb)

Pronunciation: bann-ish

What does it mean?:

  1. to force to leave a country
  2. to drive away

How do you use it?:  Brian tried to banish his fear as he started to climb the rock face.

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Funky Word Friday – humiliate

humiliate (verb)

Pronunciation: hyoo-mill-ee-ayt

What does it mean?: to cause a loss of pride or self-respect

How do you use it?: My friend humiliated me when he blurted out my embarrassing secret to my parents.

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Funky Word Friday – grotesque

grotesque (adjective)

Pronunciation: groh-tesk

What does it mean?: unnaturally odd or ugly

How do you use it?: Buzz and Woody were horrified by Sid’s creation of a doll’s head on spider-like legs and other grotesque combinations of toy parts.

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Funky Word Friday – cryptic

cryptic (adjective)

Pronunciation: KRIP-tik

What does it mean?:
1. meant to be puzzling or mysterious
2. serving to conceal

How do you use it?:  There were cryptic symbols throughout the ancient book and I had no idea how to interpret them.

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