Term Two is all about George’s Marvellous Medicine by Roald Dahl…

roald dahl books 1Roald Dahl is one of the greatest storytellers of all time. He started writing after nearly dying in a plane crash in World War II. His first children’s novel was James and the Giant Peach and was followed by many other successful best-selling titles…

Ms McLeod’s favourite Roald Dahl book is ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and ‘GEORGE’S Marvellous Medicine’ is Mrs Brough’s favourite.

So guess which book we are reading… yep Mrs Brough’s favourite!

Here’s a quick overview of George’s Marvellous Medicine…

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George knows how to cure her. He decides to brew up an extra-special remedy – a Grandma Medicine. He mixes together all sorts of things and creates the most marvellous medicine. The problem is, George doesn’t know exactly what his medicine will do. From growing into a gigantic ball of air, to growing so tall that she bursts through the ceiling, George’s medicine has a number of amazing and very funny results…


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Mrs Derfi’s Favourite Book – Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae

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Gerald the giraffe longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long.  At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango.  “Giraffes can’t dance,” they all jeer when it’s Gerald’s turn to prance.  But with some sound advice from a wise cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.

What a great book Mrs Derfi!  We loved the story and the colourful pictures, but most of all we loved the positive message –  you shouldn’t let others put you down or make you feel ashamed and that it’s okay to do things differently.  Gerald soon learns that “we can all dance when we find music that we love.”

After sharing Mrs Derfi’s favourite story we created some of our own Geralds using gold paper for his pattern. They looked terrific.  Mrs Derfi would be proud!

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The Little Mouse on Drawing Pad

This week we used the Drawing Pad App to re create a page from our story of the week, The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR.  Here are the steps we took:

  1. Draw a picture of a background on some paper, using crayons and pencils.
  2. Take a photo of our background with the camera app.
  3. Open Drawing Pad to a new page.
  4. Insert background from camera roll.
  5. Use crayons, textas and pencils from the tool box to draw the Little Mouse and a strawberry.
  6. Save our picture to the camera roll.

We all did a fantastic job.  Take a look…..

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Andrea’s Favouite – The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and THE BIG HUNGRY BEAR by Don and Audrey Wood

LittleMouse1Little Mouse loves strawberries, but so does the bear…. How will Little Mouse stop the bear from eating his freshly picked, red, ripe strawberry. This is a gorgeous picture book in which the Little Mouse in the story will do all he can to save his strawberry from the Big, Hungry Bear, even if it means sharing it with the reader!

The Little Mouse and the Big Hungry Bear are known and loved by millions of children around the world and Andrea’s boys are among them.   Andrea has fond memories of reading it to her three boys when they were young.  Thanks for sharing it with us Andrea. We were so happy to see that the little mouse got the strawberry in the end!

After reading the story we had to finish a drawing of the mouse and the strawberry.

It was very tricky so we had to concentrate…..

And the finished product…

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Mrs Shave’s Favourite – A Pocket for Corduroy

A Pocket for CorduroyAfter finding a home with Lisa, Corduroy the bear thinks he has everything he needs.  But a trip to the laundry with Lisa and her mother makes the lovable bear realize something very important is missing.  No self-respecting bear should be without a pocket! So while Lisa helps her mother, Corduroy slips out to begin his search in this strange new place.

This is the charming follow up to the original Corduroy.  In the first book we see him searching for a button and this time he is on the look out for a pocket.  With all of this wandering off it seems that this little guy is in need of a good tailor or a babysitter!

Mrs Shave planned an adorable follow up activity for her favourite book.  It required us to give the scissors a good workout, however, the end result was well worth the effort……

How cute are they…..

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Kids in the Kitchen

After sharing Vickie’s favourite book we thought it would be a great idea to get our hands dirty with her in the kitchen.  Because the book focused on cookies it made sense to stick to the theme and bake some delicious chocolate chip cookies (they also happen to be a favourite of mine!). It was so much fun and the cookies were delicious!  I have posted a copy of the recipe for you just in case you want to try them at home.



125g softened butter

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla 1 3/4 cup S.R flour

1 bag of choc chips


Oven temp. 180 C (170 C for fan forced)

1.  Beat butter, castor sugar and brown sugar until pale and creamy.

2.  Add egg and vanilla, beat for one minute.

3.  Fold in flour and then add choc chips.

4.  Put dessertspoons onto tray – I fit about 12 to a tray.

5.  Cook for 10 mins or until golden.

6.  Leave to cool on trays.

Eat and Enjoy!

Here we are having fun in the kitchen….

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Vicky’s Favourite – If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

downloadWe all know that Vicky loves to cook so it is no surprise to us that “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie” is one of her favourite books.

Giving a mouse a cookie sounds quite simple, but the mouse in Laura Numeroff’s creative tale is quite complex.  You might even say he is high maintenance!  A nice young boy invites the mouse into his house for a cookie and finds himself indulging the mouse in series of connected requests beginning with a glass of milk and then a straw.  The requests lead us through a chain of events that includes, among many things, a hair cut, a house cleaning spree and a colouring session, returning us to the fridge where the mouse requests a second glass of milk and of course…….a cookie!

Thank you for sharing this gem of a book with us Vicky. With it’s simple text, clever chain of events and beautifully detailed illustrations,  I think it is going to be a favourite in the Oatlands community for many years to come!

After reading this delightful story we re created one of the pages from the book…….

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Getting Spotty on Pic Collage

We are all getting so clever on Pic Collage that we decided to put our skills to the test. With no assistance we had to:

  • Take a ‘selfie
  • Open Pic Collage
  • Add ‘selfie‘ from the camera roll
  • Add text (title of the story) and choose a font and colour
  • Choose a “spotty” background

Everyone did really well at this task and we are very proud of your efforts – you should be too!

A few examples for you to look at……..

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Ms McLeod’s Favourite – Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire


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This week it was Ms McLeod’s turn to share her favourite book. She chose “Put Me in the Zoo” because she has fond memories of reading it to her children when they were young. It is part of the “I Can Read It All By Myself” Beginner Books series which is edited by Dr Seuss (another reason why Ms McLeod loves it so much!).
It is a story about an animal (we think it’s a leopard) who thinks he deserves to be in the zoo with all of the other amazing animals. To earn a place in the zoo he shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. He can change their colours, juggle them and he can also move them onto everything around him. You won’t believe what Spot can do. Robert Lopshire’s lively tale proves that there is a special spot for everyone.

The grade twos were a little concerned that he was never going to get a place in the zoo, however, they were more than happy with the outcome.

After reading the story we created our very own “Spotty Leopards” using buttons for the spots……

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Mrs Brough’s Favourite – Incy Wincy Spider by Kate Toms

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This week we got to share Mrs Brough’s favourite book.  At first we were a bit skeptical because we thought it was just going to be the song.  However the very creative authour/illustrator takes the song and turns it into a story.  It begins with the traditional verse and then weaves a story about the intrepid little spider and how he finally conquers the spout. It is a book about problem solving and determination which makes it a great starting point for some important lessons.  Thank you Mrs Brough for introducing us to this lovely little book.

After reading the story we created our own Incy Wincey Spiders.  Drawing the web proved to be quite challenging, but we got there in the end…..

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Here we are working hard on our spiders….

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