Encouraging ethical thinking empathy and emotional intelligence supporting the EYLF
Approved on the Victorian Government School Readiness Funding Menu for 2020, 2021 and 2022.
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‘Learn & Grow 8 book set + animated videos + PDF of Teacher Resource
An award winning boxed set of eight paperback books and animated videos accessed by a QR code, encouraging emotional intelligence, ethics, empathy and social and emotional wellbeing for children 3-8 years plus a 65 page teacher resource PDF with lesson plans, open-ended questions and teacher objectives. These materials align with the EYLF for Australia and have been Highly Commended at the Educational Publishing Awards of Australia and selected by the Finnish organisation, HundrED as one of a hundred of the most innovative educational programs out of 37 countries.
Learning Emotions Flashcards
This unique set of 52 cards is a great way to talk to your children about different emotions based on the emotional themes from the Australian Early Years Learning Framework. They may be used as a stand-alone product or in association with the Ginnie & Pinney eight book set.
Set of 9 Fair Trade Finger Puppets
This print version of the 64 page Teacher Resource is a comprehensive guide which has been written for teachers to assist them to get the most out of the Ginnie & Pinney books and videos. It includes lesson plans, teacher objectives, breakdowns of each story, open ended questions to stimulate lively discussion and examples of how each book aligns with the EYLF for Australia.
5 easy steps for
using the books
Read the stories to familiarise yourself with the major emotional themes and further concepts of each book.
Familiarise yourself with the questions found in the Discussion Questions section of this website and also, if you have the Teacher Resource, in the Questions under each book category.
Before reading the books to the class, outline the major learning outcome/theme found on the front cover of each book. Ask the children if they understand what the theme means and discuss.
Read the books and/or watch and listen to the animated video.
On almost each page of each book, there are various issues that can be discussed with the children. For example, in Flight of the Kite, Ginnie is displaying signs of anxiety, on the following page Pinney ignores how Ginnie feels and encouraging his friends Ginnie is subjected to peer pressure. Each one of these issues can be unpacked to get the most out of the stories.
'...thank you for the truly remarkable books...'
— Sierra, Andy, River and Ava
'The Ginnie and Pinney series of books are superbly crafted at many levels'
— Tanya Serry PhD, Associate Professor (Literacy and Reading)
'...worth its weight in gold...'
— Josh Langley; Award winning author of the Being You is Enough children’s book series and mental health advocate.
'These are a beautifully illustrated, strongly thematic and meaningful series of books.'
— Dr. Alan Finkel AO, Chief Scientist of Australia, 2015-2020
'There is nothing available like this. It is AMAZING!'
— David Worland, CEO Australian Childcare Alliance
'The children have loved these books.'
— Paulette Maskell, Head of ELC, Shelford Girls’ Grammar, Melbourne
'We have endless fun exploring the different characters and their behaviour.'
— Grandmother and Social Worker
'...the type of children’s books I’ve always been searching for.'
— Peggy, Mother of 4-year-old
'This set of books is our favourite.'
— Rosie, Mother of 3-year-old
'We all love this set of picture books.'
— Eva C, Aunt of 3-year-old
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