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  • Snapatoonies

    DES loves Australian content which is why the children’s DVD range, ‘Snapatoonies’ has caught our eye.
    Dubbed by the producers ‘Clever Vids for Clever Kids’, Snapatoonies is an educational range of 16 early learning DVDs first released in October last year. It has already been granted 4 awards since its release and there are another 36 DVDs in the pipeline for production.
    The philosophy behind the Snapatoonies learning framework is that the DVD experience parallels the experience of reading a child a book. The narrator asks questions along the way making it an interactive and engaging activity that supports and enhances learning.
    This is what the producers had to say when asked to explain the concept further:
    “Snapatoonies gives children fun entertaining and educational TV time, and gives parents guilt free time to do the things they need done. As a mum myself – sometimes you just need a spare 30 mins, and Snapatoonies means my child gets an engaging, discovery focused learning program while I get a much needed break – it’s a win win.DES asked about the methodology for literacy and numeracy:

    Methodology is time tested and true – we mimic the story and reading time that parents and librarians share with little ones. Rather than linear learning packed into so many DVD series – we explore and discover things together as we go on our story journey. This parallels the learning parents and librarians share - noticing things around them in pages of a book, or life itself.
    The Language
    The Snapatoonies shows use real sentences – no baby talk or silly language, as we want to enrich children’s communication skills. By the time they have watched the shows a few times, the nuero connections are made and when they are ready to read - it just happens.
    The same is true with our math program that is integrated into the shows. I wanted to make sure that children got the connection to what numbers really are. So many programs teach children to count to ten but they have no connection with what these numbers represent, and so begins a life of struggling with math.”
    The philosophy sounds good to us, but you can check out a trailer of the series here.
    Snapatoonies is available from DES and we would love to hear your thoughts about these innovative programs.


  • Heritage librarian speaks out

    Until recently I had no idea that the Chinese used to grow bananas along the Tully River in far north Queensland prior to the First World War. This was before the small town of Tully was settled in 1924 and before the shipping route down the east coast was disrupted due to the war. Once there was no longer a way for the bananas to get to southern markets before they ripened, the Chinese left.

    This interesting fact was shared with me by Heritage librarian, Helen Pedley, from the Tully branch of Cassowary Coast Libraries. Situated in the town with the distinctive sugar mill and highest amount of rainfall in Australia annually, Tully homes part of Cassowary Coast Libraries historic photographic collection, which dates back as far as 1870.

    In a bid to attract tourists to the wet, tropical town, Cassowary Coast Regional Council obtained funding for local signage for a heritage walking trail. Helen Pedley was fortunate enough to be able to work with the project team and select and supply the photographs to be used on the signage.

    The signage features topics of interest around the town, such as Tully Hospital and Tully Railway Station, and attracts a range of people to the area. The trail is popular with teachers and their students, backpackers who are in the area to pick bananas, tourists and locals alike, with approximately 20 signs across both the Tully and neighbouring areas. The team also worked closely with the local indigenous people to develop ‘Welcome to Country’ signage and to gather local cultural information about the area. Works by local artists, both aboriginal and non-indigenous, are included on some of the signs.

    Helen is currently involved in a project for Cardwell, which aims to reconstruct the foreshore after the damage caused by Yasi. Helen is part of an active committee for signage and artwork along the foreshore as well as a separate project by Great Green Way Tourism to provide signage for the broader Cardwell region. We look forward to seeing pictures when the project is complete!

    Posted by Maya

    'Tully Hospital' heritage walking trail sign

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