Author School Visits

 
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It all started when…
(now there's a story in itself!)

The books in my Peanut Monkey™ series, Peanut Monkey Up High, Peanut Monkey Learns to Ride a Bike, Peanut Monkey Sails the Seven Seas and Peanut Monkey and the Mystical Mushroom are early years fiction. They are set around Peanut’s home and surrounding areas. The overall theme of the stories is resilience and emotional intelligence. Each story shows relatable scenarios in which Peanut has to navigate his feelings to learn a life lesson or get himself out of a situation.

All talks are linked to the Australian curriculum through my stories.

3 year old kindergarten, 4 year old kindergarten, Prep and Grade 1: 
Storytime includes Peanut Monkey stories and some other age-appropriate stories. We explore feelings and how our words and actions impact others. We discuss what we can do about our emotions.

* Extend their vocabulary through which to recognise and describe emotions and when, how and with whom it is appropriate to share emotions (VCPSCSE008)
* Identify their likes and dislikes, needs and wants, abilities and strengths (VCPSCSE002)
* Explain how being prepared to try new things can help identify strategies when faced with unfamiliar or challenging situations (VCPSCSE010)
* Listen to others’ ideas, and recognise that others may see things differently (VCPSCSO012)

Years 2, 3 and 4:
Storytime includes Peanut Monkey stories and some other age-appropriate stories. We explore feelings and how our words and actions impact others. We discuss what we can do about our emotions.

* Identify and explore the expression of emotions in social situations and the impact on self and others(VCPSCSE016)
* Identify how persistence and adaptability can be used when faced with challenging situations and change(VCPSCSE018)
* Identify the importance of including others in activities, groups and games (VCPSCSO022)
* Identify conflicts that may occur in peer groups and suggest possible causes and resolutions(VCPSCSO024)

Years 5 and 6:
We discuss resilience, belonging and how an author’s experience and research shapes a story. We discuss story plot and reconciliation. We explore emotions, and consequences of how we deal with what we feel. We discuss best outcomes in conflict. I share a tale of my childhood and how that gave me perspective.

* Explore the links between their emotions and their behaviour (VCPSCSE025)
* Describe what it means to be confident, adaptable and persistent and why these attributes are important in dealing with new or challenging situations(VCPSCSE027)
* Describe the characteristics of respectful relationships and suggest ways that respectful relationships can be achieved (VCPSCSO031)
* Describe the various causes of conflict and evaluate possible strategies to address conflict (VCPSCSO033)


More information on the building resilience in children:
http://www.education.vic.gov.au/school/teachers/health/mentalhealth/Pages/buildingresilience.aspx

Author visit rates are commensurate with Australian Society of Authors fees: https://www.asauthors.org/findananswer/rates-of-pay#SCHOOL APPEARANCES

I can hold workshops about plotting, story and adapting books into scripts.