The Pirates really do educate!

I spent yesterday morning at the Outdoor Education Dept with the Learning Outdoors Support Team planning curricular lessons with How the Pirates Turned the Tide as stimulus. This proved most satisfying and I thoroughly enjoyed helping devise engaging activities which will develop the children’s understanding of a healthy lifestyle, recycling, sustainability and plastic pollution through all curricular areas. I am so looking forward to this being implemented in term 3….bring it on!
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Dark Chapters

Last Saturday I was delighted to read the first few chapters of my latest venture, a children’s novel, to twenty keen listeners at Troon Library. After the reading the children played my ‘Scarecrow Drive’ game, a crossword, wordsearch and a ‘How Many Words Can You See’ sheet. Ella and Eilidh illustrated scenes from the chapters read.

SAW Conference

This weekend sees the 50th anniversary conference of The Scottish Association of Writers at the Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld. Over the weekend there will be opportunities to listen to respected published authors speaking to the assembly. There will also be opportunities to sign up for a number of workshops which are always enjoyable and informative. There will be the announcements of winners in the different writing genre competitions and a chance to hear winning entries being read out. This weekend is always inspiring and it’s bound to be extra especially so in this anniversary year. All competition entries receive helpful critiques which are most valuable.
We have come to expect a high standard of food and facilities at the venue which makes the whole experience memorable.
I shall be returning the Poetry Wall trophy which I won last year and the ‘Barbara Hammond trophy’for the best self published book which Tartan Witch also won last year.
With fellow Litereightee, Catherine’s, sketch being performed at some time – and I have a small part- it should all be a fun time.
I have bitten the bullet and booked a pitch with a publisher for a children’s novel which is simmering away so that won’t be the least bit stressful!!!
The weekend will fly by and if it’s like usual I shall go home saying ‘must do better’but completely inspired.
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Tartan Witch meets Willowbank Stars

As an extension to World Book Day, Tartan Witch visited the pupils and staff at Willowbank School, Kilmarnock. There were 3 sessions, infant classes, middle school and transition classes. The children sat patiently and listened to the story and showed their appreciation after the readings. I had prepared 4 follow up activities, there was a matching pairs game, book characters, design your own tartan and make a magic potion. All the activities were participated in with much enthusiasm but I reckon the ‘magic potion’ one took the biscuit. It was such a delight to see the thrills on the faces when the magic potion erupted and foamed over the rim of the glass. The children loved this.
I shall look forward to see receiving some photos of the wonderful tartans created which I hope to display here.
Thank you Willowbank for inviting Tartan Witch (and me!) to your inspiring school.