With technology becoming more commonly used among children, it is crucial to utilise different media platforms and mediums in a positive light to change the way children learn.
Although research clearly demonstrates that well-designed, age-appropriate, educational television can be beneficial to children of preschool age, studies on infants and toddlers suggest that these young children may better understand and learn from books and real-life experiences than they do from videos.
Storytelling and collaborative interaction are all powerful paradigms to promote learning in young kids. The Busy Izzy and Friends series offers a combination of these paradigms by providing a web based, multi-user, two and three dimensions virtual space where children can explore, play, and enjoy engaging activities.
The Busy Izzy and Friends series uses an ecological approach to emphasise the importance of using multiple contexts of learning. This comprises of multiple media elements, such as an illustrated book series, featuring, 'Rhythm and Rhyme'. Interactive music videos which explore all the hard copy material digitally, with added educational games to engage with young minds.
A good way to utilise the internet to help them learn is creating an interactive website, for example: www.busyizzy.com, with engaging content such as downloadable and printable games and colouring-in-pages which kids of all ages, can fill out and colour in e.g. colouring in pages, spot the difference, etc.
As books are the foundation to helping kids learn how to read, it is essential that the key messages used within them are educational. To keep kids entertained, other exciting elements that can be incorporated in books include imaginative stories which explore diverse themes and characters which children can relate and look up to, healthy recipes and songs with lyrics, featuring movement, which have a positive message and impact. - Roxanne Kiely
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The Vegetable Song - My Little Veggie Patch
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Do you eat your veggies? Busy Izzy and her friends do, they love to eat healthy fruits and vegetables because they know it keeps them strong and healthy too.
Busy Izzy's veggie garden is at the back of Nix & Nax. There is a compost bin full of scraps from when Izzy makes and bakes healthy snacks. The compost bin has a little red wiggler worm called 'Wormee', a compost-vermi, and his friends who turn the scraps into vermi-compost. Just a taste of rotting waste, they all move in. They're a positive advantage in Busy Izzy's compost bin.
Izzy has a beehive with honey bees. These hard working littlies pollinate the fruits and vegetables. Pollination occurs when insects such as bees visit flowers, collecting nectar and pollen. Pollen is rubbed onto the insect and is then rubbed off onto the next flower the insect visits.
We are thrilled to hear from parents and teachers of little ones about how much they love Busy Izzy and the Busy Izzy and Friends, children's picture books . We love seeing the kids dressed as their favourite character.
Here is 4 year old Zara, dressed as Busy Izzy, whom she loves by the way. Her mum, said that Zara asks to have the Busy Izzy and Friends books read to her before bedtime.
In Zara's mum's words,
"I read the books to Zara every night and she just loves them. I have observed how Zara appreciates Izzy's qualities and says, "When I grow up I want to be kind, thoughtful, helpful, and a wonderful friend just like Busy Izzy is to all her friends". I had to buy her a little puppet puppy just like Newly Truly, who is Izzy's clever rescue pup.
The Busy Izzy and Friends books are a must for all little ones, I love them as they teach the importance of empathy, kindness and being a great friend."
Thank you Zara's mum.
Book three in the series is about kindness, friendship and loyalty, no matter what goes wrong. True friends are always there for one another. Always there to listen and help. As today is R U OK Day? It is perfect time to share the link to this book about kindness and friendship and also fun. Oh, and easy to make healthy recipes too are included in the book.
There is music too.
This picture book is an exciting read for kids who are read to and for those who are early readers.
We have a song and guess who the voice of Tess is? It is the one and only, Bec Hewitt, as the voice of Tess. Super talented Bec is just wonderful as Talkative Tess. She brings an effervescent personality that only Bec Hewitt can.
Thank you Bec...we love you at Busy Izzy and Friends.
you can listen to the Talkative Tess song by clicking on the link.