Frequently Asked Questions
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- Australian owned, created, self-published and printed
- Builds a love of learning, confidence and creativity
- Developed by an experienced Australian and international educator
- Aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and Australian Curriculum
- Easy guide for parents and educators - support and supervision
- Focuses on stages not ages
- Endorsed by reputable Independent schools
- Strong emphasis on vocabulary and phonics
- Flipped learning approach
- Includes coding/programming in toy kit
- Integrated Play, Literacy and Numeracy
- Holistic development of a child's physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language and communication needs
Bridge to Learn is a resource to guide parents and educators to engage with children 0 to 8+ years in a fun and interactive way through Storybooks, Toy Kits and Learning Books. As children follow Ollie Octopus and his friends through exciting adventures they will have fun learning new words, numbers, colours, shapes and sounds, as well as important life, social and motor skills.
Although there is no one definition, play-based learning is described in the Early Years Learning Framework as 'a context for learning through which children organise and make sense of their social worlds, as they actively engage with people, objects and representations'.
Activities in Bridge to Learn will help your child to develop skills, and in turn, their creativity and confidence. To provide a few examples, some are featured below:
- Gross motor coordination - Roll & Play game for movement
- Fine motor coordination - reaching, constructing and stacking
- Social - number and word games, programming game and building puzzles
- Emotional - interacting with friends and family members, role play
- Cognitive - thinking games, moving and acting games
- Language - encouragement of communication while playing with toys
- Curiosity - children are encouraged to discover for themselves through play
- Encouragement of play is a strong and essential element embedded throughout all Storybooks
- Play is further emphasised in the poems which are featured at the end of each Storybook
- Imagination (the little green fish) along with the other characters, supports fun play throughout all Storybooks
- The 'Expression through Creative Arts' storybook specifically encourages play through dance, movement, music and drama, etc.
- The Support and Supervision (in each book) outlines numerous activities that are play-based and fun
- Perceptual Development - sing, dramatise, draw in the sand with sticks, touch your toes, roll like a ball and play with dolls or jointed figures
- Phonics - move like the letter 's' for snake, form a letter shape with your body, eg. 'c for cat'
- Early Writing - playing with squirting toys, shaping letters with play-dough and drawing letters in shaving foam
- Numeracy Basics and Numeracy Fun - playing leads to learning, numeracy development is a social process, eg. playing hopscotch, ten-pin bowling, measuring, baking and shopping
- Rhyming Words - rhymes develop a sense of humour, eg. 'the pig with a wig did a jig on a big rig'
- High-Frequency and Sight Words - play a game by mixing up the word sequencing, use a torch to highlight words, sing and act out the poems and 'sing-songs'
- A Bridge to Reading - act out short phrases, record and play back fun tongue-twisters
The Storybooks follow the adventures of Ollie Octopus and his friends as they learn about important concepts and skills while having fun.
The entertaining language, rich content and engaging illustrations come together to form the stories, which can be enjoyed over and over, at any age. The Storybooks also complement the Toy Kits.
Our creative and engaging storybooks support children to grow and develop as they enjoy quality time playing and learning. Watch your child's eyes light up as they turn the pages and discover why parents find our books just as much fun as the kids!
The Perceptual Development, Early Writing Letters, Numeracy Basics and Numeracy Fun books are hands-on, with the child required to use their fingers, coloured pencils and scissors to complete the activities. Children can start with a basic finger-tracing element before using a pencil. All the books encourage and support communication and language development.
The Phonics, Rhyming Words, High-Frequency and Sight Words, and A Bridge to Reading have been designed for interacting with a child through viewing, listening, speaking, discussing, reading and writing.
The Support and Supervision pages provide an easy-to-follow guide at the start of each Learning Book.
A compilation of more than 70 poems, rhymes, sing-songs and tongue-twisters have been written to enjoy rhyme and rhythm, build vocabulary and develop knowledge, concepts and skills. Memorising and dramatising the rhymes and poems can be great fun, children will be able to enjoy the poems for many years ahead!