Early World of Learning: for the little ‘uns!

My Mum tells me that at five I kept putting pegs on my tongue then running around hysterically unable to get them off. Nowadays I am watching five-year-olds work iPads like it was the most natural thing in the world. Either I was an idiot or kids are getting smarter.

Early World of LearningIf kids are getting smarter and more technically savvy, then how does that sit with them getting a proper education? That is where authoritative online vendors like World Book can help. You can have the bright colours and loud noises – but you can also learn at the same time.

World Book has produced Early World of Learning which is aimed at preschoolers and early primary aged children with three beautiful interactive learning environments:

  • Trek’s Travels: learn alongside Trek the scarecrow and Taffy the cat, as they travel around learning about: colours, numbers, size, shapes, sounds, places, taste and smell, opposites and time.
  • Welcome to Reading: features 48 stories in four reading levels. Aims to help strengthen phonics, vocabulary and comprehension skills;
  • Know It: is a child’s first online encyclopedia.  All text can be read-aloud by an online narrator and accompanied by word-by-word highlighting.

This product is easy to use, bright and informative in all the right ways. Have a gander today from home using your library card and password / PIN or in libraries through the Source or the catalogue.

David Downes – The Rusted Wheel of Things – free online New Zealand music

David Downes – The Rusted Wheel of Things uses a beautiful and moving poem by A. E. Houseman about birth, death and regeneration as its central theme.

David says: “My album The Rusted Wheel of Things has been described as ‘haunting’, ‘passionate’ and ‘compelling’, but if the music were to be analysed, you would find that none of the individual elements that support the whole have any of those qualities. There is certainly nothing haunting or passionate about a vacuum cleaner connected to a piece of corrugated tubing!”

This album (and over 52,000 more) is available online for free from anywhere with your library card number and PIN.

For New Zealand Music Month we are featuring a daily dose of free online New Zealand music from Naxos Music Library and the Source.

Christchurch – this week in history (12 – 18 May)

13-15 May 1920
Visit of Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII).

14-15 May 1886
Flooding in city centre.

Photo of Boys' High School, Worcester Street, Christchurch  [ca. 1882]
Boys’ High School, Worcester Street, Christchurch [ca. 1882]. Christchurch City Libraries, File Reference CCL PhotoCD 3, IMG0018
14 May 1868
“Lyttelton Times” publishes evening paper, the “Star”.

14 May 1907
Fire seriously damages the Antigua Street boatsheds.

14 May 1908
Municipal tepid baths in Manchester Street open. It was described as “the finest indoor swimming pool in Australasia”.

14 May 1947
Mabel Howard (Sydenham) becomes Minister of Health, the country’s first woman Cabinet Minister.

16 May 1975
Opening of Four Avenues, New Zealand’s first State alternative education school.

18 May 1881
Christchurch Boys’ High School (designed by W.B. Armson) opens in Worcester Street. The school moved to the present Straven Road site in 1926, and the old building is now part of the Arts Centre.

More May events in our Christchurch chronology.