If you're planning to speak a new language this New Year, there are two ways to help your resolve:
Put fun first! (If you're not enoying it, you're less likely to stick to it.)
Keep it simple.
What better way to make language learning (or teaching) fun and simple, than to enjoy your favourite stories in your new language? Classics like The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Handa's Surprise are a great way to teach or learn days of the week and counting. Build a bilingual household one bedtime story at a time, and pick up the everyday nouns, verbs and adjectives in our dual language children's books.
Browse our resources for the language you'd like to learn:
There's nothing quite like a book. But when your littluns are in the tearing or page eating stage, or just love to learn visually on tablets and phones, eBooks are great to have! eBook lovers can now borrow The Wedding Week free from any library that uses Wheelers eBook lending system, ePlatform. This includes libraries in:
China and Hong Kong
Next time you're at the library, ask for The Wedding Week in print or eBook. If you're a librarian or want to enquire about ePlatform for your school library, click here.
It was a great honour to be featured in Nigerian newspaper Leadership and profiled in 'CEO Confidential'. Hausa speaking Kio blog readers may have also seen us in today's issue: a review of The Wedding Week is available in this week's Hausa Leadership edition. Many thanks to all the editorial team!
I was chuffed to be asked to inspire the current cohort of Hackney Pirates as they embarked upon a journey to write a new book this term. They used The Wedding Week as a jumping off point, and wanted to know how I came up with it and how much work is involved in writing a book.
After a whole term of hard work researching, imagining, writing, and redrafting, this week the pirates received their finished copies of their published work: Boom Bang: The Wonderful, Ultimate Book of Celebrations! (An awesome title if ever there was one.)
Spent a fantastic evening this week watching the pirates read excerpts and be presented with personal certificates. (Also enjoyed winning the game of Captain's Orders!) It includes factual pieces and imaginative stories on every celebration from weddings in Afghanistan to Turkish Hallowe'ens and the Buddhist festival Vesak. You can get your copy of Boom Bang, and lots of other quirky gifts made by local artists at the Hackney Pirates Ship of Adventures, 138 Kingsland High Street, East London. Thank you especially to the pirates who signed my copy!
2015 has been a great year at Kio. Further to distributing beautiful books and publishing our first book about wedding traditions around the world, we attended a great conference in Nigeria. If you loved the colourful wedding outfits or Nigerian languages in The Wedding Week, you'll love:
It makes all the difference when you develop a product alongside the people who will be using it. This Lagos primary school took pity on a Word document story I'd typed about weddings and days of the week last summer, and let me share it with the then Year 2s. We broke into teams, we drew the pictures (because there weren't any at that stage), we learned new vocabulary, tested our phonics, and stole points from others teams by listening better than them (ha ha ha!). Having taken the feedback of my six year old stakeholders on board, I returned with the published book to present it to Estaport Primary School in Lagos one November morning in assembly. (Yes, we're rocking short sleeves in November.)
They were overjoyed to see their school's name printed in the acknowledgements, just as I am overjoyed that they enjoyed reading it.
And because there are always new six year olds, the new Year 2 wanted to read The Wedding Week too. (The team in the front of class clearly know their stuff.)
Thank you, Estaport!
Coming soon: The Teacher's Guide to The Wedding Week: lesson plans and ideas you can use for art, literacy, social studies and RE across Year 1 to 6.
"You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step." - Dr Ogunsanya, APEN chair and opening speaker
You couldn't wish for a more inspiring theme for the 6th Association of Private Educators Nigeria (APEN) conference: Beyond the Limits. In education, getting students to believe that they can learn something new is half the battle. So it was refreshing to be with a group of educators who gathered to increase their confidence in what is possible for the Nigerian private education sector to achieve, despite the many limitations it faces.
I was honoured to be among the facilitators at this event, and came away so inspired by those whom I heard and met. Other speakers included Fela Durotoye, James Kassaga Arinaitwe and chair of First Bank of Nigeria, Ibukun Awosika.
At Kio, we source, commission, publish and distribute quality educational resources. These books reflect the cosmopolitan family, the modern classroom, and the African, South American and Asian diasporas and cultures. We need a creative digital marketing and PR intern to maintain and grow our digital presence, and to create content and campaigns that show the power and beauty of our books to a global, and globally-minded audience.
This is a part-time, unpaid internship working from home with weekly meetings. You’d be able to work flexibly, one or two days a week for two months. Expenses will be paid.
The Intern’s objectives are to:
Help design our 2016 global marketing strategy
Write and copyedit effective press releases
Copywrite articles and posts
Design marketing images
Run the Kio Global social media presence
Conduct an SEO review
Track results using metrics
Research and pursue PR leads
Studying marketing, education, arts, humanities or media
Interested in or already are making a big splash online
Intrigued about the cultural, communications or education sectors
A wordsmith with impeccable written and spoken English
A traveller (in body or in mind)
Confident working alone or in a team
Good with Microsoft Word, e-mail and Excel
Effective on the phone
If you love beautiful books, meaningful marketing and global audiences, we’d like to hear from you. Send your CV, two referees and covering letter to info [at] kioglobal [dot] com in order to receive more information and apply. Start date: ASAP.
Looking forward to this year's Commonweath Lecture this week. UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will be addressing 'Educating for Inclusion, Dialogue and Peace'. If you're not already joining us at this...
Mother languages are essential components of quality #education. Happy International #MotherLanguageDay https://t.co/KXgzln0aPM — Irina Bokova (@IrinaBokova) February 21, 2016 Sounds like a great reason to browse our dual language resources!...