Saturday, 23 November 2013

Christmas Down Under Blog Hop

Welcome to the Christmas Down Under blog hop :)

The "Christmas Down Under" blog hop starts here and you have reached Stop Number 2.   Click on the image above if you missed Stop Number 1.

There are eight stops along the way where you can pick up freebies to help celebrate Christmas in Australia.

My freebie for you is based on an Australian Christmas picture book, "Santa's Aussie Holiday" by Maria Farrer and Anna Walker (Scholastic, 2007).  It includes reading response activities to go with the picture book:
  • Rhyming words Snap, Fish or Concentration
  • An Australian mapping activity to map the adventures of Santa on his Aussie Holiday
  • 4H Reading Strategy Questions - Here, Hidden, Head or Heart related to the book.
The resource includes prompts for the 4H reading strategy - Here, Hidden, Head and Heart - is the answer literal, right here in the text? Is the answer hidden, do I need to think and search? Is the answer my own opinion or based on my past experience; so is it in my head, or is the answer how I feel, therefore in my heart? This is an innovation on three level guides and Question, Answer, Relationships (QAR), by Taffy Raphael.

You can read a review of "Santa's Aussie Holiday" by clicking on the cover of the book below and then selecting "Quick Look".'s%20aussie%20holiday
Grab  my freebie by clicking on the image below:
Please take a minute to provide feedback in my TPT store -
I would really appreciate it!

This blog hop will run until Christmas Day, so please let your friends know about it.  The next stop along the way is Rhonda Baldacchino's blog where you can pick up your next freebie.  Click on the image below to go to the next stop.
Please follow each of the participants in the blog hop as you visit their TPT stores, to thank them for their generosity in providing these freebies for you.

Merry Christmas everyone. Thank you for your support this year. 

With the warmest regards for the festive season,


  1. Great job, Kylie! Love your freebie! x Jody

    1. Thanks so much for organising this blog hop Jody - I just love your cute Christmas game :) In fact, I have just finished the blog hop and there are some great products along the way. I have pinned them all and followed each person where I could...I'm going back now to read through the blogs (previous posts)...thanks Jody :) Kylie

  2. Hi Kylie - thanks for such a generous freebie, I've also enjoyed reading through your back log of blog posts! Loving this blog hop :-)

    1. Thanks so much for the feedback - it has been fun...there are some great freebies in this blog hop :) Kylie

  3. Thanks so much for the feedback - this has been fun - there are great resources on every stop along the way - I am really impressed!!! I'm going to go back and read all the blogs now :) I have followed all I could via blog or TPT and have pinned all the freebies on my boards. Thanks so much for organising this blog hop Jody :) Kylie

  4. Thanks for the great freebies! I'm excited to read some great new Aussie blogs!

  5. Kylie, this is really awesome! I've never heard of the 4H method before. I think it will really work with my kids to produce higher level thinking.

    Your latest follower,

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    Teaching with Sight

  6. Thanks so much Sharon for leaving feedback...David Hornsby actually introduced me to the 4H strategy about ten years ago in a workshop at Mount Ommaney here in Brisbane...I would love to hear how your students go with it, so please email me any anecdotes :) I am totally into higher order thinking and rigour :) I will have to check out your blog now :) Kylie

    1. Sharon...I am just reading your blog now...did you see my blog post about poppies and downpours...there's a picture book that I write about there that I think you will love..."The Black Book of Colours" - have you seen it? I am only just getting into your blog...but immediately needed to message you about this... Kylie x