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Book's Alive


Activity Level - Fun movement involved

Days -6 session weekly + one parent session ($25)

Age Group

  • group 1: 2.5 – 4 year olds 
  • group 2: 4.5 – 6 year olds 

Weekly/ fortnightly - Weekly

Group Size - 3- 8 children with one caregiver per child

Cost - $ 85 per session.  This is a group designed to work on Early Developmental Skills.

Pay Up Front Discount  - 5 % with receipt give after each session with claimable rebates for medicare and/ or private health 9 if you have funding available to you’) Cost of group $535; Discount $508

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32 Satinay Street, KEPERRA, 4054
(07)3108 5537

Goals

  • Story Telling – and picture sequencing thinking logically

For Children 3.5–5 year-olds (Pre-kindy & kindy kids). For children who are not yet drawing representational pictures of people and to build their hand skills and visual motor coordination in using tools.  Tools such as crayons, pencils, pens, glue sticks, cotton wool sticks, rolling pins.

We want your children to have happy memories around craft and drawing skills.  Picking up a pencil or a paint brush will improve pre-writing skills, build confidence and your child may start to choose to do fine motor drawing tasks at child care and kindergarten.

Who cares if their drawing doesn’t look like something, as long as they get more practice and they feel more motivated to try drawing and craft at kindy because these skills are the precursor to handwriting control and skills.  The more practice in using hand drawing tools the more likely they will ‘give handwriting a go’ in Prep.

We want you children to develop language around their drawings so they start to build conceptual ideas around what the picture is, where is the picture set etc.

If we can get them to put pencil to paper and slowly build skills, your child should start to draw early shapes and pictures of faces.  Shapes are precursor to drawing representational pictures and the more refined curves and lines in letter writing.

Come out and play at ‘Scribble to Draw’ and help your child be one step closer to being less aversive to writing letters when they eventually get to school.  Gaining ability to draw intentional lines and shapes helps our hand motor control.  Refining motor control will support later handwriting skills. 

Some children are not yet drawing pictures that look like things this is a group to help kids gain more practice in using pencils and paper.

Scribble to draw is just the beginning to working towards more representational pictures and shapes.  Our group program ‘Sharp Shapes’ builds on from this group.

Representational drawing involves imagination, knowledge of concepts such as: –

  • body parts

  • knowing where they sit in relation to each other

  • concept of colours

  • number concepts (how many flowers should we draw?)

  • individuality – every person has the same features but looks slightly different.

  • Also involves concepts of big and small, first and last, short and tall

  • Using different shapes to make trees, house and flowers (developmental shapes such as circle, square and cross) – this is more worked on in our, ‘Sharp Shapes’ group.

  • It’s important to learn the parts and functions of objects in drawing. We encourage building language around where the door is and why it’s important

  • Carrying out instructions

  • Solving problems in their art work

  • Encourages about drawing pictures of an incident or a scene in a story book. While they draw (where it is representational or not) it allows them to organise their thoughts and think about the scene, what is happening in the scene and shat is going to happen next.

Drawing also requires using underlying skills such as: –

  • Visual memory – preproducing shapes already practiced or reproducing objects previously seen. Taking part of a drawing or shape on the page and turning it into something.  For example, a rectangle could be a car.

  • Motor planning – more practice coordinating hand and arm movements when using a pencil or a tool such as a paint brush. The more practice the better the quality of movement ready to be efficient when learning to handwrite.

  • Spatial Awareness – knowing how big one person is relation to another, knowing how small eyes are and where they are placed in relation to the nose and learning to use the whole page for your picture rather than the bottom right hand corner.

These are all important skills for school readiness and you can start early 3 – 3.5 years old.  The more practice the more these skills will improve ready for school. 

Please note this is an early intervention group o there is no expectation that your child has done much drawing.

Coaching and educating caregivers on different types of play and we talk about the higher level type of play such as pretend play and this is in context of a book.

An experienced therapist to run the group and all the resources will be provided. You just have to turn up with your child.  Different caregivers can come different weeks if you can’t come to all of them.  It allows others in your family to spend some quality time interacting with your child.

Your child is exposed to social rules in a group context. We will model sharing ( Whose turn is it for the scissors, can you ask Tom for the red crayon etc.) in preparation for more negotiation and interaction with their peers.

Show your child that you are interested in their work and learning about more complex  thinking and sequencing ideas.

Both mum/ dad and child get to experience fun activities that they can replicate at home.

The child will need to come with a caregiver who will help them during the activities

We do not have child minding facilities, we are unable to accommodate for siblings.  Please sort out child care arrangements before agreeing to come and/ or arrange for incidental care giving if one of your children is sick from school.   It is not fair on other families and can affect the group dynamics.

If your child is struggling with the routine of prep, it might be worth attending a group such a prep readiness and or the ‘Books Alive’ or the fine motor groups where they can first learn to focus in a small group doing activities that are not so labour intensive

Contact Thrive Therapy and we can arrange for a therapist to call you back and help you decide whether this group is appropriate and whether it would be best to either have a therapy screen first or attend a less technical group before attending this group.

It just seems like we will be playing.  Why should I come to this course? 

We will be explaining all of the key features of these activities and teaching you what you should be looking for when you are watching your child develop their skills.

It is quality time with your child, with all the activities at your disposal, you just have to turn up, your learning the importance of each task and you have qualified, experienced therapist at your disposal to ask questions.

What if my child does not cope in the first session?

Being part of a group is an important skill.  At this stage the groups helps them to use to being in a group with their caregiver (often their parents or grandparents) and play alongside other children and people.

It is not easy for some of these kids to get use to this, however we are able to remove them for a while if they need it and re -integrate them into the group for small amounts of time.  This is a skill in itself and it is good to introduce an expose your child to this developmental social skill.

Can I bring my husband or wife or my mum to learn about different types of play?

You are more than welcome to bring a second caregiver to the group.

Can I bring my other child or children?

I’m really sorry but we do not have child minding facilities, we are unable to accommodate for siblings.  Please sort out child care arrangements before agreeing to come and/ or arrange for incidental care giving if one of your children is sick from school.   It is not fair on other families and can affect the group dynamics.

If my child has Autism and/ or another condition such as Downs Syndrome, Intellectual Impairment, a Physical disability or Global Developmental Delay can we come?

Yes, of course everyone is welcome.  All children are special and it is good to be aware and explore the different types o play.  If ( and this goes for all children) if they are on the ‘busy’ end of the developmental spectrum and you think you are going to have difficulty managing our child on your own, then it might be worth bringing a support person to help you.  We are here to guide you and modify activities if need be.

You will primarily be working with your child with our support and guidance so it is nice for everyone in the group to engage with other families and get to see other children’s strengths.

What is the difference between this course and the one above?

This course does in a way lead onto the course before ( but you don’t’ have to have attended that course). Pretend play requires the child to have more insight and see toys and figures ( such as a plastic Cow) as a symbol for a cow.  If you child is not yet playing with toys that are symbols for other people or objects ( E.g. dolls, teddy’s, paw patrol stuffed toy, ninja turtle as a person, plastic stove as a real stove and starts to cook play-dough) then your child might not be at this stage yet.  If you are unsure, contact us and we will get a therapist to contact you and quickly identify if you child is at this stage yet, or is about to developmentally move into this stage.

This is great for all kids by it will help you play with your child and build on their thinking skills and speech and language skills.