Even though we often see children playing with seemingly simple objects, as a teacher you may not necessarily think to include such items when organising your teaching resources. Up until now, I felt that I would have to buy or make something that looked -˜amazing' - spending time and money I don't necessarily have, being a PGCE student.
Teaching on a Shoestring helped me understand that I do not need to waste my energy looking for the latest or most expensive resources, and highlighted how a random, familiar object can be brought to life in all areas of the curriculum.
The book has been written in a way that is relatable, and the layout makes it easily accessible, with each of the twenty-six objects afforded a variation of learning opportunities and fun activities based around it. The provided web links to the sources of information are also very useful - making it easy to access and explore the sources for further facts and ideas.
Teaching on a Shoestring definitely provides a boost to the imagination, and offers teachers a wide range of adaptable ideas to incorporate into the planning and resourcing of lessons.