The Wild Guide to Starting School.

Laura and Philip Bunting

Published: 1st January 2022


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Hey, wild thing! Are you about to start school? Then it’s time to get set for your wildest adventure yet.


Follow this simple guide and you’ll learn everything you need to know.

Happy New Year everyone!

A totally engaging book that explores 18 tips to start school.

The members of Book Club have been exploring this book on our Facebook Group. I thought I would share some ideas with you all too!

This is a book for all ages! I believe we can all make connections about returning to school – including me!

Front Cover:

  • What are your predictions?
  • Tell me something that you recognise? What do you know about…?
  • Why did Laura and Philip use different fonts in the title?

End pages/papers:

I adore end papers!

Philip and Laura didn’t disappoint!

  • explore the shapes on the page
  • write descriptions for the objects – exploring nouns, verbs, and adjectives
  • connect the objects to generate an idea for writing; for example, the koala usually munches gum trees but as a treat he nibbled on sandwiches and donuts!

Your Classroom Tip 8:

  • Play I Spy with this illustration and in your classroom.
  • Mathematicians can draw a plan of their classrooms.
  • Select an object in the picture and brainstorm rhyming words.
  • Can we find an object in our classroom and put into alphabet order?
  • Order objects in your classroom by length or weight.
  • What time is on the clock? What time is on your classroom clock? Make a clock to chow the time.
  • I can see books in the illustration. What is your favourite book? Why?

Your Teacher Tip 9:

  • The image is sharing inside a teacher’s mind. My favourite is the – supersized enthusiasm lobe
  • Model writing to provide a peek inside your mind to inspire your writers to share their feelings and thinking.
  • The writers draw an outline of their head, or a buddy does this for them. They draw, write, and label their thinking and goals.

Play Time Tip 15:

There is some much mathematics in this illustration!

  • What shapes can you see on the page? Create a tally to show your findings.
  • What angles can you see?
  • What positional language do you use to describe the picture? Koala is inside the hula hoop!

Making New Friends – Tip 16:

Laura and Philip use their words and pictures to share what to avoid when making friends.

  • use as a mentor text for labelling
  • explore verbs – then play charades with the verbs
  • investigate the ‘ing’ ending
  • infer what the characters are thinking and saying
  • create a chart, video, or classroom book of what to DO to make friends!

PS I love the pawnote!

  • What would be your pawnote?

Added Extras:

  • I would love the older learners to write a guide for their younger buddies.
  • Model the use of Canva to make an infographic of tips to start school.
  • Vote on the most important tip! What is the reasoning?
  • Exchange the characters.
  • Create a version of tips for your parents or teachers.

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Have an awesome start to school!