The island activities, a mystery code, digging for pirate treasure, clues and discovery make for a surprising holiday and Sarah discovers some things she didn’t know before she went away with Alexandria’s family.'
Discovery at Paradise Island is a children's adventure storybook written for audiences aged seven to twelve years. The story gives children a chance to learn and discover about disability. This book aims to develop children’s literacy, numeracy and social intelligence, while at the same time making it exciting and fun to read. It integrates into the school SOSE syllabus and also critical literacies and numeracy with the code breaking work. It has teacher and parent directed activities included and engagement questions at the end of each chapter to encourage children to think about what they have read and apply it to their own lives.
Written by an author with a strong educational background and a thorough knowledge of disability both from a practical perspective and a theoretical framework this book explores a variety of social justice issues through the eyes of a child. Because this book can be used as a teaching resource across the curriculum and because it has a particular focus on disability it would be an invaluable classroom tool.
The book links into the SOSE syllabus especially the Culture and Identity strand, as well as critical literacy and numeracy. It also is a much needed resource in the area of disability awareness. The engagement questions at the end of each chapter encourage children to think about the issues they are reading about and to apply them to their own lives. At the conclusion of the book it has a section containing teacher and parent directed activities. These can be used to develop a unit of work or activities based around the book and the themes contained within it.
Sharon Boyce is available to come to your school to participate in author visits and also disability awareness sessions. Sharon is a registered teacher and is trained to work across all year levels. Sharon won the Disability Action Week Award for Individuals for this books first edition.
About the author
Sharon is an author, educator and disability advocate. She wears many different hats and performs many different roles. She is the current advisor to the Queensland Disability Minister and Chair of the Queensland Disability Advisory Council and the South West Regional Disability Advisory Council. She is a part-time education academic at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) and also a consultant in disability awareness, working across Queensland. Sharon founded Discovering Disability and Diversity and helped design the Discovering Disability and Diversity experiential hands-on Disability Awareness program which helps students and teachers and care, community and doctors and health workers experience and explore a wide range of disabilities, instead of just talking about them. Sharon's PhD Research and her recent filmed lectures at USQ give an experience and help you to explore and understand a little more about physical and hidden disabilities, dyslexia and creating inclusive curriculum, pedagogy and workplace support. Sharon has also written a number of books. She is designed an educational resource kit called Another Day in the life of Sharon Boyce. This includes a DVD and 20 laminated wall posters. She has also written a children's book called 'Discovery at Paradise Island, this deals with the issues of social justice, disability and how children react to it. This book has been chosen as part of the NSW School Syllabus. She has completed and has launched her new book Discovering Dyslexia all about Dyslexia and reading and perceptual issues.Sharon awards and recognition include:?Received the Human Rights Award for Individuals 2008 for her contribution to creating inclusion across the Australian community, ?Honoured with the Queensland Regional Achiever Regional Service Award 2012, Regional Achievement and Community Awards. ?Awarded the Australia Day Regional Citizen of the year for work in awareness raising and creating inclusive communities (2013)?YWCA - Top 125 Queensland Women Leaders (2013)?Dept of Communities Local Hero Award (2015)?University of Southern Queensland's Community Services Alumnus Award for (2016)?USQ Alumnus of the Year Award (2016)?Toowoomba Business Disability Award for Social Inclusion (2017)