Discovery at Paradise Island has been chosen as a selected text for the NSW Board of Studies School Syllabus for English K-10

Discovery at Paradise Island – new 2nd edition – $19.95

ORDER NOW – We have Sharon’s new children’s storybook as well as many other different resources available to buy for your school or organisation or just for yourselves.

Do you have dyslexia? Would you like to try this version of Discovery at Paradise Island – printed in the new OpenDyslexic font (see below) new 2nd edition – $19.95

ISBN 978-0-9581610-6-0

Children’s storybook written by Sharon Boyce.
Discovery at Paradise Island is great for school years 3-7 (Ages 6-12 approx.) especially. It is an early chapter reader and it links directly to the SOSE and English syllabus. it explores culture and identity and the topic of disability in the family. The book is designed to explore disability on a deeper level as well as involve the reader in solving a mystery. It has links to specific tasks at the end of each chapter that encourage the reader to reflect on the story and content. It explores literacy and numeracy and code breaking as part of the storytelling process. Sharon won the Disability Action Week Award for Individuals (2003) for her work writing this book.

 

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OpenDyslexic Font –

This book has been reprinted using this open dyslexic font. This is an open source font that has been created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. It works well for the majority of readers. It can be downloaded and used by anybody for any purpose. The typeface includes regular, bold, italic, and bold italic styles.  It is being updated continually and improved based on input from people who use the font. It has been designed to make the text heavier on the bottom of each letter in order to try to anchor it onto the page so there is less movement of the letters for the reader.

There are no quick fixes for dyslexia, however there are some solutions that may make it easier for a person to read certain types of font on certain types of paper. I wanted to see whether it made it easier for this book to be read if it was printed in the open dyslexic font and on a cream based, environmentally friendly, low gloss paper.

Information about the open dyslexic font can be found on the website – http://opendyslexic.org.

It is definitely not the only answer for dyslexia, but again based on individual preference, it may be helpful for many people.  Often people with dyslexia will describe letters that float or move around a page with no real anchor.  This font adds gravity and weight to the letters and words as it is thicker at the bottom than at the top.  Studies have found that text printed in this font often stays more still on the page and works better for them.  It is important though that you ask students if it works for them.  This is just another one of the solutions in the dyslexia puzzle.  Have a look at the website and download this font from this website http://opendyslexic.org.

There are a number of different books that have been printed in OpenDyslexic font.  I decided to try doing a print run of my book with this font as it will work for all students; those without dyslexia as well as students who have dyslexia.  If it only helps in some small way that is all right.

I became very interested in Dyslexia and the understanding of hidden disabilities in the work I do in schools and professional development with my consultancy Discovering Disability and Diversity.

www,discoveringdisability.com.au

We sometimes need to find a combination of solutions and strategies to help students with dyslexia to be able to access literature. It may even make it a lot better for those students that have dyslexia. I want to at least create a number of different options of this text in a variety of formats to support students with reading difficulties! This book has also been produced in an mp3 audio format and a daisy format for people with vision problems.

I would love it if you would like to buy this book and see whether it works with your students who are either diagnosed with dyslexia or have problems with reading and processing information.  For me it has been a little bit of a learning curve and something that really has to be trialed with the individual who has dyslexia.  Each individual is different and a solution that works for one person will not necessarily work for all.  I do however think it is exciting to create a book that uses the open dyslexic font that is very popular according to many studies around the world and is very popular with people who have dyslexia. I explored this more in my new book, Discovering Dyslexia – Uncovering Some of the Mysteries. If it only helps in some small way at least, I will be happy.

Feel free to email me responses about the book and the font and the production at :-  boyces@usq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

…as well – she has produced a second edition of ‘Discovery at Paradise Island’ as an ebook and DAISY and mp3 version of her children’s storybook ‘Discovery at Paradise Island’ especially designed for blind and vision impaired readers as well as students with dyslexia and reading problems – also printed in OpenDyslexic Font. These have been launched in Disability Action Week and are now available.

Book and CD –

ISBN – 978-0-9581610-6-0 –

Blurb – The fun and discovery starts as soon as Alexandria and Sarah arrive at Paradise Island. What would usually be a relaxing holiday on a tropical island turns into an exciting adventure. Sarah thinks because Alexandria’s mum is in a wheelchair their holiday will be quite boring. How wrong is she?

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 – 2nd Edition

 

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.

This book has also been designed to appeal to adult readers who may have problems with literacy as well as ESL or migrant learners.There are focus questions at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book there are many parent and teacher activities and extra questions that explore the book and issues of physical disability and its impact on the family. These can be used as conversation starters or to generate deeper level thinking about the story and the issues raised within it. Teachers can develop the themes from this book and explore the impact of disability awareness on their own class. The book also includes code breaking and numeracy so these can be developed further as rich tasks in the classroom or even at home.

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.

Discovery at Paradise Island – Double CD Audio Book – $24.95

 

DAISY Format File – Vision Impaired – POA

Ask Sharon to come to your school or library for an author visit – click for more details

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 book.

Review – Professor and Poet – Dr Bruce Dawe

  • The reason why I accepted this invitation to help in the launch of Discovery at Paradise Island is that when I first read the story in manuscript I enjoyed it. Re-reading it more recently, my pleasure was just as great.
  • The central theme describes a learning curve. And I believe that all those who are fortunate enough to buy and read Sharon’s Discovery at Paradise Island will have learnt much from it, as well.
  • It is my pleasure to have helped to launch Sharon’s Discovery at Paradise Island. I am sure you will find, as I did, many an enjoyable discovery in this book, too… Dr Bruce Dawe

Click here to check out the video about Discovery at Paradise Island

Price List –

Discovery at Paradise Island – Paperback version – by Sharon Boyce – $19.95

Discovery at Paradise Island – OpenDyslexic Font – Paperback version – by Sharon Boyce – $19.95

Discovery at Paradise Island – Double CD Audio Book – $24.95

DAISY Format File – Vision Impaired – POA

ebook Format – $9.99 – from our shop or from device shops.

For orders of 25 books or more (class sets), Discovery at Paradise Island is available at $14.95 per copy.

Paperback Book plus Double CD Audio Book – Special price – $40

Other combinations of books and cd sets – POA

There is an ebook version available as a PDF File as well. The ISBN of this version is 978-0-9581610-7-7.  It is available for only $9.99. This can be read by ipads and ipods and kindle readers. All you have to do is order below via paypal and register your email addres and I will send you the file that you open in ibooks. It’s that easy. Please type your email address

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Special Deal – for only 2 more weeks – Discovery at Paradise Island – ebook version in itunes for just $9.99

Click here to buy direct from itunes shop – http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/discovery-at-paradise-island/id485504789?mt=11

 

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We have Sharon’s new children’s storybook as well as many other different resources available to buy for your school or organisation or just for yourselves.

Email direct if you have any specific questions – boyces@usq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

Discovery at Paradise Island – new 2nd edition – $19.95

ISBN 978-0-9581610-6-0

Children’s storybook written by Sharon Boyce.
Discovery at Paradise Island is great for school years 3-7 (Ages 6-12) especially. It is an early chapter reader and it links directly to the SOSE and English syllabus. it explores culture and identity and the topic of disability in the family. The book is designed to explore disability on a deeper level as well as involve the reader in solving a mystery. It has links to specific tasks at the end of each chapter that encourage the reader to reflect on the story and content. It explores literacy and numeracy and codebreaking as part of the storytelling process. Sharon won the Disability Action Week Award for Individuals (2003) for her work writing this book.

This book has also been designed to appeal to adult readers who may have problems with literacy as well as ESL or migrant learners.

EXCITING NEWS – E BOOK VERSION LAUNCHED – 3rd Dec. – International Day of People with Disabilities…

You can now download copies of the book to your ipad or ipod at the itunes shop. These electronic versions of the book are all $9.99 each.

Ibookstore –   http://itunes.apple.com/us/book/discovery-at-paradise-island/id485504789?mt=11

You can download a copy to your Kindle at the amazon store.

Amazon –    http://www.amazon.com/Discovery-At-Paradise-Island-ebook/dp/B006GR93SQ

Kobo – http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Discovery-At-Paradise-Island/book-W6uahBhTpkivl1Bevo20Ug/page1.html

Barnes & Noble – http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1037091799?ean=2940013452114

 

You can also read more detail or download a version from Primedia

http://primediaelaunch.com/books/Discovery+At+Paradise+Island.htm

E Book Version -ISBN – 978-0-9581610-7-7

There is also a PDF file of the book if you would prefer that format. I will send it to your email address and you then open it in ibooks for your ipad or your Kindle. It is also only $9.99 and very clear and easy to read on all the tablet platforms. Please just order through paypal or else contact me at my email address

boyces@usq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

and I will email you through a copy straight away.

Please type your email address
 

 

 

 

$24.95

 

ISBN 978-0-9581610-5-3

A double CD Audio Book and DAISY Format Reader are also available as well. This will support literacy development for all and can really aid in classroom presentation through listening posts set up through ipods and electronic white boards. it will also help to support people with vision problems as well as dyslexia and reading perceptual issues. The DAISY file will be especially useful for those with severe vision impairment or the blind.

There are focus questions at the end of each chapter and at the end of the book there are many parent and teacher activities and extra questions that explore the book and issues of physical disability and its impact on the family. These can be used as conversation starters or to generate deeper level thinking about the story and the issues raised within it. Teachers can develop the themes from this book and explore the impact of disability awareness on their own class. The book also includes code breaking and numeracy so these can be developed further as rich tasks in the classroom or even at home.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’s New Educational Resource Kit about physical disability is also available directly from our online shop. Any questions about products or to order differently please email – boyces@usq.edu.au This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

‘Another Day in the Life of Sharon Boyce – A Person with a Physical Disability – Educational Resource Kit’ A- $200

ISBN – 978-0-9581610-4-6
This is an first of its kind educational resource kit about living with a physical disability. It has twenty-six laminated wall posters and a dvd included as part of the kit contents. It is also loaded with information on disability policy and educational resources for all age groups. The kit is divided into sections with information for teachers, carers, anyone in the disability sector, families, teacher aides, doctors, in fact anyone who wants to find out more about the lived life of a person with a physical disability. The visual as well as the words help explain many concepts and equipment used to support an inclusive life for people who live with physical disability. The kit also explores current disability policy, standards and directions of support in Australia and even the broader world context. It contains many different activities and ideas that can be used to create an awareness of physical disability across many different areas of life. It is useful for people with disability and their families. It is also a very useful tool for those who support individuals with physical disability.

DVD Movie – ‘A Day in the Life of Sharon Boyce’

DVD Movie – ‘A Day in the Life of Sharon Boyce – A person with a physical disability.’ This is broken down into ten different five minute scenes that show how a person with a physical disability lives their life everyday. It begins with getting up in the morning and progresses through the day with the lived experience of a person who has to do things differently.

Aus – $30.00

DVD Movie – ‘Discovering Disability & Diversity School Based Student Program in Action’ – with Sharon Boyce and Michael Furtado and year 4 primary children at Rangeville State School. Watch all the different activities and the way children react to all the different simulations. Listen to the interesting discussions and deeper level learnings from the program. This DVD would be beneficial for many different groups. Children would enjoy watching it. Those working with children and adults in disability awareness would really gain a lot from this. Can be used in classrooms and for training for all age groups. Would suit all ages. The video documents a session of our program with a class of year 4 students at Rangeville State School in Toowoomba. All the simulations of disability are explained and filmed and then the children are observed experiencing the program and their individual reactions and discussions form the basis of this video. It can be used as a teaching tool or teachers could also get ideas to develop and use some of the activities in their own classrooms or training environments. Great also for training and development of ideas for university students studying eduction and researching strategies about inclusion and special needs.

Aus – $40.00

No Talk Go Fish Game – simulates no speaking and using a communication board

Game of ‘no talk go fish’. The pack includes a large pack of plastic coated playing cards as well as a laminated communication board to allow players to participate in a game using no speech but pointing to various responses to play the game. It also comes with full instructions in a sturdy coloured plastic carry case.

– $30

No Talk Snap Game – simulates no speaking and using a communication board

Game of ‘no talk snap’. The pack includes a large pack of plastic coated playing cards as well as a laminated communication board to allow players to participate in a game using no speech but pointing to various responses to play the game. It also comes with full instructions in a coloured plastic carry case.

– $30

Tricky Fingers Game
$25.95
This game is used in our sessions to simulate difficulties with fine motor skill manipulation. Try doing this challenge with yur non dominate hand. Race with a partner to complete the puzzle first. It is a favourite with Occupational Therapists everywhere due to the range of skills and abilities it can help to develop.

I believe it can really help improve fine motor skills and develop hand eye coordination as well. Shake your game box, turn over a pattern card and go! Children take a pattern card and then insert their fingertips into the holes in the bottom of the tray in order to manoeuvre the 16 enclosed, colourful marbles to match the image on the pattern card.

Playing with Tricky Fingers will help develop fine motor skills, speed, finger awareness, bilateral coordination, and perceptual skills. It will also help children improve their problem solving abilities, eye-hand coordination, and task persistence.

Tricky Fingers includes two closed see-through boxes with 16 colourful marbles in each and 14 full-colour pattern cards.
Arrange the balls in the pattern box to copy the challenge cards. Play on your own or race friend. Not quite as easy as it looks. Balls are secured in the case and cannot roll out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We All Belong – Limited Edition Art Print – plus numbered certificate – Sale Price – $200

Ten percent of all profits from these sales will be donated to the Toowoomba branch of the Arthritis Foundation.

This floral work, on first glance, is comprised of flowers that are all the same. However on closer inspection it can be seen they are all quite different and unique. One is especially different, however, to the human eye, it still looks the same on first glance. This is the message of inclusion. We are all different and all have different qualities, however we all have feelings and collectively come together to create a balanced community. This painting uses mixed media of acrylic and oil pastels. It is painted on a heavy cartridge paper. The varying green textured background is created using an application technique of layers of colour, water and plastic. The flowers are created in oil pastels and highlighted with acrylic paint.

This painting is representative of our community and the diversity of it. It is a celebration of the variety of individuals that come together to create our society.

Many of the flowers are very similar in colour and shape. However there is also an individual flower that is very different. However even though it is very different it all comes together to form the overall composition of the garden and create the balance of the piece.

‘We All Belong’ and there is a place and a role for everybody in our world. We need to acknowledge this and celebrate our diverse community.

Limited Editions—Digitally reproduced in full colour on high quality art paper. Series of 50 prints.

Original work is mixed media in Acrylic, Inks and Oil Based Pastels layered and remixed on heavy gauge art paper. Original is owned by Toowoomba Mayor’s Charity –Sunrise Way.

Sharon’s Original Art – Acrylic and Ink – $250

Link to our on line shop for many more different disability resources.

Sharon’s New Educational Resource Kit about physical disability is also available directly from our online shop.