Have you ever been on a Playbus?
Not an ordinary bus taking you on a journey, exciting though this is, but a bus stuffed full of toys and imagination!
When my two children were young they attended a playgroup on such a bus and as a volunteer I became involved with the committee running the project. The bus really got into my blood and became very much a work of the heart. I ended up painting the bus, as well as working in the groups and raising the profile of the project and its work. As part of the committee and later as play-worker, I was involved in raising necessary funds to replace the old bus with a newer project. It really was a fun journey to be involved in.
I taught in the local school for over 20 years but even then I remained involved with all aspects of the play project in my spare time assisting in fund-raising and events, as well as working voluntarily in after school play clubs and holiday play schemes.
I left teaching in order to write the history book about the original bus.
I now work as a supply cover teacher and have been able to tell the many children I meet and teach about the bus as well as show them the photograph. The children were always curious and asked lots of questions about the playbus. This led to me telling a story which I eventually wrote down.
Jay-Jay is the fictional story to go with the factual project.
Over the last few years I have been able to share the fictional story in each school i visit. I always leave a book behind as I go in case they might like a closer look.
I have also on occasion, when visiting school, been asked if I might be able to do some work around the book.
This has led to me producing a scheme of work as well as worksheets to support the story.
In addition I have undertakend author bookings and i always love sharing the story book and most of all love the feeback and book reviews which the children give me. Many of their comments and opinions i have been able to use on my web site blogs.
I have other book ideas in draft or indeed still in the telling but for now I can turn my attention to the next part of my bus journey!