Reading aloud is a large part of our day, so I thought I’d share a little of what that looks like for us.
I just love the trees at this time of year! Such a vast array of colours and change, which hint that log fires, fireworks and carols are just around the corner.
Last week we have talked, thought and read about trees in autumn. My elder two both chose one tree each at our local arboretum (but it could just as well have been one lining our pavement!) that will be their special tree for the year. Continue reading
This week, over supper, my eldest daughter was describing the building opposite our house. When it came to talking about the tiles on the roof, she called it the “toit” not roof. She surprised herself. The French word had come out first. Isn’t it wonderful when language becomes part of you?!
I love languages and have done since I was small. I am by no means bilingual (if only!) but I was exposed to lots of French and Russian as a child. This went on to influence my subject choices at both school and university and is where one of my passions still lies. To be able to visit another country and Continue reading
I’ll be honest – I know next to nothing about pond life, its creatures or plants – but that hasn’t prevented me from exploring our local pond. A whole unknown world exists that the children and I love investigating. We like to go with each changing season so we can enjoy the transformation that occurs and observe the aquatic life as the year passes.
Audiobooks – don’t you love them?!
I remember listening to them as a teenager for what I thought was a quick way to read set literature texts. I have a clear image of travelling around Thailand and listening to Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov on a walkman – that was called revising! On reflection it was irresponsible and doing neither the country nor the novel justice.
I now love audiobooks for different reasons. Of course they are no substitute for actually all curling up on the sofa reading a story but I can only read so many stories to the children with my own voice, and so they are a wonderful way to supplement our daily read aloud times. Continue reading
Over this last year my son has gone from reading Julia Donaldson‘s ‘Songbirds‘ to J.K. Rowling’s ‘Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone‘ – a massive leap. This journey has involved him devouring books and left me with the job of feeding his appetite. (In other words, scouring the internet for more book recommendations late into the night!) Of course, like any parent, I want to give him wholesome food to satisfy him, although obviously the odd sugary snack is allowed.
I thought I’d share a few of his favourites from along the way, from early readers and short chapter books to more substantial books for fluent but young readers. Continue reading
No sooner had we returned from our summer holiday, than we felt the autumn chill in the air. The blustery wind has been tossing the crunchy leaves around our garden. It really feels like autumn has arrived, although unlike Dickinson’s description our roses are still blooming. To cherish the turn in the weather, we drew our first ever chalk pastel pictures of ‘An Autumn Walk in the Woods’ with help from www.chalkpastel.com. We loved using a new medium for our artwork.
“Paris? With three kids?”
Over the last year the children have started to learn French. We have also tried to learn something of France: some geography, history, art and culture. We have enjoyed some wonderful picture books and fiction set in France. I love good books! So this summer we spent three nights introducing them to this beautiful city.
Today the great excitement was Hadrian’s Wall and Vindolanda!
Our older two children have been learning Latin this year with Ed and in the same way my French text books were always set in La Rochelle when I was little, their Latin ones are set in the imagined life of this historical Roman site, Vindolanda. We have also been studying the Romans this last term, so it was thrilling to see history come alive for all of us. The latrines and the sponge sticks were of particular interest, as well as discovering all the places you could stand and shoot the enemy from! We were not there for long as I always find short and sweet is best with little ones in tow!
‘The Blessing of my later years
Was with me when a boy:
She gave me eyes, she gave me ears;
And humble cares, and delicate fears;
A heart, the fountain of sweet tears;
And love, and thought, and joy.’
— William Wordsworth
Today we visited Wordsworth’s childhood home. We are on holiday in the beautiful Lake District and so a visit to Wordsworth House and Garden was a must. Over the last few days, we got ourselves excited by memorising the first couple of verses of the poem ‘Daffodils’.