If you’ve been watching the news recently you will have noticed that The Bayeux Tapestry is coming to Britain in 2020. There has been great excitement in our house since we heard, as we are right in the middle of studying the Norman Conquest of 1066. Continue reading
This is my last list for Christmas. Just couldn’t resist!
A few years ago I began collecting Christmas stories – short picture books – to share with the children through Advent. I love the combination of a good story with beautiful illustrations. So I thought I’d share some that we have started delving into in the lead up to Christmas:
You may have worked out by now that I love lists, so here is another one for you:
Some stories that have stood the test of time and that have been enjoyed in this house.
I would recommend them for independent young readers somewhere in the 6-9 year old bracket. Obviously all children are unique so you’ll need to work out whether they are appropriate for your child – some might be for younger children, some might be for older.
Reading aloud is a large part of our day, so I thought I’d share a little of what that looks like for us.
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
“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’.