Posts Tagged ‘Reading’
With so much talk of literacy and reading at the moment, I found myself curious to know whether the books we enjoy here in the UK are also enjoyed elsewhere in the world. As I’ve recently been invited to join a community of other Dad Bloggers – most of whom reside in North America – I thought now would be an ideal time to find out.
So, I posted a poll on my Facebook page, asking the following question: “Calling all British parents of 0-5 year olds: Which of these books feature amongst your favourite bedtime reads for the kids? Feel free to pick a few, and add your own suggestions too!”. I added a few of our own favourites, and they were soon joined by 30 more suggestions. Over 200 votes later, I had myself a top 10 list – which you can read below.
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I should probably have written this post a couple of weeks ago to be honest, since we’ve been drip-feeding some of these books for the past few months at least. But hey – better late than never!
As this week will see a load of little munchkins heading off to ‘big school’ for the very first time, there will almost certainly be plenty of nervous tears, anxious stares and scary moments – and not just for the children. So you may be wondering “What can I do to help my little one getting ready for school?”
Well, there are plenty of books out there which are ideal for subtly getting your little poppet ready for the big day, so I thought I’d collect a few of them together with some handy descriptions in case you fancy buying them. We’ve read all of these, so they get the Elliss seal of approval (unlike a couple of crappy books we’ve read lately – but I’ll save that for another post!) – but do feel free to contribute your own suggestions in the comments…
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A few weeks ago I posted a list of my 10 favourite pre-school story books, based on the ones that Robert likes to read on a regular basis. At the end I asked for some feedback on what classics I might have missed – and I got a LOT of comments with books I’d missed. As well as that, the next time I went in to Robert’s room and looked at his bookshelf, I myself realised I’d missed several of his favourites! So I thought I should probably do a follow-up post with 10 more…
Once again, these are in no particular order, and simply serve as a way of me sharing some of our favourite bedtime reads for those of you that might be looking to expand your own libraries : )
If you read my “10 favourite pre-school story books” post, you’ll know I’m a big fan of reading Robert his bedtime story every night – it’s one of the few consistent times in our day-to-day activities, as well as being a great developmental aid for him.
So, I was very dismayed to read some recent research which seems to point towards parental bedtime stories being a bit of a dying art. According to research commissioned by TalkTalk:
- Only 52% of parents who were surveyed said they regularly read a bedtime story to their child.
- 85% of people surveyed agreed that reading was good for their child’s development
- Only 60% of people surveyed claim to have had stories read to them as a child
- The worst bedtime-story-readers are in Wales – just 34% regularly do it!
My Year in Photos – February 6th – "Page your Oracle", originally uploaded by henweb.
Despite the cold snap they’re predicting for next week, today was a lovely day here in Reading. As well as the weather, it was also the first weekend in over 3 months where Sara and I didn’t have a shed-load of things to be doing for work or otherwise, so we all headed in to town for a day of shopping, lunching and relaxing.
After a relaxing day, we’ve spent the evening in a similar fashion – cheese and biscuits for dinner (we had a big lunch), copious amounts of red wine and port, and catch-up episodes of Lost, Glee, Heroes and Desperate Housewives. Oh, and some chocolate. What a result!
Today’s photo is of something I saw very early in the day, at around half seven on my way to the M4. I don’t *actually* know what it is, all I know is it’s been erected on the massive building site next to Junction 11, where the junction is being extended at the moment. It piqued my interest – I wonder if they’re building a giant teepee, or perhaps a REALLY big easel for a massive painting?
This evening was a momentous evening in chez Elliss – it marked the first time that Sara and I have been out (without Robert) for well over a year. Thanks to Katy, who very kindly babysat for us, we went to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, featuring Emma Johnson on Clarinet – a favourite of Sara’s, who is a Clarinettist herself.
For the cultured amongst you (and I don’t count myself in that number!) they performed:
– “Incidental Music from A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, by Felix Mendelssohn
– Clarinet Concerto in A majo K/622, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
– Symfony No.8 in G major Op.88, by Antonin Dvorak
Rather than post yet *another* shot of the snow today (and believe me, I’ve taken LOADS!) I thought I’d choose a shot which represented our day much better. Namely, our trip to Toys R Us! Due to the aforementioned snow, it’s quite hard to get very far without coming a-cropper, so a trip to the Forbury retail park was about all we could muster – and after that we felt like we’d had a full day out! Robert was like the proverbial kid in a sweet shop, wandering round playing with every toy he could reach. We managed to bag some good bargains for his birthday in June, which is cool. Yes, our life really is this exciting : )
Unlike me, Sara isn’t lucky enough to be able to work from home when her office is open (since she’s a teacher!) so when Maiden Erlegh decided that all teachers were needed in school to teach poor old Year 11, she had to risk the roads and drive over to Earley. Since the car parks at the school were closed, she parked at my brother’s house and walked in – which caused a bit of a problem when she came to going home, as you can see. I had to get the bus over to Earley in my lunch hour to help dig the car out of the snow. What an adventure!
As the big freeze continues to grip the country, we didn’t venture too far out of the house today – for fear of slipping over on the ice rink that is our road. So this photo was taken from our garden, looking up at the icicles on our neighbour’s roof.
Interesting fact I learnt today – you know when you see a roof where the snow has all slipped off, much quicker than the other houses around it? That’s most likely due to bad insulation – heat escaping through the roof will melt the snow more quickly, causing the slippage!