I have planned a long blog about reading. How it is more than just decoding the words and when using a picture book the pictures are not there to help the children decode the words but to add to the narrative and enhance the story tenfold. However, I am now on holiday, we have a new website to launch, a publisher deadline looming for the new book and two children to keep entertained. If you would like to read a great blog about reading and picture books then I recommend this blog by @sputniksteve.
This blog is going to be about a little boy called Monty. (here he is below)
Monty is going to be two years old in July and already he likes sharing books with his Mummy, brother and me - his Daddy.
Today we visited Bamburgh Castle and he chose, alongside a sponge sword, this beautiful book by Petr Horacek. This is what happened when we got back to the cottage and read it.
'Puffin Peter' is a story about two puffins; one called Peter and one called Paul. One day whilst out diving there was a 'big, big storm. Peter was lost.'
12/4/2017 03:54:44 pm
Hi, your blog post just cropped up on my Twitter feed and as I am on leave and have some head space, I was happy to have the time to read it. I am a former primary school teacher turned university lecturer, working with training teachers. Your observation of how this young child 'read' his new story book was beautiful and simple - I am glad you too found some space today to share it!
12/4/2017 07:00:06 pm
Received an email today notifying me of this blog. Thanks it was delightfully insightful and I felt personally touched by it. I am a serving head teacher of a primary school in difficult circumstances. I spent today with close family at Hamsterley Forest. We walked for ages, exploring the area like children again....today has been a rebuilding exercise for me, forming new connections with my children and learning from them. My eldest goes back to Leeds tomorrow, so it's a job well done.
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